February 8, 2007


The Q Source is published weekly under the auspices of the office of the Dean of Students.  Notices of events and concerns of the community are included. All submissions must be signed and include a contact phone number or e-mail address.  Free classified ads are also printed for members of the YDS community; these must be kept as short as possible. The Q Source is now available online at All submissions must be e-mailed to  with “Q Source” in the subject line. All submissions must be in by 5:00 p.m. Friday.  No exceptions to deadlines will be made!!  The right to edit is reserved. –Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio, Editor


Academic Information



From the Ministry Resource Center:  We have materials to lead study groups on the spiritual.  We also have resources for congregations on stewardship of the earth.  Come check us out or attend one of our workshops.


Lectures and Events



Saint Luke’s Darien Hosts an Internationally-Acclaimed German Children’s Choir: 

There will be a free performance on Saturday February 10th at 7 pm.  Music lovers from Southwestern Connecticut will have a rare opportunity to hear one of Europe’s most famous children’s choirs, the MDR Children’s Choir, in a performance at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1864 Post Rd. in Darien CT.  The performance by the 40 boys and girls will include a repertoire of classical, contemporary, folk, secular and popular music.  Under the direction of conductor Professor Gunter Berger, the choir has previously toured Poland, Switzerland and Australia.  The public is welcome to the performance and the reception to follow.


Start off the reading week with a day hike on the Appalachian Trail! On Feb 10 we will meet at 8:30am in the YDS parking lot to drive 2 hours to Mt Everest in Massachusetts. The hike will be a strenuous 7.6 miles (see the link below) to help keep your blood flowing. So bundle up (it will be very cold) and join us!  You will need to bring lunch, snacks and water for the trail. Please email me if you are interested and are willing to drive.  Peace, Kate Hope Kennedy (


Dear Colleagues at Yale Divinity School: We are writing to let you know about an opportunity for young women to tell their stories about their experiences in Catholicism. Our hope is that women from a range of perspectives and backgrounds will grapple with questions of Catholic identity—among them: growing up Catholic, Catholic feminism, Catholic activism, coming out in Catholic communities and Catholic-inspired artwork.  As these women take the risks of telling their stories, we encourage the wider Catholic community to welcome their voices to the fore.  In this shared space, we look forward to expanding the dialogue about the role of young women in the church.  At this point, we are soliciting memoirs and critical reflections from women around the country.  These submissions will be considered for publication in a collection of young women's stories about their experiences of Catholicism.  We have had promising conversations with Boston-based academics, and a publisher has encouraged us to present a manuscript.  We are two young Catholic women studying at Harvard Divinity School.Kate Dugan's interests are in feminist ethics and American Catholicism.  Jen Owens focuses on Latin American and feminist theologies.  Our outreach for this project is intentionally grassroots.  For this reason, we are relying on people like you to help spread the word.  If you are so inclined, please forward the attached document to members of your Catholic networks who you think would be interested or post where you deem appropriate.  Visit our website at for more information and updates. Submissions are due by midnight April 16, 2007.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to email us at


This month the YDS Women's Center is sponsoring two performances of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" as part of the 2007 V-Day campaign to end violence against women and girls. All proceeds will benefit the V-Day organization and The Umbrella, part of the Birmingham Group Health Services that offers care to victims of domestic violence. For more information on these organizations, visit and  When?  Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at 7:00pm.  Where?  Marquand Chapel.  Who?  An amazing cast of students and faculty.  Tickets?  Tickets will be available beginning Monday, February 19th and continuing throughout the week in the Common Room from 11:00-1:30.  We are proud to announce that we will have t-shirts available to the YDS community for a suggested donation of $15. They will be available the week of the performances beginning Monday, February 19th and will also be available at the performances. If you are interested in purchasing one and would like to pre-order a particular size, please contact Diana Carroll ( by this Thursday, February 8th. The shirts will be black with red writing, reading "God 'heart's Vaginas" on the front and "The Vagina Monologues at Yale Divinity School" on the back.  If you have any questions, please contact Katey Zeh (



Back by popular demand...Reader Training!  Would you like to become a better reader of Scripture?  Attend Marquand's Reader Training workshop!  Actress Shannon Wall will work with participants to fine tune their proclamation skills.  Participants will be asked to prepare a short piece of scripture, receive feedback from Shannon, and have the opportunity to practice in front of a group.  2 sessions with 5 openings each will be offered.  Contact to secure a place in the group.  You can attend either:  Wednesday, February 21 from 12:00-1:30 or Monday, March 5 from 12:00-1:30.  Sign up fast -- last semester's groups filled quickly!!!!


Hello from the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: Each summer we hold nine week-long sessions. The first session traditionally starts the second week of June, and our final session ends the last week of August (Please see attached schedule for more specific dates). We ask all accepted volunteers to commit to an entire session. Each session lasts 8 days; this includes a day of orientation to Camp. Once accepted into our program we do our best to place you into a session that best fits your schedule.  To check out our facilities, read more about our campers, and to down load an application, please visit our website:  We have begun accepting applications for our 2007 Summer Program. All volunteer hiring decisions will be made no later than mid March. Currently there is no deadline for volunteer applications. However it is in your best interests to get your application in soon, due to the fact that each year we receive a lot of applications (especially from women) for a limited number of open volunteer positions.


