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Graduation and Runcie Lecture 2016

The 2016 Lord Robert Runcie Convocation Lecture was delivered by The Rev. Dr. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R.  Dr. Billy is the John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and Fellow and Karl Rahner Professor of Catholic Theology at the Graduate Theological Foundation.
 
 
The Runcie Lecture was attended by members of the graduating class of 2016, their family and friends, as well as GTF faculty members.  Both students and faculty members took part in the post-lecture question and answer session.
 
 
Dr. Billy’s Runcie Lecture was entitled, The Challenge of Koinonia, and can be read on the GTF website here.
 
 
The 2016 Runcie Convocation Lecture
 
 
The Runcie Lecture was followed by a reception during which students and faculty members had the opportunity to fellowship with one another.
 
 
Students and faculty enjoyed the opportunity to mingle and chat with one another during the Runcie Convocation Lecture reception.
 
 
The 2016 Runcie Convocation Lecture reception
 
 
The 2016 Runcie Convocation Lecture reception
 
 
 
Members of the graduating class of 2016
 
 
Members of the graduating class of 2016 entering the graduation hall at the beginning of the ceremony
 
 
GTF faculty members entering the hall for the 2016 graduation ceremony
 
 
Seated on the stage from left to right are Rabbi Dr. Howard Addison, Rev. Dr. Dennis Billy, Rev. Dr. Anthony Nwachukwu, Rev. Dr. John Mulvihill, Dr. Omar Shahin.
 
 
Members of the 2016 graduating class listening to Rabbi Addison’s graduation address
 
 
Rabbi Howard Addison delivers the 2016 Graduation Address.
 
 
 
Rabbi Howard Addison delivers the 2016 Graduation Address.
 
 
 
Over 250 people were in attendance at the 2016 graduation ceremony.

Graduation and Runcie Lecture 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

The graduating Class of 2015 of the Graduate Theological Foundation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Dr. Gale Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at the Episcopal Divinity School, delivers the 2015 Lord Robert Runcie Convocation Lecture on the topic of "From the Bottom Up: Poverty and Inequality in Ancient Israel and Today."
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Dr. Gale Yee of the Episcopal Divinity School delivers the 2015 Runcie Lecture to the graduating class of 2015, members of the GTF faculty and administration, and guests on the evening of May 7.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Gale Yee, 2015 Runcie Lecturer, with her family during the reception following her lecture.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, 2015 Commencement Speaker and E. Franklin Frazier Professor of African American Studies, chats with 2015 graduate, Pastor Deborah Ann May-Hoyles, Ph.D. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rev. Fr. Francis Leong, MM, (far right) 2015 recipient of the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa and Bishop James Anthony Walsh Professor of Asian Christian Studies and Musicology, with 2015 graduate, Ms. Joyce Tang Zhi'en, M.S.M. (second from left) and her mother, and 2015 graduate, Mr. Koo Hwee Lee, M.S.M.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Graduate Theological Foundation President, Dr. Kendra E. Clayton, with GTF Professor of Islamic Studies, Sheikh Safwat Ali Morsy Mahgoob, Ph.D.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Omar Shahin (seventh from left), GTF Director of Islamic Studies and Ibn Taymiyya Professor of Islamic Law, with 2015 graduates and GTF faculty: Dr. Naser Alshaikh, Professor of Islamic Studies (second from left) and Sheikh Safwat Ali Morsy Mahgoob, Ph.D., Professor of Islamic Studies (fifth from left).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Gale Yee gives a brief acceptance speech upon being awarded the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies in recognition of her outstanding contribution to biblical scholarship through her prolific scholarly and popular writing and its practical application to the spirituality of daily life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, E. Franklin Frazier Professor of African American Studies, delivers this year's commencement address to the Class of 2015, touching on themes of hope, diversity, and community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, GTF Professor and Professor of Systematic, Moral and Practical Theology at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary and University (Baltimore, Maryland) is inducted as a Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation for his years of service to the GTF and for his outstanding contributions to theological and ecumenical studies.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rev. Fr. Francis Leong, MM, delivers a brief acceptance speech upon being awarded the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa for his many years of distinguished service as a Fellow of the GTF and for his ministry in the field of sacred music.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Class of 2015

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Graduation 2014


The Class of 2014 during the May 1 commencement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 
The annual Runcie Lecture was given by The Rev. Dr. Douglas Ronsheim, GTF alumnus and Executive Director of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He was awarded the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa and inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the GTF on May 1, 2014.

