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Notes from the Quad

All of those elements came together on Sept. 5 when entering Yale Divinity School students joined returning students in Marquand Chapel for Opening Convocation 2006, featuring an address by newly appointed Professor of Homiletics Nora Tubbs Tisdale.
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Mom/Daughter Grads

A year ago, Jinny Smanik and her daughter Kate made YDS history when they graduated together from the M.Div program. In August they capped the accomplishment with a rare double ordination at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, Connecticut. >Go to story

Attridge at Boston College

Over the past several years, Dean Harry Attridge has traveled throughout the country, and as far away as Singapore, analyzing Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code. If you haven't had an opportunity to hear what he has to say, click here to view a video or audio of the talk he delivered at Boston College earlier this year. >Go to audio/video

Willis Jenkins, an expert in environmental ethics, religion and sustainable development, and moral theologies, has been appointed assistant professor of social ethics at Yale Divinity School. His interest in environmental ethics grew out of deeply personal experiences. >Go to story

Masao Takenaka, a 1951 Yale Divinity School graduate who published prolifically and was a leading social ethicist in his native Japan, died Aug.17. in Kyoto after a lifetime as an ecumenical leader and moral force in Asia. He was 80. >Go to story

The Annand Program for Spiritual Formation, named for former Dean James Annand, has expanded its offerings to students at Yale Divinity School thanks to an anonymous supporting grant.
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Teresa Berger, a member of the Duke Divinity School faculty since 1985, will join the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School as professor of liturgical studies effective January 2007. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of liturgical studies, gender theory, theology, and cultural studies. >Go to story

David C. Steinmetz, the Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of the History of Christianity at Duke Divinity School, will deliver the 2006 Bainton Lecture at Yale Divinity School Sept. 26 on the topic "The Domestication of Prophecy in the Early Reformation."
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Services Scheduled in Honor of Aidan Kavanagh, James Annand

The lives of Aidan Kavanagh, professor emeritus of liturgics, and James E. Annand, retired dean of the Berkeley Divinity School, will be celebrated in Marquand Chapel on Oct. 8 and Oct. 11, respectively. Click below for additional details.


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). The Dave Brubeck Quartet will perform with the Yale Camerata on Oct. 9 at Woolsey Hall. 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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