The Interfaith Baccalaureate Service is held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Trinity Church, 520 S. Main St. (limited parking). This year's address will be offered by retiring Professor of Religious Studies Mary Gerhart. Her talk is titled, “Drums of the Seneca.” The service also includes several selections from the spring tour of the Colleges Chorale and preludes by Classic Brass. Seniors Katherine Delp, Robert Kline, Greg Weitzman and Monique Peeler will give the readings.
Gerhart joined the Colleges faculty in 1972. Her main scholarly interests take in religion and science, the philosophy of religion/theology, and religion and literature.
She is known for teaching the courses “Religion as a Philosophical Act”; “Tales of Love, Tales of Terror”; “What's Love Got to Do With It?”; and “The Religious Imagination.” The March 2004 issue of “Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science,” contains a mini-symposium on the bidisciplinary work of Mary Gerhart, professor of religious studies, and Allan M. Russell, professor of physics emeritus. Gerhart's other books include “Genre Choices, Gender Questions” and “New Maps For Old: Essays in Science and Religion.” Gerhart holds a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Teresa, master's degrees from the University of Missouri and University of Chicago, and a doctoral degree from the University of Chicago.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Trinity Church only seats 500 and is often full by the time the service begins, so plan to arrive early for a good seat.
Faculty members who wish to process in academic regalia should e-mail Chaplain Lesley Adams and plan to arrive by 1:30 p.m.; an usher will direct faculty members to the robing area.