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Frances Taylor Gench on the art of listening

In her book "Faithful Disagreement: Wrestling with Scripture in the Midst of Church Conflict", Dr. Frances Taylor Gench describes her five-year involvement with the task force reporting on the Peace, Unity and Purity of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which was commissioned by the denomination’s 213th General Assembly. She describes this time as a challenging exercise in the art of listening.

Cynthia Campbell authors new Lenten study

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Campbell, President of McCormick Theological Seminary, is the author of God’s Abundant Table, the 2011 Moderator’s Lenten study published by Witherspoon Press, an imprint of Congregational Ministries Publishing of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Dr. Mafik Wahba (Class of 1985) shares reports of Egypt

The following is a personal assessment of the historic events unfolding now in Egypt from Mafik Wahba, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Global Christianity at Tyndale University and Seminary in Canada. Professor Wahba received his M.A. in Theological Studies from McCormick in 1985.

Bruce Reyes-Chow on Institutional Fluidity and Church Leadership for the Future

The Reverend Bruce Reyes-Chow, Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco, will be leading worship and a pair of workshops here at LEAD 2011, March 5, at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn, west of Chicago. In preparing a primer for the event, I spent a few minutes talking to Bruce about the subject of his morning workshop, “Institutional Fluidity and the Nature of Church Leadership for the Future.”

Distinguished Alumnus offers reflections on "The Power of One"

At its annual alumni/ae luncheon on October 26, McCormick presented the Reverend Michael McConnell with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his "creative witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ for all people through peacemaking efforts illustrating the human cost of war, advocacy for under-served urban communities, and campaigns to engage congregations in the plight of refugees." The following is the text from his acceptance speech before a gathering of faculty, staff, students and alumni/ae at Hyde Park Union Church on Chicago's South Side.

Tales of two worlds: A seminary of the city prepares rural pastors

Can theological education in the city really speak to the needs and experiences of a rural church community?

Latin@ Center offers “Healing Hands” for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month again finds McCormick Theological Seminary’s Center for the Study of Latin@ Theology and Ministry partnering with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Catholic Theological Union to offer a multidisciplinary series of educational events around the theme of “Manos Sanadoras” (or “Healing Hands”), which celebrates the theological, cultural and civic contributions Latin@s are making to our contemporary society.

David Daniels named Luce Professor of World Christianity

McCormick Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of The Rev. Dr. David D. Daniels III to the Henry Winters Luce Chair of World Christianity. Daniels succeeds the late Dr. Ogbu U. Kalu, who held this distinguished position until his death in December of 2008.

Braxton joins faculty as Distinguished Visiting Scholar

McCormick Theological Seminary is honored to welcome the Reverend Dr. Brad R. Braxton to join the seminary’s faculty as Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic year. During the course of this one-year appointment, Braxton will teach courses in New Testament and Preaching, as well as lead McCormick-sponsored events on leadership in ministry.

President Cynthia Campbell announces plans to retire

Dr. Cynthia M. Campbell, President of McCormick Theological Seminary, announced today at the annual spring meeting of the Board of Trustees her intention to retire from that position on or before December 31, 2011.