In Awe of Dr. Lisa Kimball

Date: December 9, 2021

Hopefully, Dr. Kimball will not read this Commentary. After all, she is on sabbatical. But I do just want to pause and celebrate her presence among us.

On December 3, 2021, we announced the exciting news that the Lilly Endowment Inc. had awarded a $1M grant to the Seminary for the Mutual Ministry Initiative in Phase 2 of its “Pathways for Tomorrow” initiative. The goal is to support those smaller congregations who are embarking on an exciting form of ministry that are “ministering communities,” where the clergy is part of a lay team of leadership. Read more in The Washington Times.

Dr. Kimball did so much of the hard work. She is at the heart of key conversations around the Church. She listens to Bishops and to laypeople. She listens to the seekers who are outside the Church. She listens to the voices that love the Church and to those who are frustrated with the Church. The result is that she has her hand on the pulse of the Church; she has a sense of what is needed by the Seminary. I really am in awe of Dr. Lisa Kimball. I am truly grateful that she is bringing her considerable skills to this place and to the Church.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President

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