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Vol. 36, No. 1, Winter 2015
Front cover photo: Academic Dean Scott Bader-Saye holds the Helen and Everett H. Jones Chair in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology (see story on page 3). Back cover photo: Professor Bader-Saye discusses studentsâ€™ questions after class.
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by Dean Cynthia Briggs Kittredge The successful completion of our Campaign for Leadership is remarkable for many reasons and of enormous significance for the Seminary of the Southwest. This issue of Ratherview displays how the gifts have strengthened our school to serve the church for the future. For the formation of future church leaders, support of a dedicated scholarly and pastoral faculty at the heart of the community is vital. As thinkers, researchers, theologians, instructors and pastors, the members of our faculty embody their faith as well as teach about it. By introducing and orienting our students to the saints, texts, stories and habits of mind and heart in which they themselves are immersed as specialists, our faculty help students to become thoughtful and passionate bearers of the tradition. While the changing environment of the church creates the need for new models of theological education, it will be creative theological faculty who will inform the conversation and help those new models to emerge. We profile in this issue one faculty member, Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, whose chair, The Helen and Bishop Everett H. Jones Chair in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology, is now fully endowed by the Campaign for Leadership. In her article about Scott Bader-Saye, Jane Patterson, assistant professor of New Testament, conveys with her own distinctive theological flair, the way that Scott’s teaching carries on the legacy of Bishop Everett Jones. When students study the gospel of Mark intensively in the fall of their middler year, one of the early learnings is how the Greek word, sozo is translated as both “to save” and “to make well” as in “your faith has made you well (saved you),
go in peace” Mark 5:23, 28, 34. This insight both gives concreteness to the meaning of “save”—i.e., be healed of disease, come into your right mind, be fed with bread and shows that “being made well” is of ultimate significance. The initiatives around Comprehensive Wellness for Ministry take an approach to “wellness” that shares in this New Testament meaning. Wellness is holistic—it comprehends spiritual, physical, vocational and financial health, and it is essential and not tangential to effective leadership. In the program that we will implement over the next several years, both in the classroom and in the community, our students will commit to a discipline of reflection and practice that will enable them to strive for the wholeness that God wants for them. We embark on this effort with the expectation that “comprehensive wellness” will positively reorient our whole community toward greater good health. In his article, Micah Jackson, who has overseen the process of developing the project, shares the background and prospects for this project. Financial health is an essential part of wellness for individuals and communities. Ashley Festa explores the meaningful coming together of the federal student loan program, the Lilly grant for financial literacy and Comprehensive Wellness for Ministry. She portrays some of our students, the decisions they make to come here to study and the way that the administrative leadership is working with them in their planning. I invite you to join me giving thanks again for successful completion of the Campaign for Leadership and to enjoy the window into the life of our community depicted in these pages.
A Flexible Garment Honoring a beloved church leader, a faculty member who is training church leaders for the future and the generous men and women who made The Helen and Bishop Everett H. Jones Chair in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology possible. By The Rev. Jane Patterson, PhD, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Seminary of the Southwest Ten years ago, Cynthia Kittredge (now our Dean and President), shared with me a sermon for All Saints’ Day, in which she compared the Communion of Saints to knitting: In the vision of the society of saints we human beings are linked to one another, bound, tied, as our collect says, “knit.” Loops of yarn interlock, soft and strong, make up a flexible garment that expands and contracts. We the living are looped together with the dead, intact only with each complete. All of us who work at Seminary of the Southwest are aware that the Communion of Saints is not just a doctrine about the dead, but an enfleshed reality, as we know ourselves accompanied behind and alongside by saints of the church, living and dead. The vision and generosity of our particular communion of saints undergird our work on a daily basis, as we seek to give our students both the solid nourishment of the traditions of our faith and the imagination and confidence to embody this faith anew—all of us together constitute the “flexible garment” Dean Kittredge spoke of a decade ago. What does this flexible garment look like? Perhaps it looks like these three stories, three communities of people, three loops knitted together across time and space. The year is 1945. A bishop stands before Diocesan Council in the Diocese of West Texas and says, our “goals are to keep before us the kind of Church we
as followers of Christ ought to create and maintain, God being our helper: a praying Church, a believing Church, a caring Church, an expanding Church and a world-minded Church.”
What does this flexible garment look like? Perhaps it looks like these three stories... The year is 2014. A professor stands at the whiteboard in a seminary classroom. The shape of his thoughts about Christian ethics spills forth across the whiteboard in a wave of red, blue, green: justice, love, mercy. The students before him are taking notes, raising hands, engaging him in conversation about how to embody Christ in a 21st century context. The year is 2010. A couple sits at their shared desk in front of their checkbook, contemplating their giving for the year. There are lots of good causes, but which one will ensure that the things they most care about will continue to flourish in the Continued on following page...
Our present position is one of spiritual challenge. There was never a more urgent need for the moral and spiritual forces of the world to rally in order to save the world from self-destruction. Our so-called progress may prove a dangerous and tragic sham unless the material forces of our world are put under the control of God and God’s purposes.
