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About this commemoration
Adelaide Case was born in Missouri in 1887, but her family soon
moved to New York. She received her undergraduate education at
Bryn Mawr and her graduate degrees from Columbia University. By
the time she completed her doctorate a position had been created
for her on the faculty of the Teachers’ College at Columbia and she
quickly rose to the status of full professor and head of the department
of religious education. She is remembered for advocating a child-centered
rather than teacher-centered approach to education.
In 1941, while her professional accomplishments were at their height,
the Episcopal Theoogical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was
able to convince her to leave her distinguished and comfortable
position at Columbia and join the faculty as Professor of Christian
Education. Although other women had taught occasional courses in
the seminaries of the church, Adelaide Case was the first to take her
place as a full-time faculty member at the rank of Professor. Although
Case spoke well of her time in Cambridge, her early years there were
difficult. She continued to teach at ETS until her death in 1948.
Students and faculty colleagues remember her contagious faith in
Christ, her deep sense of humanity, and her seemingly boundless
compassion. Although she carried herself with style and grace, Case
had struggled with health issues her entire life, but those who knew
her testify to the fact that in spite of those challenges she was spirited,
energetic, and fully devoted to her work. “She was a true believer in
Christ and you saw him living in and through her,” is an oft-repeated
Case believed that the point of practicing the Christian faith was
to make a difference in the world. As an advocate for peace, she
believed that Christianity had a special vocation to call people into
transformed, reconciled relationships for the sake of the wholeness of
the human family. She is said to have discovered these things not in
theology or educational theory, but in a life of common prayer and
faithful eucharistic practice.
I Everliving God, in whose light we see light: We offer
thanks for thy teacher and peacemaker Adelaide Case,
who inspired generations of students with a love of
learning that built up the Church and their communities.
Grant that we, following her example, may serve thee
tirelessly as learners and teachers, laboring for the
transformation of the world toward thy reign of peace,
through the companionship of Jesus thy Saving Word; who
with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God,
now and for ever. Amen.
II Everliving God, in whose light we see light: We thank
you for your teacher and peacemaker Adelaide Case, who
inspired generations of students with a love of learning
that built up the Church and their communities. Grant
that we, following her example, may serve you tirelessly
as learners and teachers, laboring for the transformation
of the world toward your reign of peace, through the
companionship of Jesus your Saving Word; who with you
and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for
Preface of God the Son
Text from Holy, Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints © 2010 by The Church Pension Fund. Used by permission.
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