February 17, 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



State of the School Address: We are announcing a Student-Administration Brown Bag Lunch.  Dean Attridge will give a State of the School Address on Tuesday, February 20th at 12:30 pm in the RSV Room.  You are invited to listen and ask questions.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  If you have any questions please direct them toward or  See you on Tuesday!


Orientation for Leadership in Public Ministry—a summer internship of creating change in community—Wednesday, February 21st 12:30pm in Niebuhr Hall: If you want to learn a concrete way of working with others to effect change in community; if you are curious about how leaders become leaders; if you long to practice justice and power in ways that are biblically based and theologically grounded, this program is for you.  It is an eleven-week, full-time internship program taught at Yale Divinity School.  Your internship will begin with two weeks of training, field trips, and meetings with local leaders, and then continues with nine weeks working in a Connecticut site under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.  Dates: May 21–August 3, 2007.  Credit: three academic credits and supervised ministry requirement.  Money: a $2900 grant available

from the Office of Financial Aid.  If you are interested but cannot attend Wednesday's orientation, please contact Barbara Blodgett in the Office of Supervised Ministries.


CLC Position Information: The Community Life Committee (CLC) is served by two student Coordinators, selected at this time each year for service the following year.  The Coordinators are responsible for leading the work of the CLC committee of faculty, students, and staff; for overseeing the budgets and activities of CLC member groups;  and for organizing a few key events of the school calendar:  the Christmas Party, the All-School Conference, and the Spring Fling dance.  The Coordinators work fifteen (15) hours per week throughout the academic year and are paid work-study wages.  If you are interested in serving as a CLC Coordinator for 2006-2007, please indicate your interest to me by the end of the day on Friday, April 7th.  A simple email message to me will suffice for indicating your interest.  I will acknowledge each email with a reply, so please verify that I received your indication of interest.  Yours truly, Dale Peterson


The Ministry Resource Center will hold a workshop on Tuesday, February 20, 11-12:15 p.m., on the topic: Identifying and Inviting People into Leadership that Is Right for Them!  We will explore the ideas that God provides what we need in leadership, that we are the disciples who identify where the persons are with the "loaves and fishes" to make a difference, and that people are affirmed by and respond to appropriate invitations offered in the way Jesus gave them.  All are welcome!



Lectures and Events



Spring Break in New Haven activities from March 10-16: Have you been to West Rock, Long Wharf Theatre, Libby's?  Do you know the history of the city and the issues that face it today?  Would you like to learn, have fun, make a contribution to the community?  To do all of this and more, join the first annual Spring Break in New Haven.  Sign up by February 20.  To sign up or for more info, contact


The Voices and Votes Symposium, being held during the first part of next week, is in desperate need of a sound system for a panel being conducted on Sunday night.  We would need at least two microphones and speakers.  If anyone has access, or knows someone who has access, to equipment like this, can they please email me at  Even a rental referral would be fine.  Thanks.


As you may already know, the first issue of "CORE News" was released on February 1st.  We are now planning for the next issue.  CORE News is seeking poetry, excerpts from sermons/research papers, opinions-editorials (approx. 500 words), etc.  General themes may include individual understandings of racial/cultural identity, the ties or perceived ties that bind communities, how racism and/or racial privilege affect one's reality (but particularly within institutions and systems) and the imprint (whether visible or invisible) that these factors leave on individuals and communities.  We would also like to know if something you read sparked a thought, a reaction, a feeling or even a plan of action. Most importantly, we want you to offer us what only you can- your voice on these issues.  A faculty member reached out to CORE in support and called the issue a "tremendously important witness". We hope that it will be just that, as we seek to give voice to issues of racial inclusion, ethnic diversity and cultural understanding. With this said, please email all submissions to and no later than noon on Wednesday, February 21st. 



Environmental Sermon Writing Contest!  As stewards of God's creation, it is our commitment to protect God's creation and ensure justice for all of God's children. But while our nation and the rest of the world progresses into a society of technology and convenience, we may let our commitment to the Earth slip aside, and let God's precious gift of creation waste away.  It is more important than ever to remind ourselves and our neighbors that we are affecting this planet with each decision we make. We must inspire and mobilize those around us to protect the Earth, for those who cannot protect it themselves. We need words of leadership and actions that demonstrate our care for the plants, animals and resources among us. How will you reach your community?  We invite you to answer this question by participating in our Environmental Sermon Writing Contest. For this contest, we are looking for those sermons that can eloquently demonstrate the environmental issues that face God's creation today, and present ideas that call us to action. The winner will receive a set of brand new Earth Bibles. This contest is open to all members and congregational leaders.  The sermon can focus on any of the following issues: global warming, food and agriculture, water, environmental health, consumerism and sustainability, environmental justice and ethics, biodiversity and/or endangered species, urban growth, transportation, land use, and simple living.  Entries will be considered/judged based on the following criteria: Clarity and focus of the entire sermon, aesthetic appeal, theological foundation, creativity, and simple living.  Deadline and Length: Please limit your submission to 1,500 words maximum. The deadline for this contest is March 1, 2007.  Send us your sermons by email at (please write 'Environmental Sermon Contest" in the Subject line.  You can also mail them to us at: National Council of Churches, Eco-Justice Program Office, Attn: Environmental Sermon Contest, 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 108, Washington, DC 20002. 


