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Reverend Purdy's Bio
« on: January 05, 2007, 11:08:28 AM »
The Reverend William Purdy envisioned the significance of a web-based TV channel that would become GrievingCenter.org, which won the W3 Silver Prize from the International Academy of Visual Arts.  He developed a bereavement program to serve the public, meet the needs of one of the largest hospices in New York City, and reach the global community.  As VP of Provider Relations, he has had experience as a senior administrator. 

A popular speaker, Purdy is a graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio (BA), and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (MDiv).  After ordination he was called to graduate study in systematic theology at the University of Munich under the guidance of Wolfhart Pannenberg and Karl Rahner, SJ.  Later at Union Theological Seminary in New York he earned the Master of Sacred Theology degree in bioethics.  Along the way William spent a year at the Blanton-Peale Institutes of Religion and Health as a Pastoral Psychotherapy Resident. 

In addition to other honors, he was awarded the Muhlenberg Medal for distinguished service.  The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia bestowed on him the degree Doctor of Divinity in 2007.

As a pastor, Will has served suburban congregations in Miami and Munich and shepherded parishes in the urban centers of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.  He has worked in various aspects of health care ministry and published articles in, among others, the Journal of Palliative Medicine, Parish Practice Notebook, The Hastings Center Report and its on-line Bioethics Forum, in Christianity & Crisis, Medical Ethics Advisor, the Journal of Pastoral Care, and the Handbook for Nursing Home Ethics Committees. He is a reviewer for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and the Journal of Urban Medicine. 

Travels have taken him to Mumbai to study grieving rituals of the Hindus and Parsis - or Zoroastrians, a trip that prompted his writing "Giving Grief a Ritual."  The article, as well as his Grieving Through series, is available on Grievingcenter. 

Dr. Purdy was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State in 2008 and was the Treasurer.  He is an ordained pastor of the Metropolitan New York Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and chaplain to the 1st New York Continental Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.    
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Re: Reverend Purdy's Bio
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007, 09:25:21 PM »
Wonderful, encouraging website.
It brings an awareness of both the need and grief as well as the caring response!
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