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Singling out gay bishops would have "placed an unfair burden on a group of people in this church, which would be the gay and lesbian contingent." Episcopal Bishop John Chane, M.Div. '72, of Washington, D.C., in a March 17 New York Times article on the decision of Episcopal Church bishops to refrain from ordaining any bishops for one year, either gay or heterosexual.


“I used to, all my life, think: Well, finally we can count on American wisdom coming through. That is a bit harder to believe now. I would not say I am optimistic. I am hoping – hope being a mater of the soul, not of the circumstances surrounding your life.” William Sloane Coffin, Jr., B.D. '56, in a March 18 interview in the Los Angeles Times, under the headline “Reflections of a Firebrand.”

"To use the words 'is' or 'will' is at its worst arrogant, and at its best a denial of reality. There is more street credibility if it is written with aspirational language." David Miller, executive director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, explaining why “strive” would be better to use if a code of ethics were written for investment bankers. Wall Street Journal, March 10

"The issue is becoming intensive and explosive precisely because more and more people are moving toward welcoming and honoring persons who are gay and lesbian, and contending that it is appropriate for them to marry." Thomas Ogletree, professor of theological ethics, in a March 6 New York Times story on the response of Connecticut congregations to the debate over same-sex unions.


"You just can't throw open the doors and hold a Presbyterian service. Yet my sense is that many artists and emerging artists have taken up the mantle that the Church has dropped - finding ways to explain the infinite and the incomprehensible in a way people can understand." Bill Golderer, M.Div. '96, in a Feb. 27 Philadelphia Inquirer article about Golderer's efforts to revitalize 105-year-old Chambers-Wylie Memorial Presbyterian Church in the center of Philadelphia as Broad Street Ministry.


"There's more authority behind me. There's a principal they could be sent to. They are asked to do more than I require of them at home." Bibiana Perez, M.Div. '93, in a March 1 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about Victory Academy, a Catholic school in Mableton, GA where she teaches that blends home schooling and classroom instruction.


"He has made the College more reflective of the global reality of the Church." Dean Harold Attridge, commenting on how Pope John Paul has widened the College of Cardinals to be more representative of the Catholic presence in poor countries in the Southern Hemisphere. BusinessWeek, March 21.



"They concluded that with his plate so full this was not the moment for a sudden change of SRSG with the disruption it would cause.” March 4 statement from the U.N. after a meeting between Secretary General Kofi Annan and William Swing, B.D. '60, the Special Representative of the Secretary General to the Congo -- ending speculation that Swing would immediately step down amid reports of a U.N. peacekeeper sex abuse scandal in the Congo.


"In the case of Shrek, this is a story about what happens after the happily-ever-after, when you have to meet the parents, you have to work through the issues that a couple faces. They are completely missing that because they are still hung up on whether Pinocchio is wearing a thong."

Richard Lindsay, M.Div. '04, countering religious right claims that the movie “Shrek 2” promotes homosexuality. Religion News Service, February 28.

"The best antidepressant is a job." Dr. Richard Mollica, M.A.R. '79,in a March 29 New York Times essay by Sally Satel exploring the dangers of imposing “Western-style” counseling techniques on victims of psychological trauma in developing countries.


“Like we have George Washington and Paul Revere, she enters into their stories of the revolution... She's the liberated woman. There's no man in the picture. She is strong, against all the stereotypes of women.” Jaime Lara, associate professor of Christian art and architecture at the Institute of Sacred Music and YDS, in a March 31 Greenwich Time article about the 16 th -century image of Our Lady of Guadalupe





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