2005 Yale Divinity School Alumni Award Recipients
Nancy H. Broeder is a native of Davenport, IA. Since 1980 she has been visiting prisoners under auspices of Prisoner Visitation and Support (PVS). As a “national visitor” with PVS, Broeder is authorized to visit at every federal and military prison in the United States and meets yearly with the director of the Bureau of Prisons. It was work in her other passion, archeology—and, specifically, excavation of an 1850 lock-up in Norwalk, CT —that led indirectly to her association with PVS.
She describes visits in the “cacophony of a Federal prison visiting room” or in “the inhumanity of a solitary cell.” Over the years, Broeder has been to prisons in 17 states in the South, Northeast, Midwest and West. She estimates that she has made over 2,000 prisoner visits, including visits to Death Row inmates.
Prisoners enjoy speaking with Broeder not only about her worldwide travels but about theological subjects as well. Broeder derives great joy from watching prisoners grow in their faith -- whether Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Rastafarian, or Buddhist -- and takes pride in encouraging such growth. Prisoners especially value her nonjudgmental attitude.
While working part-time at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, CT, following a sojourn in archeologically rich Turkey, she had enrolled as an undergraduate anthropology student and received her B.A. from SUNY in 1980 -- with an honors thesis on the archaeology of the old jail in Norwalk. During this period she also completed "The Palestine of Jesus" course at St. George's College in Jerusalem and then studied theology and Near Eastern archaeology at Oxford. She has worked with the Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain (EDSP), conducting research on the jewelry from tombs and sanctuaries of the "cities of the plain" of Genesis 13.
Broeder lives in Lighthouse Point, FL in winter and in Princeton, IA during the summer. Married and the mother of four children, one deceased, she has eight grandchildren.
Arthur B. Keys Jr. is founder, president and chief executive officer of International Relief and Development (IRD), an Arlington, VA-based non-governmental organization committed to improving the living conditions and lives of the world's most vulnerable populations.
As IRD president, Keys has been directly involved in management of an aggregate of approximately $ 322 million of development assistance with major grants from the United States Agency for International Development, United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of State, and private and faith-based donors. IRD has programs in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Ukraine, Serbia, Iraq, Jordan, Cameroon, Chad, Mozambique, and Montenegro under the sectors of relief, civil society, infrastructure, food security, economic development and health. IRD has 900 staff worldwide.
In his prior work as president of Keys and Associates, Inc. (KAI), Keys raised over $150 million in grants and in-kind contributions for NGOs in international development. He lived and worked in the former Yugoslavia under the auspices of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Urban-Rural Mission Program in the early 1980s. He speaks Serbo-Croatian and is the author of numerous articles dealing with public policy and the Balkans. His research work on refugees from the war in Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina is included in the 1992 War and Humanitarian Assistance Project of Brown University.
He earned a B.A. from Bethany College and a D.Min. from Emory University. He is married and the father of three children.
After graduating from Yale Divinity School, Frank Reynolds spent three years as program director at the Student Christian Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Working with Christians, Buddhists and Muslims, he became convinced of the need to supplement confessional modes of religious scholarship with new approaches that are non-sectarian and empirically oriented.
Upon his return to the United States, he earned his Ph.D. in the History of Religions program at the University of Chicago. In 1967 he joined the Chicago faculty as professor of history of religions and Buddhist studies in the Divinity School and the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations.
Throughout Reynolds's career at Chicago, he has fostered -- through his writing, his teaching, and the research projects he has directed -- the establishment and development of religious studies as an independent discipline that utilizes and creatively adapts approaches employed in other areas of the humanities and social sciences.
During Reynolds's stay in Thailand, he married Mani Bloch, with whom he enjoyed a family life that produced three sons and nine grandchildren as well as an academic partnership that resulted in the translation of a 14th century Buddhist cosmology, The Three Worlds of King Ruang. In 1997, after the death of his first wife, Reynolds married June Nash, an anthropologist who has written extensively on global issues and local communities in Burma, Bolivia, Mexico and the U.S.
Joy Skeel is a widely recognized expert in the field of clinical health care ethics who is a sought-after speaker and consultant at the national and international levels. She is currently professor of medical humanities and ethics in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Medical University of Ohio in Toledo, OH (MUOT) and director of MUOT's Ethics Consultation Service. She was educated at the University of Cincinnati, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Michigan.
Skeel was among the first women working in the field of clinical health care ethics and initiated the Program in Ethics and Medicine at the Medical College of Ohio in 1977. She has also been a pioneer in teaching about the importance of religion, culture and spirituality in medical care. She received the annual award from the Society for Health and Human Values in 1992, for her teaching and service in the field of medical humanities.
Primarily, Skeel teaches third- and fourth-year medical students during their clinical education, along with students in the Colleges of Allied Heath and Nursing. She provides numerous consultations, helping to resolve ethical problems faced by patient families, physicians and staff at MUOT.
Skeel has been a member of national and international task forces for the Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ that have examined ethical issues in health care as well as the relationship of science, technology, and religion. She was involved in development of Connecticut Hospice (first in the U.S. ) and was one of the founders of Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She is the ethics consultant to the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan.
Skeel has two daughters and two grandsons.
United Methodist Bishop Richard B. Wilke created excitement in local churches with his books And Are We Yet Alive? and Signs and Wonders. With his wife, Julia, Wilke coordinated, designed, and wrote the DISCIPLE Bible study, a training for Christian leaders, with nearly two million graduates in more than 10,000 congregations in 30 denominations. The DISCIPLE series is now available in German, Korean, Spanish, and Chinese. Many DISCIPLE graduates have entered the ministry.
Elected to the episcopacy in 1984, Wilke served for 12 years in the Arkansas area. As bishop, he worked to emphasize church growth and evangelism, while maintaining a love for the local church. He served on boards of colleges, hospitals, and the United Methodist Church.
During his 30 years in the pastoral ministry, Wilke lead several United Methodist congregations in Kansas —in Scandia, Wichita and Salina —and served as district superintendent for the Winfield District. For nearly 11 years, he preached and initiated televised services from First United Methodist Church in Wichita, reaching out to all of central and western Kansas.
Well traveled, Wilke is widely known as a speaker and preacher, often serving as conference preacher and keynote speaker at regional and national meetings.
The Wilkes have four children and nine grandchildren. They make their home in Winfield, KS, where Bishop Wilke serves as bishop-in-residence at Southwestern College.