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Johari Jabir is an artist/scholar/teacher. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he was educated in the St. Louis public school system. Johari began his study of music at a very young age and was stepped in the St. Louis school of gospel blues led by Willie Mae Ford Smith and Rev. Cleophus Robinson. He continued his study of music at Fontbonne College (now Fontbonne University) where he received a B/A in music. After an extensive professional career in church music and musical theatre, he attended the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA where he received an MDiv.

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Sarah Yardney (Ph.D., University of Chicago) studies the creation and transmission of the Hebrew Bible, including its reception history in the literature of early Judaism. Her current research investigates the practices of biblical translators and scribes in the ancient Mediterranean. In addition to teaching Bible at McCormick, she is engaged in a digital humanities project at the University of Chicago that is encoding biblical manuscripts for textual research.

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Dr. Najeeb T Haddad received his PhD, with distinction, in New Testament and Early Christianity from Loyola University Chicago. His dissertation, “Paul in Context: A Reinterpretation of Paul and Empire,” examined post-colonial interpretations of Paul’s letters. The study was a sociohistorical, rhetorical, and theological reading of Paul’s letters, and is currently being revised for publication. Haddad also holds an MA in Biblical Languages and Literature from Loyola and a BA in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Saint Xavier University (Chicago).

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Dr. Guite earned her Ph.D. in Old Testament from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, IL. Her dissertation was a literary analysis of "The Golah and the “Other” in the Book of Ezra." She holds her Master of Theological Studies from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Her thesis was "Foreigners as True Worshippers of YAHWEH (Isa 56:1–8)."

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Rev. Carol J. Allen, MDiv, MSW, a spiritual director and Presbyterian minister in Chicago, Il, has directed a seminary field-based education program, taught and written about the use of the case study method of theological reflection, researched the faith of homeless children, and teaches regularly about Howard Thurman’s ‘liberating spirituality.’

In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. Eunice Blanchard Poethig admin 03-27-2018
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McCormick mourns the passing of Rev. Eunice Poethig who returned to God on May 25, 2018. She graduated in the class of 1975 and is survived by her husband, Rev. Richard “Dick” Poethig, a former faculty member.

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Antonio (Tony) Aja is a Teaching Elder member of the Presbytery of Santa Fe, Presbyterian Church (USA), and currently serves as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the current moderator for the National Hispanic/Latino Presbyterian Caucus (PCUSA).

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Dr. Nolan Shaw has provided developmental counseling since 1992. As executive director of Boys To Men, Inc., he specializes in addressing the psychological and sociological needs of "at risk" African-American males, presenting them with developmental models that meet their unique needs.

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Rev. Laura Dominski, who prefers to go by Lolly, is a co-pastor at the Morton Grove Presbyterian church. She came to MGCC in 2009, after serving at Presbyterian churches in Arlington Heights, Wilmette and Geneva, Illinois, and at the Good News Partners mission agency in northeastern Chicago.

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The Rev. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez is Professor of Systematic Theology. He has taught at Seminario Teológico Presbiteriano de México, Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico, and Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest. He has done pastoral ministry in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the USA. He is also the author of several books. Eliseo received his Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He studied philosophy and theology at Mexico, USA, and Denmark.