THE YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL NEWSOURCE

January 18, 2008

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Academic Information. 2

Required Seminar for ancient Judaism Graduate Students: RLST 756/JDST 756. 2

Part-time Internship Information Session. 2

Summer Term Information available now.. 2

Lectures and Events. 3

MLK Day Activities. 3

Lectures by Candidates for Asian Christianity and Theology. 3

Interfaith Day of Service. 3

Lecture: “Understanding Bioethics and the Law”. 3

Pastor’s Study. 4

Inauguration Viewing Opportunities at YDS. 4

Yale Cabaret – the Yale School of Drama theater 4

Annand Spiritual Formation Groups - Spring Semester 2009. 4

Upcoming at Union Seminary. 5

Moral Philosophy Working Group. 5

Sign up for Red Cross Blood Drive at YDS. 5

Rethinking Development: Societal Transformations and the Challenges of Governance in Africa and the Middle East 5

Holy Happy Hour: informal conversation for students, faculty and administrators on theological questions  5

Ministry Resource Center 6

Yale Earth Care Committee Meeting. 6

The MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society’s Spring 2009 Colloquium.. 6

New School Conference: The Religious Secular Divide. 7

Louisville Institute Accepting Applications for Pastoral Leadership Grant Program.. 7

Chaplain’s Office Interfaith Service trip to NYC over Reading Week. 7

All School Conference. 7

YDS Trip to the U.N. Headquarters in NYC.. 8

Classifieds. 8

Employment 8

Childcare Giver Desperately Needed. 8

VOLUTNEERS: Your Place Youth Center 8

Research Assistant 9

Research Assistant 9

VOLUNTEER: Lead Religious Services at Adult Day Care Facility. 9

VOLUNTEER: Admissions Office Lunch Partners. 9

Housing. 9

Lovely, sunny Victorian apartment to share for spring term. 9

For Sale. 10

Patristics Books. 10

Found/Needed. 10

ISO: Computer 10

Worship Opportunities. 10

University Church. 10

 

 

Academic Information

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Required Seminar for ancient Judaism Graduate Students: RLST 756/JDST 756

This semester, Prof. Isaiah Gafni of the Hebrew University (and visiting at Harvard this semester) will teach the Required Ancient Judaism Seminar (RLST 756/JDST 756), on the topic of diaspora in post-biblical Judaism.  It will meet on Wednesdays, 1:30-3:20, SML 335B.  It is required of all graduate students in ancient Judaism, whether in the MAR program at the Divinity or the Ph.D. program in Religious Studies, but is open to graduate students in related fields (Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Ancient Christianity, ancient history, etc.).  Faculty are encouraged to attend.

 

Part-time Internship Information Session

Interested in pursuing a Part-Time Internship during the 09-10 school year?  If so, please join the Office of Supervised Ministry for one of our two information sessions.  The sessions will will provide you with what you need in order to navigate the internship process.  If you have any questions beforehand, please stop by and see us in Room S101A or contact Tiffany Ong at Tiffany.Ong@yale.edu.

January 27 & 28 (12:30-1:20PM)

Latourette Hall

 

Summer Term Information available now

Are you considering options for an interesting, productive, and enlightening summer?  Consider Summer Term 2009 (http://www.yale.edu/sdqsummerterm/index.htm) at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (June 8-12, 15-19, 22-26).  Harry Attridge and other outstanding faculty, including representatives of BDS and ISM, will be teaching -- as well as talented teachers from beyond the Quad such as writer Nora Gallagher, author of the much-praised memoir "Things Seen and Unseen: A Year Lived in Faith."  Reduced price available for YDS students.  The site also includes information about two other programs being offered in addition to the Summer Term curriculum:  Summer Languages 2009 (May 26-July 7) and special June 1-2 Leadership Development Seminars organized by BDS for recent graduates and church wardens.

Lectures and Events

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MLK Day Activities

-         For every age, interest, and dancing ability, there is a way that you can serve and learn and celebrate in honor of Dr. King in the coming week. (http://www.yale.edu/icenter/images/mlk). 

-         Join Yale’s annual day of service by volunteering in the local community with 'a day on, not off.’  Projects include cleaning up a local school, feeding the homeless, visiting with the elderly, assembling care packages and more. A continental breakfast will be served in Dwight Hall starting at 8:45 a.m., and transportation will begin to service sites at 9:15 a.m.  We look forward to seeing you.  Sign up for projects: www.yalestation.org/mlkday

If you have questions, please write to Chike Brandon at chike.brandon@yale.edu.

