Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Memorial service for Krister Stendahl (1921-2008) and some obituaries and tributes -- and recent words by Bishop Stendahl

A celebration of Krister Stendahl's life and legacy will take place Friday, May 16, 3:00 p.m. (note time change from original listing) in Memorial Church, Harvard Yard.

David Hartman writes, toward the end of his tribute (link below): We live now in a profound void. My prayer is that Krister's memory and life's work should serve as an inspiration for new Krister Stendahls to emerge in the modern world.

The New York Times obituary (4/16/08) is here.

A tribute from the Shalom Hartman Institute, written by Alan Abbey with a moving tribute by Institute co-director David Hartman, is here.

The fine, detailed obituary from Harvard Divinity School (HDS) is here. A short message from the current HDS dean William Graham is here.

Short 2007 interview with KS on the topic of leadership. Read it if you are interested in any of the following: church, power, Jesus, lgbt issues, humility, discernment, pastoring, priesthood, intellectual life, accountability.

Krister Stendahl's delicious 2007 essay "Why I Love the Bible."

Nice obit with many quotes from colleagues in the 4/17/08 Boston Globe.

Video: Krister Stendahl and Tikva Frymer-Kensky at the National Catholic speaking on Jewish-Christian relations, 2002. (Thanks to Deirdre Good for the referral to the link.)

Short tribute by a blogging member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a. Mormons).

World Council of Churches obituary and tribute.

From the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries.

I will keep updating with links to obituaries and tributes in this space.

Memorial gifts:

Bishop Stendahl's family and church have suggested that those who wish to make a memorial gift do so to one of the following two organizations:

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

The International Rescue Committee

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