President of Church Divinity School of the Pacific to Deliver Commencement Address, Award Three Honorary Degrees on May 20

Seattle Actuary, Children’s Hospice Pioneer and Retired Theologian to be Honored at Berkeley Campus, where Bishop W. Mark Andrus will Preside at Eucharist

BERKELEY, CALIF., May 8, 2011 – The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, Ph.D., president and dean of Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), will speak at the Episcopal seminary’s 117th Commencement on Friday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. in CDSP’s St. Margaret’s Courtyard.

The Right Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of the Diocese of California, will preside at the Eucharist during the outdoor ceremonies at the CDSP campus, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, Calif.

Post-graduate degrees will be awarded to 13 women and 20 men from California and nine other states as well as Canada; the degrees include Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, and certificates in theological studies, Anglican studies and advanced ministry studies.

CDSP will confer three honorary degrees: Doctor of Humane Letters to Allan Douglas Affleck of Kirkland, Wash., and Doctor of Divinity to The Very Rev. Judith G. Dunlop of Redwood City, Calif., and The Rev. J. Rebecca Lyman, D.Phil., of Woodside, Calif.

Affleck is a retired director of Milliman Inc. of Seattle, an actuarial consulting firm for whom he managed offices in Seattle, Tokyo and Hong Kong. The British Columbia native is a former trustee and trustee chair of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where he created the Affleck International Student Scholarship. He is a former president and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Dunlop earned her Master of Divinity from CDSP after bachelors and master’s degrees from Teachers College at Columbia University and a nursing degree from Yale. She is a former dean of the School for Deacons of the Episcopal Diocese of California, and has been an advocate for children and adolescents as a pioneer of the creation of pediatric home hospice care services. Most recently, she was clinical program director at George Mark’s Children’s House in San Francisco. She is a pastoral associate at All Saints Church in San Francisco.

Lyman is a renowned historian and theologian with degrees from Western Michigan University, The Catholic University of America and the University of Oxford. She taught church history at CDSP for 21 years, and was named a Henry Luce Fellow of Theology by the Association of Theological Schools. She is the author of two books and numerous articles, specializing in the ancient church.

About The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson

The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, Ph.D., is president and dean of Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), one of 11 Episcopal seminaries in the U.S., located in Berkeley, Calif. Richardson was installed as CDSP president in October 2010, after more than a decade as professor of theology at General Theological Seminary in New York City.

He is an Episcopal priest, scholar, lecturer and theologian who has written extensively on faith and science, same-sex relationships and evolution. The CDSP president received his B.A. in history at the University of Oregon, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the GTU, where he taught theology in the 1990s.

Richardson is a former parish priest who has worked and studied on both coasts. He is founder and director of the Science and Spiritual Quest Project of the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, the moderator of the Trinity Institute conferences in New York City and the senior theological advisor at Trinity Wall Street.

About Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP)

Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) is a graduate theological seminary of The Episcopal Church, where women and men from across the U.S. and the world come to its Berkeley, California, campus to prepare theologically and spiritually for innovative leadership in churches and communities.

Founded in 1893, CDSP offers post-graduate courses and degree programs for students pursuing a variety of lay and ordained careers. One of the founding members of the Graduate Theological Union, the largest ecumenical theological graduate school consortium in the U.S., CDSP is committed to academic excellence in an active worshiping community.

CDSP is located at 2451 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, Calif., just north of the University of California, Berkeley. For more information, visit, or call 510-204-0700.

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