Summer/Fall 2002
Volume 7 Number 1














Speer Family Visits PTS Library
The family of Robert E. Speer gathered in the Robert E. Speer Library this spring to mark the publication of John F. Piper Jr.’s Robert E. Speer: Prophet of the American Church (Geneva Press). Speer relatives included a granddaughter, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, grand nephews, and a grand niece. PTS faculty, staff, and trustees, as well as friends of the Seminary, were also on hand. Piper, who spoke at the gathering, is professor of history and academic dean at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Making PTS More Accessible
Seven new disability signs have been added to the PTS campus, with hopes of more accessibility for the physically disabled who attend or visit the Seminary.

Moderatorial Visit
When 2001 Presbyterian Church USA moderator Jack Rogers visited Princeton Seminary in April as his moderatorial year approached its end, he preached in Miller Chapel about the Council of Jerusalem described in Acts 15:1–25, calling it the “first General Assembly.”

“Inheriting the Promise”: Finding Women’s Voices
For three days in March, PTS held its 10th biennial Women in Church and Ministry (WICAM) conference offering exploration of many dimensions of women’s leadership in the church—past, present, and future.

Murder in the Cathedral
Under the direction of visiting lecturer Robert Lanchester, a cast and crew of 25 brought T.S. Eliot’s play Murder in the Cathedral to the stage for the Seminary community this past April.

Thanks for the Feedback!
We’re always interested to hear from our readers about how we’re doing and how we can do better. So thanks to the more than 100 of you who filled out a survey that was included in the summer/fall 2001 issue of inSpire. Your feedback was encouraging.

Alum Ronald C. White Jr. Visits PTS’s Theological Book Agency on National Book Tour
Sparked by an exhibit on Abraham Lincoln titled “The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln and the Promise of America” at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, Ronald C. White Jr.—then a professor of American intellectual and religious history at the University of California, Los Angeles—created and taught an undergraduate course, “Abraham Lincoln and the American Experience,” which included a visit to the exhibit at the Huntington Library.

For 31 members of the Class of 1952, their 50th class reunion was an occasion to remember, both for themselves and for PTS!
At the reunion banquet on May 24, John MacInnes, representing his classmates, presented a check for $84,840.20 to President Gillespie, saying “This is a down payment on our intention to give $100,000 for the Class of 1952 Scholarship Endowment Fund to assist future generations of Princeton students.”

Religion and Media: Covering a Mystery
Front pages around the country were ablaze with sexual abuse allegations against the Catholic Church, which gave an urgent tone to the April conference “Behind the Stained Glass: Religion and Media in the 21st Century.”

Flowers Grace a Corner of Campus
The new garden located between Scheide Hall and Miller Chapel was dedicated in May in honor of former trustee Jane G. Irwin, who died July 11, 2001, and whose gift helped make the garden grow!

“The New Heart-Saver CPR” Course Comes to PTS
On Tuesday, March 12, instructors who were volunteers from the Pennington First Aid squad (affiliated with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton) came to the Seminary campus to teach “The New Heart-Saver CPR” course to 30 students, staff, and administrators of the Seminary.

New Trustees
The Reverend Dr. Allen Brindisi, Class of 1971, pastor of Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson, North Carolina, is an alumni/ae trustee.

Faculty Changes

Frederick (Chip) W. Dobbs-Allsopp, formerly assistant professor of Old Testament, was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure, effective July 1 of this year.

George Lewis Parsenios has recently been appointed to the PTS faculty as assistant professor of New Testament, pending completion of his Ph.D. requirements from Yale University.

Faculty Accolades

Brian Blount was one of the conference preachers at the “Reclaiming the Text” conference in Montreat, North Carolina, in May.

Faculty Publications
Diogenes Allen wrote Steps along the Way: A Spiritual Autobiography (Church Publishing, 2002). Brian Blount cowrote, with Walter Brueggemann and William Placher, Struggling with Scripture (Westminster/John Knox, 2002).

Ground Has Broken! PTS Builds New Multilevel Parking Garage
Construction for a new three-level parking garage has begun on the Seminary campus. Located off College Road, the parking garage will replace the parking lot behind Templeton Hall

BGLASS Week 2002
“There is one among us,” declared the publicity for BGLASS Week 2002, a week in April of education and affirmation for the Seminary community regarding issues of sexual identity. Representatives of BGLASS (an organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and supportive communities at PTS) explained that the slogan not only alluded to the statistic that one in ten people identifies as homosexual, but also to the common motivation for loving our neighbors—the idea that Jesus is always among us.

Upcoming Continuing Education Events
Monday, September 23
“The Christian Pilgrimage according to George Herbert”
Diogenes Allen, PTS’s professor of philosophy emeritus, leader