December 7, 2008


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Academic Information. 2

Fall Semester Deadlines. 2

Final Exam Schedule. 2

Application for the Two Brothers Fellowship. 3

Notice About Transcript Requests from the Registrar’s Office. 3

Lectures and Events. 3

Christmas Gift for Staff 3

This Week in Marquand. 4

Advent Party. 4

Yale Institute of Sacred Music presents The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature  4

New School Conference: The Religious-Secular Divide: the U.S. Case. 4

Celebrate Christmas at Union Theological Seminary. 4

Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Protest and Presentation. 4

Tony Blair Faith Foundation Benefit Concert 4

Ministry Resource Center 4

Initiative on Race, Gender and Globalization Lectures: “Racial Formations: Thinking at the Limit” and “At the Limits of Diaspora? Indian Muslims in New Orleans and Harlem, 1890-1950”. 4

Forestry and Environmental Studies Afrobeat Lunch. 4

Trinity Institute's 39th National Theological Conference: “Radical Abundance – A Theology of Sustainability”  4

Faith Acts Fellowship. 4

Final Project Audience needed for Musical Skills and Vocal Development for Parish Ministry. 4

Classifieds. 4

For Sale. 4

Alternative Gift Fairs. 4

Needed/Lost and Found. 4

In need of a care giver?. 4

Employment 4

ISM Looking for Student Workers Monday. 4

VOLUNTEER: Conduct Religious Services at Adult Day Center 4

Cat-Sitter 1. 4

Cat-Sitter 2. 4

Cat-Sitter 3. 4

Write for the Encyclopedia of Global Religions and Societies. 4


Academic Information



Fall Semester Deadlines


To:       YDS Faculty and students

From:   Emilie Townes, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Date:    November 10, 2008

Re:       Deadlines


All work for the first semester is due by the end of the semester, Friday, December 19, unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.


1.         In exceptional circumstances, such as illness or family crisis, the instructor may grant an extension of time beyond the end of the semester, but no extension can be given beyond Monday, February 9, 2009. 

2.         No work from  the first semester can be accepted by a faculty

            member after that date.

Additional Extensions

1          A student may appeal to the Professional Studies Committee for an additional extension.  Such an appeal must be made in writing before February 9 on a form provided by the Registrar’s office. 

2.         Extensions will be considered by the Committee only in exceptional circumstances, such as those indicated above.


Final Exam Schedule

First Semester, 2008-2009

Monday, December 15

9-12 noon

Rel. 600

O.T. Interpretation (Collins)

Niebuhr Hall


Rel. 600

O.T. Interpretation (Collins)

Latourette S223


Rel. 600

O.T. Interpretation (Collins)


2-5 p.m.

Rel. 601

N.T. Interpretation (Hultin)

Niebuhr Hall


Rel. 601

N.T. Interpretation (Hultin)

Latourette S223

2-5 p.m.

Rel. 815

Biblical Interp.. Midrash & Theology (Bar Asher)

Broholm S202


Tuesday, December 16

9-12 noon

Rel. 726

Systematic Theology (Volf)

Niebuhr Hall


Rel. 726

Systematic Theology (Volf)

Latourette S223


Rel. 726

Systematic Theology (Volf)

RSV S200

2-4 p.m.

Rel. 791

UCC Polity (Townsley)


2-5 p.m.

Rel. 618

Intermediate Greek (Gundry)

Broholm S202


Wednesday, December 17

9-12 noon.

Rel. 731

Advanced Medieval/Renaissance Latin (Johnson)


9-12 noon.

Rel. 739

Evangelicalism (Balmer)

Niebuhr Hall

2-4 p.m.

Rel. 605

Elementary N.T. Greek (Brand)


2-5 p.m.

Rel. 604

Elementary Hebrew (Kim)


2-5 p.m.

Rel. 728

Beginning Medieval Latin (Johnson)



Thursday, December 18

9-11 a.m.

Rel. 720

History of Xn. Theol. to 451 (Beeley)

Niebuhr Hall

2-4 p.m.

Rel. 679

Greek Exegesis of Galatians (Hultin)


2-5 p.m.

Rel. 674

Intermediate Hebrew (Hoffer)


2-5 p.m.

Rel. 676

Adv. Biblical Hebrew: Prose (Baden)

Broholm S202

2-5 p.m.

