PTS professor Jack Stewart welcomed the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education
meeting this fall in Princeton by invoking the Seminary’s history: “You can hear the overtones of the
patriarchs of 1812. You can hear Archibald Alexander, Samuel Miller, and Charles Hodge. You can hear the pain of the rift in the early twentieth century. But if you listen more deeply still, you’ll hear a contemporary seminary. It’s a place where the founders hoped learning and piety would be together and never be separated.”
Speaking for Peace at the U.N. in
Drum rolls broke the usual solemnity of the United Nations Assembly Hall when hundreds of the world’s religious and spiritual leaders opened the
U.N. Millennium Summit last August. Among the robed delegates filing into the hall was Abuna
Paulos, wearing the white robes and jeweled pectoral crosses signifying his office as patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
Annual PTS Book
Donate your old books to help seminarians to start building their libraries.
Who are the New Students in the M.Div.
The Seminary welcomed 127 new M.Div. students to campus this year. Here is a statistical snapshot of the
Faculty and Staff Accolades
Several PTS faculty and staff have been busy gathering praises for
their recent achievements.
New faculty and staff publications
Books Finally Arrive!
In the last issue we reported that 1000 donated volumes were lost on the way to the Institute of Theology at Eglise Evangelique Presbyterienne du Togo in West Africa, the institute where Kossi
Ayedze, a 2000 Ph.D. graduate, is now on the faculty. They have been found! The books are now part of the library for this growing seminary in Togo.
2001 Summer Institute of Theology
Prophet of the American Church
Historian John Piper met Robert E. Speer in the 1960s when Piper was writing a book about the American churches during World War II. Now forty years later Piper has written the first comprehensive biography of the churchman he considers “one of the most
remarkable personalities in the history of Christianity in America.”
Poetry That Sings
Michael Hegeman, PTS lecturer and Ph.D. candidate in homiletics and composer-in-residence with the
Lauda! Chamber Singers, recently composed a three-movement piece dealing with requiem texts for a concert of sacred music at the First Presbyterian Church in Pitman, New Jersey. He is also a sort of unofficial composer-in-residence for PTS.
The Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth Ministry has been awarded a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. for a three-year project titled
Bridges: Linking Theological Education to the Practice of Youth
Ministry. The project is designed to develop strategies of support and education for those making the transition from seminary to professional ministry.
A Grand Inaguration
Pianist Jay H. Cho inaugurated the new Steinway grand piano in Miller Chapel with a recital on December 9 to a packed audience.
Spring Ahead with Barth!
Princeton’s Center for Barth Studies has scheduled three conferences this spring on
Karl Barth’s theology for preaching and
Scholarship Initiated with $100,000 Gift
Many people intend to support causes and institutions they care about by leaving money in their wills. Two PTS
alumni/ae, a clergy couple from the Class of 1983, were moved to act sooner!
Finding a Niche
You never know where a work of art will take you,” says sculptor Thomas
McAnulty, whose exhibit “Niches” graced the Seminary’s Erdman Gallery in the fall.
New Director of Student Relations
Catherine Cook Davis, a 1985 PTS M.Div. graduate, is the new director of student relations in the Office of Student Affairs.
Endowing Theological Education for Women
In every part of the world, the number of women involved in theological education is growing. Yet, according to PTS alumna Nyambura Njoroge (1992 Ph.D.), financial limitations prevent many dedicated and qualified women from southern hemisphere countries and from Central and Eastern Europe from receiving the education they need to be leaders in the church.
Life and Death
Last September 250 Christians, Jews, and Muslims gathered at Princeton’s Nassau Presbyterian Church to attend Dilemmas on the Death Penalty, a conference sponsored by Interfaith Communities. Among them was Sister Helen
Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking, later turned into a box office hit movie of the same name.
Of Bibles and Scholarships
Dr. Daniel Theron, PTS Class of 1950 (Ph.D.) has made a major gift to the Seminary to establish the Daniel Johannes Theron Endowment Fund.
Alumni/ae Events Winter/Spring—2001
PTS Corner of History: Miller Chapel
Since 1834, every weekday during the academic year, with the exception of last year when the chapel was undergoing renovation, the Seminary community has gathered there for daily worship and spiritual renewal. Until the Second World War, church services were also conducted there each Sunday morning and evening. Although the chapel could tell countless stories,
William O. Harris has selected two events to illustrate its interior