Citation Read when Louie Crew was granted a Doctor of Divinity
Citation Read when Louie Crew
a Doctor of Divinity Degree
by the General Theological Seminary
May 14, 2003
Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1958; Master of Arts from Auburn
University in 1959; Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in 1971.
- For more
than thirty years a professor of English at institutions as far flung as
Fort Valley, Georgia; Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Hong Kong; Beijing;
Orangeburg, South Carolina; and from 1989 to 2001 at Rutgers University in
New Jersey, where he now holds Emeritus Status.
- A poet, an author, an
editor, a skilled computer programmer, a world-renowned communicator, and
one of the most reliable sources of information about the Episcopal Church
and the Anglican Communion. His web site averages five hundred twenty-six
visitors per day and has been accessed more than eight hundred sixty-five
thousand times since St. Valentines Day in 1996.
- He is active at every
imaginable level of the Episcopal Church and his extensive service has
included the Vestry of Grace Church, Newark; the Standing Committee of the
Diocese of Newark; lay Deputy from the Diocese of Newark to several
General Conventions of the Episcopal Church; the Editorial Board of
The Witness Magazine and currently
membership on the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church where he manifested genuine support for this seminary.
- The founder of Integrity,
the organization of Gay and Lesbian Episcopalians and their Friends, he has
been a tireless worker for justice, inclusion, and compassionate
sacramental and pastoral care for all of God's children. Beloved even by
those who may sometimes disagree with him, he has been a healer, a
reconciler, a builder of bridges, a speaker of truth, a fountain of
knowledge, and a one-person electronic center of God communication in a
church sometimes seemingly imperilled by fear, distrust, and
- His abiding devotion to his partner Ernest Clay is a
beautiful witness to the depth of a love which once dared not speak its
name in church.
- He is a scholar, prophet, communicator, and lay leader
this seminar is pleased to honor.