Spring 2000
Volume 4 Number 4

Food for the Soul during Black History Month

Worship, lectures, movies, gospel music, and soul food lent February, unusually snowy this year in Princeton, a festive warmth as students, staff, and faculty commemorated Black History Month.

Albert Raboteau of Princeton University, a specialist in American religious history, addressed the Seminary community on African American writer Albert Raboteau of Princeton University Howard Thurman’s vision of wholeness in a kick-off lecture. Later in the month, PTS professor Peter J. Paris moderated an ecumenical panel discussion about the relationship of the church to the academy, which he called "Bridging the Gap between Athens and Jerusalem." The panel touched on issues of importance to the church, including the ordination of women and homosexuality.

Highlights of the celebration were a concert by the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, a group of African American singers from Riverside Church in New York City who sang gospel, spirituals, and South African music, and a gospel concert by Pine Forge Academy featuring African American dance and music.

The documentary video Sankofa, about slavery, was shown on campus, and on February 24 the aromas of cajun catfish, black-eyed peas, fried chicken, collard greens, and biscuits wafting from the Mackay Campus Center seemed more like those from a Southern kitchen than from a Princeton dining hall.

The Artists’ Ways: Faith in Fabric, Bronze, and Clay

Although the Protestant Reformation had the effect of dislodging the arts from the church, they’ve made a strong comeback at Princeton Seminary!

The Center of Continuing Education’s new gallery space in Erdman Hall has hosted four art shows this year, with two more slated for summer.

Sasha Makovkins' exhibitIn February, potter Sasha Makovkin of Mendocino, California, displayed twenty-five pieces of ceramics, including communion ware, in an exhibit called "The Transforming Fire."

A Presbyterian minister, Sasha, with his wife, Susan, works on the northern California coast in a studio they call New Earth. It is their living. And it is a ministry.

"My calling is to use clay, to work as a potter, and to conduct workshops in clay," he told gallery visitors in Princeton. He was ordained by the Presbytery of the Redwoods as an ecumenical evangelist on Valentine’s Day 1993, a calling shaped by forty years as a professional potter.

Plates, chalices, and bowls designed by potter Sasha Makovkin graced the Erdman Hall gallery in February."I use the potter’s wheel to lead listeners, workshop participants, anyone who wants to learn, toward a deeper understanding of the figures of speech drawn from a potter’s work," he explained, while slowly turning his wheel and quoting Jeremiah and Hamlet. "The many references to clay, dust, and vessels in the Bible and literature form a cluster of ideas that point beyond themselves to a truth that’s difficult to express in ordinary terms."

Makovkin’s show was followed in March and early April by a more eclectic collection of art gathered by Vermont minister John B. Paterson, who describes himself as an artist of "found-object art." Titled "Expressions of Faith, Serious and Whimsical," the exhibit included quilts, glass, photography, sculpture, and molded paper done by Paterson and by Princeton area artists.

From mid-April through May 10, three women artists (Nena Bryans, sculptor, Terry-Thomas Primer, quilter, and Lee Rumsey, painter) displayed their work as part of the Seminary’s Women in Church and Ministry Conference.

The summer months will bring artists Stephen Zorochin, a local sculptor who works in bronze, and sculptor Charles McCullough to the gallery.

For more information on future Erdman Gallery art shows, contact David Wall at the Center of Continuing Education (609-497-7990).

In Honor of a President and Pastor
by Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp

Festschrift: literally a "celebration in writing" of a scholar’s life and work.

On Saturday, February 5, 2000, Princeton Seminary president Thomas W. Gillespie was "completely surprised" to find himself at a dinner given in his honor at the Doral Forrestal Hotel in Princeton. The surprise dinner was hosted by the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) to mark the publication President Gillespie signing book of Theology in the Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Thomas W. Gillespie. The Festschrift for Gillespie was edited by Wallace M. Alston Jr., director of CTI, and published by Eerdmans Publishing Company. Family, friends, and colleagues from the Center of Theological Inquiry and the Seminary gathered for a night of warm tribute to an extraordinary leader. The book’s publishers were even in attendance!

