Media interest continues to run high in the unfolding story about evangelicalism at the United States Air Force Academy—a major focus of which is a report on pastoral care at the Academy prepared by Professor Kristen Leslie and six Yale Divinity students who visited the Academy last summer. Meanwhile, California Congresswoman Lois Capps, M.A.R. '64, has called on the Secretary of the Air Force to “thoroughly investigate” reports of religious intolerance at the Academy. Stories on the issue, which questions whether top brass at the Academy have allowed evangelical Christianity to gain favored status, have been run recently by, among others, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and Florida Today:
"Air Force Academy Leader Admits Religious Intolerance at School", New York Times, June 4, 2005
"Air Force Academy Embroiled in Religious Controversy", Morning Edition, NPR, June 2, 2005
"Religious Differences Part of Cadet Training", Washington Post, June 1, 2005
"Converting the Corps?", On Point, NPR, Tuesday, May 17, 2005
"Faith-based bullying", Florida Today, May 21, 2005
“As a Catholic university, St. Xavier promotes the vigorous discussion of a wide range of societal issues. Although [Farley's] views have been interpreted as controversial, she has a long history of being a champion of human rights and social justice." Nick Mariano, a spokesman for St. Xavier, explaining why the Chicago-based school rejected calls by the conservative Cardinal Newman Society to withdraw Professor Margaret Farley's invitation to speak at Xavier's 2005 commencement on grounds that she is among the "public opponents of fundamental Catholic teachings." Other speakers and degree recipients targeted by the Society included former New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Actress Cicely Tyson and journalist Cokie Roberts. “Catholic Group Urging Loyala to Dump Speaker,” Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2005
"I came out of the old school, where it is your responsibility to educate yourself and take back what you learned to the community.”
Shiame Okunor, M.Div. '95, director of African American Studies at the University of New Mexico, in an article about the work he is doing to create a library for children in his native Ghana. “Real-Life Role Model: Well Read, ” Abuquerque (NM) Tribune. May 23, 2005
John Lindner, director of external relations and development at Yale Divnity School, has been named to the Leadership Council of Churches for Middle East Peace, a Washington-based coalition of 20 public policy offices of national churches and agencies -- Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. Its work is based on the conviction that the policy perspectives and long Middle East experience of its member bodies should be more widely known in the public policy arena. CME maintain an on-going dialogue with Congress, the Administration and the diplomatic community, to advance concerns, assessments, and advocacy positions. Lindner has long been involved in Middle East peace efforts and was the writer of the National Council of Churches' policy statement on the Middle East.
The Yale Club of New Haven has selected three Yale Divinity School students as Yale Club of New Haven Scholars. Each will receive a $2,000 scholarship in support of studies. The three students are Karreem A. Mebane, M.A.R.'06; Helena Shanahan, M.A.R. '06 ; and Lynda I. Bigler, M.Div. '07. This year the Club awarded scholarships to 15 students in Yale's graduate and professional schools.
The web site of Speaking of Faith, a national weekly public radio program on religion and spirituality, has been awarded a “Webby,” the equivalent of an Oscar in the online world. The show's host is Krista Tippett, M.Div. '94.
Peter W. Marty, M.Div. '85, Senior Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, IA has been named host of the weekly radio program Grace Matters, the radio ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. According to Marty, Grace Matters is heard across the United States and in at least 10 foreign countries by some three to four million people each week. Others listen on the web at http://www.gracematters.org/. Says Marty, “‘Weekly interviews, biblical meditations, inspiring music, and colorful commentary' are what we say the program contains each week. Let's hope so! It's really 30 minutes of trying to connect the extraordinary grace of God with our everyday lives.”