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10-19-2017

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ATS awards grants for innovation and faculty development as part of Educational Models and Practices project.
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McCormick was awarded a $50,000 Innovation Grant from ATS for the development of an all-Spanish language track for our Master of Arts in Ministry degree program, scheduled to begin in fall of 2018.

10-19-2017

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The Administrative Cabinet welcomes the Rev. David W. Watkins, III and Dr. Jennifer M. McBride.
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Rev. David Watkins
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Dr. Jenny McBride

Assistant Dean of Student Academics and Support, Rev. David W. Watkins, III, and Associate Dean Doctor of Ministry Programs and Continuing Education, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, Dr. Jennifer M. McBride have been named members of McCormick Theological Seminary’s Administrative Cabinet, the institution’s senior leadership team. The announcement was made today by Interim President David Crawford.

10-19-2017

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As Director of the Center for the Study of Latin@ Theology and Ministry
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The Rev. Dr. Leslie Diaz Perez

In the wake of the retirement of beloved professor emeritus of church history, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Rodriguez-Diaz as director of the Center for the Study of Latin@ Theology and Ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary this past June, McCormick has appointed the Rev. Dr. Leslie Diaz-Perez as the new Center director. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Diaz-Perez applies her passion in the fields of education and training, missions, and ministry. A double alumna of McCormick, Dr.

10-19-2017

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Professor Emeritus. December 22, 1931 – September 13, 2017.
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The Rev. Dr. Thomas Dunklin Parker

The Reverend Dr. Thomas Dunklin Parker passed away quietly in Hendersonville NC on 13 September 2017 after a brief illness. Born in Hollywood, California on December 22, 1931, he lived his life in service to the church universal and his Lord Jesus Christ. 

10-19-2017

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Legacy of Leadership Award
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The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright

McCormick Theological Seminary will present Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), with its Legacy of Leadership award at a gala event to be held at the South Shore Cultural Center, Friday, October 13, 2017. The Legacy of Leadership Award celebrates transformational leaders whose ministry and voice have empowered and inspired communities of faith here, across the country, and around the world. Dr. Wright has devoted his life to his family, his church, and his community.

10-12-2017

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The Revs. Shawna Bowman and Julian DeShazier

McCormick is delighted to announce that, as of September 1, the Reverend Shawna Bowman and the Reverend Julian DeShazier will join the Experiential Education and Field Studies (EEFS) Office in expanded roles. Both Rev. Bowman and Rev. DeShazier bring their rich experience as pastors, community activists, members of the teaching team for Reflection on the Practice of Ministry, contributions in denominational arenas as well as commitments to art and music to this ministry of experiential education.

10-10-2017

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Melissa Rogers
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Melissa Rogers

Join us for a lecture and panel discussion featuring Melissa Rogers on the campus of McCormick Theological Seminary, examining the challenges and opportunities for faith-based activism from theological, legal and practical perspectives.

Melissa Rogers, former executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will deliver a lecture and participate in a panel discussion on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Faith-based activism and service in American public life will be the focus of the symposium that will take place on McCormick’s campus.

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President David Crawford
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

            Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
            Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

07-27-2017

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The Rev. Dr. George H. Gilmour
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The Pastoral Charge from Behind the Communion Table and From the Pulpit by his friend and colleague, The Rev. Dr. Robert D. Nicholson, From behind the Communion Table

This is where George Gilmour found a depth of joy serving from behind this Lord’s Table. Serving many people in many places but always behind this Table with Christ as the host and George as the servant.

Here George would bid you with these opening words, please join me in response
The Lord Be With You And also with you
Lift up your hearts We Lift them up to the Lord

It is out duty and delight always and everywhere to give you thanks.

GIVING THANKS WAS THE HALLMARK OF OUR FRIEND GEORGE Everywhere in all places and at all times!

From the Pulpit -- This is where George was the articulate, insightful proclaimer of the Word. His ministry was one of Pulpit and Table, Word and Sacrament. So I stand here symbolic of the many times over many years in many places he came to the pulpit to offer words of comfort and challenge that we might all measure up to the calling we have to be a people of promise in this our troubled world..

From My Heart -- George H. Gilmour, was friend, colleague, neighbor, confidant and fellow co conspirator. Everyone one, especially pastors, need a friend like George. I am feeling a great loss as I come before you today.

He and I served concurrently in congregations in Seattle Presbytery, he at Lake Burien, and me at Lake City where Andy and Chris were married, there were pulpit exchanges and regular luncheon visits at Marie Callender’s. After years serving as installed pastors, we moved into our 3rd Act. You would find George volunteering me to go to Alaska one winter after the minister at Chapel by the Lake in Auke Bay, Juneau had a serious a heart attack. I was equally generous in volunteering George to go to Santa Fe MN First Presbyterian after an 18 month internal conflict resulting in the forced resignation of this wonderful historical congregation the oldest Protestant church in NM just off the square.