 

Lectures by Candidates for Asian Christianity and Theology

On behalf of Professor Adela Yarbro Collins and the search committee members, you are invited to attend the following lectures given by the candidates for the junior position in Asian Christianity and Theology at Yale Divinity School.  All lectures in Latourette.

-         Chloe Faith Starr, “Sino-Christian Theology: A Distinctively Chinese Theology”

                        Monday, January 26 (12:20PM)

-         Kam Ming Wong

                        Thursday, January 29 (5:45PM)

-         Paul Chung

Tuesday, February 3 (5:00PM)

 

Interfaith Day of Service

Sponsored by the Chaplain’s office. (https://classesv2.yale.edu/access/content/attachment/448c0e07-d6e9-423b-8948-9bb8425c68fd/idos123.jpg)  Contact: nathaniel.deluca@yale.edu

Friday, January 23 (1:45-5:15PM)

 

Lecture: “Understanding Bioethics and the Law”

Advances and discoveries in medicine and the life sciences will continue to have important and yet unpredictable impacts, not only on the lives of individuals, but on society as a whole. Individual and public policy choices must take into account the full range of possibilities. In this talk, Justice Schaller will draw upon his recent book, Understanding Bioethics and the Law: The Promises and Perils of the Brave New World of Biotechnology. He will examine the impact of the legal system on bioethical decision making as well as the impact of biomedical advances on the everyday lives of people in modern society as he attempts to provide a guide to this ethical and legal minefield.

Thursday, January 22 (5:00PM)

333 Cedar St (Beaumont Room)

 

Pastor’s Study

Hot soups and breads on cold winter afternoons with wise pastors and scholars, in intimate conversation about their lives and their ministries.  Each week, the conversation begins at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be available beginning at noon.  Contact: William.goettler@yale.edu.

-         Picking Teams: What Do Denominations Stand for Anyway?

Thursday, January 22 in JE Dining Room

Thursday, January 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the RSV Room

-         Living With Dual Vocations - Joining the Pastoral and the Academic Life with Joseph Britton

Tuesday, February 3 in the JE Dining Room

-         What Pastors Need to Know About Muslims with Omer Bajwa is the Coordinator of Muslim Life at Yale University

Wednesday, February 18 in Marquand Chapel

-         The Pastor as Activist - Anthony Bennett is the Pastor of Mt. Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport,

Thursday, March 5 in Marquand Chapel

-         Pastor's Stories - Holy Week and Easter

Tuesday, March 24 in JE Dining Room

-         Guess Who is Coming to Sleep Here? With the Rev. Heidi Neumark

Wednesday, April 1in Marquand Chapel

-         Will People Really Do This for Free? Volunteer Ministry as a Way of Changing Lives - Amanda Brummer Choi, (YDS '02)

Thursday, April 16 in JE Dining Room

 

Inauguration Viewing Opportunities at YDS

Two viewing options will be made available from 11AM on…

-         Marquand Chapel

-         RSV Room hosted by IRAP and Dr. Townes' class, Vexations: Religion and Politics in the Black Community

Bring your food, yourself, and your conflicted identities of church and state

 

Yale Cabaret – the Yale School of Drama theater

Check out the Spring 2009 line-up, including “Funny as Hell” and discount ticket packages (http://www.yalecabaret.org/)

 

Annand Spiritual Formation Groups - Spring Semester 2009

To sign-up or for further information, please email Matthew Leaycraft, Annand coordinator at: matthew.leaycraft@yale.edu

-         Drawing Near to God (artistic expression with Elaine Ramshaw)

Thursday, January (2-3:30PM) first meeting to determine future dates

Berkeley conference room

-         Discernment group: Did you think by now you would know where God was calling you - and you find the future just as murky as ever?  (with The Rev. Julie Kelsey, Assistant Dean for Pastoral Initiatives at YDS)

                        Thursdays (2:00-3:30PM), beginning January 22

-         Group Spiritual Direction (with Bari S. Dworken)

Tuesdays (1:00 to 2:30PM) beginning January 27th.