 


Dr. Ronsheim with The Revd Canon Dr. Robin Gibbons during the question and answer session following the Runcie Lecture. Canon Gibbons is Fellow and Alexander Schmemann Professor of Christianity at the GTF and is a member of the Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford.

 


Sr. Joanna Okereke, HHCJ, Ph.D., a 2014 Ph.D. graduate speaks with the 2014 Runcie Lecturer, Dr. Douglas Ronsheim. Dr. Okereke serves at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and focused her doctoral work on pastoral care in hospitals in Nigeria.

 


Rabbi Dr. Howard Avruhm Addison (left) with Rabbi Dr. James Michaels, both professors of Jewish studies at the GTF. Rabbi Michaels was awarded the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa and inducted as a Fellow of the GTF on May 1, 2014.

 


Canon Robin Gibbons introduces the 2014 honorees and special guests of the GTF: Dr. Carole Eipers, GTF alumna and 2014 commencement speaker; The Very Revd Dr. John Moses, Dean Emeritus of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, and John Macquarrie Professor of Anglican Theology at the GTF; Rabbi Dr. James Michaels, GTF professor and 2014 recipient of the D.D. honoris causa; Dr. Ekman Tam, Founder of the Christian Contemplative Spirituality Institute, GTF professor, and 2014 recipient of the D.D. honoris causa; and The Rev. Dr. Douglas Ronsheim, 2014 Runcie Lecturer and 2014 recipient of the D.D. honoris causa.

 

Dr. Carole Eipers, Vice President and Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier, Inc. publishing house delivers the 2014 commencement address. She is a GTF alumna (D.Min. 1988 and Ed.D. honoris causa 1999).

 


Members of the Class of 2014

 


Rabbi Dr. James Michaels delivers a brief acceptance speech after receiving the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa and being inducted as Fellow of the GTF.

 


Dr. Ekman Tam says a few words after receiving the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa and being inducted as Fellow of the GTF.

 


The Very Revd Dr. John Moses reads a statement entitled, "Markers," written by The Revd Canon Dr. Vincent Strudwick, former Director of the Oxford Theology Summer School, Honorary Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and long-time professor, friend and champion of the GTF. He serves as Bishop John Tinsley Professor of Anglican Theology at the Graduate Theological Foundation. Canon Strudwick's statement was written in celebration of the 20th anniversary of a formal relationship between the GTF and the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

 


The 2014 graduating class is applauded by guests and GTF faculty, alumni and administration.
 

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Fall Institute 2013 - First row (L to R): Dr. Timothy St. Onge (Psy.D. [cand.]), Rev. Ralph Terrell (D.Min.. [cand.]), Ms. Martha Toney (D.Min. [cand.]), Chaplain Beatrice Broder-Oldach (D.Min. [cand.]) and Ms. Brenda Allen (D.Min. [cand.]). Second row (L to R): Rev. T. Mason Lumpkins (Psy.D. [cand.]), Rev. Kirton J. Lashley, Mr. Joseph Gall (D.Min. [cand.]), Rev. Jacintha Penney (D.Min. [cand.]) and Ms. Noha Alshugairi (Ph.D. [cand.]). Third Row (L to R): Rev. Fr. Samuel Oloyede (M.Med. [cand.]) and Dr. John H. Morgan (Karl Mannheim Professor at the Graduate Theological Foundation)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
Summer Institute 2013First row (L to R): The Rev. Jeanne Allen (Psy.D. [cand.]), The Rev. Patrice Cheasty-Miller (Psy.D. [cand.]), Ms. Adriana Serban (Psy.D. [cand.]), Dr. John H. Morgan (Karl Mannheim Professor at the GTF). Second row (L to R): The Rev. Judy Hill Butler (Psy.D. [cand.]) and Ms. Cynthia Bailey Manns (D.Min. [cand.]). Third row (L to R): Archbishop Ronald Langham (D.Min. [cand.]), Mr. Lincoln Sigwald (Ed.D. [cand.]), The Rev. Raymond Iwuji (D.Min. [cand.]), and Chaplain Douglas Lawson (D.Min. [cand.]).

 

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Doctoral Defenses in Damascus, Syria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctoral defenses were held in Damascus, Syria, on February 11, 2013.  Members of the defense panel were, from left, Dr. Samier Al Shawi, Dr. Shekh Ramadan Deeb and Dr. Samira Al Hamadi.   

