AUGUST 19, 2008


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 of the previous week to be eligible for publication in the coming week’s Q-source . The right to edit is reserved. –Kat Banakis, Editor


A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:  Welcome, friends!  Welcome to BTFO 2008 and to the 2008-2009 school year at Yale Divinity School, and to the Q Source!  The Q Source, the YDS community newsletter comes out each week to keep all of us abreast of opportunities, academic deadlines, job openings, and free futons.  It’s a friend who’s in-the-know on fun stuff, your personal secretary and head hunter, and Craigslist all rolled into one convenient weekly package.  Some say (I can’t tell you who, so please don’t put me into the uncomfortable position of feeling forced to say something I’m really not at liberty to disclose) that their entire YDS tuition and room and board fees are worth it just to receive the Q Source each week.


As “New Testament Interpretation” will explain, the Q-source refers to a body of material found in Matthew and Luke’s Gospels, but not in Mark.  It carries with it a certain air of mystery and begs for intrepid desert exploration.  The composition of our Q Source is far less mysterious.  People send me emails by 5PM on Friday with useful information and announcements.  I compile them into a newsletter.  Dean Dale Peterson sends it out to you as an email attachment through Classes V2.  Thanks for deciding to make YDS part of your life at this time.  I look forward to getting to know you in person and paper. -- Kat


Academic Information


Important Dates and Deadlines for Fall Semester 2008


  1. September 12, is the last day of on-line registration.
  2. September 12 is the due date for submitting a reading course proposal.
  3. September 12, is the last day to turn in a permission slip to take a downtown course.
  4. No course can be added after September 24.
  5. After September 12, a fee of $10 will be charged for each course change.
  6. September 17 is the last day to submit a request of Credit/No Credit form.  It is also the last day to submit a form to take a Credit/No Credit course for a grade.
  7. October 22 is the last day to drop a course.  Courses dropped after October 22 will have a grade of “F” or “NC” automatically recorded.
  8. December 19 is the official end of the term, and all work is due by that date.  Faculty may set earlier deadlines if they wish.  In exceptional circumstances, such as illness or family crisis, the instructor may grant an extension until February 9.  After February 9, all requests for further extensions must be submitted to the Professional Studies Committee


NEW! Online Course Selection Information

Effective this semester, the Divinity School and the Schools of Nursing and Forestry & Environmental Sciences are joining Yale College, the Graduate School, and E&PH in the use of Online Course Selection, or OCS.  Though an initial advising session with your advisor is still required, your course selection and advisor's approval will now all be done online. NO MORE PAPER PLANNING SHEETS!  Just follow these simple steps:

1. Check in with your Advisor to talk about your semester.

2. Log on to  You will be prompted to complete and certify your personal information before the system will allow you to register.

3. Make your class selections to build a schedule worksheet 3. Visit your classes to make sure your schedule will work.

4. Use the built in feature to print your weekly class schedule 5. Submit your schedule to your advisor for approval.  Note: Once you submit, you cannot change your schedule!

6. You will receive e-mail notice when your advisor has approved your schedule, or if your advisor has asked to to make revisions to your schedule.

7.  Resubmit if necessary (see #6 above) 8. You will receive e-mail notice when the Registrar has approved your schedule.

You are not officially registered until you receive this notice.  OCS registration opens at 9:00 am Tuesday September 2nd and ends at midnight on September 12th


Stop by the Registrar's office (Seabury N115) for handouts which include more detailed registration instructions and answers to frequently asked questions/frequently experienced problems.  NOTE: Courses with limited enrollment appear as “discussion sections.”  For more information stop by the Registrar’s Office (Seabury N115). – Lisabeth Huck, Registrar

Lectures and Events


Meet the Faculty Picnic

All incoming students are invited to be Dean Harold Attridge’s guests at the annual

MEET THE FACULTY PICNIC.  Please wear your BTFO name tag.  For more information contact Grace Chao ((203) 432-5308/

            Tuesday, September 2 (12-1:30PM)

Adams Courtyard (common Room if rainy)


Overseas Ministries Study Center Fall Reception.

The public is invited to help the Overseas Ministries Study Center staff and friends welcome the new community of international residents

Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 4PM – 6PM

490 Prospect Street


Yale University, Office of International Students & Scholars: Orientation for Graduate and Professional Students and Spouses

A wide variety of practical and social orientation activities is offered up through September 10, 2008.  All international students and their partners are invited.



Choral Auditions for Choirs Sponsored by the Institute of Sacred Music

The Institute of Sacred Music invites the Yale community to audition to sing in one or more of its sponsored choirs during the 2008-2009 academic year: Yale Camerata, Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Repertory and Recital Choruses.  ( Various audition times available September 2-8, 2008.  For more information or to schedule an audition, call

(203) 432-9671.


Ministry Resource Center Workshops:

Ministry Resource Center offers resources for your leadership in congregations and agencies, for your papers, projects, jobs; for your listening and viewing pleasure; for your commute; for your entertainment, and all in various media to meet a variety of learning styles. 

