The House of Mourning


Along with Rev. Dr. Johanna Bos and her family, the Women’s Center mourns the death yesterday of Rev. David Bos, even as we celebrate the legacy of his vibrant and committed life.

We call to mind the words of “the one who assembles” —
A good name is better than precious ointment,
and the day of death, than the day of birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to go to the house of feasting;
for this is the end of everyone,
and the living will lay it to heart.

(Ecclesiastes 7:1-2)

And yet, there are other words of wisdom . . .

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death,
passion fierce as the grave.
. . .
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.

(Song of Songs 8:6,7)

We bid our readers hold the family of David Bos in their prayers at this time.

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Ha_Qohelet is a transliteration of Hebrew definite article plus a feminine participle, all together meaning "the (feminine) one who assembles" or who calls together. Qohelet is the title of one of the books of the Hebrew Scripture, known in English as Ecclesiastes. The Women's Center at LPTS feels the epithet of Qohelet is a fitting one for what we do and are. The Women's Center is, indeed, a caller-together, a caller-to-wisdom, and an assembler -- of people, of ideas, of actions, and ultimately, we hope, of transformations in the world. In this context, Ha_Qohelet is the Director of the Women's Center, and Editor-in-Chief of Wimminwise.

2 thoughts on “The House of Mourning

  1. We send our love to Johanna on the death of her cherished husband and our dear brother, David. David was a champion for justice and compassion and a scholar-activist who blessed this Seminary community in multiple ways. Our prayers continue for Johanna and her family.

  2. We received this obituary of David from our friend Johanna last week:

    Bos, Alvin David
    75, died February 12, 2011

    David was born in Holland Michigan to Eunice and Alvin D. Bos. He attended Holland High School, and graduated from Harvard College (BA). He received his Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Union Theological Seminary, New York, studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Leiden University in The Netherlands and obtained his MA degree from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York.

    As a Presbyterian Minister, David served churches in Olean, and Rochester, New York, He was the founder of Smith Haven Ministries on Long Island, one of the first community ministries in the country, and later served St. Matthews Area Ministry in Louisville, Kentucky, and Interfaith Community Ministry in New Albany, Indiana. He received his Doctorate of Sacred Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1981. He was a co-founder of the Louisville Metropolitan Housing Coalition and a founder of the national Interfaith Community Ministry network. He also served as co-chair of the Presbyterian Association for Community Transformation – one of several networks of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Of late his efforts for social change saw him deeply involved in the movement for a single payer health care program as a member of Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare, and he was helping to spearhead a campaign for divestment from for-profit health care companies. David was the author of A Practical Guide To Community Ministry (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1993) and Bound Together: A Theology for Ecumenical Community Ministry (Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2005). At the time of his death he was writing a work on the issue of fair housing for the disenfranchised, tentatively entitled Sheltering the People.

    He leaves behind his grieving family: his wife Johanna W.H.van Wijk-Bos, his son J.Martin Bos, daughter-in-law Kimberly Bos, and granddaughter Emma, all of Louisville. Other family members include his son Stephen Van Kuiken, of Tucson, Arizona, daughter Julianne Zinn of Ann Arbor, Michigan, their spouses and children, as well as brothers Thomas Bos of Holland, Michigan, Philip Bos of Hudson, Ohio, and their spouses and children.

    May David’s life find its rest in God’s divine munificence.

    The funeral service will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 318 W Kentucky Street, Louisville, on Friday, February 18, 2011, at 1 p.m., followed by a graveside service at Cave Hill Cemetery and a reception at the church.

    Donations in David’s memory may be made to the A. David Bos Memorial Fund for the Women’s Center, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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