Frankly Speaking
Greetings from Geneva, Switzerland, headquarters of the World Council of Churches. I am a Princeton alumna from Kenya and I love reading inSpire! I enjoyed your article “Frankly Speaking” (summer/fall 2009 p. 49). First, I congratulate PTS for establishing the Office of Multicultural Relations. I pray that the Seminary community will make good use of it, for its services, I believe, will go a long way in strengthening Christian witness in “culturally confused” churches.

Second, I am writing to suggest a reading that I find very appropriate for what you are trying to achieve: a book the late Professor Letty M. Russell left unfinished but that was recently published titled Just Hospitality: God’s Welcome in a World of Difference, edited by J. Shannon Clarkson and Kate M. Ott (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009). Letty was a friend, mentor, and a coworker in global feminist theological education and she practiced what she preached and taught. I hope you find the book helpful.


Nyambura Njoroge (Ph.D., 1992)

Geneva, Switzerland

 

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The Mace’s Tale
Let me thank you for an excellent issue of inSpire. There was so much of interest in it about the students who were graduating, I just had to find out what happened to those pictured. Then I turned to the story about the mace. It was very well done and told the story just as I had narrated it to you. I have friends who were in later classes at Princeton Seminary and whom I did not know, who are residents of the Florida Presbyterian Homes now as I am. I did not tell them that this issue of inSpire had a story in it about the mace. Then they received their issue and remarked, “Why didn’t you tell us about this before!” “That was an interesting account, and I remember Dr. [Charles] Fritsch very well.” “You certainly did something for the Seminary.” Of course, I enjoyed their comments.

Samuel G. Warr (B.D., 1940)
Lakeland, Florida

 

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Pass It On

inSpire’s clear writing and lively features are always interesting to me. I often find something to clip and pass along to someone else—most recently the John Calvin web site. I had lunch recently with a friend, Ruth Leach, whose husband, Barton B. Leach (M.Div., 1959; Th.M., 1967), would have celebrated his fiftieth anniversary reunion and she said she also looks forward to inSpire. It is a great tool for outreach and it helps keep strong the ties many of us feel to the Seminary. Although I am not a graduate, my ties go back to my grandfather, great-uncle, father, and also my husband, Jon Black (M.Div., 1972), who went to PTS, and most recently my experiences at the summer institute and reunion, which were invaluable to me. In a time of vanishing media and budget constraints my hope is that inSpire will continue to remain strong and vital.

Jane Leishman Black
Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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Princeton Seminary Puzzles

Yes, my wife, Jan, and I completed The New York Times crossword puzzle referred to in the “Fun Fact” in the summer/fall 2009 inSpire, and got the answer. I am a graduate of PTS, D.Min., 1969. In the past two to three years my wife and I have been doing a lot of crossword puzzles because they are fun, they keep the mind active, we learn new words we’ve never heard before, and we are intrigued by the clues and the themes. All in all, crosswords are a lot of fun, but time-consuming.

Jim (D.Min., 1969) and Jan Rettig

Woodinville, Washington

 

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Friends from Around the World

My wife, Tertia (Le Roux) Watson (special student, 1959), and I saw old friends John Miller (B.D., 1961) and Joan (Chin) Miller (B.D., 1961) when they came to Melbourne, Australia, to attend the world Parliament of Religions in December. John is from Northern Ireland, Joan is from Jamaica, Tertia is from South Africa, and I am from Australia, having left New Zealand when I was eight years old. We all met in Princeton, and next year both couples will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversaries.

After graduation, John and Joan spent several years in Northern Ireland, and have been in England for more than forty years, John as a minister of the United Reformed Church, first in London and then in Reading, England, where he has retired. Tertia and I retired to Kallista, Australia, in 1997, she from social work in child protection and I as a parish minister in the Uniting Church. I did my doctorate in New College, Edinburgh, under T.F. Torrance, the father of President Iain Torrance. I first met T.F. Torrance in 1959 at Princeton!

Duncan S. Watson (B.D., 1960)
Kallista, Victoria, Australia