Hood College to Host The Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel for “These Roots Run Deep” Lecture

Hood College is proud to host The Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel for a lecture titled “These Roots Run Deep,” an examination of the relationship between Hood and the Reformed Church. This event will be held in the Hodson Auditorium within Rosenstock Hall on Thursday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

The Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel
The Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel

In “These Roots Run Deep,” Rev. Daniel seeks to discover the motivations for the founding of the Women’s College in Frederick by five men of the Reformed Church. What was happening in culture and society in those early years? What may be in the historical record to provide insights as to why the church, then the Reformed Church, made the decision, raised the funds, and continued to provide financial support for a women’s college. Can we glean any insights from these ancestors that might shed light and hope on our life in higher education and the church today?

Rev. Daniel began her ministry with Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ in 2006 following 23 years of service to congregations in Pennsylvania. She is recognized as a leader in the Frederick community for her efforts to advocate for social justice, dedicating her time to organizations such as the Frederick Center, the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, and to the Frederick Area School Supply Drive, which provided more than 1,700 disadvantaged students with needed school supplies in 2019 alone. Most recently, she served as co-chair of the capital campaign for the Emergency Family Shelter Program.

Rev. Daniel graduated summa cum laude from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., and holds both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Lancaster (PA) Theological Seminary. She has been awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from Catawba College and served on many United Church of Christ boards, as a trustee of Catawba College, and Chair of the Lancaster Theological Seminary Board of Trustees.

This event is sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Office of the President.

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