The Rev. Chris Webber (Class of 1956) is serving as Adjunct Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Webber is teaching the course that deals with “how to preside at a Eucharist and baptize babies,” noting “stuff that didn’t get taught at GTS fifty years ago because most graduates would be serving as Curates and learning on the job.” Webber is a former trustee of The General Theological Seminary and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006. He is also a graduate of Princeton University.
Webber is the author of a number of books ranging from a guidebook for Vestries to a study of Christian marriage. He has also written hymns included in several major hymnals in the United States and Canada. His most recent books are Dear Friends: Letters of St. Paul to Christians in America, American to the Backbone, a biography of James W.C. Pennington, a remarkable pre-Civil War abolition leader, Welcome to Christian Faith, an introduction to Christian life and teaching, Beyond Beowulf, the first-ever sequel to the old English saga, Beowulf, and A Year with American Saints, co-authored with Lutheran Pastor, G. Scott Cady, which presents stories of 365 men and women, of every Christian tradition, who have helped shape American life over four centuries. Other books include A Traveler’s Prayer Book, an introduction to the Episcopal Church called Welcome to the Episcopal Church, and Re-Thinking Marriage, the complete background to the current debate over a definition of marriage.
Married to Margaret Elisabeth (Rose) Webber and the father of four children, he moved recently to San Francisco where he is learning about city life after twenty years in rural Connecticut.
Of this new call, Webber remarked, “It’s a chance to pass on all my prejudices and peculiarities to a new generation of clergy.”