On November 6, 2014, during the Alumni Memorial Eucharist in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, the Rev. Margaret “Peggy” Muncie accepted the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. The Memorial Eucharist is held each year to pray for those graduates of The General Theological Seminary who have died in the past year. The Rev. Dr. Richard Corney, GTS Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, read the names aloud during the service. This year we were also blessed with the presence of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who participated as part of the congregation.
In Muncie’s acceptance she spoke of the ever-widening path she and Paige Bigelow walked as the first female M.Div. graduates of General Seminary – a path she notes became wider as it was occupied not only with her sisters, but also her brothers who accompanied her journey. She also preached at the Eucharist. Download the text of her sermon here.
Muncie has written and spoken engagingly and movingly about her experience and has always sought to forward the profession of chaplaincy through practice, advocacy, and writing. She was ordained deacon in June, 1974, in the Diocese of Long Island by the now deceased Rt. Rev. Jonathan Goodhue Sherman ’33, a former President of the GTS Board of Trustees. She credits the bishop for supporting her postulancy at that critical time for the acceptance of female ordinands, and hopes he has “a smile on his face for me and for his brave stance sending me to GTS.” She was then ordained priest on April 25, 1977, by Bishop Sherman at the request of Bishop Paul Moore of New York. The Ordination took place in the chapel at Vassar College where she served on the campus ministry team.
Muncie is a board certified chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains. She has carried out her distinguished ministry as a chaplain in both long-term care and acute care for over 30 years, including service as Director of Pastoral Care and Education at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.
She is now engaged as Executive Director of Canterbury Counseling Center (CCC) in Greenville, South Carolina. CCC is a non-profit, church-sponsored organization that offers a healing ministry of pastoral counseling, integrating psychotherapy with behavioral sciences, spiritual issues, wholeness and health. They offer a broad spectrum of services, conducted by fully licensed mental health professionals trained in both theology and pastoral psychology. The services at CCC are available to individuals, couples, families, clergy, and congregations regardless of race, faith affiliation or financial status.
More pictures from the Eucharist: