A Way with Words: Alumni Find Voices as Authors

“Inspiration comes from many sources, but in general I think of it as a kind of intent awareness of the world, listening for the possibilities of stories in the events and circumstances of every day life,” author Kim Edwards says.

Edwards, whose first novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, spent 20 weeks at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list, notes that her world view was influenced by her years as a student at LTS from 2004 to 2006.

“Dr. (William O.) Paulsell (former president of LTS) once said in class that there’s no way of knowing how reading a book will resonate for a person or help shape that person’s perspective, and this is true.  Certainly, the classes I took at LTS continue to influence the way I see the world.  More specifically, my most recent novel, The Lake of Dreams, is structured as a quest story, where the narrator seeks to … resolve various issues of brokenness that have kept her stuck in old patterns, unable to live fully.  There’s also an important theme in regard to the position of women in the church. … I wanted to explore the ways in which the silencing of women’s stories creates imbalances and dysfunctions that resonate through time.

“Many of the authors I first read and studied during my time at LTS informed my thinking as I wrote.  These are authors I continue to read and return to again and again, for pleasure and for wisdom,” Edwards says.

Jane Myers Perrine, ‘87, author of seven previous books, publishes the first in a new series this spring.  The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek tells the story of a how a young minister who attended an “unnamed seminary in Lexington” is called to serve the Christian Church in Butternut Creek, Tex. Rev. Perrine and her husband, George, ‘67, met at LTS (she first attended from 1964-66) and have served Disciples churches for nearly 50 years.  “Those experiences have influenced me as an author,” Perrine says.

Tom Money, ‘58, taps into his life experiences outside his 50 years in pastoral ministry. An avid golfer, Money’s latest book, One Shot of Murder, focuses on the thrilling journey of a professional golfer who unwillingly becomes involved in murder and international intrigue. The book is published by Friesen Press, the publishers of the Harry Potter series.

Jewish Views of Jesus/Jews, Christians and Israel: Lecture Series

The theological boundaries and historical relationship between Jews and Christians is the focus of a pair of back-to-back lectures offered by rabbi, speaker, author, and professor David Sandmel this month.

The lectures are part of the Moosnick Lectureship in Judaic Studies, sponsored by the Moosnick Endowment. Sandmel’s lectures are presented by Transylvania University, Lexington Theological Seminary, Ohavay Zion Synagogue, and Temple Adath Israel. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Sandmel will present the first lecture, “Jewish Views of Jesus,” Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Strickland Auditorium on the Transylvania University campus.

The second lecture, “Jews, Christians, and Israel” is March 30 at 5 p.m. at Temple Adath Israel.

Sandmel is the Crown-Ryan Professor of Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union and Rabbi Educator at Temple Sholom, both in Chicago. He is a former director of the National Jewish Scholars Project, a major initiative to promote discussion within the Jewish community and between Jews and Christians about the differences and similarities between the two traditions. He is the co-editor of Christianity in Jewish Terms.  In addition, he is the lead editor of Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians Press, which focuses on core theological issues on the boundary between Judaism and Christianity. Sandmel is also involved in Jewish-Muslim dialogue and in the tri-lateral dialogue between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Sandmel chairs the Committee on Interfaith Activities of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and is a CCAR Representative to the Joint UAHC-CCAR Commission on Interfaith Relations, the National Council of Synagogues, and The International Jewish Committee on Interfaith Consultations.

Seminary announces $50,000 matching gift challenge

Lexington, Ky., March 13, 2012 – Lexington Theological Seminary President Charisse L. Gillett announced today a $50,000 matching gift challenge. A group of faithful donors will match all qualifying gifts received by July 31, 2012, up to $50,000.

“Supporting this dollar-for-dollar Mission and Ministry Challenge provides LTS with the ability to continue to fulfill its mission to prepare faithful leaders for the church,” said Dr. Gillett. “We are grateful for the generosity of our donors and trustees and the hard work of our development office that made this possible.”

Donations help support the new model of theological education that LTS launched in 2010. The groundbreaking program shifts the center of education from the classroom to the church and allows students to pursue a Master of Divinity degree by taking classes online and on campus.

Gillett noted that the program:

• places high value on the role of the congregation in helping form students
for ministry
• teams students with experienced pastors as mentors
• integrates the academic and congregational experiences
• cultivates meaningful relationships with peers in covenant groups
• endeavors to sustain graduates in ministry by encouraging an ongoing
relationship with the Seminary

“Seventh Street Christian Church Foundation is pleased to partner with our Seminary to encourage support for its new program.  We invite Disciples to join us in this important work,” said foundation trustee Wayne Light. “Your increased gift will help us mentor and nurture students into the pastoral life,” Gillett said. Interested donors may contact Sonny Wray or Mark Blankenship in the Office of Advancement and Development at (859) 280-1245.

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Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.

The Bulletin, Spring 2012, Vol. 48, No. 1

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