Every spring, the Moravian Seminary community—alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends—comes together to catch up, learn what’s happening at the Moravian College and Seminary and honor alumni.
At this year’s Moravian Theological Seminary Alumni Luncheon in Bethlehem, Pa., held in March, those gathered honored two Seminary graduates who have taken the values and experiences of the Seminary out into the world to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Rev. Dean R. Jurgen, Moravian College graduate of 1976, and Seminary MDiv graduate of 1981, received The John Hus Alumni award. This award is given in “special recognition to an alumnus or alumna, who, through outstanding service and loyalty to ministry, has brought distinction to the work of the ministry and to Moravian Theological Seminary.”
In accepting the award, Dean shared, “I’ve just been a pastor . . . a common pastor. So this year the John Hus Award honors the common pastor, and I accept this award on behalf of all of us common pastors. . . . Today we’re not celebrating excellence but persistence, not extraordinary achievement of one, but ordinary faithfulness of many. Through it all, here is what I have tried to do: to help people take God more seriously and more joyfully.”
Dean currently serves as pastor of Lititz Moravian Church in Lititz, Pa.
H. Kyle Borowski, Moravian College graduate of 2006 and Seminary MAPC graduate of 2008, received The Bishop Kortz Award in Pastoral Counseling. This award is presented to a “graduate of the Seminary who has achieved excellence in the field of pastoral counseling ministry and who has brought distinction to the work and ministry of the Seminary.”
Kyle has taken his experience of community at Moravian Seminary and brought it out into the world of struggling teens and families through the Family-Based Adventure programming he helped develop. For him, “Moravian Theological Seminary was not just a classroom, but a living community that helped form me into the clinician I am today. It was through classes and community that I learned the incredible power and necessary part of the process that comes with learning to find something that I like or connect with about each client. . . . What could be more important than the ability to connect with someone and sit in their pain long enough to see what they truly need to help them make changes in their life?”
The lives and work of Jurgen and Borowski underscore the importance of persistence and connection, qualities reflected throughout Moravian history and tradition. We are so proud and grateful to honor Rev. Dr. Jurgen and Kyle Borowski and to have them out in the world helping others. n
Thanks to the staff of Moravian Theological Seminary for this article.
From the May 2017 Moravian Magazine