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Dr. Frances Merle Young  

The Rev. Timothy J. Mulder  

The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry  

[Episcopal News Service]   
  • Frances Merle Young dies at 96
  • Timothy J. Mulder named executive director of Episcopal Preaching Foundation
  • Bishop Michael Curry to serve on 'Day1' advisory committee

Frances Merle Young dies at 96

[ENS] Dr. Frances Merle Young, a leader in the Episcopal Church for the inclusion of all people in all areas of ministry, died September 11.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (Main Sanctuary) 5603 North Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland on September 23 at 10 a.m. Entombment will be private in the Churchyard Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Young's name to the Church of the Redeemer.

Born September 28, 1910 in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Lynn and Swampscott, Massachusetts, she received the BA degree from Brown University in 1932 and the MA degree from Columbia University in 1933, having studied at Windham House, a training center for women workers in the Episcopal Church.

Her first position was as director of Religious Education, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, where she served from 1933-1938.  She then became director of Religious Education for the Episcopal Diocese of California, from 1938-1943.  From 1943-1947, she served on the staff of the Department of Christian Education for the National Episcopal Church in New York City, and subsequently returned to the Church of the Redeemer as director of Christian Education from 1947-1959. In 1960, she returned to the offices of the National Episcopal Church, serving as executive director, General Division of Women’s Work, until 1970 when she became the coordinator for Lay Ministry of the Episcopal Church. In 1972, she received the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Virginia Theological Seminary.

Young resigned in 1972 and spent two years in Hong Kong as consultant in Religious Education for the Anglican Diocese of Hong Kong and Macao. From 1976-1978, she served as education consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio in Cincinnati.  In 1976, she retired and moved back to Baltimore. 

During her years of retirement she remained active in church matters, serving on the Vestry of Redeemer Church and was active in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Harry Ross Young, her sister, Dorothy Evelyn Arvedson.  She is survived by three nieces and one nephew and several grand and great grand nephews and nieces.

Timothy J. Mulder named executive director of Episcopal Preaching Foundation

[ENS] The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Mulder has been named executive director of the Episcopal Preaching Foundation. Mulder follows the Rev. Roger Alling who led the foundation as its president since its inception in 1987.

Mulder is the former rector of St. Luke’s Church in Gladstone, New Jersey. Mulder, who also served as a pastor in the Reformed Church of America (RCA), has taught courses on worship and preaching at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Each year the Episcopal Preaching Foundation invites students from the 11 Episcopal seminaries plus Episcopal students attending non-Episcopal seminaries to come together for the Preaching Excellence Program, a week-long course of intense study and practice of preaching. The program is tuition-and travel-expense-free to participants. Approximately 10 percent of the clergy active in the Episcopal Church today have participated in the program which brings them together with preaching professors and parish priests to preach, listen to others preach, meet with the some of the most skilled preachers of the day and receive feedback from all of them about their own preaching.

The foundation also compiles the series: "Sermons that Work," a collection of outstanding sermons preached by Episcopal clergy all over the church. The series is now in its 15th year.

Moving into the future, the foundation hopes not only to continue its work with seminarians but to offer continuing education seminars on preaching for clergy in the field. The faculty for the foundation's events comprises Episcopal professors of homiletics as well as other priests with a deep devotion to preaching.

Bishop Michael Curry to serve on 'Day1' advisory committee

[SOURCE: "Day1"] Bishop Michael Curry of North Carolina has been appointed to the advisory committee for "Day1," the award-winning ecumenical radio program, which also has an expanding outreach on the Internet at

The committee advises staff and trustees of the Alliance for Christian Media in identifying and inviting outstanding preachers for the "Day1" program from across America and is chaired by the Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, Bandy professor of preaching at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

Others appointed to the committee include Bishop L. Bevel Jones, retired bishop of the Western North Carolina conference of the United Methodist Church, and bishop in residence and trustee emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Rev. Dr. William K. Quick, senior pastor emeritus at Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Detroit, Michigan, and a visiting professor at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.

"Day1," formerly called "The Protestant Hour," is the longest running ecumenical preaching program in the U.S. and has been broadcast for more than 61 years. Hosted by Peter Wallace, it airs weekly on more than 160 radio stations coast to coast and can also be heard on the Internet at  A television version of "Day1" also is broadcast Sunday mornings on the Hallmark Channel's "Naomi's New Morning" series starring Naomi Judd.