February 16, 2008


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Academic Information



From the Ministry Research Center: We have resources on church administration, eco-justice, Black History Month, Holy Week, and more.  Come and browse; ask us for assistance on your projects!  Also, put these workshops on your calendar and if the dates aren't right for you, ask for a repeat!

Tuesday, February 19, 12-1 p.m.  Brief Bible Study for Church Meetings

Tuesday, March 4, 10-11 a.m. Year-Round Stewardship

Tuesday, March 4, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Church Buildings as Hospitable Space—Every Day and Night—Spaces for Transformation

Tuesday, March 25, 10-11 a.m. Welcoming First-Time Guests

Tuesday, March 25, 11:30-12:30 p.m. Easy, High Quality, Lay-Led Adult Education


Lectures and Events



On behalf of Professor Outka and the Ethics Search Committee, you are invited to attend the following lectures given by the candidates for the junior position in Ethics at Yale Divinity School. 
Monday, February 25
Doctoral candidate in Christian Ethics at the University of Cambridge
Prophesy to These Bones:  Christian Zionists on Cooperating with God
Lecture 5:30 pm, Niebuhr, N 123
Reception       6:30 pm, Sarah Smith Gallery

Tuesday, February 26
Doctoral candidate in Religious Ethics at Yale University
Life and Value:  Creation, Evaluation, Soteriology, and Augustine
Lecture 12:30 pm, Niebuhr, N 123
Monday, March 3
Doctoral candidate in Religious Ethics at Yale University
Title:  To be announced
Lecture 5:30 pm, Niebuhr, N 123
Reception       6:30 pm, Sarah Smith Gallery
Tuesday, March 4
Doctoral candidate in Religion at Princeton University
Title:  To be announced
Lecture 12:30 pm, Latourette, S 223
Wednesday, March 5
Ph.D. graduate in Religion and Society from Princeton Seminary
Assistant Professor of Religion and of African and African American Studies at Earlham College
Title:  To be announced
Lecture 12:30 pm, Niebuhr, N 123


Input for Carolyn Sharp Faculty Review: A committee from the YDS Board of Permanent Officers is engaged in the tenure review of Associate Professor Carolyn Sharp. In the course of such a review it is standard policy to solicit student assessments of faculty work in the classroom, as an advisor, and in other academic and professional capacities.  Katherine Stanford (M.Div) will be coordinating the student responses to this request and will make a report to the review committee, which will in turn report to the larger bodies.  Students may email her at or speak with her directly regarding Professor Sharp. Katherine will be available to receive your comments on Thursday, February 21, from 12:30-1:30pm in the JE Dining Room, or alternative times to meet can be arranged on request. All student assessments are confidential.  We are grateful for your assistance, John Collins, Chair


Liturgical Dance Workshop: Come out this Monday, February 18th for our second workshop on liturgical dance.  The workshop construct follows the same pattern, each workshop will be offered twice in the same day for those whose schedules are almost full or who commute to Yale on a daily basis. The first workshop will take place during lunchtime from 12:30-1:15 and the second will take place during the evening time from 5:30-6:30.  Those who have taken advantage of these workshops have found this schedule extremely accommodating.  If you have a dance background that is wonderful, but for those who do not it is not necessary to have one.  The most important element that is needed is the desire to learn to worship God with your entire body.  The entire YDS community (students, faculty, men and women) are welcomed to take part.  Please wear comfortable clothing and come with a dancing heart, you may just love it.  All workshops



will take place in our beautiful Marquand Chapel and will be focused on the topic “Formulating Liturgical Dance Language.”  If you have any questions please contact Kathleen S. Turner at  Come on out and experience a closer, more intimate time of expressing your love for God through liturgical dance.


