Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has hired Katherine Hancock Ragsdale to be its new president and dean. She is president and director of the liberal think tank Political Research Associates, is openly gay, and has sat on the boards of NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. On July 1 she will succeed Steven Charleston, who led the seminary from 1998 to 2008. Ragsdale graduated from EDS in 1997 and is vicar of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Pepperell, Massachusetts. Ragsdale said she is excited to serve at EDS, “an institution that has long taught cutting-edge theology and been at the forefront of working to build a church and society that reflects the things we believe, the values we hold.”


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