For nearly 14 years I’ve had a foot in the church and a foot in academia.
I had planned to pursue a career in the performing arts, majoring in musical theatre or dance in college. A conversion experience in a Christian church in my late teens shifted my plans for life and career. Fortunately, wonderful religion professors quickly taught me that my calling in ministry can coincide with my gifts in the arts and my deep interest in feminism. As a college freshman, I served as a youth minister.
I often describe my calling as a stool. The seat is social justice and the three legs are the church, the academy, and the arts.
Submitted by communications on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 7:06pm
Laurie R. King (MA ‘84) was recently featured in an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel highlighting her career as a crime novelist exploring the connection between faith and fiction. King’s theological interests and training have found a creative outlet through crime novels.
Celebrated novelist, and proud Santa Cruzan, Laurie R. King has two great intellectual passions. As her international fan base is already aware, one of those is writing smart and gripping crime fiction. But, as few may know, the other is religion.
When it comes to horror films, a dash of holy water, a priest waving a cross, and some unintelligible Latin usually provide enough legitimacy to make the most demonic possessions believable to the general population. But when brothers Chad and Carey Hayes set to writing their most recent screenplay, they wanted an accurate portrayal more than dramatic. Diana Walsh-Pasulka (M.A.
Submitted by communications on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 1:15pm
Following our Commencement ceremony on May 9, 2013, newly minted Dr. Ricky Manalo ('13) was profiled by the Catholic Sentinel. During Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States, two of Manalo's compositions were selected for Mass.
Father Ricky Manalo, a priest in the Paulist order, earned a doctorate in Asian-American liturgical studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif.
Submitted by communications on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 4:44pm
President Nick Carter of Andover Newton Theological School and Rabbi Eric Gurvis of Temple Shalom of Newton recently announced that Dr. Jennifer Peace (Ph.D. '05), Assistant Professor at Andover Newton, and Father Raymond Helmick, S.J. of Boston College, will share the 2013 Rabbi Murray I. Rothman Award for outstanding interreligious leadership.
Submitted by communications on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 11:06am
Jung Eun "Sophia" Park, S.N.J.M. (Ph.D. '08) was recently awarded the first endowed academic position at Holy Names University in Oakland, the Irene Woodward Endowed Professorship in Arts and Humanities. Park is assistant professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy.
Submitted by communications on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 11:33am