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Two decades after the mysterious disappearance of YDS student Sam Todd in New York City on January 1, 1984, alumni will gather in Marquand Chapel during Convocation for a service in his honor: Mourning a Loss, Celebrating a Life. Todd was never found, despite substantial press coverage and countless hours of street-by-street searches in New York by YDS students, faculty and friends.
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Harry S. Stout, the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History, will present the Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching Morality in America's Civil War, based on research conducted for his forthcoming book Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the American Civil War, due out this year. Sharon E. Watkins '84 M.Div., elected this year to head the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will deliver the first Morning Worship sermon. The Class of 1980 is planning an “all welcome” discussion over lunch on how ministry has changed, along with the culture, over the years since graduation. And more...

In New Haven, the YDS community remembered victims of the Gulf hurricanes in song and prayer; began a drive to collect books for damaged theological libraries; and organized a clothing drive. In the Gulf states, some alumni were relocated while others were involved directly in the relief efforts and offered suggestions on how needs may be met. >Go to Story

John W. O'Malley, S.J. of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, delivered the 2005 Roland Bainton Lecture at Yale Divinity School on Sept. 26 on the subject “Vatican II: Did Anything Happen?” O'Malley offered an analysis of Vatican II's vocabulary suggesting significant shifts in the Catholic Church's style, “from commands to ideals, from threats to invitations, from monologue to conversation..." >Go to Video and Transcript

Tim Townsend '04 M.A.R. left his job as a reporter at the Wall Street Journal to enroll in the M.A.R. program at YDS.  Now, little more than a year after landing the religion reporter position at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Townsend has been named Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year at the annual meeting of the Religion Newswriters Association.  While a YDS student, he also worked part-time doing communications in the Office of External Relations & Development. >Go to Article

A “veritable feast” of fruitful ideas and counter ideas—not from grand theorists but from “practitioners with their ears close to the ground”—was served up at a Sept. 15-16 conference entitled Religiously Incorrect? Public Faith in a Pluralistic World, sponsored jointly by Yale Divinity School, the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, and Yale Law School.

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In a September 22 visit to Yale Divinity School, Salvadoran peace activist Jose Inocencio “Chencho” Alas challenged the YDS community to learn about foreign affairs, to seek a deep spirituality, and to be “prophets” at a time when peace is in short supply. >Go to Story

Berkeley Divinity School to Award Honorary Degrees at Convocation Evensong
Berkeley Divinity School at Yale will confer honorary degrees upon William G. Andersen, Jr, The Most Reverend Robert H. A Eames, Jon Meacham, The Right Reverend Kirk Stevan Smith and Sandra Swan during Convocation on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. in Marquand Chapel at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven. Worshippers are invited to join Berkeley every Wednesday for Eucharist and a rich array of visiting preachers. This fall's highlights include The Reverend Martha Horne, Dean of Virginia Seminary (10/19); The Rt. Reverend Peter Lee, Bishop of Virginia (10/26); The Very Reverend Harold Miller, Bishop of Ireland (11/9); and Lessons and Carols (11/30). 

Yale Institute of Sacred Music: Save the Dates

The sacred art of J. Michael Walker will be on display in New Haven at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 409 Prospect Street, from October 10 - November 30. The free exhibition, entitled Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: J. Michael Walker's Life with the Virgin and Saints, is open weekdays 9 - 4. Most of the works will then travel to New York to the National Museum of Catholic Art and History, where they will be on display from December 10, 2005 to August 30, 2006.
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The Yale Institute of Sacred Music has planned a symposium for Sunday, April 8 on the topic Christ's Passion in Context: Theological, Historical, and Artistic Considerations of the Passion.  The event will be held in Linsly-Chittenden Auditorium, 63 High St., New Haven from 4-8 p.m. Three sessions will be featured: Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism & Interpretation, on Passion narratives in the Gospels; Jaime Lara, associate professor of Christian Art & Architecture, on the Passion in the visual arts; and Guy Erwin, professor of religion and history at California Lutheran University, on the Passion in the Middle Ages and early Lutheranism.
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