The Rev. Dennis W. Short, a regular contributor to In Theory who serves as minister of Harbor Christian Church in Newport Beach, announced that he will retire after 35 years of ministry in Orange County. His last service will be on Sunday, July 25. Apart from his ministry work, Short is credited with being a founder of the Peace Studies program at Chapman University. He also is the immediate past president of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council, where he served two terms as president. The council has promoted an ongoing dialogue among the many and diverse faiths now represented in the county, and it has organized interfaith services on the National Day of Prayer. In your view, how has Dennis Short contributed to the growth of religion and spirituality in Newport-Mesa and Orange County?
The Rev. Dr. Dennis Short is an exemplary servant of God. He has served Christian congregations, including ours, beyond his own denomination; he has led many efforts for mutual respect and understanding among very different children of God through and beyond interfaith ministry.