Educator Michael Kinnamon selected as Divinity School’s alumnus of the year

Ecumenical leader and educator Michael Kinnamon has been named the Divinity School’s alumnus of the year for 2013.

He will deliver his address, “A Report from the Front Lines of a Renewal Movement Under Siege,” on Thursday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Swift Lecture Hall.

Kinnamon, AM’76, PhD’80, is an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ and the International Council of Community Churches. In August 2012, he was named the Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

An influential leader in the ecumenical movement, Kinnamon served as the general secretary of the National Council of Churches from 2007 to 2011. He has been an active participant in the World Council of Churches and its assemblies since 1980. From 1980-83, he served as executive secretary of the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission.

He has written extensively about the ecumenical movement in publications including The Ecumenical Movement: An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices (co-edited with Brian Cope) and Truth and Community:  Diversity and its Limits in the Ecumenical Movement. Kinnamon’s Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed? Questions for the Future of Ecumenism is forthcoming later in 2013.