Alumni/ae Updates for May 2013

The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. (D.Min., 1975)

Awarded Honorary Degree by University of Rochester

800px-Rev_James_A_Forbes_speaking_2006Dr. Forbes will be honored at the 2013 Commencement Ceremonies at the University of Rochester with the award of an honorary doctor of divinity degree. The ceremonies will be held on May 17, 18 and 19.

Dr. Forbes is the Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor of Union Theological Seminary, as well as the President of the Health of the Nations Foundation. He is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, which is interdenominational, being both American Baptist and United Church of Christ. Dr. Forbes was the first African American minister of the congregation, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

He retired in 2007 after 18 years of service.

The Rev. Dr. Glenda Prins (M.Div. 1983; D.Min. 1999)

Publishes New Book on Parenting Children with Disabilities

G-PRINSDr. Prins, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor, recently published Lessons from Katherine (Feb., 2013, Circle Books, an Imprint of John Hunt Publishing). The book recounts her experience of raising a child with severe disabilities. About the publication, Dr. Prins wrote, "Lessons from Katherine is a spiritual memoir about loving and parenting our disabled child amidst grief, financial difficulty and marital discord. It's the struggle of every young marriage and family: to hold on, to form a family, to carve out a place in the world–but amplified."

You can order the book online here.

Barbara Zelter, MSW, MA (M.A., 2011)

Connecting Social Work with Theology, Arrested in North Carolina Protests

B-ZELTERZelter was one of 17 people who were arrested on April 29, 2013, while protesting at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. The protest was organized by the Rev. William Barber, who is head of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Rev. Barber initiated the act of civil disobedience in response to policies that he believes will hinder the civil and economic rights of ethnic minorities and those below poverty line. The protest activities continued into the following week with more arrests made.

Zelter is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University.

See the local news coverage of the arrest here.