A publication of Seminary of the Southwest • Spring 2016
Generosity, Gift and Grace Kathleen Russell’s 10-year teaching ministry at Southwest
R at h e r v i e w A publication of Seminary of the Southwest â€˘ Spring 2016
In this issue: Foreword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 By Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean and President Celebrating Kathleen Russellâ€™s Ministry and Friendship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 By Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Dean and President New Partnership Between Episcopal Health Foundation and Seminary of the Southwest Aims to Increase Access to Mental Health Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Welcoming New Trustees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Campus Master Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 By Frederick Clement, Executive Vice President Seminary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Black History Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Faculty & Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Blandy Lectures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 John Hines Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Upcoming Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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Vol. 37, No. 1, Spring 2016
Front cover photo: Professor Kathleen Russell serves in Christ Chapel before beginning her retirement.
F o r e wo r d
by Dean Cynthia Briggs Kittredge The profile of Christian communities of faith is changing, and theological schools adapt to address the need for church leaders and servants of Christ who can witness to the good news of Jesus Christ in fresh ways in a distracted digital age. At Seminary of the Southwest, we are fortunate that decades ago Professors Spong and Ware, Dean Dusty McDonald and others envisioned how the seminary might form lay people for a variety of ministries in the world. Their idea has flourished in the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christ ian Ministry and Vocation, offering degrees in counseling, chaplaincy and pastoral care, and spiritual formation to committed, passionate stu dents of many backgrounds and families of faith. The two Bishop Dena A. Harrison Fellows, Staci Hubbard and Stephanie Knott, are pursuing their counseling internships in East Texas and plans are in progress for intentional recruiting of coun seling candidates from East Texas who will study here and return to serve in their home communities. Professors Stephanie Ramirez and Gena Minnix are moving forward to transition the seminary’s counseling program to the highest accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, also known as CACREP, and we prepare to welcome a third
counseling professor this summer, Ms. Awa Jangha, whose appointment was confirmed by the board of trustees at their February meeting. Our common faculty life on campus is alive and thriving with new colleagues in counseling edu cation and this year, enriched by the presence of the Crump Visiting Professor of Leadership Forma tion and Vocational Pedagogy, Steven Tomlinson. Steven has contributed to our conversations and planning around theological formation, pedagogy, spirituality, and money, and how best to commu nicate, present and recruit students to our community. When we celebrated the ministry of Kathleen Russell and her retirement, we confirmed our values and strengthened our friendship with her and with one another. Under the leadership of Brittany James-Sauceda, the observance of Black History month convened the community around the book Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing by Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice; a keynote and discussion led by Heidi J. Kim, missioner for racial reconciliation for The Episcopal Church; and the return of alumna, the Rev. Freda Marie Brown, who preached at Christ Chapel for the Celebration Eucharist.
Celebrating Kathleen Russell’s Ministry and Friendship By Cynthia Briggs Kittredge On Friday evening December 11th, the commu nity gathered to celebrate Kathleen Russell and her ten-year ministry at Seminary of the South west as associate professor of cultural research and of pastoral theology. The evening began with Evensong in Christ Chapel, followed by a recep tion in Rather House, then dinner and program
No account of her accomplishments can comprehend the quality of Kathleen’s presence among us as colleague, teacher and mentor. in the Weeks Center. The planning committee designed the event to be dignified and warm, but thoughtful of Kathleen’s intense emotions about her retirement to be “not too sad.” It was a
wonderful, joyous occasion, apt for Kathleen for whom generosity, gift and grace are marks of her pastoral sense and theological outlook. Kathleen came to the seminary in 2005 to direct the theological field education program as assis tant professor of contextual theology. She brought experience as a rector, hospital chaplain, commu nity organizer, keen intellect, practical insight, and natural gifts as a teacher. As part of the evening’s program, Bishop Dean Wolfe of Kansas in a letter described Kathleen, his colleague in CPE in 1989: “Kathleen+ was already an ordained priest when she came to the residency and often served as the grown-up in the room (whether she wanted to be or not!). She was, however, very patient with our group who observed her clarity and faithfulness as a shining example of what we hoped to achieve. Kathleen+ proved to be as much a pastor to her colleagues as she was to her patients.” Kathleen’s pastoral and pedagogical gifts flowered and flourished in her many roles on the faculty. As director of theological field education, Kathleen worked closely with students and supervisors to Continued on following page...
