Alumna Gail Stearns wrote to us to share news of her appointment as Dean of the Wallace All Faiths Chapel and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Fish Interfaith Center, Chapman University. She began this position in June of 2011 and we wish her wisdom, joy and grace in this new area of ministry!
Additionally, Gail published a new book this year, Open Your Eyes: Toward Living More Deeply in the Present (Wipf & Stock, 2011) Here's a short description: In order to discover inner peace and peace in our world, we will need to let go of traditional understandings of pain and suffering as God's will. We will need to stop claiming that Christianity contains elite, exclusive truths. We learn here from the Jesus of the Gospel of Mark how to open our eyes and awaken to the Presence of God here and now. Gail Stearns brings insight from biblical scholars, spiritual leaders, and her own experience as a pastor and university teacher, to move us to a place where we can dwell more deeply in the present and live in a more compassionate world.
One of the cover endorsements is by Adela Yarbro Colllins, former MTS professor: “This is a courageous and thoughtful book that does not accept tradition or doctrine for its own sake. It presents a wise reading of the Gospel of Mark for our time by letting it speak to the issues raised by living in the world of the twenty-first century. Gail Stearns draws upon her extensive experience as a college chaplain and teacher in bringing the deepest meaning of Mark together with the suffering and aspirations of her audience.”
- Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, Yale University Divinity School