"Though theology, like nearly every human endeavor, is a collaborative process, not many eminent theologians turn in articles with the names of co-authors attached. But Miroslav Volf's article arrived bearing no fewer than five additional names—Joseph Cumming, David Miller, Andrew Saperstein, Christian Scharen, and Travis Tucker, his colleagues at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. That generosity is a good clue to Volf's contribution to Christian theology....While the essay responds to the question we've been addressing in CT's 50th anniversary year—‘How can followers of Christ be a counterculture for the common good?'—the Yale Center staff's collaboration is also an eloquent answer all by itself." Christianity Today, October 2006, in the introduction to Volf's essay for the magazine's Christian Vision Project.
"The task at church is to learn, be inspired, be forgiven and renewed... joining in what God is already doing there. The question is a simple one, and an old one: What if instead of being known for tall steeples and judgmental people, the church was known, as Jesus wanted, by its willingness to love, forgive and do justice?" Christian Scharen, director of the Faith as a Way of Life Project at YDS, Interference.com, November 2006, in an article about his book One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God.
"The Episcopal Church Foundation was truly fortunate to have been led by Bill's faith, wisdom, and experience," Donald V. Romanik, president ECF, on the Oct. 20 death of William G. Andersen Jr., former executive director of the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF), who was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 2005 by Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Episcopal News Service, Oct. 23, 2006.
"A lot of contemporary Christian music has such locked-down, straightforward meaning that you can't play with it... U2 is good at the art, using language like a poet would, like the classic hymn language. Listen to their lesser-known song Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, which is about grace. We mess up, but God is merciful. That's playful." Christian Scharen, director of the Faith as a Way of Life Project at Yale Divinity School and author of the new book, One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God. USA Today, Oct. 25, 2006, in the article " Episcopal ‘U2-charist' uses songs in service."
"Ed is always willing to pitch in and roll up his sleeves and be a part of the action... I have witnessed Ed's special grace at baptisms, with people of all ages at happy and sad times—always there for his flock, always so humble and giving." Church Moderator Sue Day of Avon (CT) Congregational Church, speaking about Edward Falsey '92 M.Div. on the tenth anniversary of his first sermon at the church, Avon Post, Oct. 26, 2006, in the article " Avon Congregational Church pastor celebrates 10 years of service."
"Considered one of the area's most unselfish and inspirational church leaders, Philpot has dedicated his life to spreading the word of God by helping the homeless, imprisoned and community at large via a multitude of charity and spiritual programs." From the New Haven (CT) Register, Oct. 30, 2006, in the article "Veteran pastor gets a corner to call his own," about the naming of a street corner in honor of William M. Philpot Sr. '53 M.Div.
"And God said, ‘Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters' and into the dome God put the poor, the addicts, the blind and the oppressed. And God allowed those who favored themselves … to walk to and fro above it in their jumbo planes and in their copy rooms and in their conference halls." Martha Serpas, visiting associate professor of religion at literature at YDS, fall 2005, in "Poem Found," about Hurricane Katrina, from her second book, The Dirty Side of the Storm. Quoted in the article " Bayou poet spreads message about wetlands" in The Courier, Terrebonne Parish, LA, Nov. 13, 2006.
"Tom brings a respect for polity and tradition and combines them with forward-looking, modern ideas for expanding the mission and outreach of the denomination," Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Council Executive Director Linda Valentine. PCUSA News Service, Nov. 20, 2006, commenting on the appointment of Tom Taylor '87 M.Div. as the denomination's deputy executive director for mission. PCUSA News Service, Nov. 20, 2006.
Jason Turner '06 M.Div. is one of 14 seminarians featured in the fall 2006 issue of The African American Pulpit, which published sermons by each of the seminarians. In an announcement, Martha Simmons, president and publisher of the journal, called the sermon written by Turner "representative of the strong and theologically sound oratory that has long been produced by the best preachers of the African American faith community."
Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity, delivered the 2006 Cole Lectures at Vanderbilt University Divinity School Oct. 19 and 20. The subjects of his two lectures were "Has Christianity Outlived the Enlightenment? The Post-Western Resurgence and the Post-Christian West" and "Christianity in the Heart of the Dragon."
Joseph Cumming, director of the Reconciliation Program at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, gave nationally broadcast commentary to MSNBC on Sept. 15 regarding the Pope's recent remarks about Islam. Click here to view the video segment.