Grad Life at the McDougal Center invites all G&P students & postdocs to attend the 8th Annual Winter Ball, on Saturday, February 23, 2008 from 9pm-2am at the Grand Ballroom, New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue.  Advance tickets are available until 6pm on Friday, February 22nd at the McDougal Center Box Office, HGS 123.  Cost is $15.  To Pre-order advance Ball tickets, go online at, click on Winter Ball Tix, complete the form, then pay at the McDougal Box Office at 123 HGS, 320 York Street, Mon-Fri 10a-5p.  Extended box office hours til 7pm Feb 20 & 21.  Cash or check, made out to Yale University, accepted.  The McDougal center can not accept online or credit card payments at this time, due to university accounting constraints.  Call the Box office at 432-BLUE, or email  Tickets at the door cost $20, if supplies allow, so purchase your tix early!  Last year over 500 students attended, so we may need to limit ticket sales based on Lawn club capacity.  There is free parking at the Lawn Club, or free shuttle from/to Grad Dorms.  Alternatively, you can take the Yale Nighttime Minibus.


Advocate for World Poverty: Bread for the World is searching for the best and brightest young advocates to become Hunger Justice Leaders.  Motivated 18-35 year olds will commit to leading advocacy efforts to overcome hunger and poverty.  And we'll begin the initiative by hosting them at an all-expense paid training in Washington on June 14-17.  So please, invite all the candidates you know to apply today at They'll gain valuable skills and deepen their faith.


Middle Passage Conversations Conference Update: Unfortunately, due to the high number of registrations, we have suspended registrations because we have reached the maximum number of folks we can accommodate at the various conference locations.  We are now accepting registrations for the waiting list only for the day time  panels on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5. You will be notified by April 1st, if you have been moved to the registered list.  The evening sessions that feature the noted artist Faith Ringgold (April 3), the opening of the Visual Exegesis art exhibit (April 4), and the play Living Water (April 5) remain open for registration for  folks in the Yale and New Haven communities.  And, of course, the dance party after the play on Saturday is open to all!  We will have a video and audio feed to Niebuhr Hall for the opening plenary on Thursday featuring Ms. Ringgold.  The conference web site is .  It has been recently updated with information on the panelists and moderators as well as the tentative schedule for the conference.


Mark your calendars to hear Dr. Copan address this question: “Is Religious Belief Hardwired into the Brain?”  This talk will occur on Thursday, February 21st at 6pm in Niebuhr Hall.  Refreshments following. Dr. Copan is an author, philosopher, apologist, professor and minister.  Dr. Copan has written and edited over 23 books and articles. He coauthored Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration, co-edited The Rationality of Theism, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues.  See for more information. 


Div School Idol 2!  The awesomest event of the year is upon us!!!  Div School Idol 2 will be held on the glorious 18th of April in Marquand Chapel.  Mark your calendars, save the date, write it in your blogs, stamp it into your scrapbooks, complain about it in your blogs, and give Dale Peterson a big "I love Div School Idol 2 Hug for the Ages."  This year's Div School Idol will be offered in conjunction with another of YDS'most-coolest events: the Community Dinners. It’s going to be totally boss!!!  Don't miss it! You'll get fed, you'll have fun, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll help charity, and you'll probably even fall in love and get married (it’s happened me).  I'd also like to take a moment to invite all you YDS folk out there (students, staff, faculty, and facilities crew) to sign up to be one of the acts. We are seeking people with the following skills: singing, dancing, standup comedy, musical instruments, poetry recital, drama, physical humor, stupid pet tricks, groups acts (please, I'm begging a student group to do Thriller!  I'm begging!), acrobatics and other physical feats, impersonations, the list goes on and on and on. Seriously, last year we even had someone spinning fire (fire poi).  You may sign up to perform in one of two ways: 1) email me at with your name and a description of your talent.  2) or, starting this coming Monday (the 18th) there will be a signup sheet located in the Common Room sometime after 1pm.  Don't dawdle! Sign up now! Give Dale a Hug!  Let your talent shine!  Yours, Matthew T. Riley


