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12-04-2017 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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I had a high school history teacher who lived by clichés. One of his favorites was, “the darkest hour was just before the dawn.”
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I remember him using the phrase over and over again while we were studying the 100 Years War. At the time, I thought to myself, “Wow, it took a long time for the dawn to arrive.”

11-23-2017

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Lynn was born on June 24, 1928 and passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Lynn is survived by her husband, James J. McClure, a McCormick Life Trustee.

Lynn was a resident of Evanston, Illinois at the time of passing.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 9th 2:30 p.m. at the Elliott Chapel, Westminister Place, 3131 Simpson St., Evanston, IL.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Erie Neighborhood House, 1701 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60622 are appreciated.

11-21-2017

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In Memoriam

Marlene Mary Bowen, nee Michell, 85, of Evanston formerly of Kenilworth and Muskegon, MI, passed away surrounded by her loving family on November 21, 2017.

Marlene was the beloved wife for 63 years of the Rev. Dr. Gilbert W. Bowen; loving mother of Kathryn (Robert) Irvin, Mark (Margot) Bowen and Stephen (Marnie) Bowen; cherished grandmother of Christopher (Jenni) and Michael (Krista) Irvin, Wilson (fiancée Whitney Ford), Ross and Ned Bowen, David and Andrew Bowen; proud great grandmother of George and Frederick Irvin.

11-06-2017 by

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President David Crawford
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He who learns must suffer, and, even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” Aeschylus, from Agamemnon
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Sutherland Springs Vigil

Less than a week ago a terrorist mowed down eight people on a bike path in lower Manhattan. Five of the victims were friends from Argentina who were in New York to celebrate a reunion. A day later, a man walked into a suburban Denver Walmart and randomly shot three people. His victims included a beloved grandfather, a grandmother with “a contagious smile", and a young father with another child on the way.

11-04-2017

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Ronald J. Pinkowski, 89, WWII veteran, died Saturday, November 4, 2017 with the love of his life, his wife of 20+ years (Jacquelyn) by his side.

He leaves behind a sister, Marianne Guy, daughters Anne Dixon, Donna (Tom) Kirk Linda Hummel, step-children Holly (Jon) Kaloz, Wendy Montgomery, Chuck (Donna) Sowers, Denise (Jim) Pfaff and grandchildren Kelly (Luis) Gonzalez, Jessica Dixon, Marcus Hummel, Jessica (Joe) Pitman, Meggin (Austin) Musser, and Ryan (Becky) Sowers and 12 great-grandchildren with another due next year.

11-03-2017 by

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Rev. Wayne Meisel
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I loved going to Seminary. It defined me. It challenged me. It shaped me. It broke me down and built me up. Because of it, I am who I am today.
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Seminary made me into my best self and from that place I gained the courage to engage in the world with energy, creativity, experience and confidence.

In seminary, I learned about the multi-cultural context of the Bible’s literature. I learned about the courage and stamina of the Hebrew prophets. I learned about the history of our faith. And I learned that ministry didn’t have to look any certain way.

In seminary, I was challenged not to accept easy answers, but to ask tougher questions and then to lead with insight, grace and resolve.

11-02-2017

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The Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Seminary, announced today its annual list of Seminaries that Change the World (STCTW; www.STCTW.org).
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STCTW highlights a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary. The list was announced on the Huffington Post in an article entitled “Tradition and Innovation: Seminaries that Change the World 2017-18.”

10-24-2017

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“Honor the Reformation's African Roots”
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Dr. David Daniels

At this year's McCormick Days, McCormick's annual event honoring its alumni/ae, Dr. Daniels was a panelist for a presentation and discussion led by the Rev. Dr. Anna Case Winters. The Presentation and subsequent conversation was focused on "Unfinished Business: Reimaging the Reformation" inspired by this passage from Philippians 1:3-6: “…I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3 - 6

10-19-2017

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Dr. Steed Davidson

At its May 4-5, 2017 meeting, the McCormick Theological Seminary Board of Trustees granted tenure to Dr. Steed Davidson. Dr. Davidson came to McCormick in July 2015 as Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. He previously served on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and as a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

10-19-2017

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Dr. Reggie Williams

At its May 4-5, 2017 meeting, the McCormick Theological Seminary Board of Trustees granted Dr. Reggie Williams tenure and approved his promotion to Associate Professor of Christian Ethics.

Dr. Williams has been a part of the McCormick community since July 2012 in his role as Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics. Previously he was a full-time lecturer in the Religion Department at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has taught as Adjunct Faculty at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California and is affiliated with the American Baptist Church.