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"The reality is that there may be some marvelous people, the salt of the earth.... There's also a lot of people that are using this, and they are no more moral and ethical than anyone else." David W. Miller, executive director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture, The Washington Post, March 5, 2006, in the article “Shoppers Balance Beliefs, Business; Directory Identifies Christian Firms.”


"I knew I always wanted to be a priest....I went through periods of my life where you could say I was trying to prove God wrong. But in college I realized that things made the most sense in my life when I imagined myself as a priest." Craig Loya '02 M.Div. The Standard Times, Massachusetts, March 4, 2006, in the article “The dual role of saving souls “ about a call to serve two parishes.


“People understandably respond to me in different ways depending on how I choose to look. When I wore a clerical collar people were respectful, even deferential, but I certainly didn't blend in. When I wore jeans, I did. Sometimes I am a private citizen and sometimes I am a clergy. In truth, I am always both.” Thomas W. Shane '68 M.Div., The Kansan, January 23, 2006, in the opinion column “Meeting strangers, making assumptions.”


“I definitely plan to see the movie. I loved the book.... It can spark some interesting theological debate. I have no opposition to it coming out as a film. I take it as a work of fiction.... I take all its claims... with a grain of salt.” Jeffrey Wells '05 M.Div., Newsday, March 25, 2006, in the article “Are you planning to see ‘The Da Vinci Code'?”


"I think it was... a very strategic decision that if we're going to have a broad movement, we can't just have people we like.” Chris Scharen, director of the Faith as a Way of Life program, Religion News Service, February 3, 2006, commenting on how U2 rock star Bono has enlisted the religious community as a partner in his humanitarian work.

"I love Detroit, but the most important truth people need to understand about Detroit is that the brokenness of our city -- our racial separation and isolation -- has taken an enormous cost. That's why Detroit is a wonderful place for our seminary. We're surrounded here by so many of the issues that Jesus frequently taught about: poverty, illness, alienation." Bruce Rigdon, '62 B.D., ‘68 Ph.D., Detroit Free Press, January 13, 2006, in an article about his retirement as president of Detroit 's Ecumenical Theological Seminary.


"Someone said when I came here to interview that it's easier to come out as gay in Seattle than it is to come out as Christian.... Coming out as a Christian is hard because it has substance to it."

Allen Hilton '97 Ph.D. and former professor in New Testament and Greek at YDS, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, January 6, 2006, in an article about his appointment as pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle, WA.


“The Internet relationships tend to be very fragile. They flame and flare out, and there is a sense that they are disposable. What we've discovered is people need face-to-face experiences that the Web enhances." Wes Avram, Stephen Merrell Clement-E. William Muehl Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, Roanoke (VA) Times, January 8, 2006, in the article “The electronic chaplain: College ministries employ technology as a tool for reaching savvy student.”


“Into the current contentious political climate, former Sen. Gary Hart has introduced a brilliant essay on the separation of church and state. In his lucid, learned style, he has reminded us why the First Amendment, profound when adopted, remains an essential bulwark against tyranny in 21st-century America.” From a review of the new book by former Senator Gary Hart '61 B.D., '64 LL.B., God and Caesar in America: An Essay on Religion and Politics, in the DesMoines (IA) Register, January 8, 2006.


"The courses in Islamic studies are one of the best kept secrets among Yale undergraduates. It seems to me to be critically important in the 21st century for Yale students, future leaders, to learn about Islam." Joseph Cumming GRD '06, director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture's Reconciliation Program, Yale Daily News, January 9, 2006, in an article about $40 million donated by a Saudi Arabian prince for Islamic studies at Harvard and Georgetown.


“Our household is not in the six-figure category, but I know the answer to my professor's question has not changed. Who is the rich man? It is I. And I -- and we -- have to share more of our resources to help meet the basic needs of our neighbors.” David Briggs '85 M.A.R., recalling a YDS class 22 years ago with Professor David Lull, Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 14, 2006, in the column “By sharing wealth we will all be rich.”


"What will we do with the fullness and the incompleteness of what we bring to this time and this place in this moment in this country?"

Emilie Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, January 17, 2006, Springfield (MA) Republican, during a Martin Luther King Day gathering at the First Congregational Church in Northampton, MA, where she encouraged individuals to live life with a respect and love of self and others and to make a difference in the "everydayness" of life.

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