In 2004, my husband, Ted, and I founded a non-profit organization that provides full scholarships for intelligent but very poor students in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti.  We currently have 119 students in our program, 110 in high school and 9 in universities in Port-au-Prince. The scholarship program provides tuition, uniforms, books, and bicycles to travel to and from school.  We have an office in Haiti and several employees.  Ted and I travel to Haiti 3 or 4 times a year (whenever I get a break from YDS!).  Please come on Monday, February 19 from 12:00 to 1:30 in the Jonathan Edwards Dining Room to hear about our education program and to meet two of our employees visiting from Haiti.  We will offer a power point presentation that covers all aspects of our program.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Please feel free to bring your lunch and come and go as you need.  Please let me know if you think you will come, if we have a large turn-out I might have to change rooms.  If you are interested in our program, but can't attend this gathering, check out our website at  Hope to see you there! Rebecca Crosby


Seeking stillness in 2007?  Come to Trinity's "Spa for the Soul," quiet day for meditation.  Saturday, February 17, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.  $10 includes lunch.  All are welcome.  This event will be held at Trinity Church, an Episcopal Parish in the City of New York, at Wall Street & Broadway.  The Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson, priest and professor at NYU, will lead us as we explore varieties of contemplation--from the Desert Forebears, the Benedictines, the fourteenth-century mystics, the Jesuits and the early Anglicans, discussing how those practices can be adapted for contemporary life.  All are welcome who seek peace and stillness--from any religious tradition or none, and with any experience in meditation or not.  To register, please contact Ali Lutz at or 212-602-0807.


The Divinity School community is invited to a benefit concert on Friday, February 9 at 7:30pm in Woolsey Hall.  All of the proceeds go to LINK ( shelters in East Asia for North Korean orphans and victims of sex trafficking.  The concert will be an intercollegiate dance competition, with Yale's own Rhythmic Blue and Bhangra Team both competing against other college performance groups (if you haven't seen Rutgers' dance team performance, you’ve got to come to this event).  Tickets are $5 presale, $7 at door.  E-mail, and she will find a way to deliver presale tickets to you. 





Housing/Lost and Found:



Apartment for Rent ­ New Haven East Rock Neighborhood: The 3rd floor, two-bedroom apartment at 830 Orange Street is available for rent after March, 1.  The rent is 900 dollars and the least term is a year.  This rate does not include electricity, gas heat and central air, cable and phone.  A security deposit of $1500 is required.  Pets are an additional $25 a month.  The apartment has hardwood floors and is partially furnished.  Email for more information.


Discovery of Gloves: I found a pair of woman's gloves last night on a window ledge in the ISM Great Hall after Anglican Colloquium. They are brown leather with cashmere lining.  Dale has them now in his lost 'n found.


Discovery of various stuff by my non-friend Micah: I found gloves.  They are blue-grey; they are "one size fits all;” they are brand name "fownes;” they have black lining on the inside.  If you do not claim them, I'll probably cut their fingers off and wear them around.  That is all.  Sincerely, Micah


Lost binder…found binder??? Did you misplace a white, four-inch binder with all the information you would need to grapple with issues of sexual abuse in ministry?  (The manual is put out by the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence.)  If you did misplace such an item, it is being kept safe in the Divinity School Library.  Please inquire for it at the circulation desk.




Retreat Ministry: Thriving retreat center seeks dynamic Catholic lay woman or woman religious to join collaborative full-time retreat team of lay, religious, and ordained ministers.  Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, CT offers day, evening, and weekend retreats for clergy, men, women, youth, and people in recovery. Responsibilities include the facilitation of retreat programs, liturgical planning, conducting workshops, and administration of retreat center. Candidate must possess outstanding public speaking skills, a creative, prayerful spirit, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Computer and multi-media skills are also essential. Hours, while flexible, require nights and weekends from September through June. M.Div. or equivalent required. Finalists must submit a video/DVD of their preaching. The position is available July 1. The application deadline is March 5, 2007. Applications should be sent to Fr. David Cinquegrani, C.P. Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford, CT 06107 or Visit us on the web at



Worship Opportunities



This Sunday night at 7:30pm, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a Yale alum from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons), will offer a talk on maintaining one's spirituality as a student.  The event will be held at the LDS Chapel at the corner of Trumbull and Whitney; admission is free and open to visitors, but to secure a place, you have to fill a reservation.  If you are interested in attending, please feel free to contact Devan Hite at: to obtain a ticket.  The talk will be followed by a special reception open to all in attendance.  Please feel totally welcome to come.


Your prayers and presence are requested when the Fairfield East Association, Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ will ordain and install Jennifer M. Gingras to the Christian Ministry.  The ordination service will take place at the Trumbull Congregational Church, 3115 Reservoir Ave, Trumbull, CT 06611 at 3:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, March 24, 2007.  The installation service will take place the following day, Sunday March 25, 2007 at Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church Street, Monroe, CT 06468 at 10:30 am.  Clergy: Will process, Red Stoles.  Light reception following each service.