A Statement from Rev. Stephanie Kidwell
Rev. Stephanie Kidwell is an Iliff alumnae (MDiv '00) and the Senior Pastor at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Boulder, CO. She shared the thoughts below in regard to the tragedy in Boulder on Monday, March 22nd, 2021.

As I watch from a far (I am on vacation in Orlando) the events of Monday, it is hard to imagine how you are all feeling. Seeing this tragedy unfold on the news, felt distant and, to be honest, like another unfortunate event that we respond to by sending out thoughts and prayers, but then move on with our days. This, however, was not just another awful act of violence, but was unfolding a mile and a half from our church at a place I know. I may not be in Boulder currently, but I was quickly, emotionally with you all. Who did I know that might have been shopping there this day? Who in our congregation was impacted? Many who did not know I was on vacation started texting to see if I was ok. How do we say, 'yes I’m fine,' when we are not really fine at all? We are safe from the shooting, but our community is not fine and never will be fine. Our bubble has burst.

I grieve with you and our community. Grieving is a good and important step, one we cannot skip over. Our grief, like our thoughts and prayers, cannot be enough. What action can we take? This might not be the day to act, as our grief is still so raw, but that day will be here, and I want to encourage you all to be ready. First, let us come together as a community to pray, and from that prayer find our strength of action.
Dear Iliff Community:
I invite each of us to pause for a moment where you are, take a breath, and remember the victims of yesterday’s mass shooting in Boulder. Go ahead…take a moment (pause as you need)…Sadly, for the residents of our region, mass shootings are nothing new. And, this shooting comes in the immediate wake of the Georgia shooting. While we do not have a stated motivation named in yesterday’s event, we are reminded of the escalation of gun violence in our culture. Gun violence is dehumanizing. At Iliff we work to call forth and see the dignity of humanity in all of its expressions. So, perhaps this news has hit your own humanity with hurt, anxiety, despair, anger…this is your wonderful humanness speaking to you and reminding you of your own differentiating hope and vision for which you are willing to work. Thank you. Don’t forget to take care of yourself along the way…
Thomas V. Wolfe
President and CEO
Join us for Honors Convocation on April 21st
Please join us for Honors Convocation, which will be held virtually, and pass the invitation along to family and friends! Come be part of the celebration of the many accomplishments of the Iliff students, staff and faculty.

Our speaker will be Dr. Mark Freeland, author of Aazheyaadizi: Worldview, Language, and the Logics of Decolonization.

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 21st, at 12:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time. Follow this Zoom link to join.
Renewal – Join us online Monday, May 10
Mental Health & Justice
Monday, May 10, 2021 | 1 to 2:30 p.m. MST

Alires Almon,
Partner Director, Iliff Artificial Intelligence Initiative & Director of Innovation, Mental Health Center of Denver

Dr. Philip Butler,
Assistant Professor, Theology and Black Posthuman Artificial Intelligence Systems at Iliff School of Theology

Registration Fee: 
$5 | Free for all students and Iliff faculty and staff
An additional donation is welcome. 

A link to participate in the virtual event will be sent to all registrants via email a week prior to the event.
Upcoming Renewal Events
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Continuing Education Units: Attending the six Renewal sessions will total nine contact hours which could be used for CEUs.
Faculty and Staff News
Ms. Carmen Baca Doster, Iliff's registrar, will be retiring on June 4th, 2021, ending her 34 years of service to the school. "I appreciate my time at Iliff School of Theology. The staff, faculty, students, board, alumni and Iliff community are wonderful," Carmen wrote. "I could not have asked for a better place to grow for 34 years." Though her rest and time with her family is well-deserved, Carmen will be greatly missed. If you would like to express your appreciation for Carmen, please reach out to her directly, cbaca@iliff.edu.

Michael Hemenway, Iliff's Chief Information Officer, and Iliff alumnae Dr. Debbie Creamer (PhD '04) authored an article for the March edition of the Colloquy online newsletter, published by The Association of Theological Schools/The Commission on Accrediting. Their piece focuses on the importance of and steps to making strategic assessments.
Alumni/ae Updates
Dr. Joshua Bartholomew (PhD '19)
Dr. Bartholomew, who has been serving as Iliff's Adjunct Professor of Religious and Theological Studies, will be joining the faculty of the Saint Paul School of Theology. He will be taking on the role of Assistant Professor fo Ethics, Church and Society, begining July 1st, 2021.

Dr. Zachary Moon (PhD '16)
Dr. Moon recently published his third book, Goatwalking: A Quaker Pastoral Theology (Brill, March 2021). This book explores the rich traditions of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in relationship to the field of pastoral theology. Firstly, the book considers the significance of metaphor in influencing the pastoral theological imagination. This includes revisiting Seward Hiltner’s classic ‘shepherding perspective.’ Secondly, it utilizes the works of Jim Corbett in animating an alternative pastoral metaphor and claims a ‘goatwalking perspective.’ Finally, the work traverses the terrain of Quaker traditions, particularly those practices that pertain to compassionate care and support of spiritual wellbeing, acknowledging that the concepts of ‘pastoral theology’ and ‘pastoral care’ are largely unfamiliar within Quaker theological understanding yet asserting that Quaker traditions provide resources that aid broader pastoral theological discourse and support the healthy living out of Quaker faith in community.
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In Memoriam
James Rayford Woodrick, MDiv '61
Woodrick served as an Ordained Elder in the Mississippi United Methodist Conference and provided leadership and guidance through many roles as a member of the Annual Conference. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosa Ann Woodrick.
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