Rel. 798

Anglican Theol/Hist II ECUSA/Anglican (Britton)



Friday, December 19

9-11 a.m.

Rel. 700

History of Western Christianity (Gordon)

Niebuhr Hall


Rel. 700

History of Western Christianity (Gordon)



Application for the Two Brothers Fellowship

The Two Brothers Fellowship (YDS Bulletin, p. 127), which is designated for support of biblical or archaeological study.  One or more substantial awards will be made for the summer of 2009, with preference given to students who have a clear interest in doing advanced work in their proposed course of study.

1. Your name.

2. Address and e-mail address.

3. Proposed course of study.

4. Estimated budget.

5. Name of faculty member who might be contacted regarding the student’s work in Bible




Notice About Transcript Requests from the Registrar’s Office

Students requesting transcripts to be sent the month of December, please have your request in to the Registrar's office (Seabury, 1st floor) no later than Friday, December 19th.  After that date there is no guarantee that the request can be filled before the winter recess.

Lectures and Events


Christmas Gift for Staff

Dear Divinity School, Each Christmas, we present a gift of money to the members of the Divinity School custodial, dining hall, grounds, and security staff, as one way of expressing our appreciation for the important service they offer to our community each day. This gift of money is based on your individual contributions and is presented to our colleagues on the last day of work before the Christmas holiday.  If you would like to contribute to the gift, please make your donation in cash to me. If it is necessary for you to write a check, you may do so (make it payable to "Dale Peterson"), but a cash contribution is preferred. You may hand your contribution to me directly, or leave it for me with Mike Giaquinto at my office. We will collect contributions from Monday, December 1st, through Friday, December 12th. This expression of appreciation to these friends and colleagues is an enduring and heartfelt tradition of the Divinity School community. This is one way we can offer thanks to these individuals who make our daily routines in this place more enjoyable and productive. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. Thank you.


Dale Peterson

Dean of Students


This Week in Marquand

Tuesday, December 9 (7:00PM)

Marquand Chapel

All are welcome


Advent Party

Help set up!  We hope you are excited about the Advent Service and Party on Tuesday! Some of our fellow students have already spent quite a bit of time or will be spending quite a bit of time assisting with set-up and clean-up for the Advent Party on Tuesday. We are writing to request that you donate some of your time to assist in these endeavors. We especially need help with clean-up at the moment. Set-up will be during the day on Tuesday. If you are willing and able to help with set-up, please contact Michael O'Loughlin at If you can help with clean-up, after the party on Tuesday night, please contact Delfin Bautista or John Boyles at or


Come to the Party!  Take a night off from the hustle and bustle of work to attend the Advent Party!  The entire YDS community is invited - staff, faculty, families, partners, significant others, and yes, even students.  We'll have food, music, beverages, activities for children and maybe even a visit from a certain beloved white bearded gentleman (not Dean Attridge... the other one).  This is one of the classier gatherings of the semester, so semi-formal attire is appropriate.

Tuesday, December 9 (After the Advent Service)

YDS Common Room


Yale Institute of Sacred Music presents The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature

Robert Alter, Biblical scholar, translator, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley to present at the first Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature.  Reception to follow in the ISM Great Hall.

            Monday, December 8th (5:15PM)

Yale Divinity School  Common Room


New School Conference: The Religious-Secular Divide: the U.S. Case

The New School's journal, Social Research, is hosting a multidisciplinary conference on the religious-secular divide on March 5 and 6 in NYC and welcomes classes and groups to attend. Students attend for free. (  Speakers include Charles Taylor, Noah Feldman, George Kateb, Richard J. Bernstein, and José Casanova, David Martin, Peter van der Veer, William E. Connolly, Daniel C. Dennett, Sheila Davaney, Mark Lilla, and many more. 


Celebrate Christmas at Union Theological Seminary

Union Theological Seminary’s Annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-Along Tuesday, December 9, 2008, James Chapel5:00 p.m. "Warm-Up" Reception, 5:30 p.m. Sing-AlongJoin the Seminary Choir and the rest of the seminary community for Union’s annual sing-along of Handel's Messiah. Our own Artist-in-Residence Penna Rose and the Seminary Choir, with Chris Johnson on organ, will lead us in a community sing-along of the Christmas portion of the Messiah, along with a few favorites from the rest of the work.


Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Protest and Presentation

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a community-based worker organization whose members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants ((primarily farmworkers) working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. They have developed one of the most powerful and successful movements in America today for worker’s rights, human rights, and fair food. They have also established an international social justice, religious denomination and student coalition recognized by the U.S. Senate and the United Nations.

            YDS Presentation

            Monday, December 8 (12:30-1:30PM)


Tony Blair Faith Foundation Benefit Concert

Join friends, and family for an evening of lively international music to help eradicate malaria!  Performances include members of the Yale Alumni Chorus, St. Luke's School a cappella groups, and several special acts to be announced. Over 500 million people contract malaria each year, but together we can prevent spread of the disease.  Tickets are $10 per person, and each ticket is enough to protect a child from malaria through providing a bednet in endemic regions.  All proceeds go to malaria relief.  Sponsored by the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and Yale Engineering.  Tickets can be purchased online at, or in person in the box office located in the lobby of Sprague Hall at 470 College Street in New Haven from 9 am to 5 pm, or by phone at 203-432-4158.  If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a participating group please contact the event chair at

September, December 13th (8:00PM)


Ministry Resource Center

What would you want from the Ministry Resource Center????


Initiative on Race, Gender and Globalization Lectures: “Racial Formations: Thinking at the Limit” and “At the Limits of Diaspora? Indian Muslims in New Orleans and Harlem, 1890-1950”

“Racial Formations” by Paul Gilroy, sponsored by the Whitney and Betty Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Department of African American Studies, and The Initiative on Race, Gender, and Globalization.

            December 11 (4:30-6:00PM)

Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona (SSS), 1 Prospect St, Room 114


“At the Limits of Diaspora? Indian Muslims in New Orleans and Harlem, 1890-1950” by Vivek Bald, Assistant Professor of Writing and Digital Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  The popular image of South Asians in the United States has for many years centered on the generation of professionals who came from India and Pakistan after changes to the immigration laws in 1965, who over the 1970s and 80s largely assimilated into middle-class white suburban American life, while maintaining links to culture and religion in the form of ethnic associations, businesses, newspapers, parades, etc.

            December 8, 2008 (4:30PM)

            63 High St, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 211


Forestry and Environmental Studies Afrobeat Lunch

Take a break from studying and have lunch to a different beat as Yale's very own Prof. Michael Veal hosts a music-laced discussion on politically inspired music of Africa and the African Diaspora such as Afrobeat and Jamaican Dub. This lunch is an FES-sponsored initiative to promote cultural dialogues and inter-departmental discourse within Yale community.  Lunch will be served.

            Monday, December 8 (12:00-1:00PM)

            Bowers Auditorium


Trinity Institute's 39th National Theological Conference: “Radical Abundance – A Theology of Sustainability”

Leading Theologians and Grassroots Activists Consider Radical Ideas About

Abundance, Sustainability, and Well-being.  January 21-23, 2009.  For a second year, Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center is a "Partner Site" for Trinity Institute's January program. (


Faith Acts Fellowship

The Faiths Act Fellowship will empower thirty religiously diverse young leaders from the US, UK and Canada to serve as inter-religious ambassadors for the Millennium Development Goals. In August 2009, these young leaders will embark together on a 10 month journey of interfaith service in the fight to eradicate deaths due to malaria. The fellowship begins with two months of intensive training with Tony Blair in London and the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago. Fellows will then be placed with primary health care partners in Africa for a one month intensive immersion program. Fellows will return to their home countries where they will spend the next 8 months raising awareness and resources. Working in religiously diverse pairs, the young leaders will inspire others in their home communities to take action. Together, the Faiths Act Fellows will show their faith in a brighter future and prove to the world that Faiths Act.  Applications now open! Learn more at


Final Project Audience needed for Musical Skills and Vocal Development for Parish Ministry

Are you a supportive, helpful soul who enjoys singing and whose heart would be blessed with the sound of music at this time in the semester if you attended two 20 minute final liturgy projects in which the student leaders had planned the liturgy, chosen and written some of the music, and are doing all the music leadership as a final project for REL 928?  In order for the budding songleaders to get experience teaching and leading songs (psalm chanting, call-and-response, global song, newly-written hymn texts to familiar tunes, etc), they need a congregation.