Editor Alston recalls that several years ago a group of colleagues from PTS approached him about the possibility of a Festschrift for Gillespie. Coincidentally, several European colleagues had also broached the idea. Alston willingly agreed to head up the project and became the book’s editor: "Tom Gillespie is a very dear friend of mine, and I enjoyed being a part of something that would honor him both personally and professionally."

The Festschrift includes twenty-five essays by distinguished church leaders and scholars, including an essay by Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy of the Vatican’s pontifical council for promoting Christian unity.

PTS faculty members Ellen Charry, Bruce McCormack, Pat Miller, and David Willis contributed essays, and William Harris, PTS archivist, wrote the introductory biographical essay. Contributions also came from Peter Gomes, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Eduard Schweizer, Thomas Torrance, and Robert Wuthnow.

There were both moving and humorous tributes to Dr. and Mrs. Gillespie during the evening of celebration. Alston spoke about the making of the book, and about Gillespie himself, "the pastor with a pastor’s heart." Bryant M. Kirkland, PTS trustee emeritus and former pastor of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, gave tribute to the Gillespies on behalf of the Seminary and the church. He recalled meeting Gillespie the "master preacher" at a Whitworth College convocation. Kirkland also spoke of Gillespie’s pastoral heart, his executive skills, and his scholarly ability, calling him a "pioneer of the spirit."

Daniel Migliore, PTS’s Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology, spoke on behalf of the faculty. In an address to be published in full in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, he noted Gillespie’s "unwavering commitment to theology in the service of the church…. Tom’s emphasis…has been primarily pastoral and reflects his many years of service as a pastor. He has stressed the need to recover the objective content of the faith by a generation that has largely lost touch with it. Beyond this, he has concentrated on the spiritual formation of students as an absolutely necessary ingredient of theological education and church leadership for the future."

The Rev. Cynthia A. Jarvis, pastor of The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, famed for her rhyming ability, wrote a limerick to mark the occasion. The final stanza reads:

In the places, by God’s leave, Tom has gone,
He’s been accompanied by another carpenter’s son
Who has kept him from falling,
And confirmed each new calling.
Now says Christ to his servant, "Friend, well done."

The festive evening ended with the honoree talking with those present as he autographed their copies of the Festschrift, hot off the press. Alumni/ae and friends can order the book through the Seminary’s Theological Book Agency or call 609-497-7735. The cost is $29.75.

New Faculty Publications

Abigail Rian Evans has authored The Healing Church: Practical Programs for Health Ministries, published by United Church Press. She has also written a chapter titled "Should Human Cloning Be Permitted? No." in Does God Care How We Make Babies? edited by Donald Messner and Sally Geiss and slated for publication in the fall of 2000, as well as a chapter for Theological Implications: Human Cloning, edited by Ronald Cole Turner and titled "Saying No to Human Cloning." Evans has also authored several entries in the Dictionary of Pastoral Studies, which is being published by SPCK in London, and has written a monograph for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Institute for Civil Society titled Stem Cell Research and Applications: Monitoring the Frontiers of Biomedical Research.

The Heart of Black Preaching, by Cleo LaRue, has been published by Westminster John Knox Press.

Inn Sook Lee is coeditor, with T. D. Son, of Asian Americans and Christian Ministry, published by Voice Publishing House.

Seminary Appointments

The Seminary announces the appointment of the Reverend R. Scott Sheldon to the position of director of development in the Office of Seminary Relations. Sheldon will be responsible for increasing the Seminary’s donor base and the institution’s annual and capital support. Since 1996 he had been the program director for congregational life at the Center of Continuing Education.