Kathleen and her colleagues and friends Cynthia Briggs Kittredge (left) and Jane Patterson (center) celebrated their ordination anniversaries, a combined 75 years, in April 2015.
create a program that focused on the learning process and formation for ministry. With a group of faculty colleagues, she was instrumental in the design of the Master in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care and in the creation of the Master of Spiritual Formation. She guided the revision of the evaluation process for Master of Divinity students. After the retirement of Charles J. Cook, Kathleen took on the teaching of leadership and congregational development, and in 2012, became the associate professor of pastoral theology. She incorporated the practice of reflective writing into her courses. Alumnus Robert Pace speaks of “the art of reflec tive practice” that he learned from Kathleen as a “most important ‘go-to’ practice, particularly in times of transition or difficulty.” Kathleen earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian nurture from Austin Presbyterian Seminary. She served as faculty representative to the Board of Trustees for many years and offered thoughtful, non-anxious leadership among trustees, faculty and staff.
Kathleen and Mike Russell support the seminary’s annual flag football game, the Polity Bowl, against Austin Presbyterian Seminary.
No account of her accomplishments can comprehend the quality of Kathleen’s presence among us as colleague, teacher and mentor. Faculty rely on her for wisdom about individ uals and systems, her psychological insight, and for her knowledge of Episcopal history and why it matters. Students depend on her for honesty that leads to growth and for truth that heals. Alumni/ae speak of the ongoing impact of her
Senior MDiv students presented their teacher, Kathleen Russell, with a card plus their love and gratitude at the Eucharist for which Kathleen preached her last sermon before her retirement.
Listen to Professor Russell’s sermon: http://ssw.edu/blog/rev-dr-kathleen-sams-russell-december-7-2015/ 4
Resolution of the Board of Trustees Whereas Kathleen Russell has been a valued member of the faculty since she accepted the call to be assistant professor of contextual theology for ministry in 2005; and, Whereas her range of prior experience in chaplaincy, parish, Clinical Pastoral Education, small groups, diocesan and social justice served the students, her colleagues and the local field education parishes with keen insight, dis cernment and wisdom; and, Whereas she has imparted to her students the skill of narrative theological reflection and an appreciation for the power of metaphor; the ability to discern family sys tems at work in a parish; and practical wisdom to guide them as priests; and,
In a letter shared at Kathleen’s celebration, Bishop Dean Wolfe, Kansas, wrote, “My mentor and colleague, the Reverend Dr. Mark Anschutz, once said he knew what made for great priests. He said, ‘They must love easily, and be easily loved.’” Kathleen fits that description precisely. She loves students, faculty, people of all sorts and conditions, clergy colleagues, and many, many others easily…and they love her in return.
teaching on their ministry and how thankful they are for her friendship past and present. We have all been touched by her tough kindness and kind toughness. A narrative theologian, Kathleen has brought our attention to stories and the meanings they reveal. She has taught us to pay attention, to appreciate, to reflect theologically on what is at hand. How often has she reminded us that ministry is not “doing something” or “fixing something” but an identity and “generous dispositions in the heart.” She has awakened us to the power of metaphor and image for knowing and interpretation. She has kept our focus on the process of decision-making and discernment. Always in her leader ship, Kathleen has kept the well-being and integrity of the community at the center. It is with gratitude, joy and love that we honor Kathleen Russell and wish her all blessings in her ministry to come.
Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is Dean and President of Seminary of the Soutwest.
Whereas Kathleen served as faculty representative to the seminary’s board of trustees, sharing her insights and the occupations of her faculty colleagues at trustee meetings; and, Whereas, her office has long held a large sink-down kind of chair which beckons her students and fellow faculty to theological reflection or vocational discernment with their teacher and friend; and, Whereas, Kathleen celebrated 25 years of ordained min istry this spring with her friends Cynthia Kittredge and Jane Patterson, marveling at the path her life took from her former home in the world of Roman Catholicism; and Whereas, she has carefully hand picked field education parishes for MDiv students discerning their gifts and growing edges so that each would find a place for growth and formation in a rich time of learning; and, Whereas, she deftly pursued and was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Christian nurture while nurturing her students, grading papers and fulfilling her various administrative roles as a full time member of this faculty; Be it therefore resolved on this 11th day of December, in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Fifteen, that the trustees of Seminary of the Southwest extend their gratitude, admiration and affection to Kathleen Russell for her leader ship, faithfulness and profound wisdom and care on behalf of this community, and we wish her a joyful and rewarding retirement as she leaves her faculty post but not the many friends here and throughout the larger church. The Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison, Chair of the Board Lesley Tumbusch, Secretary to the Board 5
N e w s R el e a se
New Partnership Between Episcopal Health Foundation and Seminary of the Southwest Aims to Increase Access to Mental Health Care Bishop Dena A. Harrison, Southwest alumna and chair of the board and bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Texas was honored at the seminary’s matriculation service on August 30, 2015, with the announcement and launch of the Bishop Dena A. Harrison Fellows Program. The following news release from the Episcopal Health Foundation about the program was publicized at that time.
