EDS Alumni/ae Updates

The following updates were sent by EDS alumni/ae in February 2018. If you have an update that you would like to share, please send it to Miguel Escobar at mescobar@uts.columbia.edu. 

The Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey (‘10) recently wrote an op-ed for Religion Dispatches about the nearly 1,300 faith leaders who filed an amicus brief on the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Case. This brief told the Supreme Court that religious beliefs do not give businesses the right to discriminate. The Rev. Alford-Harkey concludes her op-ed noting that “Over the last 10 years, the movement of people of faith in support of justice and equal treatment for LGBTQ people has continued to grow, strengthen, and diversify. We must continue to seek justice and counter the voices of those who would misuse religion to advocate for discrimination. Far from being 'too political,' this is simply working for justice and human dignity for all people. This is the bedrock of our faiths.” Click here to read the full op-ed.

Dr. William Bronson (‘08) is saddened to report the passing of his wife Christine from pancreatic cancer on January 17th in Germany.

The Rev. Lydia Kelsey Bucklin ('15) will be joining the staff of the Diocese of Northern Michigan as their Missioner for Leadership Development and New Initiatives. Bishop Rayford Ray notes Lydia’s passions include “baptismal ministry, evangelism, community organizing, social justice (especially in areas of racial reconciliation), and new and emerging expressions of faith in the wider community.” Read Bishop Ray’s full message here.

The Rev. Gail Cafferta (‘97) had the challenging experience of closing Holy Family Episcopal Church, Rohnert Park, CA in 2012. Since then, as a Visiting Researcher in the Center for Practical Theology, Boston University School of Theology, she has done research with pastors in five mainline Protestant denominations (Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and UCC) who share this experience. Through written surveys, in-depth interviews and sermon analyses, and a book, Mind the Tiller: Pastoral Leadership in Closing Churches, is currently in review.  She serves as Priest Associate at The Church of the Incarnation, Santa Rosa, CA.

John (Jack) Calhoun (‘65) has been deeply involved in Lewinsville Faith in Action (LFA), a grass-roots resistance group that was inspired by the Women’s March of 2017 and comprised of progressives of all faiths in the northern Virginia area. LFA has since protested the Muslim travel ban at Dulles airport, vigiled outside the NRA, campaigned for Virginia politicians who seek the common good, and promoted non-partisan redistricting with OneVirginia2021. In addition to his work with LFA, Jack consults across the country on violence prevention and community building. Learn more about LFA by clicking here.

The Rev. Blayney Colmore (’66) is intrigued by EDS joining with Union and is heartbroken by the death of his dear friend and mentor, Harvey Guthrie. He noted “I soldier on under the eschatological aegis that is our legacy from those ancient days.” Blayney retired twenty years ago to write his fifth novel, The Spy & The Priest and sends his greetings to friends and colleagues still on this side of the Great Divide.

The Rev. Suzanne M. Culhane (‘15) serves as Assistant for Stewardship at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT. Her ministry is focused on giving and membership at this parish of 800 families.  In addition, she continues her stewardship and fundraising consulting practice, assisting congregations and church groups with building the financial support necessary to fulfill mission and ministry. Recent client partners include Trinity Church Copley Square (Boston), The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (New York), The Church of the Ascension (New York), and The Cathedral of the Incarnation (Long Island). She has contributed to a forthcoming book, One Minute Stewardship, to be published in June 2018 by Church Publishing.

The Rev. Dr Beverly Dale was a Proctor scholar in 2012 and has a book forthcoming with Routledge Press titled Advancing Sexual Health for the Christian Client. My coauthor is Rachel Keller. 

The Rt. Rev. Michael Doe was Proctor Fellow in 2009 while General Secretary of the mission agency USPG.  During his three months at EDS he wrote "Saving Power - the Mission of God and the Anglican Communion" which was published by SPCK in London. He retired in 2011, and is now an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Southwark and also preacher to Gray's Inn which is one of the four Inns of Court to which all UK judges and barristers belong.

The Rev. Richard T. Earle, III (‘13) was ordained a priest in February 2017 and serves as an Assisting Priest at St. Vincent's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Rev. Patricia Eustis (‘98) is currently interim priest at St. George's Episcopal Church, Bismarck, ND.  She is involved in North Dakota’s Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Committee.

