Perkins Alumnae Meet Archbishop
Two Perkins alums had the opportunity to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, during a recent visit to Dallas. The Rev. Leslie Stewart (M. Div. ‘14) and the Rev. Rebecca Tankersley (M. Div. ‘14) met Welby during a vocations conference, “Discerning a 21st Century Call to the Ancient Order of Priesthood.” The gathering was organized by the Communion Partners – a group of theologically conservative bishops who are committed to remaining within the US-based Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church of Canada, despite differences over issues including sexuality. Stewart is an Episcopal priest, chaplain at North Texas Veteran’s Court, and vicar at Resurrection Episcopal in Plano. Tankersley is associate rector of Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas.
Magruder Honored at UN Day Awards Ceremony
The Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder (M.Div., ’96), senior pastor at Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, was one of eight North Texans honored at the annual United Nations Day Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 23 at SMU. The event was hosted by the Dallas Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA, a national grassroots organization devoted to strengthening the U.S.- UN relationship through public education and advocacy. The 2018 keynote speaker was the Rev. Dr. Levi Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for UN Ministry and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church. Magruder was cited for his work in human rights.
Danners Welcome New Baby
The Rev. Megan Danner (M.Div. ‘10) and husband, Shane, welcomed their new baby girl into the world on October 21, 2018. Ashtin Elizabeth Danner weighed a healthy 8 lbs., 15 oz. and was 21-1/2 inches long. Mom reports they are home and enjoying all the cuddles and love. Megan Danner is the Director of Spiritual & Religious Life and Chaplain at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.