Lisa E. Hess, PTS Class of 1996 and current Ph.D. student, has been named acting program director for congregational life at the Center of Continuing Education. Her appointment begins June 5, 2000.

Faculty and Administrator Accolades

PTS Stars!Associate professor of New Testament Brian K. Blount will join Walter Brueggeman and William Placher as a leader of the 2000 conference of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians November 2–4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As keynote speakers, the trio will address the topic of biblical authority and the church. Blount has also been named as one of the preachers at the 2000 General Assembly meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Long Beach, California, in June.

January 31–February 2, professor emerita Jane Dempsey Douglass delivered the Thomas White Currie Lectures, "Emerging Visions of Christian Unity around the World," at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Professor Scott H. Hendrix has been selected as a 2000–2001 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology. One of the premier fellowship programs for theological scholarship, the Luce Fellows program identifies leading scholars in theological studies and provides them with the necessary financial support and recognition to facilitate their work.

George Hunsinger, director of the Center for Barth Studies, presented a paper titled "Justification and Sanctification in the Theologies of Calvin and Barth" at Columbia Theological Seminary’s tenth Conference on Calvin Studies, January 28 and 29.

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen was sworn in as a citizen of the United States on January 28, 2000, eight years after joining the PTS faculty. He is thrilled to be an official citizen of his new country, and happy also that the South African government will allow him, his wife, Hester, and daughter, Nina, to retain their citizenship there. Van Huyssteen had a busy January. In addition to becoming a citizen, he presented a paper at the Eighth East-West Philosophers Conference on Technology and Values in the New Millennium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

PCUSA to Offer Welcome Site for 2002 Winter Olympics

When the eyes of the world focus on Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, they will see more than snow-capped peaks and downhill skiers. The Presbyterian Church (USA) is raising an estimated $2 million to $7 million for the building of a facility that will provide information, hospitality, and a place for worship for visitors from around the world. The welcome center will be located in Park City, Utah, approximately thirty minutes from Salt Lake City.

The project is cosponsored by the Synod of the Rocky Mountains, Utah Presbytery, and Summit Presbyterian Church, a new church development that plans to make the new center its post-Olympics home. Planners also anticipate the facility operating as a retreat and conference center for the denomination. Officials hope to break ground in Park City on June 11, 2000, which is Pentecost Sunday. The project will be completed during the summer of 2001.

PTS alumna Jill Minnich, Class of 1981, is a parish associate at the First Presbyterian Church in Ogden, Utah, site of several Olympic events. Minnich senses enthusiasm among Presbyterians eager to project a positive image of the Presbyterian Church (USA). "It’s hard to find Protestant churches in Utah, so the worship and hospitality center will secure a Protestant presence at the games. The center will help people locate churches and will offer pastoral counseling to visitors and athletes on site."

PTS Alumnus Coordinates Hispanic Ministries Strategy for PCUSA

Roberto Delgado, PTS Class of 1959, is spearheading an effort to help the Presbyterian Church (USA) "have a more effective ministry to and with Hispanics" on a national level. As coordinator of the Hispanic Ministries Strategy development process, Delgado presented a summary report to the General Assembly Council at its February 16–19 meeting. The report outlined the details of the strategy and addressed such issues as evangelization, new church development and redevelopment, community ministries, higher education, and leadership development. Also discussed were the resources needed to help strengthen the areas of concern outlined by the report.

Following the GAC meeting, Delgado reported, "I feel pretty good about this. The summary report is rather long and detailed, yet it still received a positive response from the council." Delgado notes that the strategy will next be introduced to a larger audience during a symposium to be held in El Paso, Texas, April 27–30. Following the symposium, which will include more than thirty workshops on Hispanic ministry issues, the strategy will go before the National Hispanic Ministries Caucus. There it will be amended in accordance with feedback received from the symposium.

Director of vocations at Princeton Seminary, Victor Aloyo Jr., Class of 1989, is a member of the strategy’s advisory committee.

