2013 Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

CAMBRIDGE, MA, March 26, 2013—Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) announces its 2013 commencement ceremony will take place on May 23, 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 three individuals: The Right Rev. Michael Curry, Jamie Bissonette Lewey, and the Rev. Canon Dr. Gregory Straub. The commencement address will be delivered by The Right Rev. Michael Curry, the eleventh bishop of North Carolina.

Michael Bruce Curry was elected eleventh Bishop of North Carolina on February 11, 2000. He was consecrated on June 17, 2000 at Duke Chapel on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bishop Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York, and graduated with high honors from Hobart College in Geneva, New York. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and has received honorary degrees from Sewanee, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Yale.

Jamie Bissonette Lewey (Abenaki) is the chair of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission, and coordinates the Healing Justice Program for the American Friends Service Committee in New England. She is one of the founders of the Northeast Community of Learning for Healing Justice, and sits on the board of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, which focuses on the needs of families who have lost their children to gun violence in Boston. Over the past 30 years, Lewey has worked in Mexico with Native Peoples who were migrating between Ejidos in Mexico and farm worker jobs in the United States; and in South Africa, after the political parties were unbanned, developing justice practices within the Xhosa Communities in the Townships of Gugulethu and Khayelitsha. In the United States, she has worked with Tribal Communities in the ancestral region of her People, Southern Canada and New England, focusing on criminal justice and emerging Tribal justice issues.

Gregory Straub is a priest of the Episcopal Church, canonically resident in the Diocese of Easton. He is a graduate of Dickinson College, Philadelphia Divinity School, and Drew University.  In January 2013, he retired as Executive Officer of the General Convention and resigned as Secretary of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church after nearly eight years and three General Conventions. In October 2012, he was awarded the inaugural House of Deputies Medal, which was created to honor clergy and laypeople who have given distinguished service to the House of Deputies and the Episcopal Church. Straub is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Divinity School.

Episcopal Divinity School is a respected center of study and spiritual formation for lay and ordained leaders with a strong commitment to justice, compassion, and reconciliation. EDS, formed in 1974 with the merger of Philadelphia Divinity School (founded in 1857) and Episcopal Theological School (founded in 1867), offers doctor of ministry and master’s degrees, as well as certificates in theological studies. Located on an eight-acre campus just a few blocks from Harvard Square, EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute.