(Vocus/PRWEB) February 08, 2011
Episcopal Divinity School has reacted with pleasure to the announcement by the White House that Doctor of Ministry student Reverend Elder Nancy L. Wilson, has been appointed as a member of the President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Advisory Council brings together religious and secular leaders with scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations, in order to make recommendations to the government on how to improve partnerships among them. The president will announce additional appointments to this council at a later date.
Rev. Wilson is currently the moderator (global leader) of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, which comprises hundreds of churches in 38 countries. Rev. Wilson is also a leader among the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pastors.
Rev. Wilson has served as pastor of multiple Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) congregations, including congregations in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and California. She lives in Bradenton, Florida and her office is in Sarasota.
Formerly senior pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, considered the founding church of the MCC movement, Rev. Wilson served for 20 years as MCC's chief ecumenical officer, representing the congregation at the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. She has been an active voice on HIV issues, prisoner treatment programs, LGBT issues, and women's rights. She holds a BA from Allegheny College and an M.Div. from Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary.
She will sit on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships together with fellow appointees Susan K. Stern (Chair), Leith Anderson, Andrea Bazán, Angela Glover Blackwell, Brian Gallagher, Bishop Mark Hanson, Lynn Hybels, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis, and Sister Marlene Weisenbeck.
The Very Reverend Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School, commented, “The Episcopal Divinity School congratulates all 12 appointees to this important body. It makes us proud to be in a country where nine appointees are women. President Barack Obama has carefully sought a mix of faiths from Christian to Jewish. We are particularly pleased that a student at Episcopal Divinity School, Nancy Wilson, has been selected to serve on this august body. Nancy has impressed with her dedication to a living faith that transforms. All at Episcopal Divinity School are very proud of her.”
Professor Angela Bauer-Levesque, Academic Dean of Episcopal Divinity School, said: "I am delighted that Nancy's wise and steady leadership will advise the President at this critical point in history. The EDS community is proud of you, Nancy. Congratulations on this important and prestigious appointment!"
Episcopal Divinity School was, during the lifetime of the Philadelphia Divinity School and Episcopal Theology School, the two schools that gave birth to it, the first school to train and accommodate black priests, and as early as the 1920s it began training women for roles in the church. It was also among the first to ordain women and by the mid-1980s it was blessing same sex unions.
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