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04-14-2016

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Lesslie J. (Wagner) Anbari died March 20, 2016, at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock, Texas. She was born March 27, 1937, in Akron, Ohio, to Margaret J. (Evans) and Frank L. Wagner.

She spent her school years in Dubuque, Iowa, where she graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and was active in church, school, and the community. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

She married Abdul Ghani Anbari on August 19, 1961, in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 2011.

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McCormick Theological Seminary and the Center for Innovative Ministry are pleased to announce the winning entries of the 2016 McCormick Prize for Innovation.  The Annual Prize recognizes “impactful use of innovation in ministry,” and this year will award $8,000 in prizes to the winners.

04-12-2016

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Bishop Yvette A. Flunder
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Check out Bishop Yvette Flunder's biography. 

Bishop Yvette A. Flunder has been confirmed as the speaker for McCormick Theological Seminary’s 182nd Commencement on May 7, 2016 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Bishop Flunder is the Senior and Founding Pastor at City of Refuge, United Church of Christ in Oakland, CA and the Presiding Bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries.

03-31-2016

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To Present the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising
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The Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF), a four day intensive program with a practical application project, provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus of the ECRF is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that in turn enable donors motived by spiritual and religious values to experience the joy of generous giving.

03-22-2016 by

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Wayne Meisel
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Growing up, I didn’t know what “mental health issues” were. ... It never occurred to me that depression wasn’t something someone could just fix on their own.
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For more information about the conference, or to register, visit www.Faith3.org/mentalhealth. On April 3rd, Ricker and her colleagues will launch a Mental Health Toolkit to empower congregations to act during Mental Health Month in May.

Growing up, I didn’t know what “mental health issues” were. I knew of families that had children and siblings who were institutionalized for schizophrenia and other unnamed mental disorders. But the generally held assumption was that if you couldn’t see it (like a broken bone) it must not be all that bad. Depression was what happened when someone was down on their luck. It happened to people who made poor choices or had no friends. It never occurred to me that depression wasn’t something someone could just fix on their own.

02-23-2016

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Bill Holmquist passed away February 7, 2016, at age 89, surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by Marion Saxe Holmquist, his loving wife of 57 years, children in whom he took pride, Scott, of Rochester, NY, Eric (Lisa Huntoon) of Pittsford, NY, and Marta Best (Ken) of East Amherst, NY, and four grandchildren, Ella & Liam Best, and Nicholas & Samantha Holmquist. He is also survived by his sisters, Lillian Johnson of Marissa, IL, and Marian Calhoun of Toccoa, GA, and many loved cousins, nephews, nieces, & friends.

02-11-2016

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Mary Catherine McFarland, 88, of Chesterfield County, VA, passed away on January 24, 2016, after a long illness.

02-05-2016

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Robert (Rob) Paul Coffman, 78, of Oak Park, died on January 27, 2016 at home where he was in hospice care after a long battle with squamous cell cancer and myasthenia gravis.

02-04-2016 by

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Heather Nicholson
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To establish the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Scholars: African-Centered Religious Thought and Ministry.
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The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
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Dr. Wright, Jr.'s Biography

Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. is a man of faith, a homiletic genius, a theological scholar and a pastor’s pastor. Following in the path of his mentor, Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Dr. Wright has taught hundreds of seminarians the art of preaching and how to examine the Gospel with an African American hermeneutic. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from Howard University, a Master of Arts in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary.

As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, where he served 36 years, Dr. Wright enriched the lives and faith of his congregants by moving ministry, “from theory to praxis.” Dr. Wright’s efforts made Trinity - long considered in theological circles a model for the Black church - one of the most politically active and socially conscious churches in the nation. For full biography, please visit: jeremiahwright.com

A Collaborative Connection to the Past and Future 

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., McCormick Theological Seminary invites students to study under the tutelage of Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. The Wright D. Min. Cohort will transform leadership and prepare the next generation of leaders to challenge injustices and guide our country towards justice, peace, healing and freedom for all people.