Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2002

Whitworth Chaplain Receives 'Dove of Peace' Award

Whitworth Dean of the Chapel and Associate Professor of Religion Terry McGonigal received the Dove of Peace Award recently from the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue, in Colorado Springs.

McGonigal is a founding member of the board of directors for the center, which seeks to affirm what Christians and Jews have in common and to encourage mutual understanding and respect for each group's faith, culture and history.

"When Terry lived here in Colorado Springs, he was very widely known as a bridge-builder between the Jewish and the Christian communities," said Rabbi Howard Abel Hirsch, founding president of the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue. "Through his effort, a lot of very serious dialogue has taken place between the two faith communities. We could think of no one who better exemplified the ideals of the center than Terry."

The Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue emerged a decade ago from a group of civic and religious leaders seeking to bring healing to faith communities at risk of being torn apart by contentious public debate over a proposed Colorado constitutional amendment regarding gay and lesbian civil rights. McGonigal, who was interim pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs from 1991 to 1993, was a founding member of the Colorado Springs Community Concerns group.

"Ten years ago we entered into a covenant of mutual respect," McGonigal said in his remarks after receiving the award at the Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue's annual dinner earlier this month. "When you think about the spectrum of perspectives represented by that group, this covenant stands as an important statement about how we view ourselves in this community -- religiously, politically, and sociologically. The forces at work ten years ago were turning us into enemies, and by God ‘s grace we were able to find that, in spite of our differences over a particular political issue, we really are neighbors."

As dean of the chapel at Whitworth College, McGonigal oversees the college's various worship programs and mentors a large group of student ministry coordinators who lead spiritual development programs on campus. McGonigal also serves on the president's cabinet and the presidential planning committee, as well as in other leadership roles.

McGonigal previously served as a professor of biblical studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and director of Fuller's Seattle Extension program. He also served as director and associate director for the Institute of Youth Ministries, a partnership between Fuller and Young Life International to provide accredited courses to train youth ministers.

McGonigal received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and completed master of divinity degree and doctorate in biblical studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls about 2,200 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Click here for a transcript of Dr. McGonigal's remarks after receiving the "Dove of Peace" Award at the Center for Christian Jewish Dialogue's 2002 annual dinner


Terry McGonigal, dean of the chapel and associate professor of religion, (509) 777-4547 or tmconigal@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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