Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church, will be the featured speaker at Church Divinity School of the Pacific's (CDSP) third annual St. Margaret's Lecture.
"When Did I Call You Friend?" is set for October 13 at the Berkeley, California, seminary with introductory remarks by Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori, a CDSP alum, class of '94, and '01.
Anderson, an active layperson in the church, has served as a deputy to six general conventions. She serves on numerous church boards and committees, including the Committee on the Status of Women, the Investment Committee, CREDO Advisory Board, and the Anti-Racism Training Team for the Episcopal Church, among others. As an adjunct faculty member for several years at the University of Michigan, Anderson taught courses in the Women's Studies Department, and in the School of Natural Resources. Anderson's published works include "Spirituality and the Earth, Exploring Connections," "A Citizen's Guidebook to the Great Lakes Ecosystem," and "Deputy – not Delegate – Deputy Handbook to the 75th General Convention."
She received her M.S. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a B.A., degree from the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. She and her husband, Glen, live in Bingham Farms, Michigan. They have three adult children, and three grandchildren.
The annual St. Margaret's Lectures support the seminary's efforts to establish the St. Margaret's Chair for Women and Ministry at CDSP. This Chair will be the first faculty position of its kind in an Episcopal seminary or the Graduate Theological Union.
The new Chair will continue the vision of St. Margaret's House, founded in Berkeley in 1909. St. Margaret's House trained women for the church work of the day -- as deaconesses and lay church workers. As a permanent faculty position at CDSP focused on women's lay and ordained leadership in the church, St. Margaret's Chair will ensure that the lessons of the ministries of women are not lost to future generations.
CDSP is currently focused on a major Capital Campaign, Preserving Tradition -- Building the Future. One of the aims of the Campaign is to raise funds to establish the St. Margaret's Chair.
To date, more than $18 million has been raised toward the Campaign goal of $20 million.
Registration will begin at 12 p.m., with lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by the lecture. The cost for lunch is $15 per person. Space is limited, so the public is asked to make reservations by contacting Janet Salsman at firstname.lastname@example.org; or 510-204-0740.
The St. Margaret's Lecture Series at CDSP is sponsored by Every Voice Network.
Founded in 1893, CDSP's mission is to provide the highest quality Christian theological education in an environment of scholarship, reflection and worship, rooted in the Anglican tradition. It is a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical and interfaith consortium based in Berkeley, California. For more information visit: http://www.cdsp.edu