Black History Month Debate on Black Responsibility: By Whom and For What: The Yale University Afro-American Cultural Center's, ORD Leadership Forum will present a debate featuring two leading voices in American public policy discussion, Professor Lani Guinier and journalist, Juan Williams.  This event will take place at the Yale Law School and will be moderated by Kurt L. Schmoke, Dean of Howard Law School on February 20 from 7-9.   Contact Pamela Y. George, 432-4132, with any questions.  No RSVP is required.  This event is free and open to the public.


Do you like to sing?  Do you like to dance? Do you have a special human talent no ones about? Do you have a short skit you like to perform?  Can you ride a unicycle? Squirt milk out your eyeball? Roll your tongue in a 1000 different ways?  Announcing the Divinity School Idol!  We want talent from the entire Div School, including faculty, students, staff, lunch ladies, custodial persons, security guards, etc.  Save the date: April 20, 2007, at 7 p.m. in Marquand Chapel.  More information to come.  Sponsored by the Night Watch Society with donations to the CT Food Bank.


Nu Gospel Tones Presented in Concert:  An evening of Traditional Gospel Music and Spirituals on Sunday, February 18th, 2007 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 400 Humphrey St. New Haven, CT (corner of Orange and Humphrey Street).  Free Will Offering.  Potluck Supper Following


Notice from the Bioethics Center: David Koepsell's reading group, originally scheduled for Feb 20th, has moved to a week later: Tuesdya, February 27 at 5:30 in Room B012, 77 Prospect Street.  Our topic will be: “Our Mediated Existence: How Technology Has Altered Our Aesthetic Experience.”  (For more information and dinner reservations, please contact


News from the Bookstore: This just in!  All those who are eagerly anticipating author Nora Gallagher's visit to YDS on February 28th will be excited to know that her first novel Changing Light has just been released and is available for sale in the Student Book Supply (cloth, $22.00 minus your SBS discount).  And for those just catching up, check out her previous books, Practicing Resurrection and Things Seen and Unseen which are also available at the YBS.  Ms. Gallagher will be signing copies of her books after her reading on the evening of the 28th in the Common Room.


GPSS Graduate/Undergraduate Mentoring Program: The Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS) and the Yale College Council (YCC) have collaborated to form the Yale Graduate/Undergraduate Mentoring Program, which pairs Yale undergraduate students with Yale graduate and professional students.  It is designed to help undergraduates receive insight and general advice about post-graduate life, and learn first-hand about preparing for, applying to, and succeeding in graduate school and/or the working world.  As much as possible, matches between mentors and mentees will be made with an eye for common academic interests and career goals.  Last year the program was successful in matching more than 300 Yale undergraduates with graduate and professional mentors.  However, the undergraduate demand last year far exceeded the number of available graduate students, and this year the number of undergraduates interested in the program appears to be rising sharply!  This is an excellent way for you to share your wisdom and experience with someone who can greatly benefit from your advice, and it only requires one or two hours per month of your time.  We strongly urge all graduate and professional students to sign up for this opportunity!  If you are interested in signing up for the program, please complete a short survey at:  You will be matched with an undergraduate within three weeks of your submission.  The deadline for signing up is February 23.  If you have any questions about the program, please email or


A lecture and book signing will be held by The Rev. Dr. Jack Rogers on the topic Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality.  In a powerful new book, evangelical theologian and former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Jack Rogers charts his personal journey and makes a Biblical case for equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.  Jack Rogers is Professor of Theology Emeritus at San Francisco Theological Seminary and was Moderator of the 213th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  His website is:  Dr. Rogers will be speaking and signing books at: First Presbyterian Church, New Haven at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2007.  For additional information or to purchase a copy of the book in advance at the author’s discount please contact Plowshares Institute at: (860) 651-4304, First Presbyterian Church, (203) 562-5664, or Dick Hasbany (203) 777-4579.


