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2012 Newsletter

A Message from Department Chair Jerry Sittser

Dearest Friends of Whitworth's Theology Department,

It is a pleasure to provide some opening comments to this year's theology newsletter.  On May 13 we graduated a large and competent class of 32 theology majors; most of these students were deeply invested in service of various kinds and show promise that they will continue that commitment over a lifetime. They were a pleasure to teach and know. Our graduates appear to be headed almost everywhere: into law school and seminary (eight different seminaries, at that!), grad programs in counseling, Young Life staff and international service, and a host of others places. We are so very proud of them.
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Howard Redmond, (1957-1990), Professor Emeritus of Theology
It seems to me that each person specializes in what is most relevant to him or her at the time. When I taught at Whitworth it was philosophy/theology, which I enjoyed very much. more...


Ron White (1974-1981), Professor Emeritus of Theology
The 2011-12 academic year has been a blend of writing and speaking. I relish each day at the Huntington Library writing a biography of Ulysses S. Grant, which will be published by Random House in 2014.  more...


Dale Bruner, (1975-1997), Professor Emeritus of Theology
Dear Colleagues:
Hello! I miss the chance of seeing you annually...
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Roger Mohrlang (1978-present), Professor of Theology
Warm greetings to all of you, my former students! The big news here: on the completion of this, my 34th year of teaching at Whitworth, I began "phased retirement." more...


Gerald Sittser (1989-present), Department Chair, Professor of Theology
Dear Friends:
Last fall I re-entered the rhythm of academic teaching after enjoying a sabbatical in winter, spring and summer 2011. more...


Terry McGonigal (1994-present), Dean of the Chapel
It feels like every academic year moves more swiftly than the previous one. That certainly is my perspective one week after Whitworth's commencement weekend, as so much has gone on during the past year professionally and personally. more...


James Edwards (1997-present), Professor of Theology
Greetings, dear friends and former students! 
Highlights of the past year include:

  • Completion of 15 gratifying years teaching at Whitworth;
  • A $50,000 grant from the Welch Family Foundation to the theology department, to be used primarily for tuition assistance for majors;

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Tim Dolan (1998-present), Director, Master of Arts in Theology and Director, Whitworth Institute for Clergy and Lay Leadership Development
As amazing as it seems, this fall I will complete 14 years at Whitworth. I no longer teach biblical literature courses in the traditional daytime undergraduate program, but am now concentrating on teaching solely for the evening Continuing Studies and the Master of Arts in Theology programs. more...


Kent McDonald (2000-present), Lecturer in Theology
The 2011-12 academic year was a blessed time of teaching and ministry. I continue my role as a lecturer in the theology department and my role as director of our Young Life Training Program. more...


Scott Starbuck (2001-present), Senior Lecturer in Theology
Greetings! As in each year since I started at Whitworth, in 2001, I have served at the university part time and at Manito Presbyterian Church as the full-time preaching pastor.  more...


Keith Beebe (2003-present), Associate Professor of Theology & Chair of Core 150
Teaching
Greetings in the name of Christ Jesus!
This time last spring I was training for a 100-mile summer 2011 trek through the Highlands of Scotland. more...


Karin Heller (2003-present), Professor of Theology
Life was good throughout the 2011-12 academic year! In the fall I was happy to teach a new class, A Biblical Introduction to God, for Continuing Studies. more...


Adam Neder (2004-present), Associate Professor of Theology
The longer I try to listen to the Word of God and to help students listen to it, the more I realize what a gift it is to teach at Whitworth. more...


Moses Pulei (2007-2012), Assistant Professor of Theology
This year was one in which many of my theological convictions and paradigms were both challenged and confirmed. more...


Karen Petersen Finch (2008-present), Assistant Professor of Theology
As I near the four-year mark of my time in the theology department, I feel a sense of amazement at how quickly the time has gone. more...


Jonathan Moo (2010-present), Assistant Professor of Theology
My second year at Whitworth has been another wonderful year of teaching and studying Greek, the New Testament, ecology and biblical theology with keen, motivated students who make this job a joyful privilege. more...


Jeremy Wynne (2010-present) Lecturer in Theology
It's been a pleasure in my biblical literature courses to teach so many students from across the university. I'm grateful for their various perspectives, honest questions and enthusiasm. more...


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