About People - February 2013
"The violence that permeates our culture is not going to go away. It's not going to be prayed away. We've got to get it out," urged Phyllis J. 'PJ' Leopold M.Div '85 as she accepted the 2013 Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Ridgefield Community Service Award, "President Obama said nothing is going to change unless Americans demand it. Dr. King would never, ever miss an invitation like that." Leopold is a Methodist minister and was honored by her community for her leadership of Association of Religious Communities, an interfaith organization offering programs in domestic violence prevention, emergency aid network, homelessness and housing, and refugee resettlement. Jan. 27, 2013, "Leopold Receives King Award," online on The Ridgefield (CT) Press.
South Korean peace activist and former World Council of Churches staff member Oh Jae Shik '66 M.A.R. passed away on January 3. His work was remembered by WCC General Secretary Olac Fykse Tbeit as "a source of inspiration for those who seek to carry on the work of loving one's neighbor with tenderness and walking humbly with the Lord." Jan. 18, 2013, "WCC remembers South Korean peace activist Oh Jae Shik," online on oikoumene.org. >Read the message from the WCC.
"I want to create opportunities for other young people to discover their unique gifts and competitive advantages, and use these to create their pathways to success and prosperity," wrote Rodney Walker '15 M.Div. in an online article about legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King's work in his life, "In this new mission, I am inspired by Dr. King's famous quote: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Jan. 24, 2013, "From Foster Care to Yale: Why Doctor King Mattered to Me," online on HuffingtonPost.com. >Read Walker's full article
Former YDS professor of pastoral theology and director of development Albert "Ed" Couch passed away on January 19. Besides his academic and administrative work at YDS, Couch also served as a Presbyterian minister in churches in Ohio, New York and California and as a UCC minister in Middlebury, CT. He was also an interim minister in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio. Jan. 23, 2013, "Albert E. Couch," online on Hartford Courant. >Read the full obituary.
Ronnie Yoder '64 served as the protestant representative at the Martin Luther King Interfaith Prayer Service sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on January 13, 2013.
"I look forward to engaging young women in conversation about their many and varied roles in the church, and to imagining and shaping new strategies for this ministry," said Kate Carlisle '11 M.Div. Carlisle has been selected new interim Associate for Young Women's Leadership Development by the Racial Ethnic and Women's Ministries/Presbyterian Women. Jan. 24, 2013, "New Associate to Work with Others to Discern Next Direction for Young Women's Leadership Development," online on pcusa.org. >Read the full announcement