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The Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture at Yale Divinity School to conduct a five-year research project aimed at determining how pastors, through the practice of ministry, develop the complex and distinctive intelligence that leads to excellence in ministry. Participating in the research will be 50 pastors, along with 60 seminary students and their pastoral supervisors, located in five diverse communities throughout the United States.
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Yale Alumni Magazine

The New Evangelists: Yale Divinity School and the Revival of the Christian Left is the cover story in the November - December issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine. The article was written by Warren Goldstein '73, '83 Ph.D., author of William Sloane Coffin, Jr.: A Holy Impatience. >Go to story

Alumni Awards Banquet

Some 250 official registrants at Convocation and Reunions 2006 heard sermons touching on themes of war and peace, and one group of alumni started a petition drive challenging government policy on torture. But there was lighter fare also, highlighted by a Woolsey Hall concert featuring sacred music by famed jazz musician and composer Dave Bruebeck. >Go to story

Building on Yale University's history of more than 300 years of engagement in theological training, Yale Divinity School is committed to realizing its full potential in a new century and a new world – a world that is increasingly complex and diverse, increasingly integrated and connected in new and surprising ways. A major part of this effort is the new DIVINITY>>tomorrow capital campaign, a five-year undertaking during which the Divinity School plans to raise a total of $38 million to meet programmatic and building needs. > Learn more about DIVINITY>>tomorrow

Three members of the Yale Divinity School faculty have been appointed to endowed chairs. Thomas Ogletree was named the Frederick Marquand Professor of Ethics; Appointed the Clement-Muehl Professor of Homiletics is Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, and Willis Jenkins is the first Margaret Farley Assistant Professor of Social Ethics. >Go to story

A Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) panel on Nov. 15 dismissed a complaint filed against Janet Edwards '76 M.Div. for officiating at a wedding of two women. The panel ruled that the complaint was filed four days late and, therefore, was invalid.
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Hundreds of sermons and theological writings of 18th century preacher, theologian and Yale graduate Jonathan Edwards went online in October, thanks to the efforts of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, housed at the Divinity School. >Visit Jonathan Edwards Online

Constance L. Royster has been named director of development following five years as associate director of development at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and two years as the first director of major giving at the WSHU National Public Radio Group in Fairfield, CT. A member of the Yale College Class of 1972, she was part of the first group of women undergraduates at Yale. >Go to story

As graduating seniors begin to ponder their next move, many puzzle over a variety of tactical questions about careers and entering "the real world." Alumni can be tremendously valuable resources in these circumstances, and the YDS Office of Career Services supports several programs that allow alumni to share their insights with graduating students and with other alumni who may be seeking jobs.

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Nominations Sought for Distinguished Alumni Awards, membership on Board of Alumnal Affairs

YDS graduates are invited to submit nominations for distinguished alumni awards and for membership on the Board of Alumnal Affairs. Nominations must be submitted by January 8, 2007, either online or by using a printable form that can be mailed.

>Go to Board of Alumnal Affairs Nomination Page

>Go to Distinguished Alumni Awards Nomination Page

Graduates of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale played a prominent role in the "Going Forward Together Conference" hosted Nov. 16-19 by St. Stephen's Church in Richmond, VA—both as sponsoring clergy and parishes and as presenters. The conference was for "clergy, lay staff, vestry members and lay leaders, and anyone who cares about the vitality of the church and its engagement with the community, the culture and the world." >Go to story

John Danforth '63 B.D. and Joseph Cumming, director of the Reconciliation Program at the YDS-based Yale Center for Faith and Culture, were featured speakers at an Oct. 25 forum entitled The Role of Religion in Public Affairs, held at Battell Chapel and sponsored by the university's Political Science Department. >Go to story

In an article written for the November issue of the Institute of Sacred Music's Prism publication, Dorothy Bass, director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, expounds on what it means to engage in "practical theology." She describes practical theology as "a type of theology that takes the capacity of actual persons and communities to practice a life-giving way of life as its primary focus." >Go to story

Nouwen ChapelA celebration of the life and ministry of Henri Nouwen, the visionary Dutch Catholic priest who taught at YDS in the 1970s, will be held at Yale Divinity School on March 1 and 2. The celebration, entitled "Spirituality in the World Today: The Influence of Henri Nouwen," will feature a keynote address, a panel on spirituality, a panel on pastoral care and peacemaking; a concert, and formal dedication of the Nouwen Chapel in the lower level of the Divinity School library. Further details of the celebration will be posted on the YDS web site.

In summer 2007, Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, in cooperation with Berkeley Divinity School, will again offer an exciting series of weeklong courses in a variety of fields, including biblical studies, worship, music, environmental and sexual ethics, pastoral care, art, and ministry.  Three sessions are planned in New Haven, coinciding with the city's annual International Festival of Arts & Ideas: June 4-8, June 11-15, and June 18-22.  In addition, a special two-day session will be held June 20-21 -- The Contemporary Theological Scene -- taught by Dean Harold W. Attridge and other senior Yale faculty.   And, independent of the three-week Summer Term, language courses in Greek, Hebrew and Latin will also be offered in June.  Complete information will be available on the Summer Term and Summer Languages web site after Jan. 1 at http://www.yale.edu/sdqsummerterm

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A Gift of a Lifetime
Many alumni and friends have chosen to support the Divinity School through "planned gifts," oftentimes through donations that establish permanent legacies that remain a testament to the donor's devotion and generosity. Planned gifts most frequently take the form of charitable gift annuities and bequests. Further information on planned giving to Yale is available at http://www.yale.edu/development/waysofgiving/planned.html


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