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‘It’s a kind of spiritual ferment that’s afoot’

During a Festival of Homiletics lecture delivered last week, the Rev. Dr. Jana Childers said there’s “no dearth of issues on how the future of preaching will be shaped.” Subjects will include racial strife, gun violence, climate change, access to health care, the crisis at the Southern border, hunger and food insecurity, mental health trends, questions about the existence of God, suffering — and, of course, right and wrong.

Biblical scholar Cain Hope Felder dies at 76

Renowned biblical scholar Dr. Cain Hope Felder may have been a Methodist, but he had fans among Presbyterians, too. Felder, who taught for decades at the Howard University School of Divinity and before that at Princeton Theological Seminary, died Tuesday at the age of 76.

San Francisco Theological Seminary’s first full-time African American professor

San Francisco Theological Seminary was established in 1871. In August 1969 under the leadership of President Arnold Come, the trustees of SFTS called the Rev. Dr. Cornelius O. Berry Sr. to join the faculty as their first full-time African American professor. Dr. Berry was an associate professor of systematic theology. He was a faculty member of both SFTS and the Graduate Theological Union located in Berkeley, California. He was also chairman of the Advanced Pastoral Committee and of Area 111 in the GTU until his untimely death in July 1973.

Pastor, professor, musician remembered for ‘ushering in a better world’

Friend, mentor and predecessor. That’s how the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett, president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, remembered the Rev. Dr. Leon Fanniel, who died last month at age 88 and was remembered last week at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Both Moffett and the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), attended Fanniel’s service of witness to the resurrection.