Magazine article The Christian Century

Frederick Houk Borsch

Magazine article The Christian Century

Frederick Houk Borsch

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Frederick Houk Borsch, a bishop, academic, and advocate for social justice, died April 11 at age 81.

Borsch died of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome at his home in Philadelphia, according to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, where he served as bishop from 1988 to 2002.

He also taught New Testament and Anglican studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Seabury-Western Seminary, and General Theological Seminary. He was dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley and dean of the chapel and religious life at Princeton University.

Peter W. Marty, the CHRISTIAN CENTURY'S publisher, who met Borsch during his tenure as interim dean at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, said Borsch "wove pastoral instinct and theological scholarship into everything he did with an ease that was so enviable. He was erudite without being stuffy, an intellectual who understood the urgency for justice, and a humble guy who listened well. I always admired the way he could take a biblical text and reveal all kinds of little divine surprises by simply turning it inside out. …

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