UM Interpreter featured Iliff Journey MDIV student, Lourdes Calderon, in an article, “New places for new people energize worship, outreach.” Starting new places for new people in New Mexico’s Hispanic/Latino communities is a personal mission for the Rev. Lourdes Calderon. In the past year, Calderon, the New Mexico Annual Conference’s first Hispanic female pastor, has merged two Anglo churches into a new bilingual, multicultural church in Albuquerque and opened a school to train Spanish-speaking lay ministers to start new faith communities. “I think right now I am in a very good place to make a difference,” said Calderon, the daughter of a second-career United Methodist pastor in the Texas Rio Conference. She hopes to be ordained an elder in June. Read full article.
Post Independent | Citizen Telegram, Glenwood Springs and Rife, CO, featured Iliff Alumnus Brad Walston in “‘I made a deal with God — kill me or fix me.’” Brad Walston has lived on a commune in Maine, worked as a ballroom dance instructor in Albuquerque and operated a carousel at a zoo in Florida. He’s overcome methamphetamine addiction and kicked a drinking habit that three rounds of treatment couldn’t cure. Today, he’s presiding over Easter services at the Carbondale and Basalt Community United Methodist Churches. Pastor Walston, 52, remembers the moment 12 years ago when, drunk and destitute, he got down on his knees and submitted himself to faith. “I made a deal with God — kill me or fix me,” he said. “You have to be careful when you ask God to take your life, because he doesn’t hear it the way you mean it. Read more-.
The General Commission on Communication announced today that MDIV student Daniel Krause of Denver has been named top executive of United Methodist Communications, effective June 8, following a vote of the Commission today. Krause is currently a candidate for ordination as an elder in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has attended Iliff School of Theology since 2013, and has completed over two-thirds of the required credits for a Masters of Divinity degree. Krause has spent the past two years at Trinity United Methodist Church in Denver as a pastoral intern supporting evangelism and new member outreach.
MDIV student Joey Torres was invited to speak at a conference on LGBTQ church inclusivity at Eastlake Community Church in Seattle earlier this month. His talk focused on the “vital role family plays in the coming out process and how, for some, family reactions represent a view of God for the LGBT person.” See his talk.
Terrance Carroll (MDIV) was honored at The Anti-Defamation League – Mountain States Region’s 33rd annual Civil Rights Awards Reception. 2015 honorees are former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Terrance Carroll and Senator Pat Steadman. Terrance Carroll, a lawyer and ordained minister, was the 54th Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, and the first African-American to serve in this capacity. Carroll served in the legislature from 2003-2011 where he supported education reform, the expansion of hate crimes laws and anti-discrimination laws, and a host of criminal justice reforms and civil rights issues. Carroll is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, Morehouse College in Atlanta, and he holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Carroll is a long-time supporter of ADL’s education programs and spoke at ADL’s most recent No Place for Hate® celebration breakfast.
Kelly Arora (PHD ’11) is published in the March 2015 issue of Presence journal. Arora, K., & McCulliss, D. (2015). Illness narratives in spiritual direction: Healing through story. Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, 21(1), 34-40.
Kelly Arora (PHD ’11) is interviewed on Mental Health News Radio. The topic of discussion is Spiritually Integrated Therapy. Arora provides listeners with additional information for blog readers about her work, her role with the Samaritan Institute, and how she is working to broaden the reach of the Samaritan Institute. Read and hear more.
Anne Dunlap (MDIV ’08) is quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “Churches Offer Sanctuary to Immigrants in Danger of Deportation.” …“The inaction of both the Obama administration and Congress has led faith communities to take this major step to provide sanctuary to immigrant folks who need it,” said Anne Dunlap, pastor of Chadash Community United Church of Christ in Aurora, Colo., who helped form the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition. Read the full article.
Tezenlo Thong (PhD ‘09) recently published a book, Progress and Its Impact on the Nagas: A Clash of Worldviews, through Ashgate Publishing. Progress is a modern Western notion that life is always improving and advancing toward an ideal state. It is a vital modern concept, which underlies geographic explorations and scientific and technological inventions as well as the desire to harness nature in order to increase human beings’ ease and comfort. Read more.