- The Rt. Rev. Everett H. Jones, 1950 3
world, even beyond them? They smile as they write the name on the line: Seminary of the Southwest, to contribute to the funding of a faculty chair in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology in memory of Bishop Jones who had confirmed each of them years ago. Three communities of people, linked across time and space: The Rt. Rev. Everett H. Jones, Bishop of the Diocese of West Texas, 1943-68; Scott Bader-Saye, PhD, current holder of the Helen and Everett Jones Chair in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology (and Academic Dean at Southwest); and one of over thirty individuals, families and institutions whose generosity has forever linked the ministry of Bishop Jones with the formation of courageous and faithful Christian leaders at Seminary of the Southwest.
Photo courtesy of the Diocese of West Texas The Rt. Rev. Everett H. Jones
When I first came to the Diocese of West Texas in the mid1980s, I heard stories about Bishop Jones much the way children learn stories about Johnny Appleseed. I pictured him larger-than-life, striding across the Diocese of West Texas, planting churches and strongly “suggesting” that those churches make a sum total of gifts beyond themselves that equaled their spending on internal programs and salaries. His vision for ministry in south Texas was critical to the founding and furthering of Santa Fe Mission (San Antonio) and the Good Samaritan Center, which now serves about 4,600 families and individuals at seven sites across the
I heard stories about Bishop Jones much the way children learn stories about Johnny Appleseed. diocese. Prior to his election as bishop in 1943, Jones was preaching to standing-room-only congregations at St. Mark’s in San Antonio, as the crowds of service members and their families who were stationed at various bases in the city sought for God amid the intense experiences of World War II. But in speaking with his long-time assistant, Stella Brown (widow of the Rev. Joseph L. Brown), another side of Bishop Jones emerges, the one marked by the humbler virtues of daily faithfulness, love for his wife, kindness and compassion for the clergy in his care. Helen Jones also had a substantial ministry, particularly among the wives of the clergy, where she was respected for her practical wisdom and compassion. She was often referred to as the “lady in red” for the brilliant dress she wore the first year she attended Diocesan Council. This was at a time when delegates to Council dressed up for the gathering. Sensitive to the poverty of some of the clergy families, Helen Jones wore that same dress every year to Council. Stella Brown said of Helen Jones, “She was the mentor for the clergy wives of my generation and to this day we talk of her in very reverent terms.... She had a wonderful sense of humor and never took herself seriously.” Brown recounted an instance of Jones’ wry wisdom by telling a story about a gathering for clergy and spouses at the time of Diocesan Council: I had a problem arise about the food and drink to be served in the Rectory. A kind friend in my parish volunteered to make hot buttered rum punch, served from a brazier. But I wasn’t sure if this would be proper. So I proposed the problem to Helen. In a very serious tone of voice I heard her say, “Why, Stella dear, I have always thought of rum as a spice, haven’t you?” From that day to the present, rum is a spice...because Helen Jones said so!
helping others to do that same job well. Yet the simplest and truest thing I can say about Scott as academic dean at Southwest is that I am a far better teacher because of his pastorally sensitive guidance and contagious enthusiasm for skilled pedagogy.
Scott Bader-Saye argues for a distinctively Christian way of life...
In both his writing and his teaching, Scott Bader-Saye argues for a distinctively Christian way of life with his trademark blend of clarity, elegance, imagination and passion. A voracious reader, he may turn now to a biblical reference, then to a classical author, now to a mystic, now to contemporary literature to make his points. His book, Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear, gives the ordinary reader deep roots into Christian tradition, to help contemporary followers of Jesus face the challenges of our time with grace, wisdom and courage. It is never a given that a person who does a job this well can also engage the creative act of
Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, has been a mentor to Scott. He sums up Scott’s gifts to teaching and to the church this way: “Scott Bader-Saye has a hard mind and a soft heart that combined make him one of the most creative theologians of his generation.” Without the particular communion of saints who support Seminary of the Southwest, Scott Bader-Saye and Bishop Everett Jones and Helen Jones would still be admirable people, but forever separate. A rich and flexible garment now knits the donors who have given a faculty chair in honor of Bishop and Mrs. Jones into one fabric with all of our graduates, who in turn guide thousands of Christians in how to live boldly as Christ amid the challenges of their particular contexts. This is the seamless garment in which Christ as we know him in our midst is now clothed.
ust when we think we can find a group to accuse and judge en masse, we find ourselves standing again in the shoes of ancient Israel hearing Amos call us to account. Amos is so hard to hear because just at the point where you are sure you are on the side of righteousness, that your judgments are unquestionable, the challenge turns back upon you—does your lovely liturgy make you above reproach? Are your judgments miraculously without self-deception or self-interest? Are you waiting for the day of the Lord knowing that your side will get vindicated?
Quote from sermon given by Scott Bader-Saye in Christ Chapel on December 9, 2014, titled “Reading Amos after Ferguson.” 2014 Matriculation sermon by Scott Bader-Saye: http://www.ssw.edu/blogs/communityconnections/gaining-knowledge-better-love
The Helen and Bishop Everett H. Jones Chair in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology Our gratitude for the donors to the Jones Chair is profound.
Dr. James Avery, DHL, ’07 & Mrs. J. E. Hollin-Avery Mr. Robert M. Ayres, Jr., DHL, ’11 & Mrs. Patricia Ayres Dr. Walter Bain & Mrs. Cary Bain The Rev. Dr. Paul T. Barton & Mrs. Beth A. Barton Beryl Lowe Rice and John W. Rice Foundation, Fowlerton, Texas
Mr. John Brooke & Mrs. Patty Brooke Mrs. Margaret C. Brown Mrs. Stella Brown Mr. Charles Butt
Mr. Tom C. Frost & Mrs. Pat Frost The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr. & Mrs. Patricia High Mr. John S. Jockusch, DHL, ’14 The Rt. Rev. Gerald N. McAllister, DD, ’00 † & Mrs. Helen McAllister Mrs. Patricia McAlpin Dr. George L. McGonigle, DD, ’84 & Mrs. Martha A. McGonigle Mrs. Robert (Lillian) Morris Mrs. Dian Graves Owen
Mrs. Elizabeth Calvert & Mr. Jonathan Calvert
Mrs. Linda Rowland In loving memory of Byram Christensen and in honor of Carrielu and Chuck Christensen
Mrs. Flora Cameron Atherton C richton
Col.Ret. Paul A. Parker, Jr. & Mrs. Jean R. Parker
Mr. Daniel E. Butt & Mrs. Paula Butt
The Rev. Michael M. Davis & Ms. Pattie Rose Mrs. Leighton J. Donnell & Mr. James L. Donnell and Family In loving memory of Byram Christensen and in honor of Carrielu and Chuck Christensen Mr. A. Baker Duncan & Mrs. Sally Duncan The Rev. Mary C. Earle, ’87 & The Rev. Douglas Earle, ’84 Exxon Mobil Foundation, Irving, Texas
Ms. Pattie Rose & The Rev. Michael M. Davis Mrs. Linda N. Seeligson Dr. Cindy SoRelle & Dr. James SoRelle The Rev. Dr. Clifford S. Waller, DD, ’86 & Mrs. Elizabeth S. Waller Mr. John K. Walters, Jr. & Mrs. Lucy Walters Mr. Harry M. Whittington & Mrs. Mercedes Whittington
Nothing could be farther from God’s purpose now than for us to be absorbed in trivialities, in petty divisions and dissensions, in empty forms and ceremonies, in self-centered concern for our own comfort, at a time when the very survival of the human race may be at stake.
- Bishop Jones, 1962
Comprehensive Wellness for Ministry By The Rev. Micah Jackson, Bishop John Elbridge Hines Associate Professor of Preaching; Dean of Community Life Every ten years, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges asks Seminary of the Southwest to develop what they call a Quality Enhancement Plan. It’s a chance to reflect on what works and what doesn’t work in our students’ learning and learning environment. At first it might seem like a burdensome requirement of the accrediting process, born of scarcity thinking and an emphasis on discerning weakness. In practice, however, it was far from a negative experience. It was a beautiful opportunity to connect with students from all programs, their families, alums, faculty, staff and board members and ask the question, “What would most improve student learning or our learning environment?” We received many thoughtful responses, and as we sifted through them, it became clear to us that the overwhelming concern of every constituency was wellness.
This isn’t surprising. In a world where the church is declining in cultural status, and burnout is causing leaders (not only clergy) of all kinds to abandon their ministries in surprisingly large numbers (often within the first five years after seminary), the habits of mind and heart that support healthy relationships are more important than ever. The people who responded to our survey described what turned out to be a weblike network of wellness, connecting physical, financial, spiritual and vocational health. Southwest’s emphasis on reconciliation and healthy relationships helped us to understand
the ways that each of these areas can affect the others, either positively or negatively, and to imagine these areas, not as separable topics, but as an invitation to Comprehensive Wellness for Ministry (the final title of the plan we submitted to SACSCOC). Our design team came to understand that the best time to develop and instill these habits of wellness was during the formation process itself, and that the best way to do so was through the ancient Christian concept of Rules. Starting this year, the entire community will begin a process of discerning and living into a personal Rule of Life. In addition, each semester we will focus on one of the four areas of Comprehensive Wellness, engaging in a process of action and reflection intended to help each person refine his or her rule. Changing circumstances during and after seminary will mean that the rule will have to be altered to stay current and useful. Ultimately, we hope that students will have learned during their time here both how to revise their rule, but also how to live into the discipline it represents. Focused programming for the area of financial wellness begins this spring in response to our implementation of Federal Financial Aid for students and our own recognition of the need for students to engage questions of personal and institutional finances. See the article on page eight for more about how our program is unfolding. In the fall of 2015 our campus will attend to the area of physical well ness, and in subsequent semesters we will focus on spiritual wellness and vocational wellness. The priests, scholars, counselors, chaplains and spiritual directors who graduate from our seminary are embarking upon vocations which are demanding in many ways. Comprehensive Wellness for Ministry is a program designed to support our graduates in the transition to their early ministries, and also set them up to be successful in their vocations for many years to follow.
A Foundation for Financial Health and Wellness Seminary of the Southwest establishes new programs to promote student success By Ashley Festa, Freelance Author Stephanie Knott will testify that staying debt-free while attending a private graduate school is almost as challenging as the coursework. During her first year at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, Knott commuted from her home in San Marcos to Austin for classes, then to New Braunfels for her day job and back again to Austin for her overnight job. Sometimes she would be awake for 24 hours straight. Her determination to leave seminary without debt is palpable. At one point, she was working four jobs to keep afloat while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling.