A new, first-of-its-kind partnership between the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) and Seminary of the Southwest in Austin is working to increase access to desperately needed mental health serv ices for disadvantaged and underserved families in rural East Texas. The Bishop Dena A. Harrison Fellows Program places recent seminary master’s in counseling graduates with a rural mental health agency serving 12 East Texas counties. EHF’s investment in the program allows the fellows to earn a salary and benefits while they complete 3,000 hours of required on-the-job, supervised, post-graduate training to become fully-licensed counselors. They’ll work with disadvantaged rural families at no cost to the clinics. The ultimate goal—after they complete the program, counselors
will decide to stay and work permanently with underserved families in rural communities. “We believe this is a model program that can lead to long-lasting improvements in the accessibility of mental health services in East Texas,” said Elena Marks, EHF’s president and CEO. “Along with the immediate impact, there’s the real potential of building an ongoing supply of mental health providers who can work with rural families who struggle to access care.” Like many counseling students at the seminary, Staci Hubbard and Stephanie Knott felt a special calling to work with disadvantaged families. But after graduation, they soon found the financial strain of an unpaid internship may prevent them from following their heart.
“Many counseling graduates are thrown to the wolves after grad uation and are responsible for finding a supervisor for those 3,000 post-graduate internship hours,” Knott said. “Some interns may not get paid very much, or at all, which forces many to take on a second job to make financial ends meet.”
“It gives me a fulfilling sense of purpose, peace, and joy know ing that I am involved in work that gives back to others and focuses on something bigger than myself,” said Knott.
“I did not have the liberty to quit my job and to focus on the internship hours and the new learning,” Hubbard said. “I needed to remain employed while completing the required hours.”
The seminary has plans to expand the program to four fellows in September 2016. Eventually, program leaders hope to recruit East Texas students to pursue a master’s of counsel ing degree at the seminary in Austin and then return to East Texas as fellows when they graduate. Both EHF and the seminary believe that may be the best way to get counselors to remain in East Texas when they complete the program and continue to work with underserved communities.
The seminary says many graduates had similar stories before and after their internships. In fact, the school found many graduates who wanted to serve disadvantaged families couldn’t afford to take those positions because they had compiled so much debt during their internships. Instead, many ended up working in clinics serving higher-income, insured patients that offered higher employee salaries. “We found very few graduates were serving the underserved,” said Dave Scheider, director of the seminary’s Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation. “We never had the funding before to change that and be part of the solution. Now, with the partnership with EHF, we believe we’re the first graduate school to offer this kind of program to hire our own graduates and send them to work in these rural counties.” Hubbard and Knott are the first graduates to be accepted into the Harrison Fellows Program. Both began working this month with Burke—a mental health agency serving low-income adults and children across East Texas. “Providing for an underserved community is what was most appealing to me about this opportunity,” Hubbard said. “As a special educa tion teacher, I was always drawn to the students who had the highest needs. I felt a calling to work with students and families who really Staci Hubbard needed support. As a counselor, I continue to feel a calling to help those who have fewer opportunities in life and significant needs in other aspects of their lives.”
Burke CEO Susan Rushing says its 12-county service area faces a severe shortage in mental health professionals. She sees the Harrison Fellows Program as a difference maker. “There’s so much we can do,” Rushing said. “This can change lives.”
“We hope compassion kicks in and their hearts become invested in the lives, culture and challenges these families face,” Scheider said. “We hope this is a model that will thrive and it’ll become part of the solution.” The Harrison Fellows Program is named in honor of Bishop Dena A. Harrison, alumna and chair of the seminary’s board and bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The seminary officially launched the program by honoring Bishop Harrison during its annual Matriculation service on Sunday, August 30.
The Episcopal Health Foundation was established in 2013 and is based in Houston. With more than $1.2 billion in estimated assets, the Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that operates as a supporting organization of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. EHF works to improve the health and well-being of the 10 million people in the 57 counties of the diocese by investing in communities through grant-making, outreach to diocesan churches and critical research to advance community health. Seminary of the Southwest is an Episcopal seminary in Austin affiliated with Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Its mission is to form men and women for the service of Christ in lay or ordained ministry within the church and the larger society. Southwest alumni serve in all 50 states, 23 countries and six continents around the globe.
