John C. Trever '40 B.D., '43 Ph.D., among the first Americans to examine the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1948, has died. An obituary in the Los Angeles Times quoted Trever as having said, ""I put a magnifying glass to the scroll and said to myself: 'Oh, my Lord, can I really be looking at something 2,000 years old? Then I remembered that in the haggling customs of the Near East, one doesn't tip his hand precipitously. 'Yes,' I told the Syrians, 'this might be worth something.' "
Former Yale Divinity School Dean Richard J. Wood has been appointed interim president of the Japan Society. Wood has a deep understanding and appreciation of Japanese and American culture and served as chair of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission in Washington, D.C. from 1994-2002. Wood served a four-year term as dean at YDS from 1996-2000. From 2001-2006 he was president of the United Board for Christian Higher Education.
Letty Russell, professor emerita of theology at YDS, delivered the Tillich Lecture at Harvard on May 9.
Margaret Odell '79 M.A.R. has written a book on Ezekiel as part of the Smyth & Hewys Bible Commentary series. Odell, who has an interest in how the Bible reflects a creative response to cultural and political crises in the ancient world, says the book's multimedia format made her "stretch" as she supplemented her text with illustrations of Western art and poetry.
Christopher M. Thomforde '74 M.A.R., president of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, has been named the 15th president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Thomforde assumes his new position on August 1, 2006.
"People who have these liturgical resonances in their bones, they go to a U2 concert and they just get it. In some sense, I think it was just a matter of time before this started happening." Assistant Professor Christian A Scharen, The Boston Globe, April 1, 2006, in an article about U2 Eucharists.
"'This is not to say that religious attendance should replace primary prevention such as exercise, or a proven drug therapy, such as statin therapy, but it does suggest that regular religious attendance is associated with a substantially longer life expectancy, and this warrants further research.'" Daniel Hall, '91 B.A., '96 M.Div., '99 M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Press Release, in the article Weekly religious attendance nearly as effective as statins and exercise in extending life
"I'm a master's degree student at the Yale Divinity School. And what I'm really interested in is the intersection of the environment and faith. I've got an internship this year in the Inter-religious Environmental Justice Network based up in Hartford. We work with faith communities so they take seriously the idea of purchasing clean energy for their churches." Tamara Shantz '07 M.Div., New Haven Independent, April 3, 2006, in an article about experiencing New Haven through the West River Walkabout.
"I'm getting my Masters in ethics and hopefully we can try to change the character and culture of the sport and improve some of the behavior that's out there." Kareem Mebane '06 M.A.R. WTNH television, New Haven, CT, explaining his hopes to work for Major League Baseball on ethical issues. In a May 22, 2006 story about the concurrent graduation this year of Kareem and his father, Will, who received an M.Div.
"I think the popularity of (Brown's book) and the exposure given to these other early Christian texts have raised consciousness generally about what people in the study of religion have known and that is that early Christianity was a lot more complex than the simple Sunday school version would suggest." Dean Harold W. Attridge, Houston Chronicle, May 22, 2006, in the story "Gnostic Gospels one key to Da Vinci Code origins."
"We thought we could live in this city, but it's been difficult. It's not the dream we had. I still get up in the morning. I am still glad to be here, and glad for my partner. I still say thanks to God. But it's a hard way to live. I underestimated what it would be like here." Linda Privitera ''86 M.Div., The Ottawa Citizen, May 20, 2006, in the article "Same-sex ceasefire ends for Anglican Church," about the difficulty facing Privitera, as an openly gay woman, in obtaining a priestly appointment in the Anglican Church of Canada.
"The loss of control is hideous, but out of it can come a great peace. In reframing it, you'll find that you will have an enormous time of spiritual growth." Holly Whitcomb '78 M.Div., M Magazine (Milwaukee), May 7, 2006, in the article "Patience is a Virtue," about Whitcomb's new book, Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting.
"I can't think of a better way to spend my time. A good minister empowers people. A good minister helps people discover mysteries, discover God at work in their lives and what God can do through their lives," Talitha Arnold '80 M.Div., New Mexican (Santa Fe), May 7, 2006, in the article "United Church of Santa Fe: Reverend celebrates 25 years of outreach."
"He was the most likely to be able to relate to all of the complexities of the diocese of California and to have the theological depth to hold it all together." Berkeley Divinity School Dean Joseph Britton, San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, 2006, in the article "Episcopalians avoid rift in picking bishop; Many had expected gay leader," about the selection of the Rt. Rev. Mark Andrus as next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California.
"The Episcopal Church still has a glass ceiling for women. Plus I can't write this book and be a white female who is ordained. I don't care what people say; the blue-hairs in the church would have you fired. I figure there's more you can say as a lay person. Once you're inside, if you want to play at the altar, there's not much you can say. I have a lot of freedom. A satirist should not be a member of the clergy." Becky Garrison '92 M.Div., May 1, 2006 in the Ledger-Inquirer (Columbus, GA), in the article "Writer takes church, politicians to task" about her new book Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church: Eyewitness Accounts of How American Churches Are Hijacking Jesus, Bagging the Beatitudes and Worshiping the Almighty Dollar.