The Dallas Post published an article on Jim Pall (STH ’76) who was featured in the spring 2014 focus magazine in the article titled “Faith Behind Bars.” Jim spent more than two decades at the State Correctional Institution in Dallas, Pennsylvania and now that he has retired from that position, he is returning to his home church in the Susquehanna Conference.
Micah Christian (STH ’12) auditioned with other members of his quartet, Sons of Serendip, for America’s Got Talent. Micah and the Sons of Serendip’s audition performance will be shown during the audition episodes which start on May 27th at 8pm on NBC. The exact air date is not known but grab some popcorn and watch for Micah on May 27th!
Cornell William Brooks (STH ’87) was named President and CEO of the NAACP.
If you will be attending an Annual Conference this year, please join us at the STH alumni gatherings.
The schedule is attached here: Annual Conference Flyer.
If you do not see your conference on the list, contact Jaclyn Jones, Alumni Relations Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org / (617) 353-8972
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra
Saturday, April 26, 2014
MIT’s Kresge Auditorium
You’re invited to a free jazz concert led by alumnus Dr. Mark Harvey (STH ’71, GRS ’83), music director of Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. The world premiere of Commemoration (Boston 2013) will be in homage to the victims, survivors, and heroes of last year’s Marathon tragedy. ”No Walls,” a bulwark of the Aardvark repertory, will be offered in a spirit of unity and healing. All compositions are by Mark Harvey.
Free admission. See below for more details.
Mansfield resident Rosanne Driscoll was recently appointed chaplain of the Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church, Mansfield.
Driscoll’s appointment has historic as well as spiritual impact for the United Methodist Church and the community. “We are the only small membership church who has a chaplain. We are taking this action from our John Wesleyan Methodist heritage to empower the laity (the average person) of the church to do God’s work,” said Pastor David A. Arruda.
Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church created the new position of chaplain and commissioned the Lay Leader, Rosanne Driscoll, to serve. Driscoll had been expanding the ministry of Lay Leader into a full-time position and the additional title more accurately reflected the expanded role. Driscoll is a graduate of the Boston University School of Theology (‘89) where her emphasis was in Pastoral Counseling. Additionally, she had recently retired from her career as a psychiatric nurse and so seemed particularly qualified for this ministry.
As chaplain, she:
Provides Pastoral Counseling and hospital visitation; provides hospice visitation through a program with Asera Care; volunteers with a team that provides medical transportation, shopping and errand assistance for the elderly and disabled; introduces new folks to volunteering in the clothing and other ministries of the church; teaches English to immigrants in Mansfield through the English for Speakers of Other Languages program of the Norwood Library; provides math tutoring to those who need vocational assistance; writes and organizes the Sunday School curriculum; leads, facilitates, and organizes Bible Studies; facilitates a Women’s Covenant Group; assists with worship including preaching when requested; and attends the church and community breakfast group, attends Pastor’s Breakfasts, participates in Food and Friends, food Ministry, and serves weekly in the “Clothes To Go” free clothing Ministry.
Driscoll looks to the future. She said, “I’d like to see a midweek worship group, restart the New Beginnings grief support/divorce support group, and possibly establishing a family game night for the community.”
Chaplain Rosanne Driscoll can be contacted through the Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church Facebook page, e-mail email@example.com, or through the church at 508-339-6040.
Floyd Knight, a former M.L. King Scholar at the School of Theology and a Bible major (MDIV ’88), has been awarded a DFI Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Having formerly held the Carter G Woodson Fellowship at Northern Illinois University, Floyd is currently the Rhoten A. Smith Teaching and Research Fellow in the English Department at NIU where he is a Ph.D. linguistics major. Upon graduation, Floyd plans to earn a second Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in order to study ancient Syrio-Palestinian literature and culture from a variety of linguistic, rhetorical, literary, historical and philological approaches, methodologies, and perspectives. Floyd, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Chris) denomination since 1988, was also granted approval for Ordained Ministerial Partnership Standing in the United Church of Christ in 2010.
Judy Guion-Ulster finished her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio State University in 2013, and has recently been appointed as University Chaplain at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.
Congratulations, Judy! Thanks for sharing this with us and keep up the amazing work!
Kyle Bozentko (STH ’10) has been named Executive Director of the Jefferson Center, an organization dedicated to making democracy work for everyone, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mark Sumner Harvey (STH ’71, GRS ’83) is the Director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and they will be presenting its 41st Annual Christmas Concert on December 21 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston. This will be a blend of traditional carols in jazz arrangements and the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn version of The Nutcracker Suite. And it benefits the Pine Street Inn. You can check out the orchestra at www.aardvarkjazz.com.