Rev. Nadia Bolz Weber, MDiv ’08 speaks to Colorado Public Radio about her latest book ““Accidental Saints: Finding God in all the Wrong People.” In her book, she writes “My own spirituality is most active in the moments when I realized God may have gotten something beautiful done through me despite the fact that I am an a-hole…”
Mitchell Boone, MDiv ’12 is building a community of believers in the funky start-up neighborhood in Dallas. Boone refers to his White Rock United Methodist Church as an “incubator” and opens the unused space in his building to the community.
Sophia Rose Arjana, PHD ’11 has had her book Muslims in the Western Imagination (Oxford, 2015) recognized by Choice, the journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, as an “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2015. The prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles each year.
Ellen Knight is an MDiv student in the Journey program also acting as a Development Coordinator for House of Hope. She is working to open a new shelter for the people of Florence, South Carolina. See a report of her work here.
Ibrahim Kazerooni, PHD ’13, (aka: Mohammad Ozlat) was appointed Imam of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. Kazerooni was instrumental in Iliff’s community responses and outreach following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is one of the founders, and the first director, of the Abrahamic Initiative at St.John’s Cathedral which seeks to foster mutual understanding and appreciation through faith perspectives of the Abrahamic traditions. The Islamic community of Dearborn holds the highest concentration of Muslim-American residents in the USA. Islamic Center of America
Dawn Skerritt, MDIV ’15, LLP, currently serving as pastor of Columbia Falls United Methodist Church, Columbia Falls, Montana, is a part of “Chicks Know Church,” a collaboration of four United Methodist clergy women in Montana hosting a bi-weekly podcast to encourage and inspire women who are in leadership in the church. Podcasts and website: www.chicksknowchurch.com.
Neal Burton is earning his MSW in combination with a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from the Iliff School of Theology. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Togo from 2012 to 2014. Burton’s article “Theologically Social-Working” is in GSSW Magazine, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, Fall 2015. Read the article, page 7.
Dennis Ford, MDIV ’76 announces his third forthcoming book, A Theology for a Mediated God How Media Shapes Our Notions About Divinity, published by Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group. For more information Visit: http://www.routledge.com/9781138928169 Ford .has previously published books on ethics and the philosophy of religion.
Florence Caplow, current Iliff student who relocated from Washington State, lives in Basalt and conducts Sunday services at Third Street Center where The Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist (TRUU) is a tenant. Caplow, who is already ordained as a Soto Zen priest, will be ordained as a UU minister in the summer of 2016 and will be the second UU minister in North America to hold these dual ordinations. Caplow was recently welcomed as the first residential minister to TRUU, which is merging with Holy Cross Lutheran of Glenwood Springs and Messiah Lutheran of Aspen. Read more in Roaring Fork Lifestyle.
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.