Three honorary degrees will be bestowed at the Convocation of the Conferring of Degrees on May 11. Dr. Diarmaid MacCulloch will receive a Doctor of Letters degree. The Rev. Dr. Carl Daw Jr. and the Rt. Rev. Terry White will receive Doctor of Divinity degrees.
The Rev. Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr.
The Rev. Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr. is the past executive director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and adjunct professor of hymnology, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Mass. Daw also serve as the curator of hymnological collections. He has served successively as secretary and chair of the standing commission on Church music of the Episcopal Church and was a member of the committee that created the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal, to which he contributed several translations, metrical paraphrases, and original hymns.
His texts have appeared in most denominational and ecumenical hymnals published in North America, and can also be found in hymnals in England, Scotland, and Australia. They have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.
As an Episcopal priest, he has served congregations in Virginia, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and taught in the English department at the College of William and Mary from 1970 to 1978.
Daw received his B.A. from Rice University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He has an M.Div. from The School of Theology and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary.
His published works include A Year of Grace: Hymns for the Church Year, 1990; To Sing God's Praise, 1992; New Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1996; A Hymntune Psalter, 1998–1999; Gathered for Worship: Fifty New Psalms and Hymns, 2006; and a three-volume set of liturgical music for the Revised Common Lectionary, 2007–2009, in collaboration with Thomas Pavlechko. In 1994, the Church Hymnal Corporation published a volume Daw edited called Breaking the Word: Essays on the Liturgical Dimensions of Preaching.
Dr. Diarmaid Ninian John MacCulloch
Dr. Diarmaid Ninian John MacCulloch has been professor of the history of the Church, University of Oxford, England, since 1997, and fellow of St. Cross College, Oxford, since 1995. Before joining the theology faculty at Oxford, he was tutor at Wesley College, Bristol, England.
The history of Christianity is a subject MacCulloch has been immersed in all his life, as the last in three generations of Anglican clergy. Ordained as a deacon in the Church of England in 1987, MacCulloch served as non-stipendiary minister at Clifton All Saints with St. John in the diocese of Bristol.
MacCulloch is widely recognized for his publication, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years, 2009, used in many classrooms as the textbook for Church history. However, it is much more than a textbook, as Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, describes, “This book is a landmark in its field, astonishing in its range, compulsively readable, full of insight even for the most jaded professional and of illumination for the interested general reader.”
His other publications, numerous and critically acclaimed, include Suffolk and the Tudors, 1986 (Whitfield Prize 1987); The Later Reformation in England, 1990; Thomas Cranmer: A Life, 1996 (Whitbread Biography Prize 1996); Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490–1700, 2003 (Wolfson History Prize, British Academy Prize 2004); and Reformation: A History, 2004 (National Book Critics Circle prize general non-fiction 2005).
MacCulloch received his B.A. and M.A. from Churchill College, Cambridge. Cambridge University awarded him a Ph.D. in Tudor History in 1977. He has an Oxford diploma of theology (after studies at Ripon College Cuddesdon), and a doctorate of divinity from Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year. MacCulloch was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to scholarship.
The Rt. Rev. Terry Allen White
The Rt. Rev. Terry Allen White was consecrated as the Diocese of Kentucky's eighth bishop on Sept. 25, 2010. White came to the Commonwealth of Kentucky from Kansas, City, Mo., where he had served since 2004 as the dean of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Diocese of West Missouri. Before being called to Kansas City, he served in parishes in Illinois and Wisconsin.
White received a bachelor of arts in religion and philosophy from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1982, and a Master of Divinity from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 1985. He was ordained a deacon in 1985 and priest in 1986.
White has served as a deputy to two General Conventions and on multiple committees for both the Diocese of West Missouri and the Diocese of Chicago. For nine years he was a field education supervisor for Seabury-Western. He has also served as a diocesan ecumenical officer and stewardship consultant.