Daniel Schores D’53 of Sherman, Texas, was honored recently for his leadership as president of the Texoma Senior Foundation.
Herman E. Thomas D’66, D’69, who was associated with the A&T Four as a freshman in 1960, received an “Unsung Heroes Award” from N.C. A&T State University at a celebration of the 50th Sit-In Movement Anniversary in Greensboro, N.C. He taught 31 years at UNC-Charlotte, then was vice president for academic affairs at Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C., before retiring in 2009.
Charles Terrell D’75 was named director of pastoral care at Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, N.C., in March.
Brian G. Gentle G’76 serves as executive director of the Academy for Leadership Excellence for the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Vergel Lattimore III D’77 was elected director-at-large to the board of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He is a professor of pastoral care and counseling at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, located in Delaware, Ohio.
Jeanette Stokes D’77 published Hurricane Season: Living through a Broken Heart (Words & Spirit, 2008), a book about the breakup of her marriage. She is the founder and executive director of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, Durham, N.C.
Cynthia L. Hale D’79 published I’m a Piece of Work! Sisters Shaped by God (Judson Press). Hale is the founder and senior pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga.
Jason A. Barr Jr. D’83, senior pastor of Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh, Pa., is co-convener of the Black Church D.Min. cohort at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif. He was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. College of Preachers at Morehouse College.
Sam Hamilton-Poore D’84 published Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation (Upper Room, 2010). He and Terry Jo Hamilton-Poore D’86 live in Mason City, Iowa, where she is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church.
Todd Outcalt D’85, a United Methodist pastor in Brownsburg, Ind., has published The Ultimate Christian Living (Health Communications, 2010).
Tom Stephenson D’86 is currently pastor of First Christian Church in Wilmington, Ohio, after more than 17 years as pastor of Central Christian Church in Columbus, Ga.
Sheldon Sorge G’87 has been elected Pastor to Presbytery for the Pittsburgh Presbytery (PC-USA ), where he provides spiritual and administrative leadership.
Herbert S.L. Zigbuo D’88, a missionary with the Methodist Church in Liberia, continues as the coordinator for the churches’ vocational training unit there.
Cary McMullen D’89, religion editor with The Ledger of Lakeland, Fla., was at the Divinity School during April as a media fellow. He focused on theology and the arts, popular religion in parish life, and writing as a Christian practice.
Shane Stanford D’94 has published A Positive Life: Living with HIV as a Pastor, Husband, and Father (Zondervan, 2010) and You Can’t Do Everything … So Do Something (Abingdon, 2010). He is senior pastor of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Greel Myers D’95 and his wife, Carrie, announce the March 2, 2010, birth of Emma Grace, who joined brothers Grant, 1, and Nolan, 6. The family lives in Abilene, Texas, where Greel serves as executive director of alumni development and major gifts at McMurry University.
Karen Albers Lane D’95, D’96 and her husband, Joe, announce the June 2, 2009, birth of Makayla Marie. The Lanes live in Radford, Va., where Karen is a United Methodist pastor and Christian educator.
Tiffney L. Marley D’96 and her husband, Randy Jones, announce the Jan. 11, 2010, birth of twins, Randi Elaina Marley-Jones and Jesse Elliott Marley-Jones. They reside in Hillsborough, N.C., and Tiffney is working part time with First Calvary Baptist Church in Durham.
John C. Nugent D’01, professor of Old Testament at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Mich., edited Radical Ecumenicity: Pursuing Unity and Continuity after John Howard Yoder (Abilene Christian University Press, 2010).
Jeremy I. Troxler D’02 and his wife, Margaret, announce the Feb. 8, 2010, birth of Della Sharon. He is director of the Divinity School’s Thriving Rural Communities program. The Troxlers reside in Mebane, N.C.
Christy Watson Brookshire D’03 and her husband, Matt, announce the July 7, 2009, birth of their first child, Anna Ruth, in Asheville, N.C., where Christy is a chaplain at Mission Hospital.
Will Schanbacher D’04 published The Politics of Food: The Global Conflict between Food Security and Food Sovereignty (Praeger, 2010), which was written as his doctoral dissertation at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.
Bert Baetz D’05, assistant rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas, who builds custom fly rods for his business, Trinity Rods, was featured in the December 2009 edition of Texas Episcopalian and in the YouTube video “In Search of Thin Places.”
Lisa M. Bowens D’04, D’05, a Ph.D. candidate in New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, won the 2009-2010 Word and World Essay Prize, which includes a $1,000 award and publication in the summer edition.
