Scotty McLennan

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Scotty McLennan
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Rev. Scotty McLennan
Born William L. McLennan, Jr.
(1948-11-21) November 21, 1948 (age 65)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Residence Palo Alto, California
Citizenship American
Alma mater Yale University (BA)
Harvard University (J.D.)
Harvard University (MDiv)
Occupation author, minister, lawyer
Years active 1975—present
Employer Stanford University
Known for author, public speaker, Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University
Religion Unitarian Universalist
Spouse(s) Ellen S McLennan (1981–present)
Children Will, Dan
Awards The Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award
Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award
Website
http://www.scottymclennan.com

The Reverend William L. McLennan, Jr. — better known as "Scotty McLennan" — was born on November 21, 1948, son of William L. McLennan and Alice Polk Warner (and the grandson of Donald R. McLennan, who co-founded Marsh & McLennan). He is an ordained minister, lawyer, professor, published author, public speaker and senior administrator at Stanford University in Stanford, California. Since January 1, 2001, McLennan has been the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University, where he oversees campus-wide religious affairs and supervises over 30 university student groups that constitute the Stanford Associated Religions, is the minister of Stanford Memorial Church, and teaches undergraduate and Graduate School of Business courses.

Early life and education[edit]

Originally from Lake Forest, Illinois, McLennan attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. In 1970, he received his BA degree (Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University, where he was a member of the Wolf's Head Society. Along with former Yale Chaplain and McLennan's mentor William Sloane Coffin,[1] McLennan is the real-life inspiration for the Doonesbury cartoon character Reverend Scot Sloan in his college roommate Garry Trudeau's Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip,[2] which also was adapted into a film and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. [3]

His senior year at Yale, McLennan was chosen to be a "Scholar of the House", whereby he was exempt from attending class in order to focus the year on scholarly research. For his graduate education, he earned both Master of Divinity and Juris Doctor degrees cum laude from Harvard Divinity and Law Schools respectively in 1975.

Career[edit]

He was ordained in 1975 as a Unitarian Universalist minister (and is a Unitarian Universalist Christian), and admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1975. After practicing church-sponsored poverty law in a low-income region of Boston for nearly ten years and founding the Unitarian Universalist Legal Ministry, he was appointed University Chaplain at Tufts University in Massachusetts, serving from 1984 to 2000, and senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, serving from 1988 to 2000.[4]

In addition to being the Dean for Religious Life at Stanford, he is a community minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.[5]

Awards[edit]

In 1994, he was the recipient of The Rabbi Martin Katzenstein Award, the oldest annual award given to Harvard Divinity School Alumni "to honor among its graduates one who exhibits a passionate and helpful interest in the lives of other people."[6]

McLennan was honored with the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award in 2004.[7] [8] The award was "established to recognize leaders who promote peace and world reconciliation" by Morehouse College.[9]

Publications[edit]

McLennan's first book, Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning, was published in 1999 by HarperSanFrancisco. His second book, Church on Sunday, Work on Monday: The Challenge of Fusing Christian Values with Business Life, was co-authored with Laura Nash and published in 2001 by Jossey-Bass. His third book, Jesus Was a Liberal: Reclaiming Christianity for All, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan on May 12, 2009.[10]

In 2009, he went on a national book tour for Jesus Was a Liberal, presenting at more than a dozen book signings in Northern and Southern California, including a presentation for Authors@Google[11] at the company's Mountain View, CA headquarters. Other book events took place in Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Greenwich, CT, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.[12]

News and media[edit]

 McLennan and His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Rev. McLennan with spiritual mentor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, pictured in 2008 in Seattle, WA.

A prominent speaker on religion and ethics, McLennan has been featured in major news publications, such as USA Today,[13] People Magazine,[14] The Huffington Post,[15] The Dallas Morning News,[16] and The Boston Globe,[17][18] as well as a guest on national and regional television and radio programs, including The CW Television Network, The O'Reilly Factor,[19] National Public Radio[20] and Sirius Satellite Radio.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Scotty McLennan is married to Ellen. They wed in 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts. They are the parents of two sons: Will McLennan (b. 1982) and Dan McLennan (b. 1984), both of whom are alumni of Stanford University.

During his tenure at Stanford, McLennan has hosted and publicly interviewed His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a spiritual mentor, in 2005 and 2010 to discuss compassion and how to live a meaningful life.[23]

He serves on the board of directors for the Northern California branch of the American Civil Liberties Union.[24]

From 1966–1967, McLennan played for the Yale Bulldogs men's ice hockey team.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McLennan, Scotty (April 15, 2006). "The Legacy of William Sloane Coffin". Boston Globe. Retrieved August 15, 2009. . Scotty McLennan wrote an obituary for him in the Boston Globe after his death in 2006.
  2. ^ English, Bella (November 9, 1999). "Dude of God: Doonesbury Preacher's Model has a Flock, a Message, and a Book". The Boston Globe. pp. E1. 
  3. ^ Slate, The. "Doonesbury@Slate: GBT's FAQs". The Slate. p. 1. Retrieved June 6, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "About Scotty McLennan". The Office for Religious Life at Stanford. Stanford University. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Our Ministers". Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. UUCPA. November 19, 2008. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ "HDS – Alumni Relations – Katzenstein Award Recipients". Harvard Divinity School. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Gandhi/King/Ikeda Exhibit Reception Ceremony". A Legacy of Building Peace, SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Centers (SGI-USA Culture of Peace Resource Centers). January 28, 2004. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Cardinal Chronicle / weekly campus column". Stanford Report (Stanford News Service). January 28, 2004. Retrieved March 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Spiritual Awareness Week". Morehouse College News Release (Morehouse College). March 31, 2003. 
  10. ^ Amazon.com
  11. ^ "@Google Talks". AtGoogleTalk's YouTube Channel. February 5, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ McLennan, Scotty. "National Book Tour Events, Readings & Signings in 2009". Official Website of Author & Speaker Scotty McLennan. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  13. ^ Grossman, Cathy Lynn (June 29, 2009). "'God has mellowed.' Or maybe we have.". USA Today. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  14. ^ Duffy, Tom. "'Keeping the Faith'". People Magazine. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  15. ^ Zerega, Blaise (July 10, 2009). "How the Catholic Church Fought for Interracial Marriage and What It Means for Gay Rights". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  16. ^ Tipping, Joy. "We were there: The Rev. Scotty McLennan at Legacy Books". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  17. ^ Grossman, Cathy Lynn (June 29, 2009). "'God has mellowed.' Or maybe we have.". USA Today. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  18. ^ McLennan, Scotty. "Media Coverage". Official Website of Author & Speaker Scotty McLennan. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Jesus Was a Liberal". CW Television Network. July 26, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Jesus Was a Liberal". National Public Radio, KRBC. December 24, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  21. ^ Miller, Stephanie (May 13, 2009). "LiveBlog". The Stephanie Miller Show. SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  22. ^ Cenk, Uygur (May 18, 2009). "Jesus was a Liberal". The Young Turks. SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  23. ^ Hilary, Stone. "Dalai Lama to Visit Stanford in October". The Stanford Review. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  24. ^ "ACLU of Northern California". American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Fanbase: The web's largest almanac of pro and college athletes". Fanbase. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 

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