Adapted from a report by the Diocese of Fort Worth

Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University and the Diocese of Fort Worth have completed a $2.5 million endowment for the Rt. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies. Hulsey is the retired bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas and lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Isabelle.

Sylvia and Tim Stevens, members of St. Christopher Church in Fort Worth, completed the endowment, which drew gifts and pledges from 150 donors.

“Bishop Sam is a good friend to me and so many in the Church who turn to him regularly for pastoral guidance and mentoring,” said the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., Bishop of Fort Worth. “His scholarly mind, his loving gentle spirit, and his pastoral gifts offer an example to us all. I am so grateful to Sylvia and Tim Stevens for their wonderful gift that completed the endowment. I thank all the many generous donors who have made this possible.”

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Ed Waggoner, assistant professor of theology, holds the new chair. He is an alumnus of Willamette University, Yale University, and Yale Divinity School.

Waggoner’s webpage at Brite says his projects “include a new interpretation of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s theological naturalism; a constructive doctrine of the Trinity as the basis for claims about human experience of divine ‘persons’; and a critique of religious support for militarization in the United States. Dr. Waggoner offers courses in constructive, systematic, and liberation theologies. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and has ongoing interests in issues currently facing the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion, and in their implications for global Christianities.”

His wife, the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner, is the diocese’s canon to the ordinary.

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