Local Muslim Leader Begins Dialogue with Seminary Community

by Kristi Upson

Hamad Ahmad Chebli, imam of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey, addressed the Seminary community in early March as part of the faculty’s History Department lectures. Imam Chebli, a native of Lebanon, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Islamic studies in Cairo, Egypt.Hamad Ahmad Chebli Following his studies, he was an imam in Tripoli, Lebanon, and at the Muslim Association in New Orleans before coming to the Islamic Society of Central Jersey.

His lecture was titled "Islam and Muslim-Christian Dialogue." Chebli outlined the Islamic understanding of the progressing corruption of the world and Islam’s Five Pillars, which address such a state. Chebli asserted the teachings of the Koran with humility and with confidence. In addition to his lecture, he was concerned with beginning the dialogue of which he spoke. "I came here with open hands and an open mind to share with you what I have learned through my study and my experience, and maybe we can open a wide door through which we can dialogue," he said.

After his address, Chebli responded to questions. Discussion topics included: the changes imposed on Muslims in a westernized context; the ethical stance of Islam with respect to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim mixed marriages; religious conversion; homosexuality; and Islam’s theological understanding of Jesus. Early in the dialogue Princeton Seminary professor Daniel Migliore asked what role forgiveness played in the interrelationship of Christians and Muslims in light of their historically strained relationship. Chebli wove this theme of forgiveness into each of his responses.

The lecture and subsequent conversation proved to be a time of honest grappling with theological, ethical, and social issues. Though the difficult subjects of theological disparity created some tension, dialogue, in Chebli’s own words, "is our faithful response to God’s Word." Whether that Word be the Bible or the Koran, dialogue is necessary to keep us mindful of our common roots in the God of Abraham, and perhaps to help our "separate tribes" to know one another.

Institute for Youth Ministry Announces Globalization Project

"Young people today are interacting with globalization through media, the Internet, and contact with people from other cultures, whether locally with friends and neighbors or when they travel, for example, on mission trips," says Richard Osmer about the newly launched Princeton Project on Youth, Globalization, and the Church that is sponsored by Princeton Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry. "Tentatively, our initial research on American youth indicates that this experience of globalization poses a challenge to some youth. They are struggling to make sense of their experience of many different points of view."

Osmer, professor of Christian education and director of the School of Christian Education, is quick to say this is only one of the earliest findings in the American portion of the project. There is much to come. The project spans the globe and aims to construct more effective youth ministries worldwide.

Now detailed online at the institute’s site on the Seminary’s web page, the project offers the global theological community information that until now has been untouched by researchers. The project editor, assistant professor of youth, church, and culture Kenda Creasy Dean, says, "The research that is online has never been compiled before — anywhere in the world."

The project has three primary goals. It initially aims to develop the first body of theoretical literature that examines trends and relationships between religion, youth, and the impact of globalization. The project seeks to develop constructive responses to issues raised by youth in a global culture. Finally, it attempts to identify salient issues for practical theology related to youth, globalization, and the church in the twenty-first century.

Early indications suggest that the project will take at least three years to complete. The project’s output, some of which is currently available online  will include literature reviews, a book detailing project finds and proposals, and conferences within each global sphere that will disseminate project findings in culturally appropriate ways.

Karl Barth Makes Top Ten List

Christian History magazine recently published a list of the ten most influential Christians of the twentieth century. Christian thinker Karl Barth ranked fifth among such notable figures as evangelist Billy Graham, who topped the list, Mother Theresa, who held the fourth spot, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who ranked eighth. Barth was the lone systematic theologian to make the list.

PTS assistant professor of pastoral theology and Barth scholar Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger commented that Barth’s impact was significant because as a Christian theologian "Barth simply towered over his contemporaries." She also stated, "Anyone who wants to think through substantive theological issues in relation to the pressing issues of contemporary society could find no better guide than Karl Barth."

George Hunsinger, director of the Center for Barth Studies, responded to Barth’s distinction by noting that "no one would have been more surprised than Barth himself!" Hunsinger explained, "Barth never set his sights on ‘relevance.’ If influence accompanied his attempt to be faithful, that is simply a bonus — an added gift of grace."

Barth himself once wrote, "It makes me a little embarrassed to hear ‘my theology’ spoken of so seriously…. I think that what I am working at is not something more or better than plain and honest theology."

Nurturing the Laity: An Imperative, Not an Option

The Hispanic Leadership Development and Enhancement Program, which operates from the Center of Continuing Education at PTS, consists of courses and seminars taught in Spanish by ministers and leaders within the Hispanic church community. The program’s uniqueness is a focus on the Reformed tradition and its practical application to congregations and communities. Upon successful completion of the three-year program, participants are awarded a certificate in congregational leadership.

"The willingness to open our horizons as a Hispanic people and view the countless opportunities of attaining an in-depth knowledge of practical biblical tenets is a key factor in determining the state of the church and its future," says the Reverend Victor Aloyo Jr., director of the program and PTS’s director of vocations.

In the last ten years, the program has graduated more than fifty laypersons who have continued in ministry as Sunday school teachers, small group and Bible study leaders, ordained and installed elders and deacons, pulpit supply preachers, and church administrators. Three participants have continued to pursue their M.Div.s at Princeton Seminary, while ten more are pursuing another three-year course of study developed by the program that prepares them for commissioning as lay pastors. Three of the participants in the commissioned lay pastor program are directly coordinating new church developments.

Established by pastors from New Jersey and members of New York City Presbytery, the program is a shared responsibility of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Synod of the Northeast, various presbyteries from New Jersey and New York, and Princeton Seminary.

The intent of the program, as designed by pioneers like PTS professor Geddes Hanson, professor emeritus Alan Neely, and alumnus Abi Castro, Class of 1968, is to make imperative within the Hispanic community and the larger community of faith the notion that a vital church provides its believers with an opportunity to grow in relationship with God and with other human beings. Other PTS alumni/ae involved in the coordination of the program are Milton Nunez-Coba, Class of 1990, Amy Mendez, Class of 1997, and Joanne Rodriguez, Class of 1999.

On May 6, the Hispanic Leadership Development and Enhancement Program celebrates ten years of equipping laypersons for ministry. The program’s coordinating committee extends an invitation to the Seminary community to attend Congreguemonos X, an annual gathering of Hispanic Reformed/Presbyterian congregations from the Northeast. This year, Dr. Samuel Pagan, president of the Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico and a PTS alumnus (Class of 1977), will be the guest facilitator and speaker. The meeting will be held on campus.

A Sweet Roll Reversal

Continuing a tradition that began in 1970, several of PTS’s male students took to their kitchens in an effort to raise money for Womanspace, a women’s shelter in Trenton, New Jersey. The Men’s Auxiliary Annualbake sale Bake Sale, organized by senior Case Thorp, was held on March 1, kicking off Women’s History Month. Thorp commented, "The bake sale is a great way for the men on campus to have some hands-on contact with Womanspace. It is a way for us to support our female colleagues in ministry."

VP and Student Advocate Retires
by Joel A. Lindsey

When Frederick Lansill developed a close relationship with his pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, California, he had no way of knowing that it would radically change his life. Known to the Princeton Seminary community as "Rick," the recently retired vice president for financial affairs was, in 1983, firmly planted with his family and business projects in the San Francisco area. Until, that is, his former Burlingame pastor, Thomas Gillespie, who was by then president of Princeton Seminary, extended an invitation to Lansill to move east and change careers.

Rick and Carol Lansil"I thought I was as happy as I could be living and working in San Francisco. When Dr. Gillespie asked me to move to Princeton to fill the director of financial aid position, I thought it would be like an early retirement. Little did I know I would work the hardest I had ever worked in my life," Lansill says.