-         SOS: Sustaining Our Souls (praying with ancient Jewish texts and practices with Bari Dworken)

                        Thursdays (11:30-1:00PM) beginning January 27th

-         Exploring the Art of Spiritual Direction (learning the ministry for 2nd and 3rd year students with Jane Stickney)

Tuesday, January 27th  (11:30AM) first meeting to determine future dates

-         Spiritual Practice and Daily Life (spiritual and therapeutic responses with Judy Stone)

Mondays or Wednesdays (12:30-2:00PM) beginning February 2nd or 4th, 2009.  With your email indicating interest please indicate which day of the week you prefer.

 

Upcoming at Union Seminary

Union Seminary invites you to participate in a variety of lectures, courses, and events including, “Children and the Church.” (www.utsnyc.edu).

 

Moral Philosophy Working Group

Steve Darwall will discuss his paper "But It Would Be Wrong" (http://www.yale.edu/moral_phil/)

            Wednesday, January 21 (5:30-7:30PM)

CT Hall 104

 

Sign up for Red Cross Blood Drive at YDS

The Red Cross is interested in holding a blood drive here in early March, but before they commit to the site, they want to be sure that we have enough people who are willing and able to donate. Below is a link for donor requirements. There is a sign-up sheet posted above the candy bowl. If you would be interested in donating, please stop by and add your name to the list (and get some candy, of course). Signing up now does not mean that you will be required to give blood, the sheet is only an indication of the number of donors we would have. Eligibility: http://www.redcross.org/en/eligibility.  Contact: (michael.giaquinto@yale.edu).

 

Rethinking Development: Societal Transformations and the Challenges of Governance in Africa and the Middle East

Sponsored by the World Bank, the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the John K. Castle Fund for Ethics and International Affairs, the Council on African Studies, and the Council on Middle East Studies with Department of Education, Title VI Funding.  Visit http://www.yale.edu/macmillan/cmes/rethinking_development.html for more information.

            January 30-31, 2009

            Luce Hall Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Avenue

 

Holy Happy Hour: informal conversation for students, faculty and administrators on theological questions

Students and faculty, this is a special invitation to you all . . . Your chance to talk about theological questions and concerns raised in your classes in a relaxed, informal, non-competitive setting. Snacks, coffee, soda, water and wine will be served. This event, the first of its kind, is being hosted by the Committee for Spiritual Formation and the Practice of Faith and the Office of the Dean of Students. Don't miss this opportunity to talk with colleagues about these things that mean so much to you!  Contact: (Julie.kelsey@yale.edu)

Thursday, January 22 (5:00-6:30PM)

Commuter Lounge

 

Ministry Resource Center

Invites you to talk with us about all the possibilities for LENT: creative worship resources, retreats, study groups, missional projects, and more…….for all ages

CDs of the Obama book, Baltic voices music,  Bible, and many Bible and church history lectures.  Workshops available at dates and times you ask for on these topics:

Lenten Groups on a Huge Variety of Topics:  Easily Used, Quality Resources

-         Resources for Congregations on Climate Change/Global Warming

-         Narrative Budget:  To Tell our Ministry Story

-         Encouraging Exploration in Bible Study: Using Bible Dictionaries, Translations, and Study Bibles

-         Inviting People, Not Telling Them to “Sign Up”

-         Sustainability Resources for Congregation Groups to Explore

-         Discernment Resources for Individuals, Groups, Congregations

-         Exploring a Variety of Forms of Spiritual Nurture:  Resources

-         Workshop: Exploring a Variety of Forms of Spiritual Nurture: Resources

Wednesday, January 21 (12:30-1:30PM)

We are here to joyfully help you 10-3 weekdays!

 

Yale Earth Care Committee Meeting

The Yale Earth Care Committee will be having its first meeting of the term to discuess Spring initiatives.  All are welcome.  Contact: frederica.ghesquiere@yale.edu

Tuesday January 27 (12:30PM)

Common Room

 

The MacMillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society’s Spring 2009 Colloquium

-         January 27 • Ron E. Hassner, Department of Political Science, University of California at Berkeley "Blasphemy and Violence"

-         February 3 • Paulina Ochoa, Department of Political Science, Yale University: "On Political Theology and the Possibility of Superseding It"

-         February 10 • John R. Hall, Department of Sociology, University of California at Davis: "Jihad, Apocalypse, and the Empire of Modernity"

-         February 17 • Wayne Meeks, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University: "Reading History, Reading the Bible, Reading Hatred"

-         February 24 • Ates Altinordu, Department of Sociology, Yale University: "The Incorporation of Religious Politics: Political Catholicism and Political Islam in Comparison"

-         March 3 • Kenneth Wald, Department of Political Science, University of Florida: "Mobilized Diasporas: Arabs & Jews in American Politics"

-         March 24 • Brian Leiter, Law School, University of Chicago: "Foundations of Religious Liberty: Toleration or Respect?"