The Yale Forum on Faith and Politics invites you to two special events this week:  Join YFFP next Monday, February 18th, for a catered lunch when we'll hear from former YDS professor and now Harvard Professor Peter Dobkin Hall on "Accountability of Faith-Based Organizations."  We'll meet from 12:30-1:30 in S117.  Do you think Bush is simply scoring political points with the Faith-Based Initiatives Office?  Do you think churches ought to be able to deliver social services on behalf of the government?  Maybe as a future pastor you will hope to serve low-income families but worry that you will compromise your organization?  Join us for a discussion of these topics and more!  Email if you want a copy of his paper ahead of time.  Also, on Wednesday, February 20th at 1:45pm, Professor Robert George will speak on the topic "Democratic Pluralism, Public Reason, and Religious Faith.”  This talk will take place at 1:45pm in the Jonathan Edwards Dining Room.  Join fellow YDS students and faculty for a paper and roundtable discussion with leading philosopher and ethicist Robert George.He will be engaging contemporary discussion of religion and politics relating to the writings of Habermas and Rawls.


The Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism will be holding a talk on the topic “Why Is It So Difficult To Research Anti-Semitism?”  The talk will be given by Professor Michel Wieviorka, President, International Sociological Association (ISA) on Monday, March 3rd at 4:00 PM in the Luce Auditorium.  For more information, call 203-432-5239.


Grief Conversation: Are you Grieving? Know of someone who is?  The Chaplain's Office and Mental Health & Counseling invite you to a conversation about grieving the death of a friend or loved one. Here you will find support for your journey of grief.  For grad/professional students: Thursday, February 21st, 4:30 pm in the Hall of Graduate Studies, Rm. 119B. Led by Callista Isabelle, Associate University Chaplain, and Dr. Paul Hoffman, Mental Health & Counseling.  For Yale faculty & staff: Monday, February 18th, 12:00 noon in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

(near the Wall Street entrance).  Led by Callista Isabelle, Associate University Chaplain, and Dr. Karen Hoffman, Mental Health & Counseling.  If you are unable to attend at these times, feel free to contact the Chaplain's Office for support (432-1128).


There will be a talk on the topic “Bodies, Bodies Everywhere: Exemplary Spectacularity as Slavery's Legacy in Jamaica” given by Deborah Thomas, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania.  In her own words: “In this talk, I will explore how and why the more distant histories of imperialism and slavery that shape the spectacularity of violence in Jamaica often take a back seat within contemporary explanatory paradigms...I will argue that this is a problem because attributing the performative nature of murder in Jamaica only to U.S. influence erases particular kinds of structural continuities between the ‘old’ and ‘new’ imperialisms.”  This talk will take place on February 20th at 4:30 in Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 211. 


Notice for First-Years about the All-School Conference: Have you been hearing murmurings about All School Conference?  Overheard whispered conversations about fascinating panels and free food?  Ever get the sneaking suspicion that your CLC coordinators are (not so) highly paid party planners?  If any of the above things apply to you, then this email should clear up some of the confusion.  Every year, the Community Life Committee sponsors a conference at YDS that focuses on a specific issue of concern to the community.  That issue is then addressed in a variety of ways during the week of the All School Conference: panel discussions, lunch talks, documentaries, performances, and in chapel.  And of course this necessitates the provision of lots and lots of free food.

While school is still in session during this time, activities are typically scheduled at lunch, in the evening, and at various points during the afternoon so that all who wish to may attend.  This year, the topic will be urban ministry and in particular the intersection between Yale and New Haven.  Topics and activities will include:

-A screening (the third in the country!) of the new documentary "Revolution '67"

which talks about the housing, labor, and police situations that led to race riots during the 1960's in places like New Haven.  The filmmakers, producers, and local community leaders will join us for discussion afterwards.

-A performance of Eve Ensler's new play and a reading of "Colored Girls"

-A panel on the health challenges that low-income women face in an urban environment and possibilities for churches to alleviate some of these problems

-A documentary on Connecticut and Global Warming

-Panels on immigration, labor, community organizing, and crime in New Haven

-Clean-up at a local park

-And, of course, lots of food.