The changes began when Gillespie sought Lansill out because of his deft touch in the world of finances and business. In California, Lansill got his start with the Crown Zellerbach Corporation and quickly expanded his business knowledge by working in higher management positions with companies in and around San Francisco. When the Seminary had an opening for a director of financial aid and associate business manager, Gillespie knew exactly whom to call.

Lansill admits that his initial feelings about the idea of moving his family to the East Coast to work at a theological institution were mixed. "When he hired me, I told Dr. Gillespie, ‘I’ll be glad to come to Princeton, but I don’t want to get involved with the theology students.’" What Lansill didn’t realize at the time was that the job he eventually took put him in direct contact with the Seminary’s student population. He recalls being quite alarmed when in September 1984 he entered the Seminary work force as a frequent target for student complaints.

"I didn’t know exactly what I’d be doing until I got here," Lansill comments. "I had no experience with financial aid; my children never needed it for school, so I went to Princeton with little or no experience. I tried to be honest with the students that first day in 1984 by telling them that I was new at this career." The rumor quickly spread among the students that "Lansill in financial aid didn’t know what he was doing."

Lansill jokes, "I didn’t even know that seminary students gossiped!"

What Lansill did not know about financial aid he made up for with an increasingly receptive attitude toward the students on campus. This continued even after his promotion in 1986 to his post as vice president for financial affairs and treasurer. As one of the few unordained administrators, Lansill suspects that his lack of "an official, rigid theological position" made him a more attractive outlet than some for students in need of a listening ear.

"I was often a neutral friend students could trust. I was really their minister because, as a business officer, I was detached from theological judgment in a sense. I ate with them in the dining hall every day for fifteen years. I always took time to see people who wanted to see me. And I always felt I came out of those meetings as the one who gained something positive."

Lansill notes that he could not have imagined early on that "working with ordained scholars and theology students would provide so much joy and excitement." But reflecting on his time at PTS, he says that by far "the richest part of my time was the warm relationships I developed with many students." These students continue to contact Lansill years after graduation.

"Former students call me from time to time to report on their life and their families. I still get calls from students seeking advice about which job to take, or whether to stay in their denomination or not. They bring me their real life problems."

Princeton Seminary professor Donald Capps often witnessed Lansill’s problem-solving skills. For several years, Capps sat with Lansill and a group of students, faculty, and administrators in the cafeteria during lunch hour to discuss matters of everyday importance to the Seminary community. Capps is quick to point out that Lansill’s presence in the group was not by coincidence. "Rick was the draw of those meetings," says Capps. "It was his group, and everybody understood that. He became a fixture in the cafeteria; he was an institutional problem solver."

Librarian for archives and special collections William Harris, who is also a friend of Lansill’s, recalls a story that captures Lansill’s commitment to students.

"Once a student built and lived in a hut out on the quad as an act of protest of some social issue, and the administration really came down hard on him. Rick admired the student for his commitment and stood up for him in the midst of the ensuing controversy. He was an advocate for the students, and that is something that was not really in his job description as treasurer."

Harris also points out that Lansill is greatly responsible for the beautification and restoration of the campus and its buildings that the Seminary has undertaken over the last several years. "Rick has an eye for beauty and a heart for historical preservation on this campus. He exerted a lot of energy in encouraging the betterment of the entire institution. He gave stature to this campus," Harris says.

Lansill currently lives with his wife, Carol, in Pineville, Pennsylvania, which Lansill calls "the country." They have an active social life through their local church and enjoy being able to spend more time visiting their three children and three grandchildren.

When asked about his adjustment to retired life, Lansill muses, "I miss Princeton, but I’m delighted to be retired. I have a wonderful relationship with my wife, and we enjoy being together. And now I have a chance to start completing the work that has been piling up over the last fifteen years."

Japanese American Internment Remembered
by Kristi Upson

The Reverend Daniel Ogata, retired Presbyterian Church (USA) minister and guest lecturer in history and sociology at Grinnell College, presented his personal reflections on the internment experience at the Seminary’s annual Japanese American internment commemoration, held February 17. The event, sponsored by the Program for Asian American Theology and Ministry, remembered U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 (February 19, 1942) authorizing the evacuation and internment of Japanese Americans. The long history of anti-Chinese and anti-Japanese sentiment on the West Coast, accelerated by Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, culminated in this form of legislative discrimination. For almost three years, more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps until they were released in January 1945.

At the age of twenty-one, Ogata was one of those Japanese Americans relocated from his home in Stockton, California, to Rohwer, Arkansas, to one of the ten American camps. Allowed only to bring one suitcase per person, Ogata’s family was deprived of property, belongings, and honor. In the camps, professional, skilled, and common laborers made $19, $16, and $12 a month, respectively. With these scarce resources, they were to supply their families with clothing and incidentals. For three and a half years, Ogata and his family survived under these conditions.

Ogata said that "the most disappointing thing was the church." The local Friends meeting was the only sympathetic congregation, bringing clothing, incidentals, and books for the schoolchildren. Additionally, after being released, Ogata and many of his fellow Japanese Americans struggled to find a church that would welcome them. They were ignored by both congregations and pastors. Even after graduating from seminary, Ogata experienced discrimination in fifteen interviews before accepting a call in Clinton, Iowa.

Ogata finds value in telling his story and remembering this period in American history as a means of preventing such discrimination from occurring again. Princeton students, faculty, and staff welcomed his presence as an opportunity to learn about this often-forgotten event and to witness a model of forgiveness and healing.

Suffer the Little Children

The forty boys and girls who spend their days playing and learning at Princeton Seminary’s Center for Children, as well as the hundreds of children who will come after them, will be able to thank a woman they never knew.

Her name is Carol Gray Dupree, and she was the daughter of the Rev. Dr. William R. Dupree (PTS Class of 1946) and his wife, Margaret J. Dupree. Carol died on November 29, 1999, at the age of forty-four after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Carol Gray Dupree"One of Carol’s last wishes was to work with children," said her father. "She didn’t have children of her own, but she adored her two nieces and three nephews and was adored by them. She told me a few months before she died that she so much wanted to work with kids, and now she wouldn’t be able to."

But her dad promised her that he would make her wish come true. After her death, the Duprees made a gift of $300,000 from Carol’s estate to establish an endowment fund for the Center for Children. The center will be named the Carol Gray Dupree Center for Children in her memory.

The gift will provide funding in perpetuity that will benefit the children of Princeton Seminary students, faculty, and staff, including children of students from overseas.

Bill and Margaret Dupree, who will travel to Princeton from their home in Loveland, Ohio, on May 16 to attend the dedication of the center, believe the endowment is a fitting memorial to their youngest daughter. They are gratified that others have already made contributions to the fund.

The Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos in Los Gatos, California, where Carol was an active member, a Sunday school teacher, and a youth leader, has made a gift, as has Acuson Corporation in Mountain View, the company for which Carol headed up a sales division in market development until ten days before she died.

Even before the Duprees’ gift, the Center for Children had planned to expand its enrollment capacity from forty to fifty-five children, according to director of housing and auxiliary services Steve Cardone. To accomplish that goal, the Seminary plans an addition to the building, with expected completion by the start of the 2001–2002 school year.

For Bill and Margaret Dupree, their gift allows them to remember a beloved daughter and to extend her love to the daughters and sons of parents who need caring Christian child care. "I couldn’t be happier to join our love for Carol with my love for the Seminary that has meant so much to me through the years of my ministry," said Bill Dupree.

For information about making a gift to the Carol Gray Dupree Center for Children Endowment, contact Gene Degitz, vice president for Seminary relations, at 609-497-7750.

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