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Yale Divinity School Appoints New Professor of Homiletics

Jaroslav Pelikan Nora Tubbs Tisdale, a longtime Presbyterian pastor and veteran of three seminary faculties, is joining Yale Divinity School as a professor of homiletics. Beginning this fall, Tisdale will teach the theory and practice of preaching. Tisdale is currently on the pastoral staff of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, a storied congregation in New York City. Aside from preaching at Fifth Avenue, Tisdale also provided theological oversight for the Center for Christian Studies, an innovative lay theological academy offering courses for over 2,000 people in the greater New York area.

Her decision to join the YDS faculty evolved over a series of visits to the campus in recent months. "I worshipped in chapel four times during my visits there and I was really drawn to the rich spiritual life," Tisdale said in a telephone interview from her home in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. "I really liked the students I met, too. They are inquisitive. They're smart. They're sharp."

Tisdale, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and a Presbyterian elder, previously served on the faculties of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union-PSCE) and Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as adjunct faculty at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is the author or editor of five books including Preaching as Local Theology and Folk Art, Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship, and three volumes of The Abingdon Women's Preaching Annual.

Asked what the YDS community could expect from her, Tisdale chuckled, responding, "I bring a ready laugh, a pastor's heart, a scholar's love of new learning, a collegial working style and a love of teaching."