SFTS Faculty News
Rev. Dr. Jana Childers, professor of homiletics and speech communications, is the immediate past president of her professional association, the Academy of Homiletics, and continues to serve its executive committee. At the group's annual meeting in Chicago, Ill., in November, she chaired the Nominating Committee and coordinated a Saturday morning seminar on "Embodiment and Creativity in Preaching." Her seminar presentation was entitled "Body: The Spirit's Message Board." Childers is also committed to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This year she is enrolled in an advanced training course as she prepares to serve on a visitation team next spring. This will mark her eighth visit to a sister school as an evaluator. For two of those visits she served as chair of the visitation team. In addition to preaching locally, Childers is working on a book project with Richard Ward of Phillips Theological Seminary. She was honored during the Associate Church Press annual awards banquet, receiving an honorable mention along with Michael Linvale and Ted V. Foote, Jr. for their "Benedictory" column in The Presbyterian Outlook. The ACP is the oldest and largest Christian press association and stages yearly judging for its "Best of the Christian Press Awards".

Rev. Dr. Virstan Choy, director of Advanced Pastoral Studies and associate professor of ministry, preached at First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, as part of that congregation's observance of Theological Education Sunday in September. He offered workshops on "Leadership in Times of Transition and Transformation" at the Western National Leadership Training Event in Jackson Hole, Wyo., in October, and enjoyed reunion time with alums, Doug Melius and Tim Mooney. In November, he joined colleagues from other PC(USA) seminaries in a consultation of Doctor of Ministry program directors hosted by McCormick Theological Seminary. He will meet with Asian American Presbyterian Pastors at their annual retreat in Watsonville, Calif., in December. Also participating will be alum, Joseph Lee, executive presbyter for San Jose Presbytery.

Rev. Dr. Sam Hamilton-Poore, director of the Program in Christian Spirituality and associate professor of Christian Spirituality, has traveled to South Sudan the past two summers as part of an ecumenical teaching team that reached out to church leaders from the Presbyterian Church of Sudan (PCOS) and Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS). When he returned, he preached at First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo, in July. He co-led the 2012 Preachers Retreat with Dr. Anne Wire "Studying and Praying the Gospel of Luke" at SFTS July 23-26. In September, Hamilton-Poore began service on the Committee on Ministry of Redwoods Presbytery and performed musically at the Festival of Arts event at Christ Lutheran Church, Fairfax. He made a presentation on the current challenges of the churches of South Sudan at Calvary Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, and First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo. In January, he will teach during the Diploma in Art of Spiritual Direction program, including a new course on "Contemporary Issues in Spiritual Direction: Culture, Context, and Social Location." He is also scheduled to serve as plenary speaker for the annual conference of the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship of Mennonite Colleges and Universities in February at Bluffton University, Ohio. The theme of the conference is "Spirituality and Shalom: Living at the Intersection of Faith and Justice."

Dr. Elizabeth Liebert, dean of the seminary and professor of spiritual life represented SFTS at the Association of Theological Schools Chief Academic Officers' Meeting and Biennium held in Minneapolis in June. She also participated in the Hispanic Summer Program's program for deans and presidents held at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico. In October, she attended a retreat on discernment for the "Spiritual Enrichment for Everyday" series hosted by Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church of Dallas, Texas, and an Adult Sunday School presentation, also for Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. On October 22, she led a day-long workshop for spiritual directors, introducing them to the Experience Circle, a tool for expanding the ability of spiritual directors and supervisors to attend to the experience of those they assist in spiritual direction.