Seminary of the Southwest welcomes new trustees John R. Castle, Jr. John Castle, a Dallas attorney, is a former Executive Vice President of EDS Corporation, having retired in 1999. EDS is a global information technology company doing business in over 50 countries, with over 125,000 employees and revenues of approximately $20 billion. Prior to joining EDS in 1988, he was a partner in the Dallas law firm of Hughes & Luce from 1974 until 1988. Castle serves as board chairman of The Dallas Foundation and as chair-elect of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, and is on the boards of directors of The Foundation for Community Empowerment, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Central Dallas Ministries, the Interfaith Housing Coalition, Nurse Family Partnership (national office), and the Center for Public Policy Priorities. He and his wife, Dorothy, are members of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation where he currently serves on the vestry.
Liza Williams Philpy
Liza Williams Philpy, originally of Midland, Texas, is in business with her sister managing oil and gas royalties in her hometown. Following graduation from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she returned to Midland where she married and raised two daughters. In 2009, Liza completed her studies for a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Seminary of the Southwest, having traveled to Austin from Midland twice a month to complete her courses. She has served on the vestry of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and on the board of trustees at Trinity School, both in Midland. Her passion for education and her love of Seminary of the Southwest has led her to facilitate valuable connections for the seminary with others in the Midland/Odessa area, and her personal generosity helped complete the recent Campaign for Leadership at Southwest. She currently lives in San Antonio where she attends Christ Episcopal Church.
Dr. Brené Brown Speaks at Seminary of the Southwest Seminary of the Southwest welcomed Dr. Brené Brown to the campus for the annual Payne Lecture on February 11, 2016. Researcher, storyteller and New York Times best-selling author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly and recently published Rising Strong, Dr. Brown spoke to a packed house for the invitation only event, which honors Claude Payne, retired diocesan bishop of Texas and former chair of the seminary’s board.
Patrick Miller, seminary trustee and rector of St. Mark’s, Houston, introduced his friend, Brené Brown.
Brené Brown and Dean Kittredge at Trustee reception.
Campus Master Planning by Executive Vice President Frederick Clement The Board of Trustees recently appointed the architectural firm of Perkins+Will to assist Seminary of the Southwest in developing a long-term campus master plan. Consulting work commenced in February 2016. The purpose of master planning is to assess the need for improved facilities and to create a feasible vision for aligning campus improvements with the seminary’s mission, values and strategic objectives. A campus master plan helps to inform decisions involving incremental improvements to the campus, allowing for growth in an efficient and attractive manner. Initiatives to create awareness, generate support and chart an implementation path for capital improvements and other programs are influenced by master planning. All of these activities not only raise our community’s aspirations for strengthening formation and vocational training, but also result in attracting and retaining the best and brightest students, faculty and staff. Throughout our campus master planning activities, the seminary’s decision-making and engagement strategy will involve a high degree of collaboration facilitated by Perkins+Will among the board, faculty, administration, students and other stakeholders. This work will be guided by a steering committee to be appointed by the board of trustees. Planning will be informed by visioning sessions and input from within and outside the seminary community, including user interviews, need assessments, historic research and consultation with municipal authorities and neighbors. Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm with offices in Austin and other major cities. With hundreds of awardwinning projects, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry’s preeminent sustainable design firms with expertise in campus master planning.
S e mi n a ry Soul Repair After Moral Injury: Coming Out of the Shadows Led by an interfaith group of volunteers with particular interest in supporting veterans, the moral injury educational conference at Seminary of the Southwest promoted awareness of moral injury and facilitated a conversation with veterans, service providers and individuals around treatment dealing with the consequences of war or other traumatic events. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, co-author of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War led the plenary on moral injury. Pittman McGehee, priest, Jungian analyst, author and teacher, led a plenary session on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A panel of professionals in the field of psychology and social work addressed the question of “What can communities do?” Professor Kathleen Russell served on the panel. Veteran David Peters spoke about the ways that war affected his life in the deep listening session.
The Rev. Kathleen Russell, DMin, was a panelist addressing the question “What can communities do?”
Over 80 professionals, clergy and lay people gathered on the seminary campus for the two-day conference in November, chaired by Sandra Bravo, MAR ’15 Special thanks go to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas’ Strategic Ministry Grant Committee for the gift supporting this event.
Conference organizers (L-R) Maria Cordero Robinson, Sandra Bravo, chair, and Vanessa Nering
Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is co-author with Dr. Gabriella Lettini of Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War The Rev. David Peters served as an enlisted Marine and an Army chaplain. He spoke about the personal effects of war in the deep listening session at the conference. 10
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Southwest welcomed Heidi J. Kim, missioner for racial reconciliation for The Episcopal Church, for her presentation titled Racial Reconciliation: A Pilgrimage for the Faithful. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, meeting in Austin with the Joint Standing Committee on Planning and Arrangements in advance of General Convention 2018, delighted the guests at the seminary’s kick off event for Black History Month by stopping by the reception prior to Heidi J. Kim’s keynote address.
