News from EDS

Episcopal Divinity School Announces Departure of the Rev. Cn. Dr. Kapya Kaoma as International Ministries and Pastoral Care Associate

Priest, activist, and mentor to African clergy and students to remain in consulting role

Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng to Chair AAR LGBTIQ Committee

The American Academy of Religion announced that The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, associate professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), will chair the Academy’s Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Persons in the Profession Committee in 2014.

Episcopal Divinity School and Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Announce Expansion of Innovative Doctor of Ministry Program with Asian Church Focus

Cambridge, MA (December 5, 2013)--Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM) and Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) announced an expansion of the EAM Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at EDS, a low-residency Distributive Learning program for Asian American clergy and ordained church leaders from Asia. The program, which was launched in 2012 and is the only DMin program tailored to the interests and experiences of Asian and Asian American Episcopal clergy, prepares students for leadership roles in the church both in the US and abroad.

EDS Awarded Lilly Endowment Grant to Improve Economic Well-Being of Future Ministers

CAMBRIDGE, MA (December 2, 2013)—The Lilly Endowment has awarded Episcopal Divinity School a $250,000 grant to support the school’s efforts to improve the economic well-being of future ministers.

 Funds from the grant will be used to examine and strengthen financial and educational practices at EDS with the goal of improving the economic well-being of future church leaders, and with a particular focus on reducing student loan debt.

Sarah Monroe '13 Receives EES Morgan Award

The Board of Directors of the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church (EES) honored the outstanding work of the Rev. Sarah Monroe (Episcopal Divinity School ’13, Diocese of Olympia) with the Morgan Directors’ Award. The EES Board met November 5-7, 2013 at the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee.

Episcopal Divinity School Names the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Bishop of Southern Malawi, A Presidential Fellow

Cambridge, MA (November 15, 2013)—Citing a strong record of human rights activism and pastoral leadership, Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) announced today that the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Bishop of Southern Malawi (Anglican Communion), will serve as a Presidential Fellow for six months beginning January 2014. The fellowship was made possible with the support of the Episcopal Dioceses of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Conrad Selnick '83 Named Vice President at Bexley Seabury Seminary

Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation President Roger A. Ferlo announced on November 12 that the Rev. T. Conrad Selnick (EDS '83) will become the federation’s vice president for advancement and church relations in January 2014. Selnick is currently rector of St. Christopher’s by the River Episcopal Church in Gates Mills, Ohio in the Diocese of Ohio.

Jonathan Daniels Fellow Lorena Boswell Launches Street Newspaper

Lorena BoswellNovember 8, 2013 (Cambridge, MA) -- Seminarian and Jonathan Daniels Fellow Lorena Boswell can add one more title to her resume: newspaper editor and publisher.

President Ragsdale Urges a Yes Vote for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

November 5, 2013 (Cambridge, MA) -- Episcopal Divinity School President and Dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, along with 10 other seminary presidents from across the nation, has signed a letter in support of S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). If enacted, the bill would provide protections against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The letter has been sent to the U.S. Senate, which has already voted to pass the bill, and to the House of Representatives as that body prepares to take up the legislation.

Charles Wynder Jr. '12 Named to Episcopal Church Structure Task Force

Episcopal Divinity School Alumnus Charles Wynder Jr. '12 has been appointed to the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and House of Deputies President Gay Jennings.