News from EDS

Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett Elected to Executive Council of Episcopal Church

Fredrica Thompsett

Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Mary Wolfe Professor of Historical Theology at EDS, was elected on the first ballot as a lay member for the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church for a six-year term. The election was held at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 10. She is a member of the Diocese of Massachusetts’ deputation to the General Convention.

Dr. Ingrid Mattson Urges Religious Organizations to Face the Challenge “that God has placed on all of us.”

Dr. Ingrid Mattson

By Kathryn Deschamps

On May 3, 2012, Dr. Ingrid Mattson spoke on American Muslim communities and Christian-Muslim relations in the first Kellogg Lecture, a part of Episcopal Divinity School’s Alumni/ae Days event, “From Monologue to Dialogue: Exploring World Religions to Promote a Culture of Peace.” The two-day series of events promotes the enrichment of knowledge and understanding of other faith traditions.

New Students Welcomed to Episcopal Divinity School

New Students June 2012

On Wednesday, June 6, 2012, new students, hailing from a wide range of hometowns across the country such as Anchorage, Alaska, San Antonio, Texas, and Winter Park, Florida, affirmed their commitment to the “service of God through the life and ministry of this school” at a noontime Matriculation Service held in St. John’s Memorial Chapel at the Episcopal Divinity School.

Six from EDS Attend Preaching Excellence Program

Preaching Excellence Conference attendees

Six EDS students and recent graduates just returned from attending the Preaching Excellence Program, which took place from May 27 through June 1 in Roslyn, VA. The conference was sponsored by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation and was attended by over 60 seminarians. Current EDS students Paula Toland, Brian Gross, Bryan Pearson, Joslyn Schaefer, and recent EDS graduates Lavonne Seifert and Bill Knutson (left to right) were nominated by EDS to attend.

Episcopal Divinity School Awards Honorary Degrees to Dr. Robert W. Radtke and Dr. Bruce B. Lawrence and Graduates 28 Students

Commencement Procession

May 17, 2012, CAMBRIDGE, MA -On a beautiful sun filled day, Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) celebrated the graduation of 28 students during its 2012 commencement ceremony, which took place on Thursday, May 17, at the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. At the ceremony EDS also presented honorary doctor of divinity degrees to Dr. Robert W. Radtke and Dr. Bruce B. Lawrence. The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Robert W. Radtke.

Episcopal Divinity School to Award Honorary Degree and Graduate 28 Students

St. John's Memorial Chapel

May 16, 2012, CAMBRIDGE, MA – On this eve of Commencement at the Commencement Eucharist held in St. John’s Memorial Chapel at 5pm, Dr.

Episcopal Divinity School Announces Honorary Degree Recipients: Dr. Robert W. Radtke and Dr. Bruce B. Lawrence

Dr. Robert W. RadtkeEpiscopal Divinity School (EDS) announces its 2012 commencement ceremony will take place on May 17, at the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 2:00 pm. At the ceremony, EDS will present honorary doctor of divinity degrees to two individuals: Dr. Robert W. Radtke (top right) and Dr. Bruce Lawrence (bottom right). Dr. Robert W.

Lisa Tatusko Receives Award from Massachusetts Bible Society

Rev. Anne Robertson presents Lisa Tatusko with award

On Thursday, April 26, Rev. Anne Robertson, executive director of the Massachusetts Bible Society (left) presented graduating MDiv student Lisa Tatusko (right) the organization's Award for Excellence in the Liturgical Reading of the Scriptures at the midday community Eucharist service in St. John’s Chapel at Episcopal Divinity School.

The Rev. Dr. William M. Kondrath Elected President-Elect of the Academy of Religious Leadership (ARL)

Dr. Kondrath

On April 21, at the Academy of Religious Leadership annual meeting in Seattle, the Rev. Dr. William M. Kondrath, William Lawrence Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Theological Field Education at Episcopal Divinity School, was elected president-elect of the Academy of Religious Leadership (ARL). He will become president of ARL in April 2013.

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