-         March 31 • Vivek Sharma, Department of Political Science, Yale University: "A Theory of Religion and Conflict"

-         April 7 • Mark Juergensmeyer, Department of Sociology, University of California at Santa Barbara: "Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State"

-         April 14 • Nadia Marzouki, Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University: "Objectifying Islam: the Search for a Sociology of Islam in French and American Social Sciences"

-         April 21 • Robert Audi, Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame: "The Secular State and the Religious Citizen"

All session are held Tuesdays, 12:00 P.M.-1:20 P.M., room 119, 8 Prospect Place

(lunch will be provided at 11:45 A.M.). 

 

New School Conference: The Religious Secular Divide

The conference will explore the tension between religion and secularity in the United States, which is long-standing, widespread, and increasingly intense. This is evident in contemporary debates over such issues as evolution and intelligent design which challenge the traditional absence of religious discourse from education, in the increasing importance of religious priorities in political decision-making, in governmental reliance on spiritual or faith-based philanthropy, and on the role of faith-based communities in lobbying for legislation or bringing out the vote to elect candidates. Given the increasing number of calls we are hearing for lowering the “wall of separation” erected between church and state by our Constitution, the question at hand is whether we are experiencing a major shift in the role of religion in political decision making and in our lives.  These issues will be addressed from the perspectives of religious studies, legal studies, political science, sociology, and philosophy. The keynote address will be delivered by Charles Taylor, Professor, Northwestern University. (http://www.socres.org/religiousseculardivide/)

 

Louisville Institute Accepting Applications for Pastoral Leadership Grant Program

The Louisville Institute's ( http://www.louisville-institute.org/ ) Pastoral Leadership Grant Program supports research and reflection by pastors and academics on the conditions of contemporary Christian ministry, the nature of contemporary pastoral leadership in light of those conditions, and the character of pastoral excellence.

            Deadline: March 1, 2009

 

Chaplain’s Office Interfaith Service trip to NYC over Reading Week

The Chaplain's Office is running a trip on February 6-7 to work with YSOP in New York. The project will include preparing a meal for homeless people, meetings with direct service people to learn more about homelessness, sleeping on the floor overnight, eating simply, and direct service in small groups in multiple sites around New York. The cost to you is only $20. If you're interested, contact:delfin.bautista@yale.edu.  (http://www.yale.edu/chaplain/NYCFEB09.html)

Friday February 6-Saturday Feb 7

 

All School Conference

Mark your calendars for March 23-27, 2009 for the All School Conference -- an opportunity for our community to plan and execute a series of gatherings about a shared topic relevant to our community.  The theme of this year's All School conference will be an opportunity for the members of our community to be able to share their research, gifts, interests, talents, etc. with each other.  Please e-mail either delfin.bautista@yale.edu or john.boyles@yale.edu with any questions you may have. We will be in the Common Room from 12:30-1:20 on Wednesday January 14 if you would like to come by and ask us questions or speak with us about your ideas. If you have an idea for something we ask that you send us a brief summary by e-mail of what you would like to do for the conference by Tuesday January 20th. We look forward to all of your ideas and gifts!

 

YDS Trip to the U.N. Headquarters in NYC

The YDS Presbyterians would like to invite the YDS community to a free tour of U.N. headquarters. After the tour, we will have a brief discussion with the Presbyterian (PCUSA) representative of the U.N. office (http://www.pcusa.org/peacemaking/un/index.htm).  To RSVP a spot on the tour, please email Kaz at kazimierz.bem@yale.edu.

            January 23 (9:30AM departure)

 

Classifieds

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Employment

Childcare Giver Desperately Needed

Claudia and Fred Gonzalez are friends of YDS student Anthony (Soup) Campbell and parents of a son at Soup’s school.  They both have jobs at Sikorsky in Stratford. They will both be working early morning shifts starting on January 12th, 2009 and they are looking for a student who will be able to come to their residence, feed their child, John Pierre age 8, and get him to school at Saint James Christian Academy located on East Grand Avenue and Lenox Street by 8 am.  If available for this morning-only commitment, contact: stjameschristianacademy@yahoo.com.

