Bonnie Anderson, president of the General Convention's House of Deputies, will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at its 2006 Matriculation Service, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on September 25 at the seminary's St. John's Memorial Chapel.
Anderson is being recognized for her contributions to the life of the Episcopal Church.
"EDS is proud to recognize Bonnie Anderson for her work in the areas of youth ministry, environmental advocacy, and anti-racism work at the parish, diocesan, national, and international levels," said EDS academic dean, the Rev. Dr. Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook, in making the announcement. "Bonnie is a skilled trainer whose leadership skills and tireless dedication the Church, and especially to groups on the margin of the Church, is consistent with EDS's mission to provide tools for the life-long work of social and personal transformation."
Anderson's focus and passion within the church has been seen on many levels, from finance to youth advocacy and ministry during her 30 years experience as an active layperson in the Episcopal Church.
While honoring Anderson with a doctor of divinity degree for contributions to the life of the Episcopal Church, EDS will celebrate its 32nd annual matriculation ceremony as it welcomes 33 newly matriculating students into their community. The Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris will be the speaker. This event is free and open to the public.
EDS, formed in 1974 with the merger of Philadelphia Divinity School (founded in 1857) and Episcopal Theological School (founded in 1867), offers doctor of ministry and master's degrees, as well as certificates in theological studies. Located on an eight-acre campus just a few blocks from Harvard Yard, EDS is a member of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of nine theological schools, seminaries, and departments of religion.