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Marcia Riggs Receives Alumnae Award from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College


Decatur, GA.— Marcia Riggs, the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics, was recently honored with the 2006 Alumnae Achievement Award by Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA. The award is given annually to three alumnae who “personify the value of a liberal arts education and have brought distinction to themselves and the college.” Riggs earned the A.B. in religion (cum laude) from Randolph-Macon in 1980. She served as the first African American student government president in the school’s 176-year history. She went on to receive the Masters of Divinity from Yale and the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Columbia Theological Seminary, Riggs is currently at work on development of a leadership training model based on her research in the theory and practice of religious ethical mediation. The model will integrate theories of the social construction of difference, cultural analysis of religion and conflict, communicative ethics, transformative mediation and intercultural communication. The training, which will be designed for lay people in schools, churches, and businesses, will be administered through a non-profit organization. Riggs’s research has been funded by a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Riggs is also the author of several books, including Can I Get a Witness? Prophetic Religious Voices of African American Women, an Anthology and Awake, Arise and Act: A Womanist Call for Black Liberation. In addition, she has served on the editorial boards for the Encyclopedia on Women and Religion in North America and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and she has chaired committees of the American Academy of Religion and the Association of Theological Schools. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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