Save the date!  On Saturday, March 31st, the YDS Coalition will host the 3rd annual

"Eat, Drink, and Be Married" progressive dinner to benefit Love Makes a Family!  "Eat, Drink, and Be Married!" is a statewide event, sponsored by the CT nonprofit Love Makes a Family ( On March 31st, hundreds of hosts all over the state will throw dinner parties in order to raise money and support for marriage equality in CT.  At YDS, EDBM takes the form of a wedding-themed progressive dinner: guests gather at an appetizer reception, travel to the homes of various faculty and students for dinner, and then come back together for dessert and dancing. Wedding attire is encouraged!  Guests purchase tickets for $30, and 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go directly to Love Makes a Family.  Last year, YDS hosted the largest EDBM event in CT, with over eighty guests attending seven dinners and raising over $2400 for Love Makes a Family. This year, our goal is one hundred guests, ten parties, and $3000.  We can do it, but not without your help!  We hope that many of you will be our guests at this year's EDBM. We also hope that some of you will be our hosts! Each host decides on the size and menu of his/her party- it can be small or large, a simple meal or an elaborate feast. Hosts may choose to donate the food and/or wine for their parties, or the Coalition can pay for those items. Anyone from YDS can be a host- faculty, staff, or students.  Interested hosts should contact Alicia Brooks and Jeannine Oakes at no later than March 1st.  Tickets for EDBM will go on sale in early March, so watch for future

Dale-mails!  Sincerely, Alicia Brooks and Jeannine Oakes






Needed/Lost and Found:


Cat Sitter Needed: Want to kitty sit my one year old black and white tuxedo cat??  She doesn't bite...She doesn't claw...she may smell your shoes a lot to figure out who you are...she may hiss at you if you smell like another kitty, but won't ever hurt you...  I need a sitter while I go on vacation during spring break.  You would come into my home, feed her, play with her, clean her kitty box, and give her attention.  The dates: 03/15/06 - 03/22/06 (1 week).  Please e-mail for more information.  I am able to reimburse you for your time.


Jazz Musicians Needed: First & Summerfield United Methodist Church is looking for people to volunteer to play for Sunday evening (5pm) jazz/spirituals worship services this spring.  The dates of the services are: February 25, March 25, and April 22. All instruments welcome!  If you are interested, please e-mail or  Minimal rehearsal times are negotiable.


Donations of School Supplies Needed: During spring break, I will be traveling to Kingston, Jamaica on a service trip with an organization called "Reach Out".  I along with students from Yale College will serve as teaching assistants in a school, visit orphanages and meet with government officials. Our group is hoping to provide school supplies to the youth in the schools that we visit and to the orphanage as well. I am hoping that the YDS community will be able to assist us with this. There will be a donation box for school supplies in the Common Room by the end of this week. We are in need of pencils, spiral notebooks, erasers, pens and art supplies. The box will be in the Common Room until March 2nd. Consider asking your local church to assist. This will surely make a difference in the life of a child.  Thank you, Rahiel Tesfamariam




Two Positions Available: An Episcopal church in Greenwich needs regular music leadership for children's and youth services. Your creativity and enthusiasm will be valued. Open to any instruments and possible groups. Fee- based plus mileage (48.5 per mile). We are about 50 minutes from New Haven. Upcoming service dates include Feb. 21 (Ash Wednesday) and March 25. Others TBA.  Also, Director of Christian Education is needed for pre-K to 5th grade, youth groups and Adult Ed. Salary plus mileage.  Timeframe: Aug. 2007-May 2008. Please send a resume for either position.  For more information, contact: Trish Cunningham, Lay Assistant to the Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Riverside, CT 06878,, 203-637-2447.


Worship Opportunities



This Week in Marquand:


Monday, February 19: Graduating student Lucas Grubbs, preaching

Tuesday, Feburary 20: A celebration of Mardi Gras, led by the Chapel Ministers.

Wednesday, February 21: Sung Morning Prayer for Ash Wednesday, with imposition of ashes.

Thursday, February 22: A Service of Witness: Women, War, and Sexualized Violence. Led by the YDS Women's Center.

Friday, February 23: Footwashing as Eucharist, led by the Roman Catholic student group.


Services begin at 10:30; all are welcome!



Ash Wednesday Service on the Quad: 12:30 p.m.: You are invited to a service of reflection and confession: In a time of war, secret prisons, indiscriminate bombings, domestic spying programs, renditions and torture, we invite you to mark the beginning of Lent by reflecting upon our place in a nation that has forfeited its freedoms as established in the Bill of Rights. Who are we as Christians in this place? How have we neglected our responsibilities as required by our God in the Decalogue?  As a symbol of our confession before God of our complicity in the ongoing injustice being perpetrated by our nation, we will lift up the words of the Bill of Rights and the Decalogue as a burnt offering to God.  Please join us in this time of confession and prayer - all are welcome.  In peace and hope,

Chris Doucot, Jessica Anschutz, Brandon Johnson, Tamara Shantz