Winter  2002
Volume 6 Number 2


She Won Our Hearts

What a lovely article on Dr. Piper End Things, summer/fall 2001)! Reading it brought back many wonderful memories to us. Morton ('52B) and I lived in the upstairs apartment at 58 Mercer Street during 1950-1952. We didn't know the first Elizabeth, but the second Elizabeth was a wonderful person and a joyful addition to Dr. Piper's life.

Upon his return from sabbatical in Germany, he shared with us news of his marriage to Elizabeth and asked us to pray on a certain night when she was to "escape" from Germany via Hamburg. That night came and we could feel the excitement and hope that permeated the home, and then, when Dr. Piper got the news she was on her way to him, his whole demeanor evidenced his joy along with ours.

When she was finally here in the USA, he was, in his own reserved way, ecstatic. Elizabeth quickly won her way into our lives and hearts as she brought her happy spirit not only to him but also to us who had the privilege of knowing Otto and Elizabeth Piper. Thank you for sharing this article with readers of inSpire.

Peggy Taylor
Manchester Court,

Psalms of Solomon

Thank you very much for sending me a copy of the summer/fall 2001 issue of inSpire that contains the fine article on the Psalms of Solomon materials that I was pleased to prepare for the Seminary Libraries. The article is well written and, more importantly, an accurate description of the archival materials and the group that composed the documents originally-some 2,100 years ago.

Robert B. Wright
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Where's Ryerson?

I was pleased to read the series of articles regarding the Seminary's Asian connections [summer/fall 2001]. These relationships are an important part of the life at PTS and have had a significant impact on worldwide Christianity.

But I was gravely disappointed to read not a single word about Charles Ryerson, the Elmer K. and Ethel R. Timby Professor of the History of Religions Emeritus. As a specialist in Tamil faith and culture, Dr. Ryerson introduced a long generation of seminarians to the Hindu and Buddhist faith traditions, as well as to sociological tools for the study of religion. No less significantly, he arranged for dozens of us to study at Indian seminaries and helped to recruit Indian students to study at Princeton.

Even in retirement, Dr. Ryerson continues to enrich PTS academic life. Indeed, during the past summer-presumably as the articles on Asia were being typeset-he was busily supervising foreign study for a new group of students.

My own ministry in the multicultural environment of New York City has been profoundly enhanced by what I learned from Dr. Ryerson. Surely I am only one among many. I hope that inSpire will consider printing a detailed profile of this remarkable educator.

Michael Church ('94B)
New York

Editor's Note

We appreciate your concern about the importance of Professor Charles Ryerson to Princeton Seminary, particularly as a specialist in the Hindu and Buddhist faith traditions, and concur about his valuable contributions to the Seminary. We did not include him partly because we could not include everybody and largely because a profile of him ("Close Encounters of an Indian Kind") appeared in the summer/fall 1999 issue of inSpire. Professor Ryerson's past and continuing work on behalf of Princeton Seminary (importantly, though not solely, as a bridge builder between PTS and India) is indeed greatly appreciated.

Encouragement for Jugglers

I just read the spring 2001 issue of inSpire and greatly appreciated the wonderful section on parenting and ministry. Thank you for putting together such an honest and hope-filled compilation of articles. As a parent of young children, I found many words of wisdom and encouragement. I appreciated that the parents' articles were honest about the struggles of juggling work and parenting rather than the typical profiles of "supermoms" who do it all with ease. Thanks!

Amy Vaughn ('93B)
Mankato, Minnesota

From the Philippines with Love

PTS has a long and illustrious history of teaching and inspiring theological scholars from all over the world, as well as training future missionaries to inspire and be inspired by Christianity all over the world. The fruit of this bi-forked endeavor can be found at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in the Philippines.

When my husband, Paul Matheny ('82B), and I arrived at UTS last March with the privilege of teaching theology (Paul) and Old Testament (Mary), we found quite a cadre of faculty who are connected with Princeton. Dr. Oscar Suarez ('86D) is both the distinguished president of Philippine Christian University, the umbrella institution under which UTS finds her home, and a professor of preaching at UTS. Bishop Daniel Arichea was a visiting scholar at PTS in 1981 and lived with his wife, Ruth, in the missionary housing on Alexander Street. Paul, Kim Crutchfield ('86B), and I make up the balance of the PTS connection.

At present, five nations are represented by the UTS faculty. There is a real sense here that we are all sitting in the same boat and pulling the same oars in unison. Students and faculty learn from each other with the mutual goal of understanding the needs of the Protestant congregations in the Philippines. Today, we had a festive celebration welcoming guests from San Francisco Theological Seminary during which we sat around the tables, eating delicious food and reveling in each other's company. We were buoyed by the fact that no matter where we came from, what our denominational, cultural, or political heritage was, we all belonged to the one body of Jesus Christ.

Mary C. Nebelsick ('84B)
Manila, Philippines

Appreciation for Feature on Asia

I thoroughly enjoyed your article "Remembering Connections through War and Peace" by Lance Woodruff in the latest inSpire. It was passed on to me, as Anna May Say Pa is to be a visiting lecturer at our college, Whitley College, here in Melbourne, Australia, next year.

Geoff Pound
Parkville, Australia

Editor's Note
Corrections-summer/fall 2001

The ALHAS acronym-incorrectly identified on page 5-stands for the Association of Latino/Hispanic American Seminarians.

Our apologies to Robert Lanchester, whose name we spelled incorrectly in "Staging the Mystery: Students Bring the Book of Job to Life" (pages 10-12).


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