The Rev. Freda Marie Brown, MAR ’09, executive director of St. Vincent’s House, Galveston, Texas, preached for the Celebration Eucharist which wrapped up the seminary’s Black History Month observances.
Duane Carter, E-Resources/Serial Librarian at the seminary’s Booher Library, was a featured artist at the seminary’s African Art and Culture event. Check out Duane’s music at www.duanemcarter.com.
Fac u lt y & S taff Faculty News
Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, academic dean and professor of Christian ethics and moral theology, received one of two honorable mentions in the Trinity Institute Essay Competition on the topic Creating Common Good with his essay, “Closing the Gap: A Social Imaginary for the Common Good.” The essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Anglican Theological Review, and Scott served as a panelist at the Creating Common Good Forum at Trinity Wall Street, November 2015. His book review of Aquinas on Israel and the Church: The Question of Supersessionism in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas, by Matthew A. Tapie, was published in Anglican Theological Review 97:4 (Fall 2015), 734-736. His article, “Sowing Holy Questions on Race,” was published in Diolog: The Texas Episcopalian, Diocese of Texas, August 2015. www.epicenter. org/article/sowing-holy-questions-on-race.
Dr. Anthony Baker, professor of sys tematic theology, was promoted to full professor by the board of trustees at their February meeting. Dr. Baker began his tenure as editor in chief of the Anglican Theological Review on January 1, 2016. In the fall, he had two Shakespeare essays appear in book collections, one on biblical language in Richard II in a book called Reading Scripture as a Political Act, and another on religious conversion in the plays, in a book called The Resounding Soul: Reflections on the Metaphysics and Vivacity of the Human Person. He continues his duties as theologian in residence at St. Julian of Norwich Church in Round Rock and led the series “Living the Questions” after Epiphany.
Dr. Steve Bishop, associate professor of Old Testament, continued a teaching series on the Book of Isaiah in October at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin. In November, he was elected to serve on the Steering Com mittee of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars with responsibility as communications coordinator. In January, he taught at the Iona School for the Diocese of Texas.
Frederick L. Clement, executive vice president, attended the Association of Theological Schools’ annual conference in Phoenix for chief business officers in November. In January, he completed the College Board’s training seminar in Washington for PowerFAIDS, a compre hensive suite of integrated software programs that manages the seminary’s administration of federal student aid in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Claire Miller Colombo, director of the Center for Writing and Creative Expression, wrote and edited material for Voyages in English, the language arts program published by Loyola Press; myPerspectives, Pearson’s literature pro gram; and iLit, Pearson’s tablet-based literacy program. Her poem “Fishes and Loaves: Midrash for Group B” was published in the November issue of the Kenyon Institute’s digital journal Beyond Walls (https://readymag.com/u57216444/435490/). Her short feature “Five (Spiritual) Things I Learned from Facebook” appeared in the January 2016 issue of Loyola’s Finding God newsletter.
Dr. Greg Garrett, writer-in-residence, MDiv 2007, was the keynote speaker for the 128th annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado in October, delivering three plenary lectures on narra tive and spirituality and also participated with the Rev. Canon Ken Malcolm, MDiv 2007, in an onstage conversation about his book My Church Is Not Dying. He also preached at Chapel of Our Saviour Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, CO. During the Austin Film Festival in October, he moderated five panels on screenwriting and film plus hosted a film screening of Last Days in the Desert at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. On October 29, Dr. Garrett was inter viewed about his book Entertaining Judgment by KUT-FM’s Jennifer Stayton for “Coffee with the Author” at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin. On November 19, he partic ipated in a panel on mental illness and faith communities at “Out of Exile,” a conference sponsored by the National Alliance for Mental Health at Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, and on a panel on religious writing for the Writers League of Texas at BookPeople in Austin.
The Rev. Nathan Jennings, PhD, associate professor of liturgy and Anglican studies, will be on sabbatical for the spring semester of 2016. His chief project will be the completion of a monograph with the tentative title “Liturgy and Theology: Ritual and Realism, Apocalypse and Cosmology,” under contract with Wipf and Stock Press. He continues his duties as theologian-inresidence at Church of the Resurrection, Austin.
Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, associate professor of church history, recently had published a chapter titled “Pursuing a Vocation in the Midst of Crisis” in the edited volume And With All of Your Mind: Academic Vocation in the Church Today (Ashgate, 2016). During the fall, he taught classes on Anglicanism and the Episcopal Church at three churches in Austin and Waco. In October, Dan finished his term as co-chair of the History of Christianity Section of the American Academy of Religion.
The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, ThD, dean and president and professor of New Testament, preached at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oklahoma City and taught the adult education hour on “Scripture and Imagination.” She preached on the Feast of Saint Matthew at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin. She was the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Wyoming convention in Evanston, Wyoming, “Your Faith has Saved You: Healing in Mark’s Story of Jesus” and “They Will Show You How: Human Faith and Leadership in Mark.” At the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Atlanta, she presented at the Feminist Liberation Theologians Network on A Lot of the Way Trees Were Walking: Poetry and Biblical Interpretation. She participated on a panel on Anglican and Lutheran biblical interpretation at the Anglican Biblical Scholars dinner, presented a paper at the Hebrews Section, “Hebrews and Feminist Theology,” and participated on a book review panel of Susan Hylen’s, A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church. She represented Seminary of the Southwest at the
consecration of Immanuel Chapel at Virginia Theological Seminary, at the installation of Bishop Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop, and the consecration of George Sumner as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. She attended the first meeting of the newly appointed Commission on Impairment and Leadership. Dean Kittredge is co-editor, with Ruthanna Hooke, of a special issue of the Anglican Theo logical Review: Anglican Women and Prayer (Winter 2016).
Dr. Gena Minnix, assistant professor of counselor education, presented her dissertation research at the annual con ference for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Coun seling in New York City in July 2015. In September, she provided the keynote address for the Social Justice & Trauma Conference hosted by the Trauma Response Institute in Portland, Oregon. In it, she addressed sociocultural factors increasing trauma vulnerability for LGBTQ persons and their families and explored multisystemic responses. In November, Dr. Minnix served on a panel of mental health providers at the Soul Repair after Moral Injury Conference in Austin, Texas. Dr. Minnix also completed a book chapter on spiritual development for inclusion in a text on Diversity and Development in Context (in press).
The Rev. Jane Patterson, PhD, assistant professor of New Testament, published Keeping the Feast: Metaphors of Sacrifice in 1 Corinthians and Philippians, Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2015. She was elected president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars in November at the annual meeting in Atlanta. She led retreats for Lutheran Campus Pastors and a Contemplative Women’s Retreat in January. With the Rev. John Lewis and Ms. Marjorie George, she authored a daily online curriculum for the season of Epiphany for the Diocese of West Texas, called “God Claims Us All,” a biblical study that introduces the idea of the vocations of all people and includes interviews with lay people discussing their vocations. Continued on following page...
Fac u lt y & S taff
Professor Baker named editor of Anglican Theological Review Dr. Anthony D. Baker, Clinton S. Quinn professor of system atic theology at Seminary of the Southwest, has been named editor in chief of the Anglican Theological Review. In ATR’s announcement of his appointment, Dr. Baker observed that “The ATR is one of the primary places where our church does its deep processing of life-sustaining questions, and we do it in a way that gets into the hands of bishops, clergy and lay people, as well as academics.” He continued, “The whole world belongs to Christ, and the ATR exists for no other reason than to mark, perform and celebrate this great truth of our gospel.”
Dr. Stephanie Ramirez, assistant pro fessor of counselor education, published a chapter in the book titled The Repro ductive Lives of Twenty Middle Class North American Women in November 2015. Dr. Ramirez also submitted a proposal for a journal publication and will find out acceptance in 2016. In December 2015, Dr. Ramirez was accepted into the University of Central Florida Counseling Conference for February 2016. She presented the topic, “Let’s Travel the World! Examining the Lived Experiences of Female CES Students and Travel Abroad for the Purposes of Cultural Exposure.”
The Rev. Dave Scheider, DMin, direc tor of the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Voca tion, completed his first year of the two-year program for spiritual direc tion training from the Shalem Institute. He gave the opening and closing prayers at the September 11 ceremony in honor of WWII vets at Sun City in Georgetown. He led a team from the seminary to visit the mental health agency Burke, in East Texas to hold a sensing session in October for recruit ing future students for the Bishop Dena A. Harrison Fellows Program and to build a partnership with the leaders of the counseling centers for East Texas from which the Fellows will work. Dave led a panel for the Soul Repair workshop for treating moral injury in combat veterans in November. He has served on the planning and implementation committee for two years for the November Out of Exile conference put on by National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Austin).
