2011 Jan-Feb

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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To the person in the pew, who probably has little reason to think about where her pastor attended seminary, giving to theological education can be a very abstract proposition. Couple this with a tough economy and sweeping changes in cultures and capacities of mainline denominations, and seminary development officers face a daunting task as they engage prospective donors.

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Perhaps the most effective “pitch” isn’t one at all. Rather, it is an invitation to reflect on one’s own experience. We all have pivotal moments in our spiritual journeys, where we turn corners into deeper truths about our own selves and our roles in God’s world. What many of us may not realize is that oftentimes, in those crucial periods of growth when we seek the counsel of our pastor or spiritual mentor, we may unknowingly be drawing upon the skills of a theologically educated person.

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When I was asked to write about why McCormick has been important to me and how I still feel connected here, I was surprised at the depth of feelings and memories that came to me as I thought about what I would write. One thing I am sure of is that my McCormick experience and what I learned from it will be something I carry with me and play forward to wherever God calls me to go.

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When I began my studies at McCormick, I wasn’t even sure of what questions to ask, much less having a clue of where I was going.  From a very early age I knew God had a plan for me, but instead of letting myself be led I spent the next forty years or so rationalizing that the life choices I had made were what God wanted for me instead.

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Tireless in his efforts to support ongoing research of the Shechem artifacts, Professor Emeritus Ted Campbell has committed his time to making the materials accessible to other archaeologists at the Semitic Museum at Harvard University.
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Professor Emeritus Rev. Dr. Edward “Ted” Campbell stands as one of the few remaining members of the Drew-McCormick-Harvard Shechem excavation team that first set foot in the arid hill country of what is now the West Bank in 1957.

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Professor Emeritus Rev. Dr. Edward “Ted” Campbell stands as one of the few remaining members of the Drew-McCormick-Harvard Shechem excavation team that first set foot in the arid hill country of what is now the West Bank in 1957. Campbell worked on the seven major excavations from 1957 until 1970 and then assumed a coordinating role after the passing of G. Ernest Wright of Harvard Divinity School.  Campbell provided oversight and direct involvement not only with the dig but also with collecting and publishing the data.