Monday, December 8 (2:15PM)

Marquand Chapel



For Sale

Alternative Gift Fairs

Dwight Hall at Yale: Enjoy alternative gift shopping and unique gifts offered by international organizations and local New Haven agencies. Come help support Sadhna from India, One Mango Tree from Uganda and several other fair trade cooperatives from different parts of the world including Afghanistan, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and more!  For questions regarding the Alternative Gift Market, please contact

Tuesday, December 9 (12:00-6:00PM)

Dwight Hall, 67 High St., New Haven


Jamaica Plains, MA:

Fairly traded goods and local artisan work from around the corner... and the world!  From crafts to coffee, books to bananas, photography to a flock of chicks...

December 13 (10AM-2:00PM)

The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain

633 Centre St.

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


Needed/Lost and Found

In need of a care giver?

My 96 year old aunt recently passed away and her much beloved care-giver of 5+ years needs a new position. If you know of someone looking for wonderful live-in (or live-out) care-giving, let me know (



Part time Jobs Available at Beinecke Library

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library's printed acquisitions department is hiring student workers for the spring semester.  Duties include typing call tags & labels, filing, photocopying, creating item records, measuring for boxes, assembling boxes, unpacking material, sorting collections of printed material, and updating databases. You may work 8-15 hours per week; hours must be worked during the times of Mon-Fri, 8:30-5. Pay is $12/hour.  Further details and online application can be found here:

ISM Looking for Student Workers Monday

Help is needed for Lana Schwebel Memorial reception from 5:30PM - 8:00PM.  Duties include: general event assistance, beverage setup & strike.  We will pay $13.50/hr. Please email if you are interested.

VOLUNTEER: Conduct Religious Services at Adult Day Center

I am writing to request weekly volunteers (approx. 45 min to 1 hour) to conduct religious services and/or play the piano at the Strong House Adult Day Center located in Madison, CT (approx. 15 miles from New Haven). We have elderly clients of all denominations, ranging in age from 62 to 92.  We are open Monday thru Friday with our clients attending from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  We currently have a religious service every other week which the clients thoroughly enjoy. We have a beautiful piano, but unfortunently, no piano players! Spirituality was and remains a large part of our clients lives and we would deeply appreciate any assistance your students can provide.  You may contact me via email or phone (203) 245-0524.

Cat-Sitter 1

I am looking for a good-hearted person to look in on Cleo the cat while I am away from December 22 through January 2. She is fairly low maintenance and has food and water facilities good for two or three days, but is getting to be an old lady (14 this year) and needs to see and be seen periodically. She will be fine (in fact much better) staying in my apartment, which is two blocks from YDS. I'm more than happy to pay as much as I would for a professional service ($10-$15 a day). If you are available and interested, please let me know as soon as possible (

Cat-Sitter 2

I am looking for a cat sitter for my precious little roommate, Maddie. I will be gone from December 19th-January 9th. She will be just fine staying at my apartment near campus. She only needs someone to visit her briefly every day to make sure she hasn?t burned the apartment down. Maddie is a self-sufficient cat; she will not require much care. She just needs someone to check on her and love on her a little bit. If you are willing but can only watch her for a portion of that time, please let me know. Multiple cat sitters would work just as well. Compensation is open to negotiation, and I will be generous. If you are interested, please email

Cat-Sitter 3

Hello friendly humans,  We are Amos and Hosea, and we have an important request.  Our beloved guardians, Javen Swanson and Oby Ballinger, are abandoning us while they "celebrate the holidays" in Minnesota (December 19-30).  Javen and Oby will be happy to reimburse you $200 for your efforts.  Please email

Write for the Encyclopedia of Global Religions and Societies

Several topics for this Sage Publications, three or four volume set remain unassigned. If you are interested in writing one or more entries, please let me know. Expected length varies by entry (many only 500 words), information I can provide you with if you respond. Standards of excellence in factual information and writing of course presumed for final acceptance. Think about it -- a chance for a publication and cited as an authority on a topic for the next decade! (









Tutu, Bishop Desmond



Coptic Christianity

American Samoa

Zoroastrianism (and Parsis)





Ethnic Cleansing





Indus valley Civilization

Silk Road

Indo-Eurpoean Religion

Bharatiya Janata Party


Flood Myth



Moghul Empires



Engaged Buddhist groups


Reform Hinduism

Mitra Cult




Papua New Guinea

Vajrayana (Tibetan)

Reconstructionism (Jewish)


Brunei Darussalam

Sub-Saharan Afica



Pure Land






Dalai Lama


Saudi Arabia

Antigua and Barbuda

Korea, Democratic People's Republic