DDH House Blog
Remarks by Don A. Pittman on the Occasion of the Alumnus of the Year Award
Presented by Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt University
July 15, 2013, Orlando, Florida
Dean Mark Miller-McLemore; members of the Disciples Divinity House Board of Trustees; fellow alumni/ae of Vanderbilt University Divinity School; and friends of DDH: Thank you. I am truly grateful for this award and the affirmation of my ministry that it represents. I am especially honored and humbled and surprised to receive an award which in past years has recognized the achievements of distinguished Disciples scholars and leaders Bill Paulsell, Fred Harris, and Fred Craddock.
My surprise is, in part, related to the fact that . . .…
Disciples Divinity House Opening Retreat 2011
Mark Miller-McLemore, 8/2011
The Disciples House model is rare among North American churches. Its approach has been so successful that we are tempted to forget that it is still experimental and fragile.
In 1950, church and school were not as separated as they are now. It was enough for a Disciples House to provide support, inexpensive housing, and the spontaneous community that naturally emerges in such a setting. Situations have changed. Now Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt more intentionally locates itself in the middle—between the church and the School—because School and Church really do need one another. When separate, each is less than it might be. The School tells the…