June 15, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)--Annual scholarships have been awarded to 10 seminarians showing the spirit of a teacher and theologian who was instrumental in the 1956 decision giving women full clergy membership in the Methodist Church.
The 2005-06 Georgia Harkness Scholarships are given to women over 35 who are preparing for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church as a second career.
"Georgia Harkness fought tirelessly for the right for women to have full clergy membership in the Methodist Church," said the Rev. Marion Jackson, director of continuing education for ministry at the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry. "We are pleased to award this scholarship to these 10 women, as they represent the same spirit of social justice and love for humanity that characterized Georgia Harkness."
Recipients of the $5,000 merit scholarship must be enrolled as full-time students in a master of divinity degree program at a University Senate-approved theological school and be certified candidates for ordination. The senate is a United Methodist organization that certifies schools for affiliation with the church.
Since 1983, the awards have been given in memory of the life and service of Harkness, who died in 1974. Recipients must demonstrate leadership traits that she embodied: scholarship, spiritual leadership, and social justice leadership.
The scholarship recipients, their schools and annual conferences are:
- Linda G. Birchall, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, North Georgia Conference.
- Beverly W. Casstevens, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, North Georgia Conference.
- Alexis Smith Coleman, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, Western North Carolina Conference.
- Marian Sams Crane, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, Baltimore-Washington Conference.
- Sheila L. Elliott, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, South Carolina Conference.
- Pamela Suzette Everhart, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Rocky Mountain Conference.
- Johnna J. Galloway, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Okla., Arkansas Conference.
- Tamara Lou Holtz, Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo., Nebraska Conference.
- Cynthia M. Moore, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.
- Linda Sue Stetter, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Mass., New England Annual Conference.
For more information, contact the Division of Ordained Ministry at P.O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN 37203-0007, or 615-340-7409; or log on to the Georgia Harkness Web site at www.gbhem.org/Harkness.html
News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or firstname.lastname@example.org.