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community organizer , Ecumenical developer

Mary Lu Bowen, American ecumencial administrator. Certified teacher, Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, New York. Recipient Citizen Action New York Phoenix award, 1998, Upstate New York Synod Lay Discipleship award, 1999; Senior Congressional intern, 1997.

Background

Bowen, Mary Lu was born on February 14, 1930 in Wheeling, West Virginia, United States. Daughter of Walter Philip and Helen Elizabeth (Luthy) Wagenheim.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Education, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, 1952. Master of Arts in Social Sciences, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1989.

Career

Various teaching positions, 1952-1980;coordinator ministry with the aging, Council of Churches, Broome County, New York, 1979-1982;administrative assistant, Council of Churches, Broome County, 1982-1983;assistant director, Council of Churches, Broome County, 1984-1986;associate for ecumenical development, New York State Council of Churches, Albany, Syracuse, New York, 1990-1994;regional director southern tier, New York State Council of Churches, Albany, 1995-1996;director of public policy, New York State Cmty. of Churches, since 1997;interim executive, New York State Cmty. of Churches, 1998;executive director, New York State Cmty. of Churches, since 1998. Member, secretary executive cabinet New York State Council Churches, Albany, Syracuse, 1986-1988, 88-91. Synodical lay representative Evangelical Lutheran Church in American Region VII Council, Philadelphia, 1987-1991, churchwide leadership team Social Min.

Project, Chicago, 1990-1991, secretary constituting convention Upstate New York Synod, Syracuse, 1987.

Achievements

  • Certified teacher, Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, New York.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Reclaiming Christianity's Feminist Heritage: Reflections on Patriarchal Teachings and Women's Problems, 1989, Handbook for Clergy on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1995.

Membership

Member Broome County Coordinating Council Child Abuse and Neglect, 1986-1988, 96-98, treasurer 1997. Member Lutheran Statewide Advocacy Executive Committee, Albany, 1982-1990, since 2000, chairman executive committee, 1991-1999. Regional advisory board Citizen Action New York, Binghamton, 1994-1998.

Co-chairman Interreligious Health and Justice Coalition, New York Central Southern Tier Region, 1994-1998. Evangelical Lutheran Church in American Coalition for Mission in Appalachia, 1996-1906, chair, 2000-2001. Member of National Association Ecumenical Staff.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, reading.

Connections

Married Robert Edward Bowen, June 13, 1953. Children: Jeanne, Thomas, Robert, David.

father:
Walter Philip Wagenheim

mother:
Helen Elizabeth (Luthy) Wagenheim

spouse:
Robert Edward Bowen

child:
Jeanne Bowen

child:
Thomas Bowen

child:
Robert Bowen

child:
David Bowen