Rev. Dr. Gregory Love, associate professor of systematic theology, led a workshop on Science and Religion for The Zephyr Experience at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Retreat Center, Lake Tahoe, in July. The conference annually brings together over a hundred participants. In September, he led a conference for pastors on his book Love, Violence, and the Cross: How the Nonviolent God Saves Us through the Cross of Christ (2010). Over 20 pastors, certified lay pastors and lay people from Cascades Presbytery spent two days studying together at the Shalom Center at the Benedictine Sister's Abbey in Mt. Angel, Ore. Love also taught a four-week adult education series on Paul's Theology in Romans 5-8 at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, Calif., in September and October. Love presented two series at First Presbyterian Church, Burlingame, Calif., this fall. He taught a three-week adult education series on religion and spirituality in American culture. "Is Being Spiritual Enough? Spirituality, the Church, and the Christian Life" looked at the latest Pew survey on people claiming to be "spiritual but not religious," the strengths of this trend and the potential problems. In December at First Presbyterian Church, Burlingame, Calif., Love will teach a two-week series on the changes happening in the Presbyterian Church, looking at reasons and consequences of churches leaving the PC(USA). Love led 12 students in the Certified Lay Pastor program of the Presbytery of San Francisco this fall. He provided an indepth study of Christian systematic theology from the perspective of the Reformed tradition. The program involved reading texts in systematic theology, writing papers and discussions.

Rev. Dr. Eugene Park, the Dana and Dave Dornsife Professor of New Testament, participated in the IASACT program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in June as a mentor to 15 junior scholars from various Asian countries representing diverse academic disciplines in humanities and social sciences. He gave a series of lectures on the New Perspective on Paul at the First Presbyterian Church, Burlingame, in September and another set of lectures on Paul's life and theology at the First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael, in October. His article, "Matthew's Treatment of the Infanticide by Herod" has just been accepted for publication in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

Dr. Annette Schellenberg, A associate professor of Old Testament, taught a class on "Basic Theological Questions in the Old Testament" in the Advanced Pastoral Studies summer program. In November she gave two papers at the SBL meeting in Chicago: one on the book of Jonah and one on characterization of the sage as king in Wisdom literature.

Dr. Annette Weissenrieder,, A associate professor of New Testament, presented a paper at a conference on Revelation at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. The paper was entitled "Bilder zum Sehen – Bilder zum Hören? Über die Grenzen von visuellem Bild und Sprache als Ekphrasis in der Offenbarung des Johannes" (Images to See and Images to Listen to? On the Boundary of Visual Images and Language as Ekphrasis in the Revelation of John). She was also invited to a conference on Septuaginta Deutsch - Septuagint German at the Hochschule Wuppertal. She has worked at the Numismatic Library at the University of Freiburg, analyzing ancient coins, the library on Old History at the University of Freiburg, and worked closely together with Prof. Ferdinand Prostmeier and Dr. Thomas Bauer at the Theology Department in Freiburg. In Estonia, she met a group of New Testament doctoral students who are interested studying in the GTU doctoral program. She has written the following papers:

"Stories Just Under the Skin. Leprosy in the Gospel of Luke" for the volume on "Miracles Revisited. New Testament Miracle Stories in Context." The book was edited by Weissenrieder and Stefan Alkier and will be the first volume in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception series of de Gryuter, Berlin. The book features papers delivered at an SFTS conference in cooperation with the University of Frankfurt, Germany, in 2011.

"Cultural Translation: The Fig Tree and Politics of Representation under Nero in Rome (Mark 11:13‒15, 19‒20; Matthew 21:18‒19; Luke 13:1‒9)" in the same volume. 9 "Domestic Household Religion" for the Oxford Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible. 9 "Femininity and Masculinity: Greek for the Oxford Handbook of Sex, Gender and the Bible. 9 Two Lectionaries on Mark 1:40-45 and Mark 2:1-10. 9 "Hydraulik des Geistes. Emphysao in Genesis 2:7 und Sapientia Salomonis 15:11" ("Hydraulics of the Spirit. Emphysao in Genesis 2:7 and the Wisdom of Salomon 15:11") for the journal Septuagint Bulletin (in review).

"New Testament Pneumatology and Ancient Medicine" for a volume published by John Levison and Jörg Frey on The Roots of the Holy Spirit.


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