“It has been a roller coaster,” she said. “But I’m investing in myself and my future, so I don’t regret it.” Southwest never wants students to buckle under the financial stress of paying for an education. So the seminary has created a plan to help alleviate the monetary burden of following God’s call and to prepare students for a healthy financial future. Profound peace of mind The seminary has been committed to low student debt since its founding in 1952. For more than 60 years, Southwest hasn’t accepted federal financial aid; instead, it has offered generous scholarships to encourage students to remain debt-free. Last year, more than half of Southwest’s students received tuition scholarships averaging $7,500,
Vice President Jennielle Strother discusses financial aid with MDiv student, J.P. Arrossa.
and students also raised an average of $1,400 from their dioceses, families and parishes. But some students find there’s still a wide gap between the sticker price and available funding. Because Southwest desires to accommodate all students who feel God’s call, the seminary will make federal loans available for the first time in its history.
To uphold that commitment, Southwest has established two new programs to help seminarians maintain fiscal stability. It won’t abandon its dedication to students’ financial health, though. To uphold that commitment, Southwest has established two new programs to help seminarians maintain fiscal stability: One program will provide financial literacy resources throughout a student’s entire lifecycle—from prospect to alum. The other will provide a guide for all facets of a pastor’s or lay minister’s lifelong wellbeing. The Enrollment Management Office plans to create an array of tools to prepare seminarians to manage their finances wisely, starting as early as the prospective student stage. Resources such as webinars, personal phone calls and even one-on-one counseling sessions will help them understand the true cost of student loans. With the help of a Lilly Endowment grant, Southwest will make those resources available, said Jennielle Strother, vice president of Enrollment Management. The Lilly Endowment has long supported projects that strengthen congregations and the ministers that serve them, and it offered Southwest a $250,000 grant over three years to offset the cost of this robust initiative. “I want anyone who is discerning a call to ministry to have access to resources in order to plan financially to attend seminary,” Strother said. “Being saddled with debt will only impede their ability to do God’s work.”
Lending students a hand When Pam Hallmark felt her call to attend seminary, she knew the journey would be difficult and slow going. First, she needed to complete her bachelor’s degree. So she quit her job to attend the University of Washington and earned a degree in comparative world religion. Financially, life was a struggle. She and her family lived on food stamps while she worked toward her BA. “You would think it would be scary, but it was one of the most certain things I’ve ever known in my life,” Pam Hallmark said of quitting her job to return to school. “This was something that I had to do. I can’t not do this.” She’s now a senior at Southwest and expects to graduate in May with a master’s in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care with plans to become a hospice chaplain. Although she felt sure of the direction she was headed, she wasn’t sure how she would get there. She felt a huge burden lifted when she received a 50 percent tuition scholarship from Southwest. Still, coming up with the remaining sum strained her family’s budget. “I started paying as much as we could afford on a weekly basis,” she said.
At one point, she was working four jobs to keep afloat while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling. Some students struggle so much that they are forced to leave the seminary, a painful option both for the student and Southwest. To prevent that unwelcome choice, federal loans can now assist Hallmark and her peers. “We felt like not offering federal aid was closing doors to students who wanted to come here, but financially couldn’t make it work,” Strother said. “Offering federal loans makes Continued on following page...
the seminary an option for people who want a degree with a theological foundation rather than a purely clinical degree from a state school.” The availability of federal loans couldn’t have come at a better time. Hallmark’s husband lost his job and her temporary part-time job recently ended. She feels relieved that she’s now able to apply for federal aid, which will help her complete her final year.
She feels relieved that she’s now able to apply for federal aid, which will help her complete her final year. A rewarding investment Like Hallmark, Knott had no doubts when she decided to attend seminary. As a prospective student, she searched for a counseling program with a spiritual foundation, which she hadn’t been able to find at state schools. A faculty member at the University of Texas recommended Southwest. “I visited the campus and there was an overwhelming sense of peace that came over me,” she said. Knott also received a scholarship that covered 50 percent of her tuition. The rest she committed to paying out of pocket, and she’s not the only student to take on that challenging endeavor. “Full-time residential seminary requires a substantial commitment from our students,” said the Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, dean and president of Southwest. “But in this intensive formation, they become bearers of the Christian tradition and its creative adapters in the contemporary world.” Like Knott, first-year student J.P. Arrossa will use federal aid only as a last resort. Before coming to Southwest, Arrossa worked as a financial expert, managing other people’s money for a living. When he sat down to calculate the price he’d pay to follow God’s
calling, he fully realized what he would be getting himself into while he pursued a Master of Divinity degree. But Arrossa has felt called to the priesthood since he was 12 years old, so he and his partner created a budget and saved money to pay for his tuition. He also approached his parish to request funding, something Strother’s office will teach students how to do as part of the seminary’s dedication to financial literacy. Asking for money can be an uncomfortable topic, so the enrollment office will provide workshops on how to craft a message to make the request. “We will talk to students about how to raise money to get through seminary,” Strother said. “We encourage them that it’s common to reach out to their parish, their community, their family and friends.” A lifetime of wellbeing Southwest students may be leading these parishes one day, and Kittredge wants alumni to be healthy enough to do the job well. “Sometimes a temptation for Christian leaders is to overlook their own health and wellness,” Kittredge said. “We want to instill this awareness as part of the education here.” The seminary’s goal of promoting financial, spiritual, physical and vocational wellness developed into an extensive new program called Comprehensive Wellness for Ministry, now required for all incoming students.
