Class Notes – February 2017
The Rev. Dr. Charles Lattimore (Chaz) Howard (PhD 2010) | University Chaplain, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Chaplain Howard’s new book, Pond River Ocean Rain: Find Peace in the Storms of Life (Abingdon Press) is being released February 15. From the Abingdon site:
“For those who seek to find new depths in their spiritual lives, Pond River Ocean Rain helps readers wade into the beautiful water that is God through stories, questions, and accessible illustrations.
“Feel the Living Water wash over you while contemplating chapters on stillness (such as a pond), the full trust in God’s will (much like the rush of a river), peace within mystery (as experienced in the depths of the ocean), and the movement of God’s relentless love for us (the refreshing rain we receive).
Pond River Ocean Rain, like all bodies of water, is simple, occasionally wild, and consistently beautiful. And there are depths that, when explored, reveal abundant life for all who jump in.
Carol Rowehl (MAR 2008, STM 2014) | Adjunct Chaplain, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The book in which I authored a chapter on chaplaincy care in the veterinary setting (Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice, Chapter 25, “Addressing Spiritual Needs of Caregivers” Wiley-Blackwell) is scheduled to be released on April 24, 2017. It’s already available on Kindle.
The Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire (DMin 1960) | Retired
What will be, I believe, my last book is forthcoming this year: Behold the Lilies: Jesus and the Contemplation of Nature (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017). I take “Behold the lilies” to be a command from our Lord to all his followers, which he wants them to teach to others. I do this, in very short compass, by a “circumambulatory pedagogy,” by eleven first-person meditations, which can be read in any order. One example: “From Lake Wobegon to the Streets of Manhattan: Behold then Follow.” Throughout, I am in constant conversation with my own Lutheran heritage, which I take very seriously, but not uncritically. I end with this theme: “Contemplating the Speaker: Faith in the Cosmic Christ.”
The Rev. Thomas Chittick (MDiv 1967) | Retired
Since 2009 I have been retired. Mostly I served in campus ministry positions. I have returned to my home state of Maine and have rejoined the congregation I grew up in, St Ansgar, Portland. I’ve been the force behind the scenes in a parish council commissioning of an iconographer to paint an icon of Ansgar, Apostle of the North. The dedication date was February 12. Preaching as he did among the Vikings (801 – 865) makes him an apt model for evangelism 2017: challenges at every turn!
Retirement is great. Love sitting in the pew!
The Rev. Eric Anderson (MDiv 1987) | Interim Pastor
I just began another interim on January 1, 2017, with St John’s in Steelton and Salem in Oberlin, both on the south side of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I have worked with over 20 congregations since ordination, and sometimes return years later. (I had an interim years ago at Salem, and two interim ministries at Zion, Newville.)
I still live at the same address in Carlisle since moving here during my first call.
Rochelle Melander (MDiv 1989, STM 1990) | Author and Coach
Rochelle Melander is a new adjunct instructor at Mt. Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, teaching Advanced Writing for New Media. She’s the author of ten books including the bestselling resource The Spiritual Leader’s Guide to Self Care and A Generous Presence: Spiritual Leadership and the Art of Coaching.