Blessings in Grace to all this day!
On the third Sunday of January, we remember nationally and spiritually the life and witness of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day, I have invited Dr. Teri Quinn Gray as our preacher. Teri was born in Jackson, MS and raised in an extended hyper-functional family steered by a matriarchal regime of activists. Even though a cradle Episcopalian, Teri’s spiritual formation dipped from Southern Baptist and Nation of Islam to Buddhism and Hoodoo sometimes all congregating over a Quinn family supper on a Sunday evening. Yes, a lot of praying required just to get through the first course of the meal.
This childhood experience led to a very personal practice of the platinum rule – treat others as they want to be treated – and family directive to “be of consequence” in the world. Teri left Mississippi in the late-80s for graduate school in Maryland, married Bernard Carl Gray in 1990 followed by birth of their only son, Zhalen, in 1995, before fully transplanting to Delaware in the early 2000s. As of January 2015, Teri transferred from DuPont Crop Protection (after 17y) to DuPont Performance Materials as Technology Senior Manager leading cross-functional teams that span the USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at University of Delaware, recently the Board of Directors for the U.S. Education Delivery Institute, and founding chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Jackson State University; a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, and worked as National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards & Technology prior to joining DuPont in 1997. Teri is President of the Delaware State Board of Education, appointed by Governor Jack Markell in 2009, and co-chair of the Delaware STEM Council since September of 2012. At St. Thomas’s, Teri has actively lived her faith, serving on Vestry, as People’s Warden, co-leader of our Confirmation Program, and a member of the Standing Committee and Disciplinary Board for the diocese.
Please join us for a very present and powerful witness on this Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services.
Grateful always, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+