Posts by Meagan Wood

  • Rwanda Blog 1: Dean LeAnn Snow Flesher

    August 7, 2017 ~ Meagan Wood

    Education Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This. . .

    On July 3, 2017 six students and one professor traveled from ABSW to Gahini, Rwanda, for a 10 day mission trip.  While in Rwanda the group attended, as special guests of the Anglican Bishop, a provincial peace keeping service, met with the Minister of Gender and Family (one of the President’s Cabinet members), implemented a 2 day ministers conference for 220 Rwandan pastors, traveled to local villages to visit pastors in their homes and preach in their pulpits on Sunday morning, visited the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, visited local villages to celebrate the giving of the cows ceremony, met the governor of the eastern province and went on a one day safari.  As you can tell the experience was rich.

    As the leader/professor/and Academic Dean I write today to introduce the group to you, to share one of my most meaningful moments and to present the first of 7 blogs from the mission team.  Each team member has been required to write a blog about one meaningful event/moment and each of these will be presented on the ABSW Facebook page; follow along!

     

    Rwanda Blog 1-1
    The ABSW mission team (less one) and two administrators at the Anglican Dioceses Compound

    On Friday and Saturday, July 7-8, the team led a pastor’s conference.  Friday morning was spent presenting an overview of the prophets, Friday afternoon an overview of the book of Jeremiah.  On Saturday morning the 220 pastors were divided into 8 groups to do in depth study on Jeremiah led by the ABSW MDiv and DMin students.  At the close of Saturday I preached from passages of Jeremiah that we all had just studied together, after which the entire group of 220 pastors broke out into song, dance and worship.

    Rwanda Blog 1-2
    Pastor’s Conference

    As professor and leader of the group I was thrilled to see our students leading Bible studies in Rwanda through translation to hundreds of pastors that rarely have opportunity for such training.  Later that day I watched as each student boarded a bus or a car with an overnight bag to travel with a pastor to their village, where they would spend the night with the pastor’s family and rise early the next morning to preach in that pastor’s church.  Some travelled for several hours to get to their village, some had to transfer from bus to bus, and one had to be delivered to church on Sunday morning via motorcycle.  Each then preached the next morning through an interpreter in the local congregation.  The team travelled back to the Anglican Dioceses on Sunday afternoon –all arrived back safely, filled with enthusiasm and exhausted from their travels.  As a seminary Dean I am mindful of the many levels of education that were occurring simultaneously; I found myself saying several times throughout the weekend “education doesn’t get any better than this.”

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    Bishop Alex (Anglican Bishop of Eastern Province) and team on way to Peace Conference.

    LeAnn Snow Flesher, PhD
    VP of Academics and Professor of Old Testament

  • Drexler Lecture on May 18 – “From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: the Role of the Church”

    May 11, 2017 ~ Meagan Wood

    You are invited to join us for this year’s Drexler Lecture:

    “From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: the Role of the Church”

    Thursday, May 18
    7:30pm in the ABSW Chapel

    Panelists:

    Reggie Lyles, Former Senior Advisor for public safety to Oakland Mayor and retired career law enforcement officer, and ABSW alum

    Rev. Dr. J Alfred Smith, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of Allen Temple Baptist Church, and Professor Emeritus of ABSW

    Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Director of Clergy Organizing for PICO National Network, and ABSW alum

    Respondent:

    Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble, Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Practical Theology at ABSW, and ABSW alum

    Moderator:

    ABSW Dean LeAnn Snow Flesher

     

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  • Katie Choy-Wong Chosen as ABSW 2017 Alumna of the Year

    May 9, 2017 ~ Meagan Wood

    President for the Interim Nick Carter announced today that Rev. Kathryn Choy-Wong (“Katie”) has been elected as ABSW’s 2017 Alumna of the Year. Choy-Wong is the Senior Pastor of the New Life Christian Fellowship in Castro Valley, CA and the co-founder of a unique consulting business focused on the development of culturally competent leaders. In 2016 Katie was elected to Chair the ABC of the Central Pacific Coast.Rev. Katie Choy-Wong

    A graduate of San Francisco State University and a 1980 ABSW MDiv recipient Choy-Wong has been a leader in the fight against hunger and homelessness, the Director of Asian Ministries and then an East Bay area minister for ABCUSA. For three years she served as the Director of Admissions for ABSW.

    Rev. Choy-Wong will be recognized during the 2017 ABSW Reunion Luncheon on Friday May 19th which will be held on campus. Special tickets to that event are available by contacting Rev. Carolyn Matthews at the school cmatthews@absw.edu  510-841-1905 x246.

  • Commencement – May 20, 2017

    May 4, 2017 ~ Meagan Wood

    American Baptist Seminary of the West
    Trustees, Faculty,
    and Graduating Class of 2017
    cordially invite you to

    Commencement

    Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Rev. J. Edgar Boyd, Sr.
    Senior Minister and CEO of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles
    Commencement Speaker

    First Church of Christ, Scientist
    2619 Dwight Way
    Berkeley, CA
    (across Dwight Way from ABSW)

    Additional details including reception, parking and
    information for graduates available at absw.edu/commencement.