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News of Theological Institutions

Date 04 May 1996 20:41:33


96035            News of Theological Institutions 
                      by Jerry L. Van Marter 
SAN ANSELMO, Calif.--Launched three years ago, the Certificate in the Art 
of Spiritual Direction program at San Francisco Theological Seminary has 
grown to more than 70 students.  This month more than 50 students arrived 
on the seminary campus for the residency portion of the program.  In June, 
a second residency site in Gettysburg, Pa., will draw another 16 students. 
     The residency program in San Anselmo was taught by SFTS professors 
Elizabeth Liebert and the Rev. Howard Rice.  They led courses on "The Art 
of Discernment" and "Discernment of Spirit." Jack Mostyn also taught 
"Systems, Structures and Spiritual Guidance." 
RICHMOND, Va.--Four prominent theological and biblical scholars addressed 
attenders of Union Theological Seminary's annual Sprunt Lecture Series, 
Jan. 29-31.  The four lecturers have all served on the advisory council for 
"Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology," a seminary publication 
now in its 50th year. 
     Lecturers included Leander E. Keck, professor of biblical theology at 
Yale Divinity School; Lisa Sowle Cahill, professor of theology at Boston 
College; Carl E. Braaten, professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran 
School of Theology in Chicago; and Richard A. Lischer, professor of 
homiletics in the Divinity School of Duke University. 
DECATUR, Ga.--The Rev. Douglas W. Oldenburg, president of Columbia 
Theological Seminary, has announced the successful completion of the 
seminary's capital campaign, "Rooted in Tradition, Growing with Vision." 
The campaign goal was $31,450,000.  On Dec. 31, 1995, the official 
conclusion of the campaign, receipts and pledges totaled $34,417,320. 
     Of the funds raised, $20 million will be added to the seminary's 
endowment and $11.4 million will be used for capital needs.  The John Bulow 
Campbell Library is receiving $6.7 million for expansion and renovation and 
$1.5 million in endowment for books and maintenance.  Student and faculty 
housing and the seminary's student center have received several million for 
remodeling and renovation.  The campaign will also fund construction of a 
Center for New Church Development. 
     Scholarship support for students will be increased.  Three new faculty 
chairs -- in worship, Old Testament and ethics -- will be endowed and funds 
will also be used to supplement other underfunded faculty chairs.  Campaign 
funds will also strengthen several academic programs of the seminary. 
CHICAGO--Heidi Hadsell, vice president for academic affairs, dean of the 
faculty and professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological 
Seminary, was honored recently as a "distinguished alumna" of the 
University of Southern California (USC).  Hadsell, who earned the Ph.D. 
from the School of Religion at USC, was one of four graduates so honored. 
     Hadsell also holds degrees from the University of California at 
Berkeley, Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in New York. 
She has taught and lived in Brazil and France, and in 1993 became the first 
woman appointed as academic dean at a Presbyterian theological institution. 
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Rev. W. Eugene March, dean of Louisville Presbyterian 
Theological Seminary, has been named distinguished alumnus of his alma 
mater, Austin College, in Sherman, Texas.  March graduated from the college 
in 1957. 
     He has been professor of Old Testament at Louisville Seminary since 
1982 and dean since June of 1993.  Prior to coming to Louisville, March 
taught at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for 18 years. 

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