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A chance encounter on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle last spring gave birth to plans for a YDS travel seminar to Israel-Palestine. Over winter break, 23 YDS students, faculty and staff traveled to the Holy Land, returning with memories of a land of great joy and great sadness. >Go to Story

Gene OutkaGene Outka, Dwight Professor of Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School, will tackle the thorny issue of abortion as one of seven Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for 2006-2007.
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Frank BrownFrank Brown, a veteran journalist who has written for Religion News Service, Newsweek, The Moscow Times and other publications, has been appointed assistant director, publications at Yale Divinity School.
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Openings are still available for Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, June 5-23. Several weeklong courses are particularly timely in light of ongoing conflicts around the world and within church settings: Christians and Jews in Conversation, Is War Ever Ethical? and Practicing Ecclesiology: Leadership, Conflict Transformation, and Community. Kristen Leslie, who was much in the news in 2005 for her work on religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy, will be teaching a course on pastoral care in small groups. Another course, Judaism in the Time of Jesus, is being taught by Jeremy Hultin, who was a leader of the YDS travel seminar to Israel-Palestine during winter break. >Go To Summerterm Website

Yale Divinity School alumni now have free access to an online collection of more than 70 major religion and theology journals, thanks to a two-year grant from the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.

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All-School Conference
During the month of February, signs bearing an unusual assortment of names lined the hallways of Yale Divinity School. Their common denominator? The theme of the 2006 All School Conference: the Prophetic Voice. >Go to story

In February the Yale Center for Faith and Culture partnered with the Yale School of Management's Christian Fellowship Club to host a conference on the role of ethics and accountability in corporate leadership.

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Janet Edwards '76 M.Div. under scrutiny for performing same-sex marriage
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is investigating Janet Edwards '76 M.Div., a descendant of Puritan theologian Jonathan Edwards, for officiating at a same-sex wedding.
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Three Yale Divinity School alumni and communion heads were among religious leaders who signed the “Appeal to the President to Make Israeli-Palestinian Peace a Priority of U.S. Policy.” Signing the Jan. 19 statement were Clifton Kirkpatrick '68 B.D., Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); John Thomas '75 M.Div., United Church of Christ; and Sharon Watkins '84 M.Div., Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Click here to read the statement.

Brandon JohnsonAngelique Walker-Smith '83 M.Div., YDS heads of communions, and several YDS student-faculty representatives were among the participants at the World Council of Churches' 9th Assembly Feb. 14-24 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. >Go to story

The Winter 2006 issue of Spectrum, YDS's year in review, is available online. Among the articles: YDS in the Public Square; Jonathan Edwards Center Launches Online Archive; Practicing Public Leadership: A Program for YDS Students; Alumni and Guests Gather for Convocation and Reunions...and much more.

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April 15 is the deadline for black alumni to send recollections of their YDS experience to creators of the project Been in the Storm So Long, a chronicling of the history of the black presence at Yale Divinity School. 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

In April, the Institute of Sacred Music is producing a two-week, multi-part event dedicated to the memory of one of the ISM's founding benefactors, J. Irwin Miller, entitled Christ's Passion in Context: Theological, Historical, and Artistic Considerations of the Passion. Initial performances were on April 1 and 2. April 8 will feature a symposium on the Passion, and on April 9 there will be a performance of J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
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Convocation and Reunions 2006 will be celebrated Oct. 9-12 on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. Featured lecturers include Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Emory University (Lyman Beecher Lectures) and John P. Meier, William K. Warren Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame (Kent Shaffer Lectures). Reunion classes include 1951, 1956 and 1981. Cluster reunions will be held for 1970-72 and 1990-92.

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Berkeley Divinity School sponsors parish leadership events

Two parish leadership events are upcoming in April and June under sponsorship of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. As part of the Leadership Colloquia program, the Rev. David Cobb from Christ Church, New Haven will speak on April 11 in Niebuhr Hall. During the week of June 5-9, Gerald Arthur Ericksen, lecturer at YDS, will lead the Summer Term course Strategies in Parish Leadership on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. Earlier in April, the Rev. Karen Ward of the Church of the Apostles, Seattle was on campus as a Leadership Colloquia speaker.

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