Seminary Snapshots:
The Alum Newsletter of
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January/February 2020
Welcome To Our Inaugural Issue!
We're proud to present our newest publication, created just for the LPTS alum community. Our alums are extra special to us at Louisville Seminary, and we want to keep you informed. We hope this communication will help you feel engaged and connected with the LPTS campus and community!

You can expect to receive this newsletter from us every other month, but we hope you'll stay in touch with us in between. We invite you to join us on the Louisville Seminary Alums Facebook Group, or on our new network, Alum Connect. And don't forget to keep up with the latest seminary news through any of our Louisville Seminary social media channels and the MOSAIC magazine.
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Stephen J. Patterson Wins 2020 Grawemeyer Award in Religion
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Stephen J. Patterson , a professor of religious and ethical studies at Willamette University, won the award for ideas he set forth in  “The Forgotten Creed: Christianity’s Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery and Sexism.”  Oxford University Press published the book in 2018.

In his work, Patterson explores the significance of a baptismal creed adapted in a letter by the apostle Paul to the Galatians in the New Testament (3:26 and 28): “For you are all children of God in the Spirit; there is no Jew or Greek; there is no slave or free; there is no male and female, for you are all one in the Spirit.”

Christ’s first followers were dealing with race, class and gender issues, slavery and conflicts between Greeks and Jews in an environment not too far removed from the one we live in today, he says.

Patterson has written nine books and more than 75 articles related to the origins of Christianity. He also lectures on the hidden histories of early Christianity and has appeared in several documentaries.


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Alum Kathi Trautwein
Just over a decade ago, Rev. Kathi Trautwein (MDiv '00) was serving her community as the Executive Director of a local food bank and attending Peace Memorial Church in Clearwater, Florida. Peace had just closed a preschool and was pondering the future of the building. Between Kathi's food bank experience and her husband Bill's involvement with the men's group, the former preschool soon reopened as the Peace Cafe, serving neighbors in need every Thursday evening.

Now the Associate Pastor and Director of Administration at Trinity Presbyterian in Clearwater, Kathi and Bill are still dedicated volunteers at the Peace Cafe. The Cafe itself has grown as Kathi describes it, "from serving maybe 27 people a night to serving 127." Other churches and ministries have also adopted the Cafe, and it now serves neighbors 3 nights a week.

Kathi has brought her passion for helping others to Trinity as well. They also maintain a ministry to the homeless and serve breakfast at a local agency assisting people in getting back on their feet. Kathi says that she feels "living out your faith" is an important part of being part of a church community, and is grateful to have spent her time in formation at LPTS.
Anita Coleman
In January, Louisville Seminary welcomed the newest member of the community, Anita S. Coleman, PhD , as the new Director of Library Services and Associate Professor of Bibliography and Research.

Coleman has worked in academic libraries and on teaching faculty in library and information sciences for more than 25 years. Also a scholar/activist, anti-racism educator, and lay theologian, she is the founder two specialty digital libraries and the author of several publications.

“I am ecstatic, humbled, and honored to be joining the distinguished Louisville Seminary community and its mission of theological reflection and imitation of Christ building bridges between sacred texts, human lives, and the Divine,” said Coleman. 

“Dr. Coleman brings to us consummate gifts beginning with an experienced and versatile library science background,” said Louisville Seminary President Alton B. Pollard, III. “Her digital creativity, anti-racist advocacy, inquisitive mind, and relational faith will further contribute to the great work taking place at our Ernest Miller White Library.”

Joanna Hipp (MDiv '14) - Alum Board President

Q: What is your current vocation or position?
A: Associate Pastor, Southport Presbyterian Church, Southport, NC.

Q: What do you like most about your work or ministry?
A: I just started less than six months ago, so I am still new to my work here in Southport. I like the collegiality among staff, the importance of worship, music, prayer, and being together. Right now, I like my work with our church community as we are reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. I am enjoying getting to know this vibrant congregation.

