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Five graduates of Yale Divinity School will be honored for distinguished service at the Alumni Awards Banquet to be held Oct. 11 during Convocation 2005. Honorees include an alumna who has made over 2,000 visits to prison inmates; the founder and president of an international relief agency with operations in 15 countries in Africa and Asia; a retired professor of history of religions and Buddhist studies at The University of Chicago Divinity School; a professor of medical humanities and ethics in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Medical University of Ohio in Toledo, OH; and a retired United Methodist bishop who wrote the DISCIPLE Bible study for Christian leaders.
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Yale Divinity School officially welcomed an incoming class of 150 students to campus during four days of the traditional Before the Fall Orientation (BTFO) Aug. 23-26, followed by Opening Convocation on Aug. 30—a worship service that blended traditional music with Ghanian drumming and featured an address on “Everydayness” by new faculty member Emilie M. Townes.
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YDS Alumni Chosen to Head Disciples, United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins '84 M.Div., and the Rev. John Thomas '75 M.Div., were elected this summer to the top posts, respectively, in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and United Church of Christ.
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Winston E. Gooden '73 M.Div., '80 Ph.D., Carol Rose Ikeler '50 B.D., and Joseph S. Pae '01 M.Div., will be considered for three-year terms on the YDS Board of Alumnal Affairs at the annual meeting of alumni in October.

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The September 12 reduced-rate registration deadline for Yale Divinity School's 2005 Annual Convocation and Reunions is not far off. The four-day gathering will be held at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle Oct. 10-13. A number of prominent preachers and lecturers will take part, and five YDS graduates will be honored with Alumni Awards.

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Eighty persons from around the globe attended the Yale-Edinburgh missions conference held July 7-9, the fifteenth session held since the conference was inaugurated in 1992 under auspices of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity. This year's theme was Identity, Christian and Ethnic, in the History of Christian Missions.

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From across the United States, and from locales as far-flung as British Columbia, some 120 corporate chaplains, businesspersons and lawyers descended on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle Aug. 17-19  to discuss "hot issues and best practices" in the expanding world of workplace chaplaincy.
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Yale Divinity School Professor Kristen Leslie said the United States Air Force Academy must do a better job of distinguishing between good pastoral care and evangelism in testimony she gave June 28 at a Congressional hearing on the religious climate at the United States Air Force Academy.  Two months later, on August 29, the Air Force issued guidelines to all commanders—at the Academy and elsewhere—cautioning against actions that could be interpreted as Air Forcer support for one religion over another.
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The Yale Institute of Sacred Music, with Christ Church Episcopal in New Haven, is sponsoring a Sept. 24 concert by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge: O God, I Love Thee: Music of Praise and Penitence. The concert will be held at Woolsey Hall, beginning at 8 p.m.

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Public Faith in a Pluralistic World is Topic of September Conference
What is the appropriate role of religion in pubic life?  That is the question at the center of a Sept. 15-16 conference- Religiously Incorrect? Public Faith in a Pluralistic World- to be held at Yale Law School and sponsored jointly by the Law School, Yale Divinity School and the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.
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Berkeley Divinity School to offer Education for Ministry
Beginning in September, Berkeley Divinity School will offer Education for Ministry (EFM), a four-year course for lay persons in the New Haven area who want to learn more about the Bible, theology and church history and to use that learning in their life and ministry. Each weekly seminar includes review and discussion of scholarly materials as well as reflection on theological issues that arise in the context of daily living. Classes will meet for 36 weeks beginning Monday, September 12. The facilitator is Merle Troeger, a former lawyer who has served the church in various capacities, most recently at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Denver as an EFM mentor. The enrollment fee for the course, which is open to Episcopalians and non-Episcopalians alike, is $395. For more information contact Pamela.wesley@yale.edu

Reminder: 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

Reminder: 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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