All School Conference will be held March 3-7.  We look forward to seeing you all there! If you have any questions or want to be involved in the planning, please do not hesitate to email us at or


All-School Conference Calendar: All School Conference will be held March 3-7.  This year's topic is the intersections between the Yale and New Haven communities.  You will find a preliminary schedule of activities below, with more details on speakers and panels to follow in the coming days and weeks.  Students, faculty, staff, families, clergy, and New Haven residents are welcome to all events!

If you have questions about the conference or ideas for speakers or discussions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or  We look forward to seeing you all at All School Conference!  Peace and Happy Reading Week, Carrie and Brandon

All School Conference Schedule (as of Feb. 13):


10:30-11:00 Chapel, Rev. Tony Lee presiding

12:30-2:30: Urban Youth Ministry Workshop with Rev. Tony Lee

4:00-5:00: Immigration and the Congregation (Panel discussion) Confirmed Speakers: Kica Matos, Junta for Progressive Action

6:00-7:00: Organized Labor Discussion

7:30: V-Day 2008: A Memory, A Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer.  A groundbreaking collection of monologues by world-renowned authors and playwrights, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle and commissioned by V-Day for the first V-Day: Until the Violence Stops festival, A Memory, A Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer raises up diverse voices in a collective roar to break open, expose, and examine the insidiousness of violence at all levels: brutality, neglect, a punch, even a put-down.  The production will feature such authors as: Maya Angelou, Kate Clinton, Kimberle Crenshaw, Tariq Ali, and Mollie Doyle.  Inspiring, funny, tragic, heartfelt, these monologues together paint a profoundly true portrait of how violence against women affects each and every one of us.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  All proceeds will benefit Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven (DVS) and The Umbrella, a division of the Birmingham Group that provides a wide range of counseling and other services for victims of domestic violence and their children.


10:30-11:00 Chapel

4:00: Documentary: The Connecticut Plan for Global Climate Change

7:00: Reading of For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.  Ntozake Shange's ground-breaking play, first performed in 1974, illuminates the meaning of being Black and female in the United States. The twenty poems that constitute her work address the experience of love, abandonment, sexual violence and abortion. Come experience the power of this work performed by incredible Yale women, to be followed by a talk-back.


10:30-11:00: Chapel, Sung Morning Prayer

3:00-5:00: Challenges to Women’s Health in an Urban Environment Confirmed Speakers: Rev. Sara Lamar-Sterling, First and Sommerfield United Methodist Church, Pamela Bryer, Executive Director, Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County, Pennsylvania, and Tracy Parks, Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven.

6:00-9:30: Documentary: Revolution ’67.  Discussion with the director, filmmakers, and community organizers to follow.  YDS is the third stop on the national tour of this highly anticipated film on the race riots in Newark, NJ during the 1960?s.


10:30-11: Chapel

12:30-1:30: Crime in New Haven (Panel Discussion)

1:30-4:00: Park Cleanup

6:00-8:00: Community Dinner



10:30-11:15: Chapel

12:30-1:30: Lunch Discussion “Where do we go from here?”


Faith/Politics Event in Minneapolis, MN:  The Plymouth Center for Progressive Christian Faith has an exciting national conference coming up April 11-13, 2008 in Minneapolis. The topic is the intersection of faith and politics, and we have a distinguished line-up of speakers, including keynote lectures by Jim Wallis, Rabbi Michael Lerner, and Ray Suarez. Other speakers include, among others, Rev. Jennifer Butler, Rev. Anne Howard, and Rev. Jennifer Kottler.  Also, there is much more information available through our website (, which is being updated constantly with additional conference information. You may email Kendra Brodin ( with any questions.  Please consider this opportunity. Student discounts apply for seminarians!