Q: What is your favorite memory of your time at LPTS?
A: I don’t think I can pick just one memory. My favorite memories from my time at LPTS were ones that involved babysitting children. I rode tricycles with kids, played numerous games, watched many movies like my favorite, Despicable Me. I taught them how to fist bump, and the children taught me about being fully present in each moment. One of my favorite memories was when a mother told me she was leaving the academic side of campus and she heard me and her child laughing from across the valley. These memories have stayed with me because it reminds me of what matters. My ministry has been formed by these experiences and is about showing up and caring for the person in that moment. I am thankful for lessons the children taught me about ministry and theology of laughter and play.

Q: What is your Favorite Movie?
A: All the Despicable Me/Minion movies.

Q: What’s your idea of a great day? 
A: Any day that ends with a walk on the beach.

In her own words: Why do you want to give back to LPTS?
During seminary, I developed a severe airborne peanut and tree nut allergy, and there were so many people who helped me along this scary and unknown journey. I remember Ted Burke made sure I could eat the food in the cafeteria, people serving on committees made sure requests for caterers knew about my allergy, friends found safe foods for me to eat, and children helped me remember to laugh and play. All of this impacts my ministry of welcome and access to the Table. The LPTS community helped me understand my allergy and supported me as I learned to live with it. I want to support the community that helped me grow into who I am today and make sure that others who join the LPTS community experience similar welcome and support.
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Sara Hodsden (MDiv '98) is now the Designated Pastor at First Presbyterian in Huron, OH. Her husband, James, is the Head of Staff at Norwalk Presbyterian Church in Norwalk, OH. They have one son, Thomas, who is embarking on an internship with the U.S. State Department in Romania.

Kimbrel Johnson (MDiv '03) has begun a new call as Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Neenah, WI.

Cheryl (Rohret) Mays (MDiv '80) retired from Unity Spiritual Life Ceneter in Yakima, WA in April 2018 and is now serving as a Transitional Specialist with congregations in the Unity Northwest Region. Additionally, she married Jackson Mayes in August 2019, and they reside in Yakima, WA.

John Lentz (MDiv '79, DMin '86) is conducting workshops in Israel and Switzerland this year. He has previously offered workshops in Turkey, Israel, Germany, France, England, Italy, and South Africa, as well as the U.S. He has published 11 books, most recently, Rocky's Road: A journey to meaning and purpose, the story of his Labrador Retriever, written from her perspective. (She was a wonderful therapist.) His upcoming two books are about Borderline Personality Disorder, and Morgan and Samuel, a book about healing health concerns with hypnosis.

Robert E. Dahl (DMin '85) has published his third book of poetry in collaboration with his daughter, Rachel Dahl. Rachel formatted the book and added several original watercolors. Chris McKinley-Dahl, an award-winning mixed-media sculptor and Bob's wife, contributed photos of many of her sculptures. The book, Comedy and Tragedy and What's in Between, is available from Amazon Books and Barnes and Noble Books.
February 2020

  • 2/6: Spring Convocation, 11:30 a.m., Caldwell Chapel

March 2020

  • 3/2-3/4: PC (USA) NEXT Church National Gathering (Cincinnati, OH) Join us at the Seminary Reception on 3/3.

April 2020

  • 4/13-4/17: Grawemeyer Week

  • 4/14 Grawemeyer Lecture, 7:00 p.m., Caldwell Chapel

  • 4/24-4/25: Board of Trustees Meeting

May 2020

  • 5/6: Festival of Sacred Music

  • 5/15: Baccalaureate

  • 5/16: Commencement & Alum Association Reception

J une 2020

  • 6/20-6/27: PC (USA) General Assembly (Baltimore, MD)

More Seminary Events HERE .
In Memoriam

Dr. Franklin M. Easterly (MDiv '91) - 12/4/19

Rev. Karen Devaisher (MDiv '92) - 12/15/19

Rev. Dr. Robert H. Crumby (ThM '62) - 12/24/19

Rev. Teresa (Terry) Emery (MDiv '16) - 1/17/20
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