Exciting Events for Dr. Melanie A. Duguid-May

So I started this blog after a brief conversation in the elevator the other day with one of our most adventuresome professors, Dr. Melanie Duguid-May.  She is not only a good friend that has helped me navigate through my own personal tragedies, but an exciting professor who always seems to have something interesting going on in the study of theology – That may sound  like an oxymoron, but her courses and sabbatical time always seem to yield  some fascinating things  – even to the layperson.  Her newest adventure is an educational excursion to Israel.  My wife and I took a trip to Rome last fall and one of the most awe inspiring things in Rome is the history.  In the U.S., history is 200 years old. In Rome, 200 years old is barely broken in and maybe not even completely accepted yet.  So, in comparison, Israel has to be at the pinnacle of historical significance.  I cannot begin to imagine the feeling of walking around in the places where "it all started"!

This trip to Israel is the motivation behind her request to start her own blog as means of detailing and sharing her daily experiences.  So, although I can't go on the trip, I will be able to experience through her blog some of what she and her group are experiencing – on a daily basis. Pictures, impressions, perhaps even some video.  Technology as means for sharing a theological adventure – who'd a thunk it!!

Stay tuned for her blog that will start in June….If it's anything like the professor I've known for eleven years, it will be well worth your time to review.  She is creative, dynamic, funny, and oh yeah, she went to Harvard!!

MELANIE DUGUID-MAY is John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, New York.

Melanie Duguid-May’s work is engaged critical and embodied theological thinking for the 21st century.  Her research interests include new ways of being the church in the global movement of Christianity,  the role of religion in violence and peacemaking, images of women in Christian tradition and implications for public policy, LGBTi theology and human rights, the faith and life of Palestinians living in occupied territories.

Among the classes Professor Duguid-May teaches are “Confessing the Christian Faith Today,” a critical, contextual primer for theological thinking that is systematic in scope, “Faith Seeking Understanding,”   “The Church in the World of Christianities,” “Trinity, communion & otherness in the 21st century,” “Redeeming Women: women doing theology, trajectories and themes,”  “Women, Religion, and Public Policy,” “Christian Faith, the Churches, and LGBTi Persons,”  “Religion, Terror, and the Making of Peace,” “The Land Called Holy, and its peoples—a Christian pilgrimage.”

Her numerous articles and essays have been published in a wide range of academic, ecclesial, and ecumenical anthologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and journals, in the U.S. and beyond.  Books includeJerusalem Testament: Palestinian Christians Speak, 1988-2008 (Eerdmans 2010), A Body Knows: A Theopoetics of Death and Resurrection (Continuum 1995), and Bonds of Unity: Women, Theology and the Worldwide Church (Scholars 1989).  She is at work on a major history of the 20th century ecumenical movement relative to the emergent of the global Christian movement (Prentice-Hall/Kohlhammer, 2015).

An ordained American Baptist minister and life-long member of the Church of the Brethren, Dr. Duguid-May served as moderator of the National Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order (1989-1995), and member and vice-moderator of the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order (1984-2006).


Wandering Technology Thoughts

Technology is a growing aspect of everything we do and it affects just about every aspect of our lives.  It's a big player in education today, but perhaps not as big in religion – at least not as much as a technology guy might like.  So when the two are combined for religious education, unfortunately technology follows the trend of religion and less that of education…but I'm working on it….Technology is also very prevalent among the twenty-somethings out there but less so among the 40 and 50 somethings out there….So working at graduate divinity school that serves a lot of 40-50 year old, second career students may seem like I have no shot at moving technology along.  Hopefully that is not the case and in fact I know that it isn't.  I have seen a growing trend at CRCDS over the last 11 years in the importance and relevance to technology in religious  education and religion in general…Technology means a lot of different things to a lot of different people and so as a supporter of technology services it has to mean all of those things to me!  Fortunately, I love it.

Today I want to talk about a small and commonly overlooked aspect of technology used in lectures and religious services everywhere.  It's the microphone…."Can everybody hear me?"  I hear this all the time, especially when there is a microphone two feet from the speaker.  It is important to realize that NO, everyone cannot hear you.  That is why there is a microphone set up for you to use.  And no, the person that can't hear you might not be so anxious to raise their hand, call attention to themselves, and let everyone in the room know that they may be hearing impaired….I know it's a common ice breaker and a seeming "way out" for the person not comfortable using a microphone.  To the comfort thing I say -"You are already standing up in front of the whole room and we are judging you.      Use the microphone so that we can do a more effective job of judging you."

I know technology in the Chapel is often frowned upon and that it can turn people away from getting a good message and giving a good message.  But lights and heat are also provided by technology and no one asking to have that stuff turned off.  So please, embrace it, use it, stretch it, and let it enhance the message, just like the lights do.  And remember, nobody wants to be singled out for presbycusis – especially Presbyterians ….Can I get an amen?!

Blog Post Test #2

oven, the sight of the molten cheese, the feel of the cornmeal-dusted crust in your hands, the sound of the crunch as you bite into it. And, of course, the taste-that unparalleled combo of dough, sauce, herbs, and cheese. Here are some facts about Pizza.

But Can it be good for you?
Pizza may often be classified as junk food, but it doesn't have to be. The basic ingredients of pizza all have healthy potential. It's only when you go overboard on toppings or the amount you eat that pizza earns its bad rap. To keep a pizza lean, all you've got to do is keep it simple:

Order the whole-grain crust.
Whole grains are high in fiber, which helps you feel fuller-and thereby limits or prevents overeating. It also keeps your digestive system running smoothly and may reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease, and type-2 diabetes. Opt for a thin crust, as well-even if it's made with whole grains, a thicker crust boosts your slice's total calorie count.

Load up on sauce.
Known for its ability to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, tomato sauce is also an excellent source of vitamin C. Ask for extra sauce on your pizza, or even some on the side to dip your crust into.

Don't OD on cheese. Yes, cheese is all kinds of creamy goodness, and we'd never tell you to eat your pizza without it. However, that doesn't mean it's OK to order a pizza with cheese stuffed into every possible nook and cranny. Stick with a single layer of cheese on top of the pizza, though, and it can actually be good for you. That's because getting a bit of extra calcium every day may actually help keep you lean. According to a study in the journal Obesity Research, men and women who cut calories but added dairy foods high in calcium to their diet lost 70% more weight over 24 months than people who only dieted.

Order smarter toppings.
Pepperoni may be the most popular pick, but it's certainly not the healthiest. If you're craving meat, try turkey pepperoni or Canadian bacon. Or, for an even better option, have your meat of choice added to the top of a veggie pizza. Realistically, you won't be getting a ton of vegetables on top of two slices, but every little bit helps, and it's certainly a wiser alternative to sausage and extra cheese.