HUC-JIR Presents the Founders' Medallion to The Reverend Marilyn Salmon, Ph.D.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award The Reverend Marilyn Salmon, Ph.D., with the Founders' Medallion at Graduation Ceremonies in Cincinnati on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm at Isaac M. Wise Temple (8329 Ridge Road).  The Reverend Dr. Salmon will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumna of HUC-JIR.

The Reverend Dr. Salmon earned her Ph.D. at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, OH; her Master of Divinity at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN; and her B.A. at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

The Reverend Dr. Salmon currently serves as Professor of New Testament at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, MN. She served as Acting Dean of the Seminary from June 2008 – February 2009.  From 1991-2007 as Associate Professor of New Testament Theology and from 1989-1991, she served as Assistant Professor of New Testament Theology. She has also served at College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN as Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies, St. Clement's Episcopal Church in St. Paul, MN, as Associate Priest, and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul, MN, as Associate Priest.

The Reverend Dr. Salmon is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars, Convener for Early Judaism, Upper Midwest Society of Biblical Literature, Luke-Acts Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Association for Jewish Studies.

Throughout her career, The Reverend Dr. Salmon has been actively involved with the Jewish Christian Learning Center of St. Thomas University, now the J. Phillips Interfaith Learning Center of St. Thomas and St. John’s Universities, serving on the Advisory Board, planning several programs, as a guest speaker, panelist, consultant, and most recently leading two seminars for clergy focused on her book, Preaching Without Contempt, Overcoming Unintended Anti-Judaism.

And at the heart of her professional life as a seminary professor and Episcopal priest is educating Christians about Judaism, ancient and modern. Her passion is working with seminarians and church leaders to raise awareness of the persistent, unconscious anti-Judaism present in biblical preaching.

Click here to view the National Ordination/Investiture/Graduation press release.


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