New Faculty and Staff Betty Hewell–Dean and President Kittredge has announced the appoint ment of Betty Hewell to the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Seminary of the Southwest. Ms. Hewell comes to the seminary from The Seton Fund where as Senior Director of Development she served as Campaign Director for the $50 million fundraising campaign for Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the new teaching hospital. Betty joined The Seton Fund in December 2012 after working for her alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, for eight years in major gifts in the Univer sity Development Office and leading the major gifts team on the $3B fundraising campaign. Previously, she worked in development for three years at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and for five years at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Houston. Hewell is a multi-generational Texan and a member of Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church where she has been elected to the position of Elder. She begins her work at the seminary on March 21, 2016. Awa Jangha–The Board of Trustees approved the hire of Awa Jangha as Assistant Professor of Counselor Education. Awa has accepted the appoint ment and will begin July 1, 2016. Awa is currently completing her PhD in Pastoral Counseling-Counselor Education and Super vision at Loyola University in Maryland. She holds an MA in Creative Arts in Therapy from Drexel University, an MEd in Moderate Special Needs from Boston College, and a BA in Spanish and Art from Fisk University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed art therapist. Kelly Rowley–Ms. Rowley was selected to be Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations beginning December 2015. Kelly comes to the seminary from Austin’s Sustainable Food Center and has more than 5 years experience in raising annual funds, running call centers and phonathons. She has run successful campaigns for both Oklahoma State University Foundation and Indiana University Foundation.
Fa r e w e l l This fall, Southwest bid farewell to friends and colleagues Tara Elgin Holley and Jennielle Strother. Tara, pictured below with Executive Vice President Fred Clement and with Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, led the seminary’s Institutional Advancement office for six years and has been appointed Director of Development for The Episcopal Church. Jennielle Strother, former vice president for Enrollment Management/Financial Aid at the seminary, left Southwest to be Dean of Admissions at University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Jennielle began her work at Southwest in 2008.
Crump Visiting Professor of Leadership Formation and Vocational Pedagogy Steven Tomlinson By Academic Dean Scott Bader-Saye The seminary has been privileged this year to have Steven Tomlinson serving as our first Crump Visiting Professor. Steven holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University and taught economics and finance at The University of Texas at Austin for 17 years. After his time at UT, he became a Founding Master Teacher at the Acton School of Business for Entrepreneurship. He coaches and consults with Wall Street, Fortune 500 and high-tech start up executives and managers. Steven’s history with the seminary goes back many years. He often notes the importance of former Southwest professor Will Spong as a mentor in his own journey and has quoted Will on more than one occasion (for instance, in the opening story of his Austin TED talk). Steven has taught adjunct at the seminary and in 2014, was granted the Durstan R McDonald Teaching Award. After honoring Steven with this award, the seminary began to work on ways to connect more deeply with his rich array of expertise. A long-time member of St. James parish in Austin, Steven was ready to bring his faith, teaching, consulting and leadership skills together to serve the church. And so we were able to craft a position for Steven as Crump Visiting Professor of Leadership Formation and Vocational Pedagogy. In addition to his many other talents, Steven is an accom plished playwright and performer. His award-winning solo shows have been produced in Austin and off-Broadway. He brings his theatrical improvisational skills into the classroom and has helped our faculty and students see our work as something like an improvised performance—with all the creativity, flexibility and risk that such an endeavor involves. This year Steven has taught two courses: “Money as Metaphor” and “Entrepreneurial Ministry.” In addition, he has facil itated faculty and administration conversations about the seminary’s formation model and has consulted with professors and administrators on issues of pedagogy and leadership. Perhaps more than anything else, Steven has contributed a certain kind of language to our conversations. Often now we see “puzzles to be solved” rather than problems; we ask how to “create curiosity” around an issue rather than just find the right answer; we wonder what “small experiment” we might under take instead of assuming the need for the heroic solution. We are blessed to have Steven among us and look forward to his continuing in the role of Visiting Professor in the academic year to come 15
A lu m n i Seminary of the Southwest Class Notes 2010s Sandy Chilese, DAS ’15, was ordained to the priesthood on December 6. She is vicar of Sts. Philip & James in Morenci, Arizona, where she served as clergy in charge until her ordination in December. James Dahlin, MDiv ’15, was ordained to the priesthood on November 21, 2015, at St. Mary’s and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Morganton, North Carolina, where he had been deacon in charge since June. Alexandra Easley, MDiv ’15, was ordained to the priesthood on January 20, 2016, at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston where she serves as curate. Pam Hallmark, MCPC ’15, is engaged in a year-long CPE residency, which began August 2015, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., to offer programs of Level I and Level II clinical pastoral education.