Asking for money can be an uncomfortable topic, so the enrollment office will provide workshops on how to craft a message to make the request. “If you aren’t physically well enough to do your job properly, you’re going to run into financial issues, as well as vocational and spiritual issues,” said Micah Jackson, dean of Community Life. “They are strongly interdependent, so we wanted to address all of these areas at once.”
“I am thankful for the opportunity to join an institutional community that is not only aware of the challenges and sacrifices a person makes in order to go to seminary, but seeks to alleviate potential hinderances toward this calling. For me, finances, were a huge factor in whether or not I could attend, but because Southwest has given me access to scholarships, federal loans and work study, I have been able to enter into this vibrant, formational process toward Chaplaincy.”
- Rychelle Reiling Junior, MCPC
Students helped design the mandatory program, providing insight on what seminarians could realistically handle with the rest of their workload. They didn’t have time for busywork. They wanted a practical plan for lifelong wellbeing. The idea that emerged—the Rule of Life—provided a dynamic blueprint of wellness.
“It’s natural to worry about those we serve and forget the importance of our own wellbeing,” said Arrossa, one of the first students to learn about the new program. “One aspect of my rule will be creating some sacred space and boundaries around that space. Personal time will allow me to rest and recharge.”
The Rule of Life is a decision-making guide for students to write while at seminary and later amend as their financial, spiritual, physical and vocational situations change. A student might, for example, include a financial aspect to the Rule that limits the amount of debt he will carry. The Rule reduces the temptation of a dazzling opportunity because the student has already determined the limit in a clearheaded moment.
The Rule of Life will change as a person advances through the stages of life. Age, health, financial position and career changes will affect the evolution of a rule as students move from seminary to workplace to retirement.
As an incoming student, Arrossa already has ideas for his Rule of Life.
“I hope this shows students that we care about their whole person,” Jackson said. “We’re not just dispensing factual information. We understand that they are undergoing transformation based on a call from God and we want to be part of that process. It’s a promise to help them live well.” Ashley Festa is a higher education freelance author.
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Black History Month: February 2015 The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, was the focus of a community-wide conversation on February 2, 2015, the first event in the seminary’s observance of Black History Month. The event began with a 30-minute presentation by Asante Todd, instructor in Christian Ethics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Asante, himself African-American, introduced the book and its topic, plus participated in a question and answer period. The discussion then moved to table groups where students, faculty, staff, board members and others from the community shared thoughts, stories, insights and questions arising from the book and the presentation. Black History Month events concluded with a service of Holy Eucharist featuring the Huston-Tillotson Gospel Choir. Payne Lecture: February 12 J. Pittman McGehee, former dean of Christ Church Cathedral who is currently a diplomate Jungian analyst, lecturer, educator, published poet and essayist, presented the Payne Lecture on Thursday, February 12, 2015. This annual event honors the Rt. Rev. Claude E. Payne, former chair of the seminary’s board of trustees and bishop of the Diocese of Texas retired. Central Texas Colloquium on Religion Research Conference: February 21 Central Texas Colloquium on Religion (CTCR) is an initiative to build stronger connections between the academic professionals and students of religion in Central Texas. The objective of the Research Conference is to provide an opportunity to present original research and receive critical feedback within a creative and academic atmosphere. Graduate students and professors from universities, colleges and seminaries in Central Texas organize this conference, seeking to foster intellectual dialogue among scholars of religion within our area. The Conference was held at Seminary of the Southwest. Southwest Showdown Barbeque: March 7 Southwest Showdown is a student-organized barbeque competition to benefit Episcopal Relief & Development and local relief and development efforts. More informa tion at http://www.southwestshowdown.com.
Harvey Lecture: March 23 The 2015 Harvey lecturer will be James Tengatenga, former bishop of the Diocese of Southern Malawi who is currently distinguished visiting professor of global Anglicanism at the School of Theology, University of the South. Bishop Tengatenga will speak on Monday, March 23, 2015, at 7:00 PM. The Harvey Lecture, which honors the memory of former Dean Hudnall Harvey, is hosted annually by the seminarians. The Harvey Lecture is made possible by the Thomas H. Harvey Memorial Fund. Commencement: May 12 Mariann Edgar Budde, ninth bishop of the Diocese of Washington will preach for the seminary’s commence ment at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Austin, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 10:00 AM. Budde served as rector of St. John’s, Minneapolis, for 18 years before being elected bishop. She is the first woman to serve as diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Washington. Southwest at General Convention: June 23 - July 3 Seminary of the Southwest will host an exhibit during General Convention 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a reception for alumni and friends of the seminary on June 30 at the Salt Lake City Marriott City Center. Matriculation: August 30 The seminary community officially welcomes new students, and the recipient of the Charles Cook Award for Servant Leadership is honored at Evensong in Christ Chapel on Sunday, August 30. Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 - October 15 Activities will be planned throughout the month. Details will be forthcoming. Blandy Lecture: September 29-30 The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, Bishop of Rhode Island, will deliver the 2015 Blandy Lectures. The Blandy Lectures are made possible by the Blandy Lecture Endowment Funds. John Hines Day: October 8 Seminary of the Southwest’s annual John Hines Day celebration includes Holy Eucharist in Christ Chapel where we install new members of the Board of Trustees, welcome Hines family members and friends and honor members of the John Hines Legacy Society. A celebratory luncheon for everyone follows. Details will be forthcoming.
