Honorary Degrees

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Theologian, professor and writer Melanie A. Duguid-May will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on Saturday, May 14.

A 1976 graduate of Manchester University, Duguid-May is the John Price Crozer Professor of Theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y., where she has been on the faculty since 1992. She has focused her career on contemporary Christian life and faith, guiding Christians through the often-choppy confluence of faith and 21st-century challenges.  She teaches courses that explore religion, violence and peacemaking, the image and role of women in Christian tradition, Christian faith and LGBT persons, as well as courses in Christian belief and the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 

Duguid-May majored in religion and peace studies at Manchester. She earned her master of divinity degree in 1979 from Harvard Divinity School and went on to earn two more degrees from Harvard University, a master of arts in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Christian theology in 1986.

Her writings have been published widely in academic, ecclesial, and ecumenical anthologies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and journals. Her books include Jerusalem Testament: Palestinian Christians Speak, 1988-2008 (Eerdmans Publishing, Co., 2010), A Body Knows: A Theopoetics of Death and Resurrection (Continuum Publishing, 1995), and Bonds of Unity: Women, Theology, and the Worldwide Church (Academy Series No. 65, Scholars Press, 1989). 

Duguid-May was the first woman ordained to ministry in the Shenandoah District of the Church of the Brethren. She is a member of the prestigious American Theological Society and has been active in the ecumenical movement for many years, including leadership posts in the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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