Laura Autry Dunlap D’05 and her husband, T. Judson Dunlap D’01, both United Methodist pastors in Nashville, N.C., announce the Nov. 22, 2009, arrival of Grace Elizabeth.
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove D’06 has published The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture (Paraclete, 2010).
Deborah Knott Forger D’07 served as a Lilly Endowment resident- in-ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Mich., where she lives with her husband, Daniel. She is a Ph.D. student in Second Temple–period Judaism at the University of Michigan.
Franklin C. Golden Jr. D’07 and his wife, Martha, are the guardians of Thein Nei Mawi, 14, a refugee from Burma, who has joined siblings Davis and Lily. Franklin is the pastor at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C.
Beverly Markham D’07 was ordained on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2010, at Southminster Presbyterian Church (PC-USA), in Garland, Texas. She has served as pastor there since the end of January.
Arthur Jones D’09 published “Institution vs. Innovation: Can Edgy Churches Grow and Thrive within the UMC” in Circuit Rider magazine. He is interim director of church relations for ZOE Ministry.
Emily Dueitt Kincaid D’09 is the associate minister at First United Methodist Church in Wetumpka, Ala., overseeing children’s ministry and Christian education. She and Brian Kincaid were married Nov. 21, 2009.
By Enuma Okoro
“Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.”
These words from the Gospel of John, etched boldly across the mirrored rear wall inside Carole Baker’s installation “The Confessional,” confronted visitors to the artist’s Lenten exhibit at Golden Belt Art Studios in downtown Durham, N.C.
Once inside the 10-by-12-foot room of mirrors, gallery visitors encountered not just the text but a pile of large, heavy stones placed in the middle of the room.
Baker says she hoped the installation, exhibited Feb. 16–March 25, would provide “a context where people could be confronted with the radical nature of forgiveness and the role that confession plays in that.
“I chose to create a room of mirrors because I envisioned a space big enough for people to catch their multiple reflections simultaneously,” she says. “There is an interconnectedness of sin and confession. The act of confession is one that has to be practiced to be at peace with ourselves and with others.”
What has always interested Baker most about the narrative of Jesus and the adulterous woman is the radical nature of his response.
“Jesus knows the law and that the leaders are testing him to see if he will contradict it,” Baker says. “But he neither condemns nor condones the woman, or her accusers. His response opens up this space where all are given the opportunity to reflect and, hopefully, repent.
“I wanted to prompt the question, ‘If I were to pick up a stone, at whom would I be throwing it?’ Confession is choosing not to pick up a stone and throw it at the mirror.”
Baker recognizes that the installation can be interpreted literally, as the cautionary maxim “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” But that’s part of the point. She aimed for “a degree to which the work had to be accessible to the general public, while providing enough complexity to prompt people to think, reflect, and question themselves in new ways.”
Baker holds a B.A. in religious studies from Trevecca Nazarene University and earned her M.T.S. at Duke in 2004. The pivotal point in her decision to become an artist came in an icon theology class with Geoffrey Wainwright, Cushman professor of Christian theology.
“It affirmed my intuition that theology can be, and has been, expressed through material means in the history of the church. I enjoy the challenge of pushing thoughts to a concrete place where others can encounter, and join in, the conversation. If theology is a communal task, then art is another means of participation in that task.”
“The Confessional” was made possible by grants and donations from Duke Divinity’s Center for Reconciliation, Duke Chapel, and individuals who contributed to the project. The labor for construction and some materials also were donated. Baker dreams about an eventual renewal of the tradition of patronage, in which faith communities acknowledge that artists and their gifts are a crucial part of helping the church live into, experience, and embody the kingdom of God. Until then she continues to juggle her impulse to create art and her full-time roles as a research associate at Duke Divinity School and the mother of two young children.
For her next project Baker plans to create a contemporary interpretation of a bestiary, a medieval catalogue of real and fictitious animals that served allegorical purposes. Her modern catalogue will include animals that are endangered, extinct, or artificially created in labs. She hopes to accompany the images with theological reflections about the relationship between God and humanity and humanity’s relationship to the rest of God’s creation.
On the web
To learn more about Carole Baker’s art, visit http://www.carolebakerartist.com 
Enuma Okoro D’03 writes from Raleigh, N.C. Her forthcoming memoir, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent, Borderline Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community, is scheduled for release in October 2010 with UpperRoom Books. She blogs at http://reluctantpilgrim.wordpress.com 
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