"We who are affluent often don't know how to be good givers. We give—but for all the wrong reasons. We give in order to get something, which is to say that we give to ourselves—to puff ourselves up or to atone for our transgressions, for instance. I suspect that God is sometimes wrathful toward us because we are bad givers." Miroslav Volf, director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, World Magazine, Sept. 2, 2006, in the article "The Theology of Giving."
"So I can say, 'Yes, there are these texts which look like they condemn same-sex behavior.' But the greater, larger, stronger witness in Scripture is always on behalf of the oppressed, the outcast, the marginalized. If you want to be faithful to the basic intent of the Scriptures, you've got to be identified with the outsider, and not the power." James White '62 B.D., Colorado Springs Independent Newsweekly, Sept. 7, 2006, in an article entitled "Christian Progressives Fight for Their Faith."
"If you're going to take the words of Jesus seriously, those ones about 'losing your life for his sake' and 'denying yourself,' well, what's your life going to look like? Christianity is not about solving problems or making life easier. If anything, following Jesus is going to complicate your life and unmistakably so." Peter W. Marty '85 M.Div., ELCA press release, Sept. 6, 2006, announcing that Marty would be the featured speaker on the "Day 1" nationally syndicated radio program on Sept. 10 and 17.
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program named Joel Hanisek '06 M.Div. as Presbyterian Representative to the United Nations, effective Sept. 5. A graduate of Davidson (NC) College and Yale Divinity School, Hanisek has been active in the international relations work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He served as young adult intern for educational and advocacy in the Presbyterian United Nations Office and has also served on the U.N. Israel-Palestine Working Group, a coalition of humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.
Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics, will be honored by Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, CT on Sept. 21 for her initiation of the "Sister to Sister" project involving Roman Catholic Women and responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa. She will be presented with the Heart of Life Award, the college's highest honor for community service. Following the presentation, Farley will deliver a lecture entitled "Women, Leadership and Spirituality: The Challenge to Power and Mercy."
"Today in the United States, there are dominating forces against equality, and they infest our institutions. There are forces that plan to break up our mainline Protestant denominations. There are forces at work to undercut the principles of our democracy. There are forces that plan to reduce the size and the influence of the middle class on which democracy depends." Jane Ann Stoneburner Moore '56 B.D., United Methodist News Service, August 17, 2006, in the article "Pioneer Women Pastors Share Stories, Advice for Ministry."
"Starting a church 'from scratch' takes lots of energy and fortitude. Through it, I learned that 'small's beautiful, growth is gradual, and that's OK.' I also learned that 'a dream shared is a dream come true.' Joseph Michael Freeman '74 M.Div., The Indianapolis Star, August 19, 2006, in the article "Lutheran Church Pastor Shares Views on Faith."
"Tom Graves' vision and dedication have helped bring BTSR from a fledgling institution to the thriving campus it is today. Tom is truly an outstanding leader and educator." Susan Rucker, chair of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond 's board of trustees, Associated Baptist Press, Aug. 30, 2006, in the article BTSR's " Graves to retire in 2007 citing health reasons." Tom Graves '73 S.T.M. has been at the BTSR helm since 1991.
"I'm disappointed that the investigative committee did not recognize that marriage between two men or two women is not prohibited by the church. I am going to plead not guilty and see it as an opportunity to show how my actions were in accordance with my vows as a Presbyterian minister and that marriage between two men or two women is within the bounds of Christian understanding of marriage." Janet Edwards '76 M.Div., Presbyterian News Service, Sept. 14, 2006, in the article "Presbyterian minister faces charges over same-sex marriage."
"Gandhi emerges as a charismatic nonviolent leader out of the violence of the 20th century. His legacies play a major role in challenging the world system of European colonialism and establish the groundwork for a new kind of social movement that challenges systems of domination throughout the world." Lester Kurtz '74 M.A.R. and professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Arkansas' Daily Headlines, Sept.5, 2006, in an article announcing his leading role in Arkansas' new Difficult Dialogues program.
"When he preaches, you can't hear his voice above a whisper. I used to think, what is wrong with him? But then I realized, God speaks in a small voice." B. William Austin, a vice president at the University of the District of Columbia, The Washington Post, Sept., 2, 2006, in an article about the retirement of A. Knighton Stanley '62 B.D. as pastor of People's Congregational Church in Washington, D.C.
"John impressed us the day we brought him down here (from Boston) for the first time. He walked into the church and stood up at the lectern looking out. You could see he was visualizing a church full of people." Elizabeth Sganga of Ridgebury Congregational Church in Ridgefield, CT, Danbury (CT) News Times, Sept. 18, 2006, about the church's selection of John Heeckt '96 M.Div. as the church's new pastor.
"The unprepossessing priest with a wry smile and a trim gray beard resembled a professorial Col. Sanders, without the white suit. When I was at Yale Divinity School from 1983 to '85, I found he had a great gift of being at once funny, insightful, spiritual and as at home with popular culture as ancient religious services." David Briggs '85 M.A.R., Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sept. 16, 2006, in a column about the death of Professor Emeritus of Liturgics Aidan Kavanagh.
"My personal view is that marriage is between a man and woman. But that's neither here nor there. I also believe in not humiliating people, and I believe in honoring people and understanding that some people are just not drawn to people of the opposite sex. The government should recognize that when there's a committed relationship, certain legal rights should go along with it. And then let the churches figure out what they mean by marriage." John Danforth '63 B.D., '63 L.L.B., '73 M.A.H., St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sept. 20, 2006, in an article about his new book, Faith and Politics.
"The more I know scientifically, the more I realize that the world is a magnificently larger place than we could have imagined, and knowing that either destroys your faith or enlarges your faith. It enlarges my faith to know that there is so much that I do not know. I believe in a larger God." Professor Emeritus of Christian Communication David Bartlett, The Sunday Paper (Atlanta, GA), Sept. 17, 2006, in the article "Deaf to the Divine," about the intersection of science and religion.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Nelson to the Agency. His expertise and experience further bolster our ability to ensure the highest level of scientific and ethical rigor in pediatric clinical research. Dr. Nelson's insight and knowledge, both of medicine and ethics, are exceptional and will be of enormous benefit to FDA as we continue to improve our scientific understanding of the medical needs of children, and assure that research activities are conducted according to the best ethical and medical principles." Andrew C. von Eschenbach, Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs, in a Sept. 14, 2006 FDA news release announcing the appointment of Robert M. Nelson '80 M.Div., '80 M.D. to FDA's Office of Pediatric Therapeutics.
"For me it's been important to create more than a tolerance, but a deep respect for different forms of religious expression on campus. If the University is not a sentinel for democracy, then where else will we find it ?" Frederick Streets '75 M.Div., Yale Daily News, Sept.14, 2006, in an article about the end of Streets's 15-year tenure as chaplain at Yale University.
"As an undergraduate at Yale College and now as a graduate student in the Divinity School, I discovered God in the places I expected - like church or the choir - and some I never anticipated, like in the dining hall and professors' offices. And though I remain a Christian, I am a changed Christian for these experiences. They made me realize all the more that though from a Christian perspective we are made in God's image, we are nonetheless constantly surprised by how diverse that image is." Danielle Tumminio '06 M.Div. and current S.T.M. student, Yale Daily News, Sept.8, 2006, in a column about religious life at Yale.