The Rev. Dr. Carol M. Flett (M.Div ‘88, D. Min. ‘00) retired in 2012 after 24 years of parish ministry as Associate Rector of St. Alban's, Washington, DC. In retirement, she has continued her ministry as the Ecumenical & Interreligious Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC. She is also co-chair of Montgomery County, Maryland’s Faith Community Working Group where she has responsibility for the 45 local emotional and spiritual care volunteers. Her interfaith ministry also involves organizing the annual County's series of "Interfaith/Interracial Dialogues on Bias & Racism", using my D.Min. project experience to expand the Episcopal Anti-racism Curriculum - "Seeing the Face of God in Each Other", to include exercises that raise awareness of xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and other forms of discrimination.

Eden Grace (‘01) served as a missionary in East Africa from 2004-2013 through Friends United Meeting (a Quaker denomination). In 2013, she was appointed Director of Global Ministries for Friends United Meeting supervising missionaries and mission projects in eleven countries in four geographic areas: East Africa, Caribbean, Palestine, and North America.

The Rev. Jim Holmes (’71) and his spouse Tim Sabin now live in a retirement community just outside of Washington, DC.  Jim completed a time as Interim Rector of Emmanuel Church, Baltimore, in the early fall, and is now a regular supply priest at St. John’s in the Village in Baltimore.

The Rev. Yong Ja Kim (’96) lives in South Korea and works as a Professional Coach certified by International Coach Federation. He retired from parish ministry in the United Methodist Church in July 2017.

The Rev. Juli Mallett (‘15) was ordained to the priesthood this June 2017 at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle, Washington.  Since then, she has begun serving as interim priest-in-charge of the Anglican Parish of Salt Spring Island, which is in British Columbia, Canada. 


The Rev. Amanda March (‘14) is a nationally board-certified hospital chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplaincy. She was recently ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Massachusetts on January 5, 2018 and is serving as Associate Priest at Parish of St. Paul in Newton-Highlands, Massachusetts. 

Rhea Miller (‘92) serves as the Community Liaison for Lopez Community Land Trust, blogs regularly at The Deep Song, and completed a TEDx talk in June 2015 entitled “When We Change the Way We Look at Things.” She is a coordinator and consultant for the March 2018 Story Bridge events for the Lopez Community Land Trust. 

The Rev. John Moody (’53) is co-curating an upcoming Manhattan-wide Stations of the Cross which will begin on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. These stations focus on the plight of immigration and refugees through contemporary art and iconic venues. The Art Stations website notes, “Jesus’ words from the cross resonate with the anguish felt by many people today. This feeling is especially acute for refugees seeking to come to America and immigrants hoping to stay here.” Click here to learn more!

After 77 years in the Boston area and 50 years of active ministry, The Rev. Roger Nelson (’66) moved to NYC to be close to his son. Roger is attending Saint Michael’s and All Angels and is currently reading The Religion of Democracy by Amy Kittelstrom, which is a survey of the religious changes in late 18th and early 19th century Christian thought in the Boston and New England scene.

The Rev. Elizabeth Orens (’78) is assisting at All Souls Episcopal Church. Washington, DC and volunteering as the Diocesan Chaplain at Washington Hospital Center. Her Sacred Arts Group (now in its 5th year) will be performing with artists from St. Mary’s Court—a residence for seniors over 62 years old and on low income—for an Arts Evening in May 2018. She is writing a dissertation on the theology, arts, and mission for Virginia Theological Seminary.  

A retired hospice and palliative physician, the Rev. Dr. Ellen Richardson (‘11) has published Holy Dying: Stories and Struggles. This book is intended for use by clergy and congregations to address end of life medical issues in a spiritual context. She is in the process to become a certified clergy coach through the ICF, and hopes to expand a coaching ministry to medical providers who specialize in caring for patients at end of life. Dr. Richardson will be the featured preacher on Peter Wallace’s Day 1 broadcast on June 3, 2018 and serves Priest in Charge of Church of the Advent in Williamston, NC. Click here to watch a great video about her book.

In March and April, Oxford Bibliographies will be publishing Dr. George Scarlett’s (‘71) annotated bibliography on “Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence” to support research in this area. 

The Rev. Daniel (Dan) Warren (’77) retired from St. Paul's, Brunswick, Maine to the wide arms of CPG and has since been serving as assistant chaplain at Bates College and as priest-in-charge at nearby St. Michael's Church, Auburn, ME. In addition, he is starting as interim priest in charge at St. Peter's Bridgton, ME and exhibits paintings at the Western Maine Art Group, and sing in the Bowdoin Community Choir.