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Reverend Trudy Bradley, M.Div.

From Dr. Jerry Roussell, religious studies department chair and
Dr. Sheila O'Connell-Roussell, associate faculty:

We invite you to gather in Wiegand Hall, Marylhurst's original chapel located on the second floor of the BP John Administration Building on Saturday, November 17 at 2 p.m. to join with the Marylhurst community to pray together and to celebrate the life of Reverend Trudy Bradley.

We are sad to announce the tragic death of Reverend Trudy Bradley, Marylhurst religious studies faculty member and M.Div. alum, on September 29, 2012.

Rev. Trudy was our devoted teacher of New Testament studies, the treasured wife of Dan, a loving mother and dedicated disciple of Christ. She served for many years within the mission of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon as well as assistant minister at the First Congregational United Church of Christ Church, 1126 SW Park Ave, Portland, Oregon, where her memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, October 27.

Her passion was teaching the gospel of Jesus, celebrating liturgy, providing opportunities for reconciliation, healing and faith development for adults and children. Trudy loved Marylhurst. We were blest to have embraced Trudy during our faculty convocation last Saturday. Many of our faculty members have noted that Trudy's sharing at our staff meeting was "deep and heartfelt." She was excited about the fall quarter and eager to continue to serve within our Marylhurst community.

We ask for your prayers for Trudy, her family, friends, loved ones and all who grieve her passing.


We'd like to share with you Trudy's biography from the church's website. As was typical of Trudy, she shared her pride in Marylhurst, her love of God and all people.

Trudy has been with us at First Congregational United Church of Christ since January 2008. She brought twelve years experience in church administration with her. Trudy maintains our church membership records, oversees the building use and custodial staff, and facilitates the wedding ministry. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Marylhurst University and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. She became assistant minister in January 2012. Trudy is instrumental in the development and oversight of our children's ministry.

These words of bereavement were posted by Minister Reverend DeWet's First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Our Loss of Rev. Trudy Bradley

It is with great sadness that we must share the news that Rev. Trudy Bradley has died as a result of her injuries in a pedestrian accident. We were with her last night, along with her husband and family and the conference minister from the Disciples of Christ, when she passed. Her passing touches each of us deeply and leaves an enormous emptiness in our church family.

We are family and we find strength in our support for one another and through our faith in Jesus Christ. Tomorrow as we gather for worship we will remember and honor Trudy together, and we will especially focus on helping our children and youth in facing this loss.

May we each continue to hold in our prayers Dan Bradley, all of Trudy's family and each person touched by this tragedy.

Read an article published October 6, 2012 on OregonLive.com:
Her faith allowed Portland Pastor Trudy Bradley to live a full live

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