All events, except Commencement are held on the seminary campus, 501 E. 32nd Street, Austin, Texas. Details will be available on the website or by calling 512-472-4133.
L at i n Am e r i c a n C u lt u r e Poets, dancers and musicians shared their talents during an evening of Latin American Art and Culture sponsored by Hispanic Church Studies at Seminary of the Southwest.
J o h n H i n e s Day
Fac u lt y & S ta ff Faculty News Dr. Scott Bader-Saye, academic dean and professor of Christian ethics and moral theology, presented two talks in October as part of the Distin guished Lecture Series at St. Michael and All Angels in Dallas. The talks were titled “Bonds of Affection in a Culture of Isolation” and “Alone Together: Technology, Youth Culture, and the Church.” He wrote “Bonds of Affection: How do we love when we disagree?” that was published in November in The Christian Century magazine. In December he spoke at St. Paul’s, Waco, on the topic “I am what I fear.” In January he spoke to the Clericus in Victoria, Texas, on the topic, “Discretionary Funds and Endless Need: Exploring the Ethics of Charity.” Also in January, he convened a session at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in Chicago, Illinois, on the topic “Loyalty and Law in Islamic and Christian Political Thought: Reappraising a Civic Virtue in Liberal Democracies.” Following that conference, he attended the Council of Deans meeting for the Episcopal seminaries. He will be giving three lectures at Lenoir-Rhyne University and Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary in March on “Guns, Violence, and Fear: A Theological Response to the Idolatry of Security.” Also in March he will give two lectures to an interfaith community organizing group in Edmonton, Alberta, on the topic “Civic Virtue and the Culture of Fear.”
essays for The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in 2015.
The Rev. Paul Barton, PhD, associate professor of the history of American Christianity and missiology and director of Hispanic Church Studies, was elected vice-president of the Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana (AETH), a national organization that supports theological education of Latinos/Hispanics at their October meeting at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He co-sponsored the conference “Crossing the Border: Youth Ministry” at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in November. Hispanic clergy and laity from Austin, Houston and San Antonio were present. Paul served as presider of the conference and moderator of the clergy panel on youth ministry. Paul served as the co-chair of the Evangelical Studies Group at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in November in San Diego. He is scheduled to submit six
Dr. Steve Bishop, professor of Old Testament taught a class at All Saints’, Austin, titled “The Art of Biblical Poetry” and he taught a three-week series at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin, on the Book of Daniel and a four-week course at Good Shepherd on the “Strange Story of Balaam.” Bishop taught an adult formation forum at St. David’s, Austin, in February on “Hagar: An Unlikely Matriarch.”
Frederick L. Clement, executive vice president, attended the Batts Morrison Wales & Lee non-profit business officers seminar on accounting, tax and employment law in Orlando in October. In late November, he traveled to San Antonio for the annual conference of chief business officers of the Association of Theological Schools and Colleges. These meetings focused on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, regulatory policy, strategic planning and higher education administration.
The Rev. Nathan Jennings, PhD, associate professor of Liturgics and Anglican Studies, had his blog “Henri de Lubac and human nature” posted on The Living Church web blog. Nathan references what he learned from focusing on Lubac while teaching the Theology II course at Southwest.
Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, associate professor of church history, served as co-chair of the History of Christianity section overseeing the design and implementation of its panels at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and he was appointed to the steering committee of the Society for the Study of Anglicanism, which meets concurrently with the American Academy of Religion. Dan had a review of David Nirenberg’s Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition printed in
the fall 2014 issue of the Anglican Theological Review. He served as a faculty mentor for Southwest students in January at an interfaith seminary retreat on “Sharing our Faith Traditions” sponsored by the Multicultural Alliance and the Council of Southwestern Theological Schools.
Interim Director Announced Academic Dean Scott Bader-Saye announced the appointment of Alison O’Reilly Poage to serve as Interim Director of the Booher Library at Seminary of the Southwest. “Ms. Poage’s presence will strengthen our current library staff, provide fresh eyes in a time of transition and allow the search committee to continue its work with confidence that the library is fully staffed and in good hands,” said Dr. Bader-Saye. Poage served most recently as Director of the Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library in Cutchogue, New York. She has lived in Austin before, having worked for the Austin Public Library system from 2007-2010. She received her Masters of Library Science from City University of New York in 2001. “She brings great experience, enthusiasm and vision to this position, and I am sure she will assist us well in her time here,” said Dr. Bader-Saye. Ms. Poage began her work at Southwest on January 5th of this year.