VOLUTNEERS: Your Place Youth Center

As many of you already know, the violence among teenagers in New Haven is increasing. Your Place: Youth Center co-founded by Jane Jeuland (MDiv '09), seeks to end the violence by creating an alternative to gangs. During the Spring session, the center provides teens ages 13-17 with a variety of groups such as Career Group, Women's Group, one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, and Friday Culture nights. Almost every night, the center also provides teens with a family style meal. We need your help! Below is a list of opportunities and the approximate total hours for the whole Spring Session. You can:

 

           Help lead a group                         24 hours

 

           Mentor a teen                                10 hours

 

           Tutor                                              10 hours

 

           Make Dinner                                   3 hours

 

           Chaperone Culture Night                5 hours

 

Volunteer Training                    Friday Jan 30    5:30-7:30

Safe Church Training                Monday Feb 2             5:30-8:30

Contact Jane Jeuland (Jane.jeuland@gmail.com).

Research Assistant

The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute seeks a highly responsible student to perform research and manage and analyze data on corporate, foundation, and individual prospects and on schools districts, colleges, and universities in prospective Institute locations around the United States. This work is part of the Yale National Initiative to strengthen teaching in public schools: http://teachers.yale.edu.

-         Skills: MS Word, Access

-         12-15 hours weekly during the spring and upcoming fall semester and as much as full time during the summer.

Contact Brian Gillis (brian.gillis@yale.edu.)

 

Research Assistant

Professor Stephen Kellert is looking for a research assistant on the children's experience of nature of human aesthetic and spiritual tendencies.  I am looking for student collaborators who can assume major responsibilities and credit for the conduct and results of this research. Limited stipend support would be provided. If interested, contact Professor Stephen Kellert (stephen.kellert@yale.edu) and provide a brief (maximum 1-2 pages) indication of your interest in the project and relevant background.

VOLUNTEER: Lead Religious Services at Adult Day Care Facility

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. Contact Diane Fisher (dfisher1@srhs.org) or (203) 245-0524.

VOLUNTEER: Admissions Office Lunch Partners

The Admissions Office is seeking students to act as Lunch Partners for prospective students who are visiting YDS.  If you are interested in helping us out, please email Jan Fournier (janice.fournier@yale.edu) and indicate which days you are available.  Please provide the following information: Degree, Denomination, Colleges attended, whether you are a first, second, or third year student, and the best way to reach you.  Lunch partners meet the prospective student in the Admissions Office at 12:30 p.m., escort the visitor to the Refectory, and engage him/her in conversation about YDS over lunch.  Lunch is provided by the Admissions Office. Thank you for sharing the spirit of YDS!

 

Housing

Lovely, sunny Victorian apartment to share for spring term.

Located a half-mile from the Div school and on Yale shuttle route, this apartment includes off-street parking and FREE washer dryer in basement.  Rent includes unfurnished bedroom and shared common areas (furnished living room, dining room, kitchen and meditation room).  Must be okay with two loving hound dogs and a very elderly, almost invisible cat.  $500/month plus 1/2 utilities.  Contact Beth Tjoflat (bethtjo1@comcast.net).

For Sale

Patristics Books

Contact: Danielle.tumminio@gmail.com

-         Early Christian Doctrines, J.N.D. Kelly (Beeley)--this one may be taken

-         On God and Christ, St. Gregory of Nazianzus (Beeley)

-         On the Unity of Christ, St. Cyril of Alexandria (Beeley)

-         The Augustine Catechism: The Enchiridion on Faith, Hope, and Love (Beeley)

-         On the Holy Spirit, St. Basil the Great (Beeley)

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Found/Needed

ISO: Computer

A colleague of YDS alumni Kevin Ewing is in search of a used computer.  If you know of an available computer, contact: kevin@westrivernsc.org.

 

Worship Opportunities

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University Church

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

-         Sunday, January 25: An ecumenical service of the Word with Sharon Kugler, University Chaplain, preaching.

-         Sunday, February 1st: An ecumenical service of Word & Table with The Rev. Ian Buckner Oliver, Pastor of the University Church, preaching.

-         Weekly Evening Prayer: Wednesdays, 9:15 pm in Dwight Chapel on Old Campus. A simple service of singing, scripture & reflection. Cookies & hot drinks served following worship. All are welcome.

To be added to the University Church weekly email list of other events and community service opportunities, email ian.oliver@yale.edu. (yale.edu/chaplain/church, (203) 432-1128).