Celebrating the Legacy of Gerald Sheppard
Principal Mark Toulouse welcomed colleagues, friends, family and former students who gathered at Emmanuel College to celebrate the legacy of Gerald Sheppard on April 29, 2011. There were several foci for the celebration.
The first was the recent release of the Festchrift in Gerald's honour, The Bible as a Human Witness to Divine Revelation
, edited by Randall Heskett and Brian Irwin. Following some introductory words by co-editor Brian Irwin, four panelists, Karen Hamilton, Derek Suderman, David Zub, and Judith Newman spoke to Jerry's legacy in their lives and ministry, in the church across several denominations and in the discipline of Old Testament scholarship. Three of the four are former students and authors of papers in the Festschrift. Judith Newman is Gerald's successor at Emmanuel College as Associate Professor of Religion and Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Former Principal, Peter Wyatt introduced and chaired the Panel.
The second was the opportunity to recognize and thank Anne Sheppard for the marvellous gift of Gerald's theological library to the Nanjing Union Theological Seminary in China in 2008. Prof. Meng Yanling, from Nanjing Seminary, who is currently a doctoral student at the Toronto School of Theology, but was leaving for China the next day thanked Anne in person and gratefully accepted a copy of the Festschrift to add to Gerald's books in the Nanjing Seminary Library.
A number of the guests spoke of Gerald's impact as colleague and teacher and Emeritus Principal, Doug Jay, expressed his delight that the promise of Gerald's appointment in 1985 had borne such fine fruit.
Gerald's wife, Anne, expressed her gratitude for the honouring of Gerald, for the opportunity to gift his library to such an exciting institution and the pleasure she experienced in seeing his books, along with those of others from the Toronto School of Theology in the library at Nanjing when she visited last year.
The College is grateful to the planning team, Ray Whitehead, Hans Van Nie, Roger Hutchinson, Peter Wyatt and Betsy Anderson. Mark Toulouse Welcome