The following article was written by Roula Alkhouri, who recently earned her D.Min. from CRCDS. She has been Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Batavia since November 2007. She moved from Bend, Oregon, where she served for seven years as associate pastor. Roula is the first Syrian woman ordained into ministry. Roula is married to Mike Stuart who is also an ordained Presbyterian minister. Their daughter Sophia is the joy of their lives.
I write with a heavy heart about the conflict in Syria. Even though I grew up in Syria, I have been away from Syria for over 20 years. So, I write about the conflict in Syria with the disclaimer that I am somewhat of an outsider because I no longer reside in Syria and cannot possibly fully appreciate the suffering of the people of Syria right now. Yet my Syrian roots run deep. My parents, my sister, my niece, and most of my extended family still live there. I also feel a need to speak a prophetic word that comes from my Syrian Christian faith and my commitment to following the way of Jesus which I believe is a way of justice through nonviolence and love.
This article originally appeared in East Aurora Advertiser on Aug. 12, 2013, and was written by Rich Ohler, Freelance Reporter
The East Aurora Christian Church, located on the northeast corner of Main and North Grove streets, will inaugurate its new pastor, Rev. Julius D. Jackson, Jr., in a worship service on Aug. 25 at 4 p.m.
Rev. Jackson succeeds longtime pastor amos acree (lower case intentional), who retired two years ago, and interim pastor Ken Neal. The public is invited to attend the service and then meet Rev. Jackson at a reception afterward. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marvin McMickle, president of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, where Jackson received his Master’s of Divinity degree.
Although the inauguration marks the official beginning of Rev. Jackson’s tenure at the church, he has been on the job since May 20. From those first days, he’s been anxious to breathe some new life into the East Aurora Christian Church, especially as the congregation arrives at its 170th anniversary this October.
“First,” he said, “it’s important to understand that, now as before, all are welcome here. All faiths, all denominations, all orientations—regardless of your position in life, you are welcome. We are a Disciples of Christ church, affiliated with the United Church of Christ, but our doors are open to all.”
Read more here.
We received word from Princeton Theological Seminary of the death of Dr. Paul William Meyer, the Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis Emeritus. Professor Meyer who died at the age of 89 on Monday, July 29, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, and by two daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth.
The son of missionaries to India, Professor Meyer earned his Th.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York, before beginning a teaching career at Yale University Divinity School as Assistant Professor of New Testament. At Yale, he began a lifelong friendship with J. Louis Martyn and was a teacher of both Wayne Meeks and Moody Smith. He subsequently became Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Colgate Rochester Divinity School (1964-1970), before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt (1970-1978), followed by Princeton Theological Seminary where he served until his retirement in 1989. He was the Shaffer Lecturer at Yale in 1976. His collected essays, and his masterful, succinct commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans, were published in 2004 under the title, The Word in this World, edited by John T. Carroll.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Paul Meyer, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Apt. 134, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27514. May we remember Dr. Meyer and his family at this time.
The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., died on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 76 years old.
Dr. Carter served as Senior Pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and was widely known as an influential pastor, preacher, evangelist, theologian and civil rights advocate. He was a veteran member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., (PNBC) and will be sorely missed by its members.
A native of Selma, Alabama, Dr. Carter planned to pursue a legal career, graduating with a law degree from Alabama State College. However, he soon received his calling to Christ and enrolled in 1956 to Crozer Theological Seminary, then located in Chester, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1959. Dr. Carter returned to the Crozer tradition of seminary education to pursue a Doctorate of Ministry from 1974-76, when it had joined Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York.
The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. (D.Min., 1975)
Awarded Honorary Degree by University of Rochester
Dr. 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
Dr. 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
Zelter 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.