Dr. Ruth Meyers receives the House of Deputies medal at GC79

Posted on July 12, 2018

Congratulations to DioCal Deputy The Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, Dean of Academic Affairs at CDSP, for receiving the House of Deputies medal this morning at General Convention! While the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies, presented a visibly surprised Professor Meyers with the medal for her service to the church, Jennings said the following:

As you might remember from the choir of bishops who serenaded us with the Syracuse University alma mater, I hail from central New York, and so I am especially proud of the many gifts that my native region has bestowed upon the rest of the world. The Finger Lakes, basketball coach Jim Boeheim, and the preeminent liturgical scholar in the Episcopal Church.

Now, before multiple deputations rise for a point of order, I know that alternate Deputy Ruth Meyers is a native of New Jersey, and I know that she was for many years a deputy from Chicago, and I know that she is now part of the deputation from California. But Ruth is a graduate of Syracuse University, and so I stake my claim.

Ruth also holds an MDiv from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and her MA and Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. For nearly twenty-five years, both at Seabury and, since 2009 at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, her teaching, mentoring, and scholarship have helped shape the way our church thinks about liturgy.

That would be enough to merit the church’s thanks, but a remarkable thing about Ruth is that she believes — really believes — that praying shapes believing. And that involves all of us, not just seminarians. Ruth’s ministry has included many years of service to General Convention. She served on the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music from 2008 until 2015 and was chair from 2009-2015. In the last triennium, she has served with great faithfulness on the Task Force on the Study of Marriage — all of this while being dean of academic affairs at CDSP and an assisting priest at All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley.

Here’s a taste of Ruth’s deep commitment to our liturgical life. She writes, “My earliest memories of worship are the early-morning midweek Lenten services I attended with my dad and older brother, and Saturdays in the church sacristy with my mother as she prepared for the next day's liturgies. I am passionate about the power of worship to form and transform communities of faith. I chose liturgy as an academic discipline because I believed that studying worship would give me a window into what individuals and communities in different times and places believed about God.”

For her faithful work to share her scholarship, wisdom and deep faithfulness with all of us in the church, I am honored to present Ruth Meyers with the House of Deputies medal.

photo of DioCal deputation with Dr. Meyers as she accepted the award

DioCal deputation with Dr. Meyers as she accepts the medal (Meyers on far right of photo)