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Notes from the Quad

Commencement 2006 posed some unusual challenges for Yale Divinity School, as ongoing renovations to Marquand Chapel necessitated erection of an open-air tent on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. However, the wind, rain and cold that gripped the Quad before giving way to warm and sunny weather did little to dampen the festive spirit—a reminder, perhaps, that YDS is more about people than about space. >Go to story.

William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Several hundred persons gathered at Yale University's Battell Chapel on May 27 to honor the life and ministry of William Sloane Coffin, Jr., '49 B.A., '56 B.D., the outspoken Yale chaplain who rose to national prominence in the 1960s and 1970s as mentor for a generation of civil rights and peace activists. Coffin died at his Vermont home on April 12 at the age of 81. >Go to story

A dozen members of the Class of 2006 took some time during their busy last month in school to reflect on life at YDS and write about their plans for the future. One will do improvisational comedy in Chicago; two are enrolled in Ph.D. programs; one will be an intern at the Lutheran Office for World Community at the U.N.; another will be pastor of a Presbyterian congregation in southwestern Virginia.

>Read their stories here

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On May 2, Richard Lindsay '04 M.Div. and 32 other young adults completed the Soulforce Equality Ride-a 51-day, cross-country sojourn to 19  colleges and universities across the country to challenge religion-based discrimination against  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. Lindsay served as media coordinator for the Equality Ride and, as the only seminary graduate in the group, provided theological and biblical expertise. >Go to story

Has Yale Divinity School gone to the dogs? After months of sensitive negotiations involving prominent Yale University professors, Yale students, local attorneys and other residents of New Haven's upscale East Rock neighborhood, Yale Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge has decided to allow a popular “dog park” to remain open on YDS property. >Go to story

In case you missed it, Dean Harold Attridge has a featured article on The Da Vinci Code in the May/June 2006 issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine. He writes, “Is it possible that Jesus and Mary had a sexual relationship? Of course...But is it probable?”

> Find the answer here

Three new appointments to the Yale Divinity School Alumnal Board, a slate of officers, and reappointment of four current members will be voted on at the annual meeting of alumni, to be held Oct. 10 in conjunction with Convocation and Reunions 2006. >Go to story

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. >Go to Convocation 2006

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