March 4, 2014 — Rev. Nancy Boswell (MDIV) is quoted in “Colorado Wildfires Leave Lingering Needs,” a UMCOR story by Susan Kim. As the Lenten season begins, the Rev. Nancy Boswell spent a few moments quietly reflecting on her response to the 2012 wildfires in Colorado. A pastor at the Christ United Methodist Church in Fort Collins, she vividly remembers seeing a huge plume of smoke that sent her on a disaster response journey that has lasted more than one-and-a-half years. Read more.
In a column in the The Seattle Times, guest columnist Marie Marchand (MDIV) asks: Which memories do we hold on to about Martin Luther King, Jr.?: Which Martin Luther King, Jr. do you remember? Read more:
The ministry of Rev. Rob Weber (Iliff MDIV) is featured in a story “New Church on Louisiana Avenue brings renewed life to declining church” in On Sunday, Nov. 24, Rev. Rob Weber stood in the back of the small sanctuary of a church that had been close to closing its doors—and witnessed what he could only describe as “nothing short of a miracle.” In just four short months, a new and vibrant congregation was born in the place of one that had been struggling (fewer than 20 people in attendance) and declining, reported Weber, conference director of Congregational Development and Transformation. Read More.
Celeste Jackson, assistant director of Diversities and Community Relations, published a story, “The Gift: A Journey Through Immersion Learning,” in The Body of Christ News about her recent trip to Southern Africa with 14 alumnae and students from Iliff. Read the full article, on page 9.
Kelly Arora, (PHD ’11), adjunct faculty, and Carrie Doehring, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling, published an article, “Putting into Practice an Intercultural Approach to Spiritual Care with Veterans,” in Theological Education, a publication of The Association of Theological Schools. Abstract: Intercultural spiritual care begins with trust that the alterity of the Other’s religious world will be respected. An intercultural approach was used in qualitative interviews with Vietnam veterans who rely on Buddhist worldviews and practices to cope with military trauma. Read the full ATS article.
The Board of Directors of the Center for the Church and Global AIDS selected Valerie Jackson, Iliff DMin alumna and Joint PhD student, as the first recipient of the Paul and Paula Murphy 2013 Human Sexuality Award. She will be presented the award at the Annual AIDS Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, October 12, 8:30 a.m. Read more: | Sept 2013|
Nadia Bolz-Weber has written a new book, PASTRIX: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint. Outrageous, rich, and remarkable, PASTRIX turns spiritual memoir on its ear in this sardonically irreverent and beautifully honest page-turner. Nadia’s fresh and uncompromising perspective gives a whole new meaning to the transformative power of grace. Read about it. | Sept 10 release |
Jeannette Baust is teaching “Christianity After Religion: What’s Next?” at Ghost Ranch, Abuquiu, New Mexico Oct. 14-19. Baust is one of many today who is exploring possible future paths for the church, faith traditions, and religious institutions more broadly and their intersection with public life. Read more..
Kim James is the new pastor at Marriott-Slaterville First United Methodist Church, Utah. She’s familiar with the West. James grew up in Libby, Mont., and received most of her education in the Intermountain area. Her undergraduate work was at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. She made a stop in the Midwest for a master’s degree in religious education, Northwest Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo, and then a Master of Divinity degree, Iliff. Read the full story.- | Standard Examiner | by Tom Christensen | Aug. 2013
Mark R. Holland, (MDIV ’97) was elected the third Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government (UG) of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS on April 2, 2013. Holland’s career with the UG began as a member of the Board of Commissioners, elected At-Large District 1 in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. Read the full story. | Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS | Aug. 2013 |
Rev. Cynthia Brix (Iliff Alumna) of Gender Reconciliation International, is in partnership with The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the Stellenbosch University to fight gender-based violence. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is a global leader that has touched the lives of people from all walks of life. Gender-based violence is an issue very close to his heart. Read the full story and view video of the collaboration launch. | SABC News | Aug. 2013
Michele C. Deramo has been named director of diversity education and initiatives in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Virginia Tech. Deramo received her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, a master’s degree from Duquesne University, and a master’s degree from Iliff School of Theology. Read the full story. | Virginia Tech, Blackburg, Va. | Aug. 2013
Latinas First Foundation presented Trailblazer awards to Linda Alvarado, Polly Baca (Iliff Trustee), Fernie Baca, Lucia Guzman (MDIV ’89), and 14 other community leaders at the Women With Hattitude, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. “Hats! Derby Day parties and Women With Hattitude feature hats, hats and more hats,” by Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post | Published May 9, 2013
Jon R. Wallace (MDIV ’12), former disaster social services director, will read the Memorial Mission Statement of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum at a Ceremony to mark anniversary of Murrah Building bombing. Story in The Oklahoman, by Bryan Painter | Published: April 19, 2013
Iliff was well represented at the Nov. 2012 meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Chicago. Read the extensive list of Iliff presenters and their topics in this Iliff calendar listing.
