The annual Alumni Luncheon is a time for Moravian Theological Seminary alumni to walk the campus, gather together as friends and former classmates over a meal and continue to be a part of the Seminary. At this year’s luncheon in March, Rev. Maggie Wellert ’99, ’00, and current president of the Alumni Association, presided over the gathered group of 80 alumni, faculty, staff, senior students and friends.
In welcoming the alumni, Moravian College President Bryon L. Grigsby lauded the Seminary for its work continuing in the spirit of Comenius. He highlighted the new Spiritual Direction Gift Fund supporting the growing Formative Spirituality program and a Greyhound Loyalty Scholarship to be awarded to Moravian College undergraduate alumni who are accepted to a Master’s degree program at the Seminary. He also celebrated the authorization of a new M.A. in Chaplaincy degree for those seeking certification as a chaplain but who are not intending to purse ordination.
The Rev. John D. Rights ’85, who received the 2016 Hus Award recognizing an outstanding Seminary grad, firmly asserted that “I am here [receiving this award] because of my church.” He also added, “Every seminary should be a church, and every church a seminary.”
Gregory A. Krausz ’02, the Kortz Award recipient, acknowledged the importance of the support of people in the Seminary and around the community to his counseling ministry and pledged to continue to integrate the two for the benefit of all.
The Alumi Association board now includes the Rev. Neil Routh ’90, elected to his first three-year term, and Kyle Borowski ’08, Rev. Cheryl Cottingham ’08, and Rev. Rhonda Robinson ’12 elected to their second terms. Rhonda will continue as vice-president, Maggie Wellert as president and Kyle Borowski as secretary.
The afternoon concluded with thanksgivings for those alumni who have been called to the more immediate presence of the Savior, recognition of the 25th and 50th Reunion Classes, and introduction of this year’s 28 seniors by Dean and Vice-President Frank Crouch, ’80. 2016 represents one of the largest classes in recent years, as the Spiritual Formation cohort, Masters of Arts in Theological Studies, and Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling students join with Masters of Divinity students to swell the influence of Moravian Seminary graduates in congregations and community ministries here in the United States and around the world.
Tentatively, next year’s Alumni Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2017. Please plan on joining us!
The Rev. Dr. Christine L. Nelson is director of Seminary Advancement
From the April/May 2016 Moravian Magazine