Donald Bretz, MDiv ’88, died on September 5, 2015, in Maryland. He served parishes in Texas and in West Virginia, then he was commissioned as an Air Force Chaplain. He was Command Chaplain at Ft. Meade, MD, until his death. Jennifer Cobb, DTS ’13, died unexpectedly on September 22, 2015. She was pursuing a Master of Divinity at the Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina. Hugh Craig, MDiv ’62, died on October 15, 2015, in Austin. Hugh’s active ministry most recently was based at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Austin.
Madeline Shelton Hawley, MDiv ’15, was ordained to the priesthood on January 6, 2016, at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Austin, where she serves as curate.
The Rev. John M. Kinney, BD ’58, died on July 6, 2015, in Juneau, Alaska. John’s ministry included serving churches in Alaska and in Texas. His second career was as State Archivist in Texas and Alaska.
Vanessa Nering, MAC ’16, completed her coursework in December and has been hired by Innovation 360 located in Austin, working with individuals and families with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.
Royal Andrew Masset, MDiv ’76, died in Laredo on January 12, 2016. Mr. Masset practiced law in Texas and was a political professional.
Thomas Schneider, MDiv ’15, was called to be rector of St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church in Crossville, Tennessee. Previously, he served as deacon and assistant curate at two churches in New Mexico, providing pastoral care, leading worship, preaching and doing community outreach. Brian Tarver, MDiv ’15, was ordained to the priesthood on January 31, 2016, at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church where he has served as curate since graduation. 2000s Patrick Sanders, MDiv ’06, was recently selected to be the parish leader of St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. Sanders and his wife, Jennifer, have three children—Skye, Asher and Ames. Denise Vaughn, MDiv ’08, is rector of Annunciation, Vidalia, Georgia. 1990s Louie Skipper, MDiv ’98, retired as rector of South Talladega County Episcopal Ministry, Sylacauga, Alabama. 16
John Binford, MDiv ’72, died Oct. 4, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The Rev. Binford served churches in the Diocese of Texas.
Rhoda Montgomery, MDiv ’01, died on October 25, 2015, at home in College Station. She served as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station, Texas. Interment took place at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin, where Rhoda served previously and where she and Rob Montgomery were married. Mary Lou Reynolds, MDiv ’95, died October 19, 2015 in Denver. Mary Lou served churches in Nebraska until her retirement in 2011. Services will be held in the spring. Calvin Stewart Sachers, BD ’58, died January 25, 2016, in Austin.
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord; And let light perpetual shine upon them.
B l a n dy L e ct u r e s
The Alumni Association awarded Professor Emeritus Charles J. Cook the Hal Brook Perry Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015.
Jacqueline and Torey Lightcap, MDiv ’04, attended the Alumni Convocation from the Diocese of Kansas where Torey serves as Canon to the Ordinary.
W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island, delivered the 2015 Blandy Lectures.
Stephen Kidd, MDiv ’10, president of the Alumni Association, presided at the Convocation Eucharist. Stephen is rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Gulfport, Mississippi.
J o h n H i n e s day
New trustees Lora Livingston of Austin and Bishop Robert Hirschfeld, Diocese of New Hampshire, were installed at the Festival Eucharist on John Hines Day in October 2015 by Executive Chair David Harvin of Houston. Academic Dean Scott Bader-Saye preached at the Eucharist. Trustees Livingston and Ron Ogden, also of Austin, are pictured below at the Founderâ€™s Day luncheon.
P o l it y B o w l
Upcoming Events Friday, March 11 at 4:30 PM (Seminary Campus) Soul and the Cit y–Happy hour concert with Austin folk musician Erin Ivey. Easter Triduum, March 24-26 (Christ Chapel) Maundy Thursday Eucharist with feet washing at 5:30 PM; Good Friday prayers and homily at 11:45 AM; The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 PM followed by reception. Monday, April 4 at 7:00 PM (Knapp Auditorium ) Harvey Lec ture–The Rev. William ‘Bill’ Miller, author, speaker, teacher, innovator and rector of Christ Church, Covington, Louisiana. Tuesday, May 24 at 10:00 AM (St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin)
Commencement–The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Chicago, will preach for Commencement. Sunday, August 28 (Christ Chapel) Matriculation–Reception to follow in Weeks Center. Monday & Tuesday, September 27-28 (Knapp Auditorium)
Blandy Lec ture–Mr. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy. Thursday, October 6 (Christ Chapel) John Hines Day–Festival Eucharist. Luncheon to follow in the Howell Dining Hall. October 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Event details TBA.
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