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Renowned Theologian to Address Seminary Commencement

by Laura Lehman Amstutz

Stanley Hauerwas
Stanley Hauerwas

Eastern Mennonite Seminary will hold its 61st annual commencement service 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1 in Lehman Auditorium on the EMU campus.

Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Divinity School of Duke University, will give the commencement address on the theme, “Speaking Christian,” based on James 3:1-5.

Dr. Hauerwas’ book, "A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic," was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century. He was named " America’s Best Theologian" by Time magazine in 2001.

EMS interim dean Sara Wenger Shenk will preside and confer degrees or certificates on the 19 members of the seminary class of 2010. The seminary will award 15 master of divinity degrees and one master of arts in church leadership degree and one master of arts in religion degree. Two persons will receive the one-year certificate in ministry studies.

A baccalaureate service planned by the senior class will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 30, in Martin Chapel in the seminary building at EMU. Students Erin Geoffrion, Tamara Gill and Ubaldo Rodriguez will speak. A reception for seminary graduates, their relatives and friends will immediately follow the baccalaureate in the seminary fellowship area.

The baccalaureate and commencement services are open to the public.

See the commencement schedule and list of graduates here

posted 3/26/10