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One Week Left for Contributions to Annual Fund; Annual Fund Deelopment Committee Established With time winding down on the 2004-05 Annual Fund campaign, Yale Divinity School will reach its goal of providing partial scholarships to 65 students next year if an additional $35,000 in contributions is forthcoming by the end of June.  All Annual Fund donations are used in support of scholarships.  Sixty scholarships were awarded during the recently completed academic year.  If 253 more donors contribute to the Annual Fund, YDS will also meet its participation goal. To strengthen Annual Fund efforts, an Annual Fund Development Committee was recently established, headed by James Ebert '97 M.Div., who also serves as chair of the Annual Fund.
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The Rev. Richard Mather Mapes '49 B.A., '52 B.D., one of the most loyal longtime supporters of Yale Divinity School, died Tuesday, June 21 at Hospice in Branford, CT. He had been ill for many months. In November 2004, Mapes was awarded the Yale Medal, the highest award given by the Association of Yale Alumni, "conferred solely to honor outstanding individual service to the University." As class agent for the YDS Class of '52, which has sponsored several scholarships, Mapes helped to maintain the strong bond between his class and the ongoing work of the Divinity School. He also served as interim director of development and as church coordinator. >Go to story


Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle wraps up its 2005 classes on June 24, following on the inaugural Summer Term session held in 2004. Twelve classes were offered on a broad range of topics. Five pastors and one co-pastor couple attended on Pastors of Excellence scholarships, selected from a pool of 57 nominated candidates. >Go to story

Lee Hardgrove, M.Div. '76, had a keen interest in military history but never wanted to be a combat soldier because of his religious beliefs. But in 1982 he signed up with the Army Reserves, and in May 2004 he was called up to serve in Afghanistan as a reserve chaplain. Read the story by Jeff Wells, M.Div. '05.

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Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners Magazine, and Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, squared off at Battell Chapel on May 2 to discuss church-state relations. Stephen Ruckman, a joint degree candidate in law and ethics at the Law School and Divinity School, tells how the silence of progressives on questions relating to religion and the public square led him to organize the debate. Go to story.
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Reconnect with fellow classmates, professors and alumni for a week of lectures, worship, conversation and celebration at Convocation 2005, Oct. 10-13. Featured lecturers include Harry S. Stout, Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History, Preaching Morality in America 's Civil War (Lyman Beecher Lectures); William P. Alston, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Syracuse University, Divine Mystery and Our Knowledge of God ( Nathaniel Taylor Lectures); and Robin Eames, Anglican Primate of All Ireland, Where Now for World Anglicanism? (Pitt Lecture).
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The Yale Center for Faith and Culture is planning two major conferences in the months ahead, one in August and another in September.  For August 17-19, the Center has organized a conference on Workplace Chaplaincy:  Hot Issues and Best Practices, a forum for dialogue on pressing issues facing those in the corporate world who are involved with some aspect of workplace chaplaincy programs.  Religiously Incorrect?  Public Faith in a Pluralistic World is scheduled for Sept. 15-16.  Among the major questions to be addressed is how might Christians and those of other faiths imagine a public role for religion that falls victim neither to a coercive assertion of faith nor the liberal restraint of religious reasons in public debate.

Further information is available on the Center's web site.


Prof. Dana L. Robert of the Boston University School of Theology will present the George Edward and Olivia Hotchkiss Day Associate Lecture on July 8 at this year's Yale-Edinburgh Group Conference. The lecture, which will be delivered at 5 p.m. in Niebuhr Hall, is open to the public. The topic of Robert's lecture is "From St. Patrick to Bernard Mizeki: Missionary Saints and the Creation of Christian Communities" Robert is the Truman Collins Professor of World Mission at Boston University. Co-sponsors of this year's conference, along with Yale Divinity School, are the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World at the University of Edinburgh, and the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven. Further information about the conference is available at http://www.library.yale.edu/div/
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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

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