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Yale Divinity School's Convocation and Reunions 2005 was a time for renewing old acquaintances, making new friends, taking care of alumni business, worshiping, and attending lectures and concerts. Much transpired, but among the most lasting images will certainly be those of the family of Sam Todd '84 M.Div. seated in the front rows of Marquand Chapel as classmates and friends remembered him a service entitled Mourning a Loss, Celebrating a Life. >Go to Story

Battell Chapel on the Yale campus will be the setting for a Nov. 12 concert in memory of Jason Richardson '03 M.Div., who died suddenly last January during leadership of worship services at his home church, Southern Baptist Church in Harlem. Proceeds of the concert, including revenue from a live CD recording, will go toward the Jason Richardson Memorial Scholarship at Yale Divinity School. Sponsors of the event are the Yale Black Seminarians and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. >Go to Story

Nominations Sought for Distinguished Alumni Awards, Membership on Board of Alumnal Affairs

YDS graduates are invited to submit nominations for distinguished alumni awards and for membership on the Board of Alumnal Affairs. Nominations must be submitted by January 6, 2006, either online or by using a printable form that can be mailed.
>Go to Board of Alumnal Affairs Nomination Page
>Go to Distinguished Alumni Awards Nomination Page

Creators of the project Been in the Storm So Long, a chronicling of the history of the black presence at Yale Divinity School, are inviting black alumni to collaborate in the project by sharing recollections of their YDS experience. Principal investigators are Yolanda Smith, assistant professor of Christian education at Yale Divinity School, and Moses Moore '77 M.Div., associate professor of American and African American religious history at Arizona State University.
>Go to Been in the Storm Website

Timothy Townsend '04 M.A.R. was well along the way to a establishing a solid career as a financial journalist when he decided to leave the Wall Street Journal and settle in at Yale Divinity School. One year after graduation, Townsend was awarded the Templeton Prize for religion reporting, the most coveted writing award for religion journalists. Read the story by G. Jeffrey MacDonald '00 M. Div., who received the award himself in 2002. >Go to Story

After demonstrating considerable skills in hermeneutics, patristics, homiletics and ecclesiology, Yale Divinity School students showed that know how to play as well during the fall recess period, which began Thursday, October 20 and went into the weekend. Among the activities: hopscotch, sidewalk chalking, four square, jump rope, a community dinner, karaoke, yoga, “art and soul” painting, pumpkin carving with the Nightwalking Society, a hike to East Rock Park and more. >Go to Story

“Better than to vote Christian is to act as though we are Christians. That includes confessing that God's truth is greater than ours, and great enough to include the truth of others. Conservatives can make such a confession. So can liberals.” Former Senator John Danforth '63 B.D. '63 LL.B., '73 M.A.H., in a sermon delivered at Battell Chapel on October 16.

>Read the entire sermon

Amy Denney Zuniga '05 M.Div. writes that she and her husband, Vince, survived the recent mudslides in El Salvador with minimum disruption, although many Salvadorans died while some fifty thousand were evacuated. An ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church, she is in El Salvador on a Fulbright grant, working and studying in the area of religion and social justice.

> Read the Letter

> Visit the Zuniga Blog

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, founder and senior pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA, will visit the Yale Divinity School campus November 9-10 under the Luccock Visitorship. She will preach in Marquand Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on the second day of her visit. The recipient of numerous awards for outstanding preaching, Hale was the first woman to serve as chaplain of the day in the U.S. House of Representatives and for the opening session of the Georgia State Senate. >Go to Story

Berkeley Confers Five Honorary Doctorates
Berkeley Divinity School at Yale conferred five honorary doctorate degrees at an Oct. 12 evensong during convocation and reunions week. >Go to Story
Katrina Aftermath: A Flood of Books
In October, Yale Divinity School students, faculty, staff and alumni shipped 17 boxes of books-586.5 pounds in all-to pastors in the Gulfport, MS area who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. >Go to Story

Yale Institute of Sacred Music: Save the Dates

The Yale Schola Cantorum chamber choir, under the direction of Simon Carrington, will continue the Chiaroscuro theme begun last year at a free November 5 concert at Sprague Memorial Hall. This year's “contrasts of light and shade” will juxtapose music of Henry Purcell, the finest English composer of the Baroque, with music by the distinguished and iconoclastic American composer Morton Feldman (1926 – 1987). http://www.yale.edu/schola/110505-chiaro.shtml
The Yale Institute of Sacred Music will present the Ike Sturm Ensemble in a multimedia jazz concert on Friday, November 11 in Marquand Chapel. Integrating jazz and world rhythms in richly textured original music, the New York-based Ike Sturm Ensemble fuses diverse influences into a unified, contemporary style. http://www.yale.edu/ism/events/111105-ikesturm.shtml
Author Marilynne Robinson will read from her work in the Divinity School Common Room as part of the Yale Literature and Spirituality Series on November 10. The reading, free and open to the public, will be followed by a book signing and reception. Robinson is the author of Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

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A Gift of a Lifetime
Many alumni and friends have chosen to support the Divinity School through "planned gifts,” oftentimes through donations that establish permanent legacies that remain a testament to the donor's devotion and generosity. Planned gifts most frequently take the form of charitable gift annuities and bequests. Further information on planned giving to Yale is available at http://www.yale.edu/development/waysofgiving/planned.shtml

Financial Aid for Students
Annual gifts to the Yale Divinity School Annual Fund are directed to the School's most valuable asset—the students. In 2004-05 YDS was able to provide partial scholarships to 60 students, and the goal for 2005-06 is 65 students.

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