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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.

04-06-2015

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Althaus and Sweaty Sheep Ministries Win Top $5,000 Prize
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McCormick Prize for Innovation

The Center for Innovative Ministry recognizes Ryan Althaus, leader of Kentucky-based Sweaty Sheep Ministries with $5,000, as the first recipient of the McCormick Prize for Innovation. Sponsored by McCormick Theological Seminary of Chicago, in partnership with the Center for Innovative Ministry, the global award was established to raise the profile of innovation in ministry, as well as recognize and reward impactful innovations.

04-01-2015

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The Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas will be the graduation speaker for McCormick
Theological Seminary’s 181st Commencement on May 9, 2015 at St. Thomas the
Apostle Catholic Church.
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Frank Thomas

President Frank Yamada said, “I could not be more pleased that the students voted Dr. Thomas to deliver this year’s commencement address. He is one of the most celebrated preacher’s in the nation, and his leadership at McCormick has impacted generations of students and ministers in the church.” Dr. Thomas credits McCormick Seminary for his first academic teaching opportunity, and his class, “Preaching as Celebration,” which he offers every year at McCormick, is always one of the most popular and inspiring among students.

03-24-2015 by

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Re-posted with permission from the Presbyterian Outlook.
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Marriage Equality Comes to the PC(USA) - Two Gold Rings

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to take a momentous step in favor of marriage equality.

03-17-2015

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McCormick welcomes Steed Davidson, new Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, as the Zenos Lecturer for 2015. He will speak on "Empires of Violence, Cities of Peace" Monday, March 23, at 10:30 a.m. in the Common Room at McCormick Theological Seminary.
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Dr. Steed Davidson
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Davidson's lecture will be paired with the 2015 Robert Brawley Lecture in Gospel Studies, delivered by Willard Swartley, Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. Dr. Swarley will speak on "Do We Know the Things that Make for Peace in the City?" at 1 p.m.

Both lectures focus on the biblical dimensions of McCormick’s first annual theme, Peacemaking in the City: A Faithful Response to Urban Violence. 

02-24-2015

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Institutions of Distinction, Inspiration, Engagement, and Collaboration
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The Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago is pleased to announce the 2015 list of Seminaries that Change the World. This year, twenty-seven institutions were named. This group of institutions is theologically, politically and geographically diverse, yet shares a common commitment to work together to strengthen and advance theological education. In a time when religious leadership is essential, the role of these seminaries and divinity schools becomes increasingly important.

02-19-2015

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On February 17, 2015, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ, gave a clinic in prophetic preaching at McCormick Seminary. If you weren't able to be there, we hope you'll still take advantage of his words and wisdom!