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Theological Leadership: Honoring the Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D.

Date: September 29, 2021

I was delighted to see our own Rev. Ruthanna Hooke, Ph.D., being given due prominence in the latest issue of “Berkeley at Yale” (Spring 2021, Vol. 12, No.2). The issue is dedicated to the celebration of fifty years of partnership between the two institutions – Berkeley and Yale – told in rich detail. Then the issue moves to “A Celebration of Ministries.”

Ruthanna is lifted up as a model of “Theological Leadership.” It is a lovely portrait of her vocation as a scholar and a priest. There is an appropriate emphasis on the Linklater Method (Ruthanna is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher) and the ways in which the craft of preaching weaves together her deep theological convictions with her interests in the performing arts. It is a piece that stresses that influence of her teachers – in particular Marilyn McCord Adams, Ellen Davis, and Peter Hawkins – on Ruthanna. One finishes the article deeply aware of the remarkable gifts that Ruthanna brings, as a result of a remarkable training that she has undertaken.

There is another VTS connection with this issue of the magazine. Our highly acclaimed “Thriving in Ministry” program is implemented by Carol Pinkham Oak, who is the President of the Berkeley Graduate Network. The issue includes a lovely introduction to the work of the alumni organization and the decision to rename the alumni committee “the Berkeley Graduate Network.” So, for our part, VTS is grateful for the work that Berkeley at Yale did in shaping these two remarkable scholars who now serve here at VTS.

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

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