Winter  2001
Volume 5 Number 2

Academy of Evangelism!

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 Ethiopia

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 Sale

Donate your old books to help seminarians to start building their libraries.

Who are the New Students in the M.Div. program?
The Seminary welcomed 127 new M.Div. students to campus this year. Here is a statistical snapshot of the class

Faculty and Staff Accolades
Several PTS faculty and staff have been busy gathering praises for their recent achievements.

Faculty Publications
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 schedule

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.

Building Bridges

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 prayer.

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 life.

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In This Issue


All Things Bright and Beautiful
One of Scheide’s New Tenants: PTS’s Director of Student Counseling
To Be Boring or to Be Bored: That Is the Question
The Master Key: Unlocking the Relationship of Theology and Psychology


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Letters to the Editor
outStanding in the Field
Class Notes
End Things
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Alumni/ae Update
Investing in Ministry
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