Saturday, May 17, 2008
With hundreds of people I attended the memorial service for Krister Stendahl at Harvard Memorial Church yesterday. The remembrances were given by people at HDS, Jews and Gentiles, clergy women from the Church of Sweden, his family and finally, Peter Gomes. Putting the remembered one front and center requires attention. We sang "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"a capella. The community spirit was strong. What will the legacy of that kind of a person be? Is there even a place for a blend of scholarship and ecclesiastical commitment? Here is a link to a page on the HDS website remembering him.