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Class of 2018

Class Notes are posted in the order they were received, with the newest posts on top.

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Dawn Bennett (MDiv) was interviewed by LGBTQ Nation and received the LGBTQ Nation Hometown Hero award 2021 for her advocacy work and ministry with LGBTQ+ and marginalized person's.
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/10/rev-dawn-bennett-runs-religious-safe-space-lgbtq-nation-hometown-hero-2021/
In 2020 Pastor Bennett was called by the ELCA Southeastern Synod to form and lead The Table, the region's only LGBTQ+ centered Lutheran denominational church. Posted 01.20.2022
 
Kelsey Davis (MDiv) is celebrating her wife giving birth to their first child, Noah Ash Davis. Gratitude for all the wisdom and support from fellow classmates as I have worked to co-found and launch Christian Athlete Circles, the first open & affirming athlete ministry in the country. Gratitude to be invited to shape and form a new trust fund, Support the Players National Emergency Trust, that will support women's professional soccer players daily need and advocate for pay equity in the NWSL. Posted 01.20.2022
 
Teresa Pecinovsky (MDiv) will be publishing her debut picture book, Mother God, in March of 2022 with Beaming Books:
 
With lyrical, rhyming text and exquisite illustrations, Mother God introduces readers to a dozen images of God inspired by feminine descriptions from Scripture. Children and adults alike will be in awe of the God who made them as they come to know her as a creative seamstress, generous baker, fierce mother bear, protective mother hen, strong woman in labor, nurturing nursing mother, wise grandmother, and comforting singer of lullabies.
 
This gorgeous picture book welcomes children into a fuller, more diverse understanding of what it means to be made in the image of God. Posted 10.18.2021
 
Woman with medium brown skin and long, wavy, dark brown flowing hair reaches down and looks lovingly at a child with short, straight dark brown hair. The child reaches up to the woman. They are in front of a multi-colored blue, red, and cream window with red flowers flourishing from the bottom. The window is set in front of a dark blue night with bright yellow stars and a bright yellow crescent moon.

 
Carly Misenheimer (MDiv) was interviewed by the Seattle Times for her work as a chaplain during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more:
Posted 10.13.2020
 

Joy Bronson (MDiv) reflects on seizing the moment and leading others in the current climate. Read More: https://www.lovebalms.org/journeying/seizing-the-moment-or-just-the-mic  Posted 10.13.2020