The Annand Program for Spiritual Formation invites you to an Art and Soul Retreat facilitated by Harriet Carew, M.Div.  This retreat will occur on Saturday, February 23; 1 - 4:30pm, S-100  Back by popular demand; if you weren't able to attend in the fall, you have another chance next Saturday!  Come, exercise your right brain and enjoy an afternoon retreat of meditation and painting!  Especially for those with no prior art experience whatsoever because process painting is a way to make soul art, creating from the divine spirit within.  The Art and Soul Workshop is an intensive, heart-opening experience exploring creativity as a pathway on their spiritual journey.  Through movement, breathing, music, meditation and the use of basic oil pastels, participants find the freedom and openness for their souls.  You will create a unique painting that you may bring home with you at the end.  Harriet Carew has her M.Div. from Westin Jesuit School of Theology and is an artist as well as a spiritual director for the Annand Program.  Her workshops are excellent and well worth spending the afternoon.  Dress comfortably & all materials are provided.  Please email  ASAP if you are interested in attending; we need at least 6 people.


Two Public Lectures at OMSC / March 11 and 14, 2008:  The first of these lectures will occur on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 on the topic “Transcendent Results of the Growing Christian Movement in the Majority World.”  Dr. Michael Pocock, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, explores several outcomes of the growing momentum of Christianity outside the West and poses questions of Christian responsibility in the light of God's activity in the present age. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in OMSC Great Commission Hall, Overseas Ministries Study Center, 490 Prospect Street, New Haven. For lecture details or directions, visit (What's New?) or call (203) 624-6672, ext. 315.  The second talk will occur on Friday, March 14, 2008 on the topic “A Journey Without a Map: An African Experience of Conversion and Differentiation of Faith Traditions.”  Dr. Caleb O. Oladipo, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (Virginia), helps others interpret the relationship between Christianity and other religions and affirms the differences between their religions with maturity.  The lecture begins at 12:30 p.m. in OMSC Great Commission Hall, Overseas Ministries Study Center, 490 Prospect Street, New Haven. Bring a light lunch at 12:15 p.m. Coffee will be provided. For lecture details or directions, visit (What's New?) or call (203) 624-6672, ext. 315.







Needed/Lost and Found:


Short-Term Housing Needed: I'm wondering if anyone would be able to host a friend of mine who is coming into town Friday, April 11 and leaving Monday, April 14. She is coming for a Unite for Sight public health conference downtown. I'm going to be out of town that weekend, and all she's looking for is a place to stay. If you have an open couch and preferably live a little closer to downtown, you would be perfect. She is a college friend and would be a very polite guest. I know it's a long shot, but please let me know if you would be willing.  Thank you, Oby Ballinger


Bed Needed: I need a twin mattress with frame and boxspring.  Nothing fancy; just something I can donate to charity after a few months (or give back to you if you want it).  If you can help, please drop me a line.  Thanks!  Kerith (



Worship Opportunities



Friday Meditations at Christ Church: Christ Church Parish, across from the Yale Bookstore, invites all interested to join us for a service of Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament as a Lenten devotion on Friday evenings at 5:30pm on any of the following dates: February 15, 22, 29, or March 14. Meditations on the Way of the Cross are enhanced by moving and stunning sculptured stations designed by the master architect Henry Vaughan. If Eucharistic Benediction is outside of your custom, feel free to join us only for the Stations, which is the first part of the Service.  Blessing in your spiritual journey this Lent.


This Week in Marquand

Monday: Sing for Change: Worship and Justice, with CeCe Jones MDIV 05.

Tuesday: A Service of Grace and Reconciliation in Christ, with graduating student Yejide Peters preaching.

Wednesday: Sung Morning Prayer drawing from African-American traditons, with the Total Praise Ensemble

Thursday: Yale Black Seminarians -"If I can help telling the story and sharing the vision".

Friday: Footwashing Eucharist, led by the Roman Catholic Student Group, Graduating Student Mary Louise Bozza preaching.


10:30am.  All Are Welcome!