Features for the first week of school include: 

·        Bible on CD to listen to when you work out or commute

·        Resources for International Day of Peace (September 21), World Communion Sunday (October 5), and Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 5-11)

·        WORKSHOP: “Bible Study for Everyone: Bible Study for Everyone: Using Bible dictionaries, translations, and study Bibles”

September 5, 12:30-1:30 PM (or by appointment)

·        WORKSHOP: “Learning Groups to Transform your Congregation:  Resources and How to Invite”

September 10, 12:30-1:30PM (or by appointment)


Kirkridge Retreat Center: September Events

The Kirkridge Retreat Center in Bangor, PA offers a wide variety of events for reflection, renewal, and growth including:

For more information: (


Upcoming Programs at Auburn Seminary

In cooperation with many other seminaries and organizations, Auburn Seminary in New York City is offering a variety of short-terms courses to the public this fall touching on the practical and the theoretical.  Offerings include:

For more information: (


All Saints Company conference: Music that Makes Community

All Saints Episcopal Church, Los Angeles, is offering a three-day conference on “paperless” music, a style of singing that transforms worship and more deeply forms Christian community.  Facilitators include Emily Scott (MDiv ’06), Director of Worship at the Riverside Church in New York City and coordinator of the New Music Project.

October 8-10, 2008, 9AM – 5PM

The Cathedral Center and St. John's Cathedral, Los Angeles, California

For more information: (






Housemate wanted for 2 BR Apartment in Westville

Male graduate student in the Religious Studies department at Yale seeks grad/professional student or young professional, male or female, who is studious, considerate, responsible and keeps reasonable hours (at least on weeknights). $750/mo incl util.  Private bedroom and bath, plus office.  For more information email Devin Singh (


Housemate wanted for 3 BR on Orange Street

The house offers: convenient access to the orange and green Yale shuttle lines, on-site laundry, and a large kitchen. Utilities run about $110 per month; that includes heat, hot water, electricity, tv and internet. Both of us enjoy cooking, and occasionally invite friends over for dinner. We also have two cats. Rent is $463 a month. Location: 785 Orange Street apt 2. For more information: David P. Smith. ((816) 560-2061,


Housemate(s) wanted for home on Willow St

Rooms available at 186 Willow St. (very near Archie Moore's and a few blocks from the Div School). Rent will be about $450 a month plus a share of the utilities. We've got a house and some great roommates. We could use a couple more. For more information: Grayson Hansard ((203) 823-6209,




Career Day for Partners and Spouses of Yale Graduate Students

All spouses, partners, and other persons affiliated with Yale Graduate Students are invited to come and explore employment opportunities in a wide variety of areas at Yale.  Sponsored by the Yale Department of Human Resources.  For more information and to register : (

Thursday, August 28, 2008 & Wednesday, September 3, 2008

3PM – 6PM

Yale University

265 Church Street, 9th Floor

One Century Tower (Adjacent to People's United Bank)


Family Assistant/Child Care

Yale Law School professor is looking for a family assistant. Responsibilities include child-care for a well-behaved and independent 12-year-old son; running errands, including grocery shopping; cooking simple kid-friendly meals; weeding/gardening; supervising occasional home repairs; and generally assisting in running the household. 20 hours per week, beginning September 1, 2008. 

Over the last 3 years several divinity school students and spouses (Josh Evans, Julia Schoenhals, and Mark Osborne) have held the position.  The position pays $13/hour plus employer will pay both employee's and employer's portion of social security taxes. Must drive (and have good driving record), but employer will provide car. If interested, please send email to


2 Positions Open: Sunday School Teacher and Childcare Giver Needed

United Church on the Green, an Open and Affirming and Just-Peace congregation of the United Church of Christ on the Green in downtown New Haven seeks (1) a part-time Sunday school teacher for elementary age children and (2) an infant/toddler Sunday child care giver for the 2008-2009 program year beginning September 7.  Must be totally comfortable working with children from families of all shapes and sizes. We have a growing number of young children attending and want to ensure they hear the good news that God loves them through stories of the Bible (via the "Seasons of the Spirit" curriculum)and quality care. Classes are held during Sunday morning worship, starting at 10:30 a.m.. Pay for each position is $50/Sunday. For more information, contact The Rev. John MacIver Gage at ( or (203)787-4195x15.


Writing Assistance needed for Christian Community Action (VOLUNTEER)

YDS alumna and preaching instructor Bonita Grubbs, the executive director of New Haven's Christian Community Action ( is looking for a volunteer to help CCA with several writing projects. If you enjoy writing and would like to help, please email Bonita (


Worship Opportunities



All are welcome to worship at the University Church in Yale! 10:30AM, Sundays, Battell Chapel (corner of College & Elm streets).

For more information: ( or call (203) 432-1128.