On Macalester Sunday, April 11, Westminster will welcome Dr. Suzanne Rivera as our guest preacher. Dr. Rivera became the 17th president of Macalester College in June 2020. She has worked in higher education for 25 years and is an accomplished leader, instructor, researcher, and scholar. She is an advocate for social justice and brings a strong commitment to inclusion and equity to her role. Prior to her appointment at Macalester, Dr. Rivera was the Vice President for Research and Technology Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Rivera is Macalester College’s first female President and first Latinx President.
Westminster celebrates Macalester Sunday the week following Easter each year as a way to highlight the historic ties between the College and the Presbyterian Church. Presbyterians began Macalester College – and dozens of similar educational institutions across the land – in the late 19th century in order to teach the values of critical thinking, excellence in education, and service to the broader society. Those values continue to inspire Macalester today.
Westminster’s senior pastor and church members have historically served as members of the Macalester Board of Trustees as a mark of the close relationship between this historic congregation and the College. Westminster has had Macalester student interns each summer for many years. The recent Open Doors Open Futures campaign include support for a Westminster scholarship.
If you would like to hear Dr. Rivera in person, register online to attend the 10:30 am Worship in the sanctuary. Worship services will also be streamed on our Livestream channel at 10:30 am and at 5 pm for Gathered at Five.