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09-16-2015

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McCormick Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Julian DeShazier to serve as Mentor of the Community Engagement Fellows Program.
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The Rev. Julian DeShazier

The Community Engagement Fellows Program, in its second year at McCormick, is a signature initiative of the school. The Program identifies, attracts and enrolls service and justice-minded students who want to maintain their commitment to these causes while attending school. Dr. Ted Hiebert, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty states, “We want what they are doing in the community to connect with their experience in the classroom, bringing both experiences to bear in their career."

09-10-2015

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Deborah Kapp elevated to full professor holding the Edward F. and Phyllis K. Campbell chair of Urban Ministry.
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Download Rev. Dr. Kapp's sermon from the convocation in which she explores questions of contemporary faith formation. 

Deborah J. Kapp joined the faculty of McCormick in 1995 as an Assistant Professor of Ministry and was named Associate Professor of Ministry in 2002. In 2006 she became the Edward F. and Phyllis K. Campbell Professor of Urban Ministry. In 2004-2005 and in the fall of 2013 she served as the Acting Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

07-23-2015

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And there are two of them! Congratulations to Pauline Coffman (M.A. '64) and the Rev. Trey Hammond (M.Div. '80)
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Rev. Trey Hammond and Dr. Pauline Coffman

Nominated by other alums, the Distinguished Alumnus/a award is a deep and special acknowledgement of the importance this person not only has had in the life of the one who nominates him or her, but also the impact this person has had within the church and their role as Christ's hands and feet in the world. 

Be thinking ahead to 2016! Make your nominations now!
The form is now online!

06-18-2015

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William “Bill” Hirt, a Chicago-born developer who moved to Toledo to preach at a central-city Presbyterian church but became passionate about providing affordable housing, rehabilitating buildings in the city’s neglected neighborhoods, died on March 30 in his Old West End Home.

Mr. Hirt, 72, died after an eight-year-long struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

05-21-2015

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Relationship with Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Renewed
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Rev. Wayne Meisel, Center Leader
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It is with great joy and excitement we announce the renewal of our relationship with the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations with a major grant from them for the Center for Faith and Service. While the details are still being confirmed, the grant will allow the Center to replicate the Community Engagement Fellows program at up to ten seminaries and divinity schools that are part of Seminaries that Change the World. This is a major win both for the Center's national activities and for McCormick.

05-20-2015

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Rev. Ross H. Gooch

Ross Hayward Gooch, 81, of Wooster, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from complications of Alzheimer's.

He was born February 12, 1933 in Lebanon, Indiana, the son of Darrell and Ruth (Kattman). Gooch and grew up in Indiana.

Ross was a 1950 graduate of Howe High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a 1954 graduate of The College of Wooster where he met his wife, Cynthia (Stetson) Gooch whom he married on June 26, 1954. She preceded him in death on February 8, 2013.

05-13-2015

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Jeff will conclude his time on the McCormick faculty after teaching two Doctor of Ministry classes in July.
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Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Japinga

The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Japinga, Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry and Certificate Learning Programs and Assistant Professor of Leadership and Ministry at McCormick Seminary, was elected Tuesday, May 12th, to the position of Transitional Executive Presbyter by the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area of Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. He will begin his work with the presbytery in June and conclude his time on the McCormick faculty after teaching two Doctor of Ministry classes in July.

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Reggie Williams received The Louisville Institute’s First Book Grant for Minority Scholars

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The Louisville Institute’s First Book Grant for Minority Scholars enables junior, tenure-track religion scholars of color to complete a major study that contributes to the vitality of Christianity in North America. Reggie Williams received the full amount of the grant, enabling him to take a year-long sabbatical to pursue his research project that will lead to the publication of his second book.

04-07-2015

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CEO Ann Fisher Raney (M.Div. 1981) to Accept Award April 21 in Orlando, FL
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The Rev. Ann Fisher Raney

Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center in Skokie is one of 18 individuals and organizations to receive an Award of Excellence from the National Council for Behavioral Health for its outstanding contribution to helping people recovering from mental illness and addictions. The National Council will present the awards, along with a $10,000 grant to each winning organization, at its annual conference in Orlando, FL, on April 21.

Turning Point is being honored for “Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management,” recognizing the leadership and ingenuity of CEO Ann Fisher Raney.