Alumni News

November 2, 2017

Spiritual care, interreligious partnerships, an interdisciplinary curriculum, and a global reach are all part of the exciting vision for an expanded Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at San Francisco Theological Seminary. SFTS alumnus Rev. Dr. John Shaw’s $2 million gift will achieve this vision with the creation of the Shaw Institute for Spiritual Care and Interreligious Chaplaincy.

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May 15, 2017

1985 Alumna Rev. Sarah Stephens’ career in human rights advocacy and combatting human trafficking has taken her from the United States to serve around the world. This weekend, she receives SFTS’ Distinguished Alumna award at Commencement.

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March 23, 2017

We were pleased to host two special events to launch the Alumni-Admissions Liaison Volunteer (AALV) program!

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March 17, 2017

Richard M. Gray, former SFTS Trustee of 16 years and Distinguished Alum (1988), passed away on March 17, 2017.

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December 15, 2016

As a devout Catholic schoolgirl in the 1950s, [SFTS 2002 D.Div] Judy Dahl was certain that she had been called to become a priest. Last weekend, however, Dahl’s dream was fulfilled when she stood at the front of the Cape George Colony clubhouse and, in a solemn and ancient ceremony, was ordained a priest by nearly 200 friends, neighbors and fellow Catholics.

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We are honored and proud to stand with Rev. Bentley Stewart (SFTS M.Div. 2015), as he goes to serve as chaplain to the veterans who are gathering this week to stand with the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

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This election is bigger than an individual candidate; it reflects a larger schism in the soul of the United States. However, we are left with an outcome that wounds the most vulnerable.

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January 19-21, 2017

Join fellow DASD alums for a special weekend of contemplation, community and connection at SFTS.

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A joyful event 30 years in the making, SFTS Alumna Lisa Larges was ordained as a teaching elder at the Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Although Lisa, an open member of the LGBT community, has been a candidate for the ministry since 1986, she was unable to be ordained until the PC(USA) approved a constitutional change allowing ordination for all who are called and qualified regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity in 2010.

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Our hearts are heavy with news of Ben Weir’s death earlier today.

Rev. Ben Weir’s memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov 19 at 2pm at First Presbyterian Church in Oakland. Rev. Weir was a beloved professor, an SFTS alum, and, together with his wife, Carol, a Presbyterian missionary in Lebanon for nearly 30 years.

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SFTS is co-sponsoring a for-credit General Assembly class – “Presbyterianism: Principles and Practices” – at this year’s 222nd GA in Portland, Oregon.

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SFTS’s alumni relations advisor Jerry Van Marter will be one third of a triad presenting a for-credit class, “Presbyterianism: Principles and Practices,” at this summer’s General Assembly in Portland.

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The world has lost a truly renaissance man.

Rev. Dr. James Anthony Noel, Prophet, Pastor, Professor, and Painter, died Sunday evening, January 31, 2016.

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SFTS alumni gathered in April 2015 to share memories and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Seminary’s participation in the march on Selma.

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Compelling speakers and the opportunity to reconnect with old friends drew graduates for the 2014 Alumni Reunion, April 3–5, 2014.

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