The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, taught at the gathering of mentors of the Iona Initiative at Camp Allen. Dean Kittredge was invited by alumnus Austin Rios, MDiv 2003 and rector of St. Paul’s Within the Walls, Rome, Italy, to make a presentation to the vestry retreat, to preach on September 14 and to teach on September 22. On September 27, Dean Kittredge attended the consecration of the Diocese of Mississippi’s Bishop Coadjutor Brian Seage, MDiv 1997. She spoke at St. Paul’s, Waco, at the Stewardship Dinner: “I am What I Give” SelfGiving in the Gospel of Mark. She is co-editor of The Fortress Commentary on the New Testament published by Fortress Press in October. She traveled to Midland and Abilene, Texas, for Meet the Dean events and to Boston for the funeral of Bishop Tom Shaw. Cynthia spoke at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Episcopal Church Foundation Fellowship Partners Program and delivered the keynote address, “Building the beloved community: The vision of the fourth gospel” at the clergy conference in the Diocese of the Rio Grande. She preached and presided at the Eucharist in memory of the Rev. Dr. Ellen Bradshaw Aitken at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Diego and preached at St. Paul’s Cathedral in San Diego on November 23. She preached at the Christmas service for the Mar Thoma Church at Christ Chapel, at the ordinations of Kellaura Johnson in Richmond, Texas, and of Terry Pierce at St. James, Taylor, Texas. She attended the Council of Deans at Bexley Seabury in Columbus, Ohio.
The Rev. Jane Patterson, PhD, assistant professor of New Testament and co-director of St. Benedict’s Workshop (a ministry in San Antonio devoted to helping laity live out their faith in the varied contexts of daily life), taught four sessions for the Grace Series at St. George’s, Austin. Her subject was vocation and how God calls each person into fullness of life as a part of the fabric of the whole creation. Jane has also collaborated with The Rev. John Lewis, PhD to create a series of reflections on the lectionary readings for Advent for the Diocese of West Texas.
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The Rev. Kathleen Russell, DMin, associate professor of pastoral theology, presented a talk on “Participating in the Liturgy” as part of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd’s Sunday adult forum in Austin in October. Several pieces of her writing that were done during her recent sabbatical are included in Gillie Bolton’s fourth edition of Reflective Practice-Writing and Professional Development, published in September. In January, she attended the bi-annual Association for Theological Field Education conference in Sante Fe and will be a guest preacher at First Baptist Church in Austin.
The Rev. Dave Scheider, DMin, director of the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation was a panelist for the 2014 Tentmaking Conference, October 31 through November 2, at Austin Presbyterian Seminary. Presented by the Episcopal National Association for the SelfSupporting Active Ministry and the Association of Presbyterian Tentmakers, the conference was for ordained people who function within the institutional church, but are not serving the church on a full-time basis. Scheider spoke on crisis intervention and the roll of the clergy at the “Out of Exile” conference sponsored by the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Austin on November 13. The inter faith conference focused on helping faith communities engage and provide support to families and individuals living with mental illness. Dave’s lecture “Crisis Intervention and the Role of the Clergy” was part of the session emphasizing support for families in crisis. Dave recently completed training to become a commissioned presenter for Centering Prayer by Contemplative Outreach.
Jennielle Strother, vice president for enrollment management, was a copresenter at Next Generation Latinas at Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators on October 13. She has been invited to be a regular contributor to the American Association of Colle giate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) column, Connect. On April 8-12, 2015, she will be co-presenting: “Next Generation Latinas” at the Association of College Unions International’s (ACUI) 2015 Annual Conference.
Writing Center Has New Director Academic Dean Scott BaderSaye has announced the appointment of Claire Miller Colombo to serve as director of the Center for Writing and Creative Expression at Seminary of the Southwest. Dr. Colombo has already contributed significantly to the seminary in recent years—teaching courses in theopoetics, serving as a writing consultant and leading several well-attended and highly praised writing workshops for our students. She brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the task of teaching effective writing and critical thinking. Claire received her PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 and holds a Diploma in Theological Studies from Southwest. She has taught writing and literature in a variety of settings—including university and secondary school—and has published articles on topics ranging from English poetry to faith-filled parenting. As an educational writer and consultant, she develops religion and language arts curricula for Loyola Press of Chicago, is managing editor of their Seasons magazines and contributes regularly to their Finding God newsletters. Claire also serves as co-literary editor of Theopoetics: A Journal of Theological Imagination, Literature, Embodiment, and Aesthetics. “Claire already enjoys a great reputation among the students. She combines writing expertise, pedagogical skill and theological depth in ways that will impact all of our degree programs,” said Dr. Bader-Saye. The previous director of the Writing Center, Dr. Greg Garrett, will continue to serve as writer in residence and to contribute his gifts to the life of the seminary. Dr. Colombo began her new position at Southwest on January 1, 2015.
Dean and President Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is a contributor to The New Oxford Annotated Bible and the Women’s Bible Commentary, is the author of Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John and Community and Authority: The Rhetoric of Obedience in the Pauline Tradition. She co-edited The Bible in the Public Square: Reading the Signs of the Times and Walk in the Ways of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. She is the co-editor of the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The New Testament (2014).
