Peggy Muncie ’74 to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

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The Alumni Executive Committee of The General Theological Seminary is delighted to announce that the Rev. Margaret “Peggy” A. Muncie (Class of 1974) is the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Muncie, along with the late Paige Bigelow, was one of the first women to graduate in the MDiv program at GTS, and has written and spoken engagingly and movingly about what that was like. She has always sought to forward the profession of chaplaincy through practice, advocacy, and writing. Muncie was ordained Deacon in June, 1974, in the Diocese of Long Island by the now deceased Rt. Rev. Jonathan Goodhue Sherman, also a General alumnus and a former President of the GTS Board of Trustees. She credits the Bishop with 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 priested for the Diocese of New York 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 settings for over 30 years, including service as Director of Pastoral Care and Education at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.

Peggy Muncie and Paige Bigelow, the first two women to receive MDivs from GTS celebrate at their commencement in 1974.
Peggy Muncie and Paige Bigelow, the first two women to receive MDivs from GTS celebrate at their commencement in 1974.

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.

Muncie will accept her award during the next Alumni Gathering, November 5 and 6, 2014.

The Call for Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award 2015 is now open. For more information, click here.