Roger Wolsey (MDIV ’95) will be giving the invocation for President Barack Obama’s address, Nov. 2, Boulder. Wolsey is the director of the Wesley Foundation, Boulder. Kay Walsh-Palmer (MDIV ’95 and DMIN ’10) called Iliff offices to report on her fellow alumus. Read Rev. Wolsey’s blog about the experience
In The Mennonite, magazine for the members of the Mennonite Church USA, the Leadership Discernment Committee of Mennonite Church USA announces Patricia Shelly (MDIV ’80, PhD ’92) of Newton, Kan., as its nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA. The denominational delegate assembly will vote on the nomination in July 2013 during the biennial convention in Phoenix. Shelly is currently in her eighth year of service on Mennonite Church USA’s Executive Board.
United Church of Christ News (July 17, 2012) The United Church of Christ has announced new staff members on its Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization Ministry (MESA) Team. The Rev. Malcolm Himschoot (Iliff MDIV, ’04) joins the MESA team as minister for ministerial transition. With 10 years of experience in UCC settings as a transitional pastor, Himschoot will support clergy and covenant partners during significant seasons of change: interims, retirements, denominational journeys, and search-and-call processes. Other responsibilities will include engaging partners in researching, developing and disseminating resources on ministerial transition in the UCC, and supporting interim ministers in the UCC.
The Denver Post (Jan. 10, 2012) “Honorees saluted at annual MLK Humanitarian awards in Denver,” article by Joanne Davidson. Rev. Ronald Wooding (MDIV ’98), Epworth UMC, was honored as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian at the 22nd annual awards presentation, Boettcher Concert Hall. Wooding is known for involving his Epworth flock in the “Daddy Bruce” Randolph Thanksgiving basket giveaway, a program that now reaches 9,000 low-income families, and for his work as a spokesperson for Agape Child Care Center in Durban, South Africa, whose residents are orphans impacted by the HIV virus.
OutFront Magazine (Nov. 11, 2011) In the articles, “Queering the spiritual quandry,” Jeremy Shaver, Iliff alum (MDiv ’05) is pictured and profiled about his work in the positive movement toward the inclusion of LGBT individuals in faith communities. Shaver is director, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, and Christian Education Director, Park Hill Congregational Church, Denver.
Faith & Leadership, an online magazine published by Duke Divinity School posted an interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber, Iliff alum. (Aug. 30, 2011) “You have to be really deeply rooted in tradition in order to innovate with integrity.” Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colo., that’s part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Gazette.com (June 18, 2011) – Matthew 25, led by brothers Clint Twedt-Ball and Courtney Ball (MDIV, ’04), both ordained ministers, has drawn more than $7 million in private and local, state and federal grants and many in-kind donations for its projects. It’s been praised by former (Iowa) Gov. Chet Culver, and endorsed by many local public and private officials and non-profit foundations. …To date, Block by Block has helped rehabilitate or is rehabilitating more than 300 flood-damaged homes on 24 blocks (of Cedar Rapids in 2008 floods).
Phil Campbell, alum, former Iliff professor and current pastor of Northern Lights Church in Juneau, Alaska, was featured in articles in The Denver Post, NPR (National Public Radio), Parade magazine (insert in the The Denver Post, June 12) and in a UMNS Feature, Calling All Phil Campbells!. The stories chronicle his involvement with other Phil Campbells from around the world who were drawn to the town of Phil Campbell, Ala. to help rebuild the tornado-ravaged community that by coincidence bears their name.