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Color PTS Multicultural

My family always looks forward to reading inSpire. I really enjoyed the articles in “Color PTS Multicultural” in the summer/fall 2007–winter 2008 issue. It reminded me of all my experiences at PTS with students from different cultural backgrounds. I am a 2006 graduate, and my studies at PTS in a multicultural atmosphere gave me a better outlook toward different cultures and inspired me to value the beauty of diversity, and the unity within it. I am thrilled that PTS is starting a new Office of Multicultural Relations.

Currently I am associate pastor at Mokokchung Town Baptist Church. We have 4,897 believers in the congregation. I am also president of Ao Baptist Churches Association, which is comprised of 141 local churches. We do church planting, educational mission, and different ministries in and outside of Nagaland. We are also surveying overseas mission in other Asian countries. In all these efforts, my study at PTS strengthens me to work more effectively for the Lord Jesus Christ. So I am always thankful to PTS.
Temsuwati (Th.M., 2006)
Nagaland, India

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Your recent issue on multicultural education was especially interesting to me and was well done. Your article on the Women’s Center was inspiring, as the center was once only a dream during my student days (1952–1954) and later when I was an assistant professor on the faculty in Christian education (1957–1961). During its thirty-year history, the center certainly has upheld the honor of women at PTS and for this one can be especially grateful to Freda Gardner.

Also, the article by Kent Annan about his ministry in Haiti caught my full attention. Presently, I am passionately involved in supporting The National Coalition for the Environment, a group of forty environmental and development NGOs and Haitian peasant groups, in their commitment to tackle a massive reforestation of Haiti (only one percent of the tree cover still exists today) and to address poverty and alternative energy issues. I commend this project to all seminarians, PTS faculty members, and trustees as you seek a meaningful way to celebrate the Seminary’s Bicentennial. You could help save an “unfinished” nation, bringing a measure of peace at last to a beleaguered people. Also, such a choice would decrease the Seminary’s carbon footprint, challenging global warming.
Harriet C. Prichard (M.R.E., 1954)
Wichita, Kansas

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I am giving a retreat in September 2008 with the theme of “Living in the Light of God’s Presence” for about seventy-five women. Our guest speaker, the Reverend Nancy Matthias, an iconographer, is going to speak about icons during the afternoon session and I felt that Colleen Burlingham’s article, “God Beyond Language and Text: Iconography as Spiritual Practice,” would be a wonderful addition to our packets that we hand out to each woman. Thank you very much.
Linda J. Tuper
West Stockholm, New York

On Politics

I loved my time at PTS, but am disappointed by the consistently stacked and lopsided viewpoints whenever a political nerve is touched.

On page 15 of the summer/fall 2007–winter 2008 issue of inSpire, in the “Faculty Accolades” section, is a photo of Professor George Hunsinger speaking at the peace rally in Trenton, New Jersey.

Conspicuously, predominantly, and intentionally pictured is a gregariously smiling man wearing an IMPEACH BUSH & CHENEY T-shirt. The picture of Hunsinger could have easily been cropped to delete the T-shirt message. In fact, of the sixteen professors featured in the section, only Hunsinger is pictured, chosen no doubt because of the spectacular opportunity to bash our current president and vice president.

Where is the academic balance, fairness, and tolerance? Why the obviously carefully selected George Bush condemnation—with no opposing viewpoint to be expressed? How about some basic academic fairness and neutrality? Too much to ask? I would hope that PTS would be sufficiently secure to offer such counterpoint.
Jim Garlow (M.Div., 1972)
San Diego, California

Editors’ note:

It is because the Seminary values freedom of thought and freedom of expression that we did not crop the man wearing the T-shirt out of the photograph, which was chosen not to highlight the man’s T-shirt but to highlight the professor. We hope you noted that other professors were pictured in that same section: Professor Wentzel van Huyssteen appeared on the following page, and Professor Darrell Guder a few pages later. We recognize that faithful Christians disagree on many political issues, and that there is a wide range of views on the war and President Bush among our faculty, students, and alumni/ae.

Correction of a Correction

Oh, error on error! The latest inSpire carried my letter to the editor correcting the presbytery that ordained Dr. Metzger in 1939. It was correct that the Presbytery of New Brunswick then was not of any United Presbyterian Church, but I was quoted as placing it under the Presbyterian Church (USA). Both Dr. Loetscher and the Presbyterian Historical Society would be saddened to think I did not know that the PCUSA did not exist until 1983. In 1939 the Presbytery of New Brunswick was under the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Incidentally, I am shown as having an M.Div., 1953. Princeton Seminary’s B.D. always has been as good as any M.Div.!
Jerry Gillette (B.D., 1953)
Hockessin, Delaware

Remembering Dr. Macleod

Dr. Macleod served as a mentor and friend when I began studies at Princeton Seminary in 1969. I regularly invited Dr. Mac to preach for me at the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Pleasant, New Jersey, a community of faith I served in my first charge. Dr. Mac indicated that the Sunday following his engagement at Mt. Pleasant, he would be preaching at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. Sunday came with frigid rain pelting the roads, turning them into ice rinks. A few hearty parishioners straggled into worship. Dr. Mac traveled serpentine rural roads in his patented Cadillac roadster and preached to the shivering few. I apologized for the slim crowd. Dr. Mac would hear none of it. He said the pews were stuffed with angels and archangels. “Your people need the Bread of Life,” he reminded me, “as much as those in the crowded Riverside sanctuary next Sunday.”
Jack R.Van Ens (M.Div., 1972; Th.M., 1976)
Arvada, Colorado

Spring Summer 2008