Ordinarily there are problems with Texans like myself associating with an Oakie like George. We overcame those barriers. He was ordained in October of 1957 in Tulsa OK and I was ordained in December in Dallas, TX. three month apart. We both received our Doctor of Ministry degrees from McCormick Seminary. Our dear wives were good friends. They died 12 days apart but not before one final telephone visit.

Any one who knew George, knew that person would be held to high standards: sound Biblically, theologically, historically, ecclesiastically and spiritually. AND OF COURSE with HUMOR and HYMNODY AS GEORGE LOVED TO SING! So in good Presbyterian manner, I am going to move with dispatch To THIS PASTORAL CHARGE “decently and in order” At his point George would have his watch out and hold me to BRIEF!

We start with REFORMED HERITAGE. George Gilmour, in his life and work, reflected not just an understanding of the heritage of Calvin our 16th century spiritual forefather but reflected in his life what is on the family Seal of John Calvin A hand outstretched holding a heart of love. That was GEORGE offering his heart to His Lord in service and IN LOVE to those around him, dearest and nearest in his family, the congregations he served and the friends he made the communities in which he made a difference: A welcoming hand and giving heart!

George was a man that held CONFESSION STANDARDS In his ministry in every place, George Gilmour not only fulfilled beyond all expectations his ordination vows, he made real the reformed declaration that “the church is every age is called upon to confess its faith in words and deeds as the needs of the time require.” A tall order but George was a tall man and not just in height but in stature. He did this this with “energy intelligence, imagination and love.” George Gilmour was up to the task in every setting in which he served and in word and deed he made faith real

No one could question George’s. BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS. He believed and practiced a Biblical promise in Ephesians 3:20 “God, by his power within us, can do more than we could ever dare to ask of imagine.” George made that promise real in church, family and in communities in which he lived and served. George had a significant IQ Intelligent Quotient but equally he had a significant IQ Imagination Quotient Albert Einstein said it clearly “the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination!” He took that one word IMAGINATION in our ordination vows serious “to serve the people not only with love, energy and intelligence” but with “IMAGINATION.”

And who is this sanctuary has not experienced George’s GRATITUDE. That was the currency of his life. Grateful for his family, friends, the people around him in this congregation, especially its ministers and musicians, the Deacons providing the social time after the service, and to those who served with him at the Museum of Natural History as docents, and bowled with him in the Lawn Bowling Association, the residents and staff at the Samarkand that were there for him, when one needed them, in those loving ways that brought comfort and joy. There are too many names to mention but I do want to mention ED Bob Howell, AL Director Sese YUNtem, CNAs like Hortensia Tamayo, and Enrique Arriola, Dining Director Mindy Reyna and table servers such as Enrique Murillo and Elmer Lara. Let us give thanks for all the hands and hearts that reached out to George.

Wherever George was there was SINGING AND HYMNODY George loved to sing. He believed what St. Augustine said, “The one who sings, prays twice." I want to dedicate these 8 lines that I wrote in a hymn TO GEORGE. Its a familiar tune, Just A Closer Walk With You because George WALKED WITH HIS LORD AS HE FACED challenging times and a Changing World WITH CALM AND VISION. This is my prayer but it was George’s also:

Just a closer walk with you.
Show Your love in all I do
Oh your power to see me through
Let it be, O Lord, let it be.
Though this world with peril filled,
Clear my head and nerve my will,
Grant me calm and vision still
In this day, guide my way,
Close to you. Amen

No one who knew George or was even in the room with him could miss his LAUGHTER. We Presbyterians don’t think of laughter as “a means of grace” and there are no hymns in our hymn books but here is hymn a about LAUGHTER that I want to close with in memory of George:

“Give to us laughter, O Source of our life.
Laughter can banish so much of our strife.
Laughter and love give us wholeness and health.
Laughter and love are the coin of true wealth.
Often in family, and often with friend,
laughing at pride causes anguish to end.
Even in sorrow and hours of grief,
laughter with tears brings most healing relief.
God, give us laughter, and God, give us peace,
joys of your promise among us increase.”

George Harvey Gilmour was born April 27, 1932, in Tulsa, OK, and died May 8, 2017, in Santa Barbara, CA. He ran cross-country and track at the University of Oklahoma. At Princeton Theological Seminary, he trained for the ministry, and found the love of his life?Sarah Leavens. George and Sarah wed in Santa Paula in July 1957.