Local briefs • 04.30.10

Posted on 29 Apr 2010 at 5:52pm

Chicago Theological Seminary president to speak at CoH

The Rev. Alice Hunt, 12th president in the 154-year history of Chicago Theological Seminary, will speak Sunday, May 2, at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road.

Prior to moving to Chicago, Hunt served as associate dean for academic affairs at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She is a Hebrew Bible scholar, and holds a Ph.D. in religion, with an emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, from Vanderbilt University. Her current research focuses on the Bible in relation to the U.S./Mexico immigration issue.

Hunt was ordained at the Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church, National Baptist Convention, in Nashville, Tenn. She holds dual standing with the United Church of Christ in the Chicago Metropolitan Association. She also holds degrees from the University of Montevallo (B.S.) and Vanderbilt University (M.T.S., M.A., Ph.D.) Involved in the broader issues of religious affairs and theological education, Hunt serves on the board of commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.

Hunt lives in Hyde Park. Her youngest son, Eric Hudiburg, attends Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. Her older son, Carl Hudiburg, is graduating from Boston College.


Tickets go on sale Saturday for 2010 Gayla Prom

Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 1 for the 2010 Gayla Prom, presented by Resource Center Dallas.

The theme for the 13th annual dance even for LGBTQ youth and their allies, ages 14-22 is "Arabian Nights."

The Gayla Prom will be held June 6, from 7 p.m. to midnight, at the Owens Arts Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Those attending will have the chance to dance, socialize, win prizes and elect the prom king and queen.

Started in 1997 by the Walt Whitman Community School and taken over by Resource Center Dallas in 2008, Gayla Prom is one of the largest events of its kind in the country. It was voted "Best Prom" in Dallas by the Dallas Observer in 2008.

Adam King, chair of the 2010 event, said Gayla Prom gives LGBTQ youth, who often face discrimination and marginalization at home and at school, an opportunity to "celebrate with their friends in an environment that is both positive and safe."

Supporters of the 2010 Gayla Prom include American Airlines, Youth First Texas, GLSEN-Dallas, SMU Meadows School of the Arts and Dana Barber.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 30, 2010.

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