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GTF Meeting with Al-Azhar President
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On February 5th, 2013, Dr. Kendra Clayton, President of the GTF, and Dr. John Morgan, former President and long-time faculty memeber, met with Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al-Azhar University, to discuss a possible institutional affiliation. During this meeting Dr. Elabd was presented with a plaque of appreciation and, in recognition of his scholarly contributions to Sharia Law and his commitment to the international promotion of the understanding of centrist Islam, was named an Honorary Fellow of the GTF. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Kendra Clayton, Dr. Sayed Bakry, Associate Professor of Experimental Biology, Al-Azhar University, Dr. Omar Shahin, Director of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation, and Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al-Azhar University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The details of an institutional affiliation between the Graduate Theological Foundation and Al-Azhar University will be finalized within the next month. Pictured above from left to right are Dr. Kendra Clayton, Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al-Azhar University, Dr. John Morgan and Dr. Omar Shahin, Director of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Representatives of Al-Azhar, the Graduate Theological Foundation, and the local Albanian Islamic Cultural Center (AICC) were present during the meeting. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Mohamed Moussa, visiting professor of Islamic Studies at GTF, Dr. Bakry of Al-Azhar, Imam Tahir Kukiqi of the AICC, Dr. Omar Shahin of GTF, Dr. Elabd, President of Al-Azhar, Dr. Kendra Clayton of GTF, Dr. John Morgan of GTF, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul-Malik of GTF.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Immediately prior to presenting a plaque to Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd commemorating his appointment as an Honorary Fellow of the GTF, Dr. Kendra Clayton, reads a prepared statement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Kendra Clayton, presents Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd  with a plaque acknowledging his appointment as Honorary Fellow of the GTF.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al Azhar, presents Dr. Kendra Clayton, President of the Graduate Theological Foundation, with a token of recognition and appreciation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al Azhar, presents Dr. John Morgan, former President of the Graduate Theological Foundation and longtime faculty member, with a token of recognition and appreciation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al Azhar, presents Dr. Omar Shahin, Director of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation, with a token of recognition and appreciation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al Azhar, presents Dr. Ibrahim Abdul-Malik, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Professor of American Muslim History and Culture at the Graduate Theological Foundation, with a token of recognition and appreciation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al Azhar, presents Dr. Mohammad Hatim, Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Professor of African American Muslim Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation, with a token of recognition and appreciation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Osama Mohamed Elabd, President of Al Azhar, pictured with Dr. Omar Shahin, Ibn Taymiyya Professor of Islamic Law and Director of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Foundation.
 
 

GTF Meeting with representatives of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, Staten Island
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
GTF representatives, Dr. Kendra Clayton and Dr. John Morgan, traveled to Staten Island to meet with representatives of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center (AICC) to formalize an institutional affiliation.   Pictured fourth from the left is Dr. Omar Shahin, Director of Islamic Studies at GTF, and next to him, fifth from the left is Imam Zarkani Vardar, Director of the AICC and principal of the Muraj School.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paperwork formalizing an institutional affiliation between the GTF and the AICC is signed by Dr. Kendra Clayton, Dr. Omar Shahin, and Imam Zarkany Vardar.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Discussions were held between GTF and AICC representatives in the offices of the AICC.
 

Dodge House
The administrative offices of the GTF are located at Dodge House, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1889 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It graces the historic district of Mishawaka, Indiana, a quiet community just minutes from the South Bend Regional Airport. It is a three storied structure of red brick and expansive rooms including original antique appointments of hanging chandeliers and wall sconces, five fireplaces, a winding staircase from first to second floor and a spiral staircase from second to third floor, parquet floors throughout the first floor and staff lounge on the second floor, and a wrap-around front porch. Read more...

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Special Graduation Event in Damascus, Syria

During the summer of 2011, there was a special graduation ceremony held for Foundation students in Damascus, Syria. The event was hosted by Dr. Aziz Abdin, Professor of Islamic Studies at the GTF. Some of the participants included Dr. Ramadan Dib, Dr. Bachier Al Mofachi, Ms. Aisha Dib, Dr. Gada Daher, Mr. Ahmad Ramadan, and Dr. Mostapha Arafa.

 

Graduating student, Dr. Gada Daher, receives her diploma. In order from left, the hosts are His Eminence Sheikh Ramadan Dib; Dr. Aziz Abdin, Professor of Islamic Studies at the GTF; and Mr. Abdul Rahim Mardeni, alumnus and current student at the GTF.

 

 

 

 

(Left to Right) His Eminence Sheikh Ramadan Dib; Dr. Aziz Abdin, Professor of Islamic Studies at the GTF; and Mr. Abdul Rahim Mardeni, at the graduation ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

A graduating student receives his diploma.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Aziz Abdin (left), presents a graduating student with his diploma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A participant speaks at the graduation ceremony as Dr. Ramadan Dib (middle) and Dr. Bachier Al Mofachi (left) listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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