Presiding Bishop to preach Seabury-Western's commencement sermon

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Jefferts Schori one of five to receive honorary degree
May 9, 2007

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will preach the sermon and receive a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary's 149th commencement ceremony on June 1 in Evanston, Illinois.

In addition to Jefferts Schori, the seminary will grant honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees honoris causa to Bishop Todd A. McGregor of Toliara in southwestern Madagascar, and Bishop John Elswood Privett of the Diocese of Kootenay, Canada. Both McGregor and Privett are Seabury alumni.

Bonnie Anderson, president of the House of Deputies, and Newland F. Smith, III, Seabury's retiring librarian of 43 years and anti-racism activist, will receive Doctor of Canon Law degrees, honoris causa.

Seabury-Western was created in 1933 by the merger of Seabury Divinity School (1858, Faribault, Minnesota) and Western Theological Seminary (1883, Chicago, Illinois). Its roots are firmly planted in the Anglican tradition of mission and in 1994 the Seabury Institute was founded as a ministry of the Seminary to create a partnership with parishes that are exercising leadership for mission in the Church today and into the future.

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