Much-Anticipated Release of Fortress Commentary on the Bible Fortress Press proudly announces the Fortress Commentary on the Bible, a collaborative scholarly project years in the making. This two volume set synthesizes current scholarship on every book of the Bible, including Apocrypha, with entries consistently focusing on ancient context, history of interpretation, and contemporary significance. Fortress editor Scott Tunseth, who has overseen the project from its inception alongside Neil Elliott, Acquisitions Editor for Biblical Studies, explains that the ultimate effect of the scholarship represented in the Fortress Commentary on the Bible is “to ignite a conversation through the raising of critical questions.” Both the Fortress Commentary on the Bible: Old Testament and Apocrypha and The Fortress Commentary on the Bible: New Testament open with introductory essays that orient the reader to the challenge and promise of interpreting the Old and New Testament in the twenty-first century and include Section Introductions orienting readers to the historical and contextual concerns of each collection (e.g., Themes and Perspectives in the Torah; Jesus and the Christian Gospels). Biblical books are addressed by one of over 75 top biblical scholars whose focus centers on the value of current scholarship for the contemporary world. Volume editors for Old Testament are Gale A. Yee (Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, Camabridge, Massachusetts), Hugh R. Page Jr. (associate professor of Theology and Africana Studies, vice president, associate provost, and dean of the First Year of Studies at the University of Notre Dame), and Matthew J. M. Coomber (assistant professor of biblical studies at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa). For New Testament, the volume editors are Margaret Aymer (associate professor of New Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia), Cynthia Briggs Kittredge (president, dean, and professor of New Testament at Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas), and David Sánchez (associate professor of theological studies and director of American Cultures at Loyala Marymount University in Los Angeles, California). The Fortress Commentary on the Bible makes the latest biblical scholarship accessible to students, pastors and lay learners and also promises to provide an excellent foundational resource for the further research of biblical scholars and instructors in Bible. For more information, please visit fortresspress.com/fcob/about.
A lu m n i B l a n dy L e c t u r e s Seminary of the Southwest Class Notes 2010s Jodi Baron and Christian Baron, MDiv ’14, were ordained to the priesthood on December 20, 2014, at Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, Michigan. Julie Clawson, MAR ’13, and David Peters, Southwest MAR student, were invited to participate in the Author Series at St. David’s, Austin, in fall 2014. Eric André Cole Holloway, MDiv ’14, was ordained to the priesthood on January 22, 2015, at Iglesia Episcopal Santa Maria Virgen, Houston, Texas. Kellaura Beth Johnson, MDiv ’14, was ordained to the priesthood on January 9, 2015, at Calvary Episcopal Church in Richmond, Texas.
The seminary welcomed Sara Miles (center), founder and director of The Food Pantry and director of ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, who presented the 2014 Blandy Lectures.
Vivian Orndorff, MDiv ’14, was ordained to the priest hood on January 10, 2015, in the Diocese of Kansas. Vivian serves as curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in The Woodlands, Texas. William Douglas Pevehouse was born to Brandy and James M. Pevehouse, DAS ’12, on November 14, 2014. Mary Balfour Van Zandt, MDiv ’14, was ordained to the priesthood on January 10, 2015, in the Diocese of Alabama. Mary Balfour is rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Fayette, Alabama. Laurence Wainwright-Maks, MDiv ’14, was ordained to the diaconate on October 1, 2014, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville, Mississippi. 2000s Rich Frontjes, MDiv ’06, graduated from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in May 2014 with a PhD in History/World Christianity and Mission.
Southwest alumnae Susanna Cates (Church of the Heavenly Rest, Abilene) and Cynthia Caruso (All Saints’, Austin) enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Blandy Lectures.
1990s Claire Cowden, MAR ’96, was ordained to the diaconate on December 13, 2014, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lubbock, Texas. Kurt Wiesner, MDiv ’98, has accepted the call to be the next rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. He will begin his ministry there on February 14, 2015.
James Pevehouse, DAS ’12, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Bellville, Texas, shows his Southwest pride. 20
Bruce Allen Eberhardt, BDiv ’67, MST ’68, retired priest of the church, died November 8, 2014, in Frederick, Maryland. Margaret “Peg” Fuller, MDiv ’06, priest in the Diocese of Nevada, died February 4, 2015, in Murray, Utah. Roland Ashley Timberlake, MDiv ’72, rector emeritus of St. Luke’s on the Lake, Austin, died January 6, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Carter Clay Towles, MDiv ’13, priest in the Diocese of Oklahoma, died October 20, 2014.
Corinne Ware Corinne Ware, MAR ’89, died February 17, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Corinne was professor of ascetical theology and director of the master of arts in pastoral ministry degree (MAPM) at Southwest from 1997 until her retirement. MAPM was the predecessor of the master’s degrees now offered within the Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation. Corinne received the 2011 Durstan R McDonald Teaching Award at Southwest.
Dean Emeritus Dusty McDonald and Heather Kohout in 2013.
Heather Catto Kohout Heather Catto Kohout, MAR ’99, died October 17, 2014, in Austin, Texas. Heather received the 2013 Durstan R McDonald Teaching Award at Southwest.
“Faithful teacher, insightful author, friend and guide to students, visionary administrator. You served faithfully and with distinction as a member of the faculty of your alma mater, Seminary of the Southwest for 13 years.”
“Alumna, native of San Antonio, published poet, dedicated rower, freelance theology teacher. You teach a message of gratitude, ethical living, curiosity, devotion and a healthy dose of skepticism in your life, your work and with your beloved children Lizzie, Tito and Thea.”
Read the entire citation presented to Corinne at www.ssw.edu/corinne-ware
Read the entire citation presented to Heather at www.ssw.edu/heather-catto-kohout
Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord; And let light perpetual shine upon them. 21
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