Rachel Erdman, T'13, received her master’s in theology from the School of Theology. Since 2013, she has published theological articles, as well as book reviews for the Sewanee Theological Review. She is also a regular contributor to the School of Theology’s magazine, From the Mountain, and works as a copy editor for Church Publishing, Inc. In addition to sporadically teaching adult Sunday school, she taught New Testament for a year at a private girls’ middle school and occasionally teaches non-credit courses in the Bible at the local community college. Most recently, she was elected to the General Board of Examining Chaplains at this year’s General Convention. While in residence at Sewanee, she plans to work on a book that attempts to reconcile intercessory prayer and an unchangeable God in an accessible way. She and her husband, Nathan, T’13, live in Owings Mills, Maryland, outside of Baltimore, where Nathan serves as the assistant at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. They have two daughters, Rebekah and Natalie.
Lori Mills-Curran is the founding executive director of a nonprofit Diocese of Massachusetts mission hub for Brazilian outreach in Metrowest Boston, ProGente Connections (PGC). PGC is an ecumenical and cross-cultural partnership of seven partner churches which work together to provide instruction in English for adults, instruction in Portuguese as a heritage language for children, sanctuary referrals and deportation accompaniment, and workshops designed to enhance economic opportunity (progenteconnections.org). She has extensive experience in teaching and coaching teams in faith-based community organizing. Her experience in renewing a congregation through community organizing has been profiled in the Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices Vestry Papers.While in Sewanee, she will be writing about the characteristics of the missional deacon and outlining the risks deacons are going to have to take in order to be what Jesus needs us to be in today's evangelism environment.