James F. Armstrong received an honorary L.H.D. degree from his alma mater, Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

C. Clifton Black delivered the twenty-fourth annual Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Preaching/Teaching Lectures at the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, North Carolina, in March. In April he participated in a symposium, “Teaching Biblical Studies: Reflecting on the Past, Preparing for the Future,” honoring Professor
Fred L. Horton on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Religion at Wake Forest University. Horton introduced Black to academic study of the Old and New Testaments in 1973–1974.

In March, Sally Brown attended the Association of Theological Schools’ faculty-focused consultation in Pittsburgh. The consultation addressed the changing character of faculty work in theological schools. She also attended a pre-consulta-tion conversation with ATS women faculty to address particular issues of concern to them.

In September, Brown gave the Pace-Warren Lecture Series at the Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. In October, she was resident preacher/teacher at an all-church retreat for the First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame, California, at the Mount Hermon Conference Center near Santa Cruz.

James Charlesworth
gave the Theological Lectureship at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, in March, where he demonstrated the important link between knowledge and faith. He also gave a lecture sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in the summer of 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is pictured here with Abuna Paulos (’70M, ’88D), the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

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James Charlesworth and Abuna Paulos

Charlesworth’s book The Good and Evil Serpent won one of eleven 2011 Christianity Today Book Awards. It won in the biblical studies category.

Ellen Charry’s book God and the Art of Happiness was read this fall by the honors college at Indiana Wesleyan University, as part of their Athens and Jerusalem Seminar in campus-wide reading groups. She visited the college in November to discuss the book with students and faculty.

In November 2010, Charry led a Lay Theology Day on her book for the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, as well as a Clergy Day on “Working Through Issues Theologically.”

In February, Kenda Creasy Dean spoke on her recent book Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Teaching the American Church in the Willson-Addis Endowed Lecture at Baylor University. She also spoke on the topic as the theologian-in-residence/speaker at the annual Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church in June. Almost Christian won one of eleven 2011 Christianity Today Book Awards. It won in the church and pastoral leadership category.

In May, Dean gave the commencement sermon at Wesley Theological Seminary’s 129th commencement ceremony. She is a 1988 graduate of Wesley.

In February, Robert Dykstra gave the Psychology and Spirituality Lectures, “Artistic Expressions in Counseling and Pastoral Care,” at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He also gave a plenary lecture titled “The Gospel of Kindness” at the national conference of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians in November 2010.

Beverly Roberts Gaventa spoke at the Minette and Huber Lelland Drumwright Jr. Endowed Colloquium in New Testament Studies at Baylor University in April. Her lecture was titled “The Rhetoric of Violence and the God of Peace in Paul’s Letter to the Romans.”

Last January and February, Gordon Graham gave a series of talks on “The Celtic Saints” at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cranbury, New Jersey.

He also participated in May in a public seminar, “The Role of the University in the 21st Century,” organized by the Gifford Committee of the University of Glasgow, and in March he spoke about “What It Means to Be Saved,” part of the Lenten Series of Eucharist, Supper, and Talks at Trinity Church in Princeton, New Jersey.

In August, Graham was a keynote speaker at the Centre of Theology and Philosophy’s International Conference at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The theme of the conference was “The Future of Creation Order.”

Graham also participated in a round-table discussion titled “The Aims of Higher Education,” organized by the Centre for Higher Education, Research, Teaching, and Learning at Rhodes University in South Africa in October 2010.

In April, Darrell Guder was the theologian-in-residence at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington, where he taught a Bible study on Philippians, “Becoming a Distinctive Community.”

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Darrell Guder (second from right) pictured with
from left to right: Toby Mueller, a PCUSA pastor,
Warner R. Durnell, executive presbyter of North
Alabama Presbytery, and Mark Mueller, pastor
of The First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville.

Guder was also the Kyser Lecturer at the First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, Alabama, in October.

George Hunsinger was appointed a member of the Reformed/Roman Catholic International Dialogue team (2011–2017), part of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. He will represent the Presbyterian Church (USA). In March he spoke at an interfaith conference titled “Toward a Moral Consensus Against Torture,” held at Duke Divinity School and the First Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina.  fac_accTeofilatto.jpg
The Reformed/Roman Catholic International Dialogue Team on which PTS professor George
Hunsinger (third from left) serves


Stacy Johnson was the guest preacher in May at the seventy-fifth anniversary celebration of Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Johnson grew up in Southern Pines and is a “child of the congregation.”

In February, Cleo LaRue lectured at the Sewickley Presbyterian Church in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, on “The Shape of Christianity in Years to Come.” He was the guest preacher in August at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.

LaRue also participated in the Rogers-Cunningham-Bowman Ministerial Institute at Nazarene Theological Seminary in June.

Bruce McCormack gave the Croall Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in January. The title of the lecture series was “Abandoned by God: The Death of Christ in Systematic, Historical, and Exegetical Perspective.”

In September and October, he gave the Kantzer Lectures in Revealed Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The lecture series was titled “The God Who Graciously Elects: Seven Lectures on the Doctrine of Election.”

Kathleen McVey spoke at the Duke University Syriac Symposium this year. The symposium was under the auspices of the North American Supervisory Board, of which she is a member.

In December 2010, the BBC program Something Understood featured excerpts from a translation of Ephrem the Syrian’s Hymn on the Nativity #4 done by McVey.

In January, Peter Paris gave a presentation at the Princeton YWCA titled “The Relevance of Martin Luther King Jr. for Our Day.” He also participated in the Princeton YWCA’s Stand Against Racism event as part of a panel on “Racism and the Global Struggle for Peace and Justice” in May.

In February, George Parsenios spoke on the doctrine of atonement in the New Testament at a symposium sponsored by Princeton University and PTS in honor of Fr. Florovsky titled “On the Tree of the Cross: The Patristic Doctrine of Atonement.”

Luke Powery gave a lecture on the power of Negro spirituals as historical narrative, as part of a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Geneva College in January 2011.

In February, Luis Rivera-Pagán gave a lecture at the Third International Conference on Christian-Muslim Relations that focused on violence, nonviolence, and religion.

Katharine Doob Sakenfeld taught a course titled “Biblical Women in Cultural Perspective” as part of the Evergreen Forum at the Princeton Senior Resource Center in March. The course was based on her book Just Wives? Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today.

The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception
, edited by Leong Seow, was selected by CHOICE Magazine as one of the winners of its Outstanding Academic Titles for 2010. Dennis Olson and James Deming serve as area editors for this continuing project.

Loren Stuckenbruck spoke at the E.G. Purcell Jr. Bible Conference at Barton College in March. In April, he gave a lecture on “Demonology in the Synoptic Gospels” at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference at Cincinnati Christian University.


In March, Mark Taylor participated in a panel on the current prison system during a conference on “Imprisonment of a Race,” sponsored by Princeton University. The conference focused on the prison system in a historical and present-day context through the lens of race.


New Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Old Testament

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Dr. Stephen Russell

Dr. Stephen Russell, who recently completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has joined the PTS community as a post-doctoral teaching fellow in Old Testament. He is teaching biblical Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis courses while continuing research on his second book, Beyond Sacred Space. His book draws on philosophical and geographical concepts of space, mapping the ways in which the ancient Israelite and Judahite monarchies used spatial strategies to bolster their power and the ways in which those strategies were resisted. Russell, who began his post in July 2011, will teach for a two-year fixed term within the Department of Biblical Studies. We welcome his presence at Princeton Seminary, and the gifts and experience that he brings.