Michael Kinnamon

Michael Kinnamon Named Alumnus of the Year 2013


Dean Margaret M. Mitchell announced today that, upon recommendation of the Divinity School’s Alumni Council, the Board of Trustees of the Baptist Theological Union has named Rev. Michael Kinnamon, AM 1976, Ph.D. 1980 (Religion and Literature) as the Divinity School's Alumnus of the Year for 2013.  An ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ and the International Council of Community Churches, Rev. Kinnamon is one of the most prominent and influential ecumenical leaders and educators of our time.

In August 2012, Kinnamon began a three-year term at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry as the Spehar-Halligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical Collaboration in Interreligious Dialogue.  Since 1993, Kinnamon has been deeply involved in the work of the National Council of Churches and led the NCC as General Secretary from 2008-2012.  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. Kinnamon’s major publications include Can a Renewal Movement Be Renewed?: Questions for the Future of Ecumenism (forthcoming in 2013);  The Ecumenical Movement: An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices (co-edited with Brian Cope, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997, new edition forthcoming in 2012); Disciples: Reclaiming our Identify, Reforming our Practice (co-author with Jan Linn, Atlanta: Chalice Press, 2009); The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and how it has been impoverished by its friends (Atlanta: Chalice Press, 2003); and Truth and Community:  Diversity and its Limits in the Ecumenical Movement (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988).  In addition, Kinnamon has contributed extensively to publications such as The Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement, The History of the Ecumenical Movement, and The New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology.

Kinnamon has made important contributions in theological education through his teaching and administrative service at Eden Theological Seminary (2000-2007), Lexington Theological Seminary (1988-2000), and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (1983-1988).  Kinnamon has received honorary degrees from Bethany College (D.D, 1992) and the Aquinas Institute of Theology (Doctor of Humane Letters, 2008).

Professor Kinnamon will deliver the 2013 Alumnus of the Year address -- titled "A Report from the Front Lines of a Renewal Movement Under Siege" -- on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. in Swift Lecture Hall with a reception to follow.  At noon on the same day, he will offer The Craft of Teaching Seminar as a part of the Divinity School’s program in pedagogical formation for its graduate students.