John Bowlin is a 2010–2011 Henry Luce III Theology Fellow. His research project is titled “Counting Virtues: The Difference That Transcendence Makes.”

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John Bowlin and Ellen Charry

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James Charlesworth (right), pictured with fellow
Samaritan Medal of Peace recipients Emanuel Tov (left)
and the High Priest Yossef ben Av-Hisda

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Heidi Gehman

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Cleo LaRue in Singapore

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Richard Fox Young

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Dennis Olson

In October, Bowlin and Ellen Charry participated in a discussion among Pursuit of Happiness Project scholars about the views of happiness in Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim traditions. The event was at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

James H. Charlesworth was interviewed by the Religion News Service about his book The Good and Evil Serpent: How a Universal Symbol Became Christianized. He was also featured on a BBC 4 radio interview on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Last August, he was awarded the Samaritan Medal for Peace and Humanitarian Achievement on Mount Gerizim in Israel, by the Samaritan Israelite People led by the High Priest Aaron b. Ab-Hisda and the Samaritan Medal Foundation based in Holon and Washington DC. In November, Charlesworth spoke at the thirteenth annual Bible and Archaeology Fest, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nancy Duff participated in a conference in October on “Religious Values and Life Experiences” at the United Methodist Church at Milltown, New Jersey.

In October, Robert Dykstra was the featured speaker at Northwest Arkansas Clinical Pastoral Education Institute’s Pastoral Care Seminar in Springdale, Arkansas.

Abigail Rian Evans spoke last January at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton on “Double Honor to Our Elders: The Church Responds to the Graying of Congregations.”

Heidi Gehman, director of academic administration, was selected for the ATS Women in Leadership Seminar, which met in October in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She prepared for the seminar by placing third in her age group in the Hartford Half-Marathon on October 9, with a time of 1:34:43!

Last February, Darrell Guder delivered the keynote address during “Living Letters for a New World: A Conference on Living the Gospel” sponsored by the Presbytery of Tres Rios and hosted by the First Presbyterian Church in Midland, Texas.

George Hunsinger spoke in October in Seattle, Washington, at both Town Hall Seattle and at Plymouth Church on “Unfinished Business: Ending U.S. Torture Forever.” Hunsinger was also honored as the 2010 recipient of the Union of Evangelical Churches in Germany’s Karl Barth Prize. The jury cited his “interpretation of Barth’s theology and the political testimony that resulted from it, as well as his achievements as a teacher of theology in the full sense of the word.” The award also cited Hunsinger’s decades of effective defense of human rights and his warnings against the resolution of political conflicts through military means.

Jeremy Hutton spoke in October on “The Pre-Exilic Levites and the Israelite Monarchy in Cross-Cultural Perspective” at the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts in Austin.

In July, Cleo LaRue was the guest lecturer/preacher for the Lillian H.K. Lim Distinguished Preaching Series at Baptist Theological Seminary in Singapore. The series is named in honor of the first woman president of Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary, a consortium of nine schools located throughout Asia. He was the first African American to be invited to participate in the three-day conference.

Last summer, Luke Powery received a Summer Research Fellowship from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. In July, he was the evening preacher at Whitworth University’s thirty-fifth annual Institute of Ministry. He is a visiting fellow at Yale Divinity School in 2010–2011.

In October, Katharine Doob Sakenfeld delivered the 29th Annual Newell Lecture in Biblical Studies at Anderson University School of Theology. Her topic was “Gender Issues in Bible Translation.” She discussed issues arising from cross-cultural interpretations as seen in her book Just Wives? Bruce Metzger, New Testament professor emeritus at PTS, and now deceased, was the first Newell lecturer in 1982, followed by Patrick Miller, Old Testament theology professor emeritus, in 2001.

In October, Max Stackhouse was a featured speaker at The Independent Institute in Washington DC. The event focused on “Economic Religion versus Environmental Religion in America.”

John Stewart was the guest speaker in July at Leland Community United Methodist Church in Leland, Michigan.

In February 2010, Wentzel van Huyssteen was invited to the University of Toronto for two special events celebrating his work. At both of these events, organized by the Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and the Affiliation of Theological Schools at the University of Toronto, he presented keynote papers.

In 2009, van Huyssteen was appointed to the Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. This board of advisors focuses on improving public communication and dialogue, especially potential responses by diverse faith communities, to the Smithsonian’s forthcoming new Human Origins exhibit.

Richard Fox Young edited a Festschrift titled India and the Indianness of Christianity: Essays on Understanding—Historical, Theological, and Bibliographical (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009). Selected as one of “Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2009 for Mission Studies” by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, it honors noted missiologist Robert Eric Frykenberg. Last March, Young organized a four-week adult education forum at Pennington Presbyterian Church in Pennington, New Jersey, focusing on Christianity in China and Chinese Christianity in America, with fellow PTS professor Dennis Olson, Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, professor of history at Pace University in New York, and Christie Chow and Kai-Li Chiu, doctoral students in religion and society at PTS.