PSR honors distinguished alums for 2008

January 30, 2008

Since 1995, Pacific School of Religion (PSR) Alumni/ae Council has presented its annual Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards to graduates who have provided outstanding service in their ministry or profession and shown distinguished leadership in faith communities on a local, regional, or national level. Award recipients represent a wide range of professions, including parish pastors, scholars, denominational leaders, activists, journalists, and artists.

The following individuals were honored at the Alumni/ae Banquet on January 23, 2008, in PSR's d'Autremont Hall:

As a scholar and a beloved teacher, Doug Adams (MDiv/MA 1971) played an international role in the field of religion and the arts. He focused particularly on visual arts and dance and is well known for his work on biblical humor. During his 31-year teaching career at PSR, he also created the Center for Arts, Religion, and Education at the GTU. Citing the "double claim" PSR had on Adams as a former student and a professor, Dean Mary Donovan Turner presented the award to Doug's family. Doug passed away on July 24, 2007.

Diane Darling (MDiv 1980) is pastor of Alki Congregational (UCC) in Seattle. In 1984, Darling became the first openly lesbian woman called to parish ministry in the UCC. Darling has a passion for preaching, teaching and story-telling, and working with people on the edge — on the edge of the church, on the edge of society, on the edge of despair, and on the edge of their seats.

Frederick H. Talbot (STM 1959), a native of Guyana, South America, was elected and consecrated the 90th bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1972, serving Episcopal districts in the Caribbean, Georgia, Arkansas/Oklahoma, and Kentucky/Tennessee until his retirement in 2004. He also served as a pastor and teacher and in the diplomatic service of Guyana.

Shigeo Tanabe (MDiv 1937) was born in 1908 in Fort Thompson, Washington. Not long after his graduation from PSR and ordination to the United Methodist Church, Rev. Tanabe and his wife Haru were sent to the Tule Lake Internment Camp. Although given a chance to leave, he chose to stay with his people, knowing that they would be in need of leadership and a place to share their faith. Tanabe, who will be turning 100 this year, sent his greetings and thanks from his home in Hawaii.

To view a slideshow of the Alumni/ae Banquet, see: