"When the church wins the culture wars, it inevitably loses. When it conquers the world, it becomes the world. When you put your trust in the sword, you lose the cross." Gregory A. Boyd '82 M.Div., July 30, 2006, in the New York Times article "Disowning Conservative Politics, Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock."
Martha Smalley, research services librarian and curator of the Day Missions Library at YDS, was elected vice president of the American Theological Library Association for 2006/07. The vice president normally succeeds the president. Elected president of ATLA was Duane Harbin, who worked at the Divinity Library for many years before moving to Southern Methodist University.
Four entering Yale Divinity School students have been named Fund for Theological Education fellows for 2006. In announcing the awards, FTE President Ann M. Svennungsen called the Class of 2006 "gifted, committed young adults from diverse backgrounds who aspire to serve God's world as pastors and theologians. They are faithful, aware, smart, caring and talented."
Bethany L. Davidson and Elizabeth Magill are Congregational Fellow, two of 40 first-year seminarians nominated by, and financially supported by, their churches. Meredith Coleman-Tobias and Rahiel Tesfamariam are among 40 Ministry Fellows, who receive funding for vocational enrichment opportunities.
Berkeley Divinity School students have earned distinction this year in two church-wide essay competitions. Jackie Kirby '08 won the essay competition of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars for a paper on "Hope and Hubris in Hosea." Kathryn Reinhard '08 M.Div. in turn won the Charles Hefling Student Essay Competition of the Anglican Theological Review for her work entitled "Joy to the Father, Bliss to the Son: Unity and the Motherhood Theology of Julian of Norwich."
James Meredith Day '80 M.A.R. has recently been visiting preacher in The Memorial Church at Harvard University, and The Cathedral Church of St Paul, in Boston. In June he addressed the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences on the theme "Conscience: Does Religion Matter?; Some Perspectives from Empirical Research with Adolescents and Young Adults". He is professor of psychology in the University of Louvain and priest in the Church of England Diocese in Europe and a recognized clinical psychologist in private practice in Brussels.
Earl E. Johnson '76 M.Div. was awarded the 2006 Distinguished Service Award at the recent annual convention of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Johnson, a chaplain with a background in healthcare, was honored for promoting the standards of professional chaplaincy in what the Association termed "a unique and vital role." Since January 2002, Johnson has served as the volunteer partner and coordinator for spiritual care in the disaster services unit of the American Red Cross. The APC citation to Johnson said, "Johnson's work has truly been one of a kind. Before September 11, 2001, the role he provides in professional chaplaincy wasn't even an idea. Following the 2005 hurricanes, Johnson consulted with the leadership of numerous governmental and non-governmental agencies, interpreting the role of professional board certified chaplains as a key component of disaster response."
Jeffrey Johnson '85 M.Div. of Sudbury, MA was named a winner of the 2006 Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred, awarded by The Thomas Merton Foundation. Of 1,200 entries from around the world, Johnson was honored with first prize for his poem Of how much more value are you? Two of his books have been published by Cowley Publications. He is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Wayland, MA.
"We've never been bound by common belief, but by common prayer. Anglicans have always had a generous openness. I just feel that now there's a cold wind blowing." David R. Anderson '89 M.Div. in the article "Episcopalians Shaken by Division in Church," New York Times, July 2, 2006, about the decision of six traditionalist dioceses to break from the Episcopal Church over ceremonies for same-sex unions and the presence of an openly gay bishop in the church.
Stephen Huber '98 M.Div. has been appointed vicar of the Washington National Cathedral. For the past five and one half years, he has served St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC; most recently as transition rector. Huber will be the Cathedral's executive officer and provide pastoral leadership, strategic oversight and coordination for the Cathedral's clergy and senior program staff, including integration of the worship, pastoral care and outreach work with the education and program ministries of the Cathedral College. He will oversee the growth of the Cathedral community and serve as priest-in-charge in the dean's absence.