Cornel West denied tenure, leaves Harvard

Cornel West is rejoining the faculty of Union Theological Seminary, where he started his teaching career more than 40 years ago.

The move comes after West threatened to leave Harvard University, which he said denied his request to be considered for tenure, according to media reports.

West has been granted the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair at Union, named in honor of the German theologian who attended the seminary in 1930, the seminary said in a statement on March 8.

Jon Meacham named National Cathedral's first canon historian

Washington National Cathedral an­nounced on March 10 that it has chosen Jon Meacham as its first canon historian, a role that is part of a cathedral initiative that will turn part of a long-vacant building into its new College of Faith and Culture.

Meacham, an Epis­­copalian, is a former Newsweek editor in chief and a Pulitzer Prize–winning nonfiction writer, best known for his biographies of American presidents and other historical figures, such as civil rights icon John Lewis.

Popular author Beth Moore leaves Southern Baptist Convention

For nearly three decades, millions of evangelical Chris­tian women have read Beth Moore’s Bible studies and flocked to hear her speak at stadium-style events where Moore delves deep­ly into biblical passages.

Then along came Donald Trump.

Because of her opposition to Trump and her outspokenness in confronting sexism and nationalism in the evangelical world, Moore has been labeled as “liberal” and “woke.” She’s even been called a heretic for daring to preach a sermon during a Sunday morning church service.

Marsha Scipio tapped to lead Baptist World Aid

Marsha Scipio has been named director of Baptist World Aid, the community development arm of the Baptist World Alliance.

Scipio, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, currently serves as associate minister and youth pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York. She is also the founder of Women Who Minister, an ecumenical conference dedicated to the “spiritual rejuvenation” of women in ministry.

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Gospel Music Hall of Famer Carman dies at 65

Carmelo Domenic Licciardello, an evangelical performing artist known as Carman, died on February 16. He was 65.

The musician had been hospitalized in Las Vegas for complications after surgery to repair a hiatal hernia, ac­cording to a press release posted on his Facebook page.

Carman came to fame during the mid-1980s heyday of  contemporary Christian music with the release of his hit song “The Champion.” His 1991 record Ad­dicted to Jesus was Billboard’s Chris­tian album of the year.

Candace M. Lewis is first woman to lead Gammon Theological Seminary

Candace M. Lewis has been named president-dean of Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlan­ta, the first woman to serve in that role in the school’s 138-year history.

Lewis, an or­dained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Meth­odist Church, most recently served as executive director of the denomination’s national re­source for church planters. Previously, she was a district superintendent in the Florida Conference and the founding pastor of New Life Community United Meth­odist Church in Jacksonville, Florida.

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