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Ann Riggs inducted into
Atlanta, April 6, 2006 – Dr. Ann K. Riggs, Associate General Secretary of the National Council of Churches USA for Faith and Order, has been inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers, Sponsors, and Collegium Scholars.
Riggs joins 40 other inductees who were honored by the school for exemplifying its vision: "The creation of a global society in which the full development of each individual's potential is the central goal."
The induction service was presided over by the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr., Dean of the Chapel, Professor of Religion and College Curator.
Riggs is a Quaker who has served in her current post since 2002. Before that, she served the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops in their ecumenical work for five years.
Dr. Riggs is a recognized expert in the role of visual art and architecture within the ecumenical movement - a melding of her interests in art and theology. She earned her B.A. in art (1972) from Smith College, Northampton, Mass., going on to earn an M.A. in art history (1982) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. From 1980-81, she was intern and guest curator at the Worcester (Mass.) Art Museum and, from 1981-84, research associate and curator at the Worcester Historical Museum.
Increasingly, she found herself intrigued by theological concerns, which led her to earn an M.Div. (1992) and Th.M. (1995) at Duke Divinity School. There, she studied baptism and eucharist with Geoffrey Wainwright.
Dr. Riggs earned her Ph.D. in 2001 from the School of Religious Studies, Catholic University of America. Focusing on hermeneutics, theology and spirituality, her dissertation was "Visual Arts and Architecture in Ecumenical Statements of the Holy See and the World Council of Churches, 1982-1997: Issues of Theological Anthropology."
Dr. Riggs is co-author (with Jeffrey Gros and Eamon McManus) of "Introduction to Ecumenism" (1998, Paulist Press), a textbook used in both Roman Catholic and Protestant seminaries. She is co-editor (with Fernando Enns and Scott Holland) of "Peace-Theology and Culture in a Globalized World from the Perspective of the Historic Peace Churches," forthcoming in 2003. The volume comprises papers from a June 2001 consultation, in Switzerland, of international historic peace churches at the beginning of the World Council of Churches’ Decade to Overcome Violence.
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