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Margaret FarleyMargaret Farley connects in Washington, D.C.
On May 25, Professor Margaret Farley visited Washington, D.C. to describe her work on HIV/AIDS in Africa to the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues at the Rayburn House Office Building and, later, at an alumni reception co-sponsored by International Relief and Development, Inc.
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Commencement 2005Diplomas in Hand, Yale Divinity Graduates Sent Forth into
On a crisp May 23 under alternately sunny and cloudy skies, the Yale Divinity School family gathered in Sterling Divinity Quadrangle to celebrate Commencement 2005, as 121 students ventured forth to life beyond the Quad, diplomas in hand.

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A group of students took time out from their busy schedules in the days leading up to graduation to write about their YDS experiences and talk about their plans for the future. Some will go directly into the pulpit ministry, others will pursue further academic training, and some will enter the nonprofit sector or become educators.
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David and David

Two much-loved and highly regarded members of the Yale Divinity School faculty, David Kelsey and David Bartlett, will retire effective July 1. At this year's spring faculty dinner, each of the Davids offered a lighthearted reflection on what the “other” David has meant to him and to Yale Divinity School.
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Michael Ross was executed in Connecticut on May 13 for the murder of four young women in eastern Connecticut in the 1980s, becoming the first person executed in New England in 45 years. Jeffry Wells, M.Div. '05, offers a first-person account of his opposition to Ross's execution and the involvement of other members of the YDS community in capital punishment activities.
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Sr. Helen Prejean, whose opposition to the death penalty was chronicled in the film Dead Man Walking, preached in Marquand Chapel in April. Hosts for her visit were Dean Harry Attridge and his wife, Jan.

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Sex and Religion in Migration Conference, September 15-18, 2005
An international interdisciplinary conference examining how religious and gender identities arise and develop in relation to one another in the context of globalization is scheduled for September 15-18, 2005.    Among the sponsoring organizations-under the guidance of Siobhán Garrigan, assistant professor of liturgical studies and assistant dean for chapel-is the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  The keynote speaker will be Homi Bhabha, named by Newsweek Magazine as one of "100 Americans for the Next Century" and the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. >Go to Website
Robin Eames, Anglican Primate of All Ireland, to Deliver Pitt Lecture

The Most Reverend Robin Eames, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, will deliver the Pitt Lecture at Berkeley Divinity School during Convocation on October 12, 2005. Eames, who will speak on the subject Where Now for World Anglicanism?, is a senior statesman of the Anglican Communion, having chaired both the commission that a decade ago gave guidance to the Communion on the reception of women's ordination, and the more recent Lambeth Commission that authored the Windsor Report, a substantive statement on Anglican ecclesiology. Eames has also been active in the peace movement in Ireland, and has a strong commitment to ecumenism with other churches.

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Notes from the Quad, Commencement 2005