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An Uncommon Collaboration

Usually CST’s Distinguished Alumni/ae Award honors one person. But Rev. Al Lopez (MDiv,’15), Rev. Nora Jacob (MDiv,’14), and Rev. Stephen Yorba Patten (MDiv,’16) are not living out their ministries in the usual way. All three were recently ordained as Disciples of Christ clergy, working toward ministerial partner standing in the United Church of Christ (UCC), [...]

2019-05-07T22:18:50+00:00May 7th, 2019|Alumni/ae News, News|0 Comments

Living into the Brand Promise

Rev. Steve Horswill-Johnston is a four-time Emmy-winning communications executive who serves as the Chief Communications Officer for Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church. Based in Nashville, Steve developed the official brand promise of The United Methodist Church: “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors,” as well as created and produced “Chuck Knows [...]

2019-05-07T22:38:28+00:00May 7th, 2019|Alumni/ae News, News|0 Comments

A Call for Heretics and Edge-Dwellers

Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank grew up on the mission-field in Nogales, Arizona and Mexico and has devoted her life to community. Serving as a social worker for 15 years, then as an ordained deacon, and currently as an elder in The United Methodist Church, Dottie works tirelessly to lead the church into new life. She [...]

2019-05-14T17:21:25+00:00May 7th, 2019|Alumni/ae News, News|0 Comments

President Kuan Condemns Terrorist Attacks, Calls for Action

Less than six months ago I issued a statement condemning the domestic terrorist attack on the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue – struggling to find words that spoke to the heinous violence. Today, three days after the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, I find myself in the same situation. Words are not enough. [...]

2019-03-18T23:34:35+00:00March 18th, 2019|News|0 Comments

MDiv Alumnae Start Racial Justice Organizing in Rural Communities

CST alumnae Samantha Wilson, ’14, and AJ Bush, ’15, are pastors who, concerned by increasing violence in their communities, wondered about the best way to have conversations about racial justice—particularly in small, white, rural communities. From that question, Rural Race Dialogue was born. Rural Race Dialogue is a workshop designed by Reverends Bush and Wilson [...]

2019-07-24T21:39:46+00:00March 15th, 2019|Alumni/ae News, News|0 Comments

CST Sunday at Community UMC

President Kuan, Vice-President Sharalyn Hamilton, and Director Les Lungren will be at Community United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 7, 2019. President Kuan will preach at 8:15 and 9:30 and a reception will follow at 10:30. At the reception, folks will have opportunity to ask questions about CST’s future and what that means for the [...]

2019-03-15T18:54:25+00:00March 15th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Professor Syeed in an IBM Commercial

Last week, Professor Najeeba Syeed was one of several voices featured in a new commercial for IBM challenging the tech industry. The commercial, which aired during the Oscars, featured such notable figures as Mayim Bialik, Janelle Monáe, and Arianna Huffington who pondered whether tech companies were doing enough for our increasingly globalized world. Professor Syeed [...]

2019-03-15T18:52:55+00:00March 15th, 2019|CST Professors, News|0 Comments

Alumni/ae Gathering Planned for May

All CST alumni/ae are invited for a special gathering in Claremont on May 20 and 21, 2019. Monday, May 20: AlumNite: A CST Reunion at the Claremont DoubleTree Hotel. Cocktail party, 5:00 p.m. Dinner, at 6:30 p.m. featuring the Rev. Neil Tadken, ’04, as our keynote speaker RSVP by Monday May 6, to register visit: [...]

2019-04-02T16:42:38+00:00March 15th, 2019|Alumni/ae News, News|0 Comments

A Pastor and a Hollywood Film Producer

Rev. Dr. Trevor Brisbin’s path to film producing took an unusual course: raised nominally Roman Catholic in the suburbs of Toronto, turned conservative evangelical bible college graduate, turned Baptist pastor, turned husband and father, turned CST seminarian, turned Hollywood film producer. He said, “I don’t think anyone ever expected me to gravitate toward [...]

2019-03-19T16:34:40+00:00March 15th, 2019|News|0 Comments

President Kuan and Others Respond to UMC GC2019

Last month, President Kuan, 863 other delegates, and about 2500 visitors gathered in St. Louis, MO for a special called session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The purpose of the gathering was to forge a way forward for a divided church – specifically as related to the UMC’s LGBTQIA community. The [...]

2019-03-15T18:45:05+00:00March 15th, 2019|News|0 Comments