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To all YDS alumni and friends:


On behalf of Yale Divinity School, we invite you to attend the Annual Convocation and Reunions in 2009. It is time again to plan for a marvelous week of reuniting, worshipping, listening, chatting, eating, learning, singing, praying, reminiscing, networking, engaging, reconnecting and coming away inspired!


For the first time this year we are offering online registration and payment options in addition to registration and payment by mail.


This is a special year for many reasons, as you’ll see when you peruse the schedule.  One of our partners on the Quad, the Institute of Sacred Music, will sponsor a free Tuesday night music event featuring Don Saliers and his well-known daughter Emily Saliers in a concert/conversation with each other about sacred and secular music.  This is especially exciting because the Alumni Board has selected Don to receive one of the 2009 Yale Divinity School Distinguished Alumni Awards.  We look forward to celebrating Don and our other extraordinary awardees Bonita Grubbs, Nancy Taylor, and Peter Laarman at lunchtime on Tuesday in the Old Refectory.


Last year we introduced lunchtime breakout sessions to give alumni the opportunity to gather around topics of interest.  This year breakout sessions will be offered on Wednesday, October 14.  The very popular student panel and alumni award winner conversations will be offered again.  We’ve added a third option this year: a 30th birthday party for the LGBT Coalition!  The Divinity School’s student group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered students and their allies, founded in 1979, has been active on campus ever since. Alumni from every generation are invited to rejoice in 30 years of solidarity while also remembering the struggles that LGBT students have faced at YDS and elsewhere in religious communities.  Together with the Coalition’s founders and current Coalition members, we’ll commemorate the important strides that have been made toward a more inclusive community at YDS. And we’ll have a cake with 30 candles!


Aware that the current economic situation is weighing on many hearts and minds these days, we will welcome all who are interested to a conversation about the impact of the economy during breakfast on Tuesday.  This is a chance to for all of us—pastors, academics, and others—to share stories and gather wisdom about the effects of the economy on our churches, schools, non-profit organizations, and families.


Finally, we plan to pilot an offering of some activities for children during Convocation and Reunions this year.  Children have always been welcome on the Quad, but we are hoping more alumni with young ones may feel encouraged to attend if there are some fun activities planned for kids and their parents.  If you are considering bringing children, let us know when you register so that we can try to tailor this pilot project to the ages and needs of those present.


We encourage you to take a look at the amazing lineup of lectures, social gatherings, and worship services planned for the 2009 Convocation and Reunions and consider an autumn pilgrimage back to New Haven and the Quad. We hope to see you in October!



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Carmen C. Germino ’07 M.Div.

Director of Alumni Relations 


        Mary Ellen O’Driscoll ’02 M.Div.

        President of the Alumni Board





Questions/Mailing Address:
Alumni Relations Office
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
E-mail: divinity.alumni@yale.edu



--Last updated: July 2, 2009

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