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Andre C. Willis, the newly appointed assistant professor of philosophy of religion, was called to a life of teaching and writing in the sixth grade when he was asked to tutor a fellow classmate. He continues to find energy and purpose in teaching.

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Adele Crawford and Kurt Shaffert

Who needs match.com when you can attend the YDS Prospective Student Day and meet your future husband? That was the experience of Adele Crawford '09 M.Div., who married Kurt Shaffert '05 M.Div. this past summer.

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This year Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle adds a new element, a special two-day course on The Contemporary Theological Scene taught by Dean Harold Attridge, Professor Miroslav Volf and other senior Yale faculty, supplementing the normal five-day courses. Independent of Summer Term, language courses in Greek, Hebrew and Latin will also be offered. Complete registration information will be available in the New Year. >Go to Summer Term web site

Reminder: 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

Mark NollMark A. Noll, the McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the Bartlett Lecture on Jan. 30, 2007 on the topic “The contribution of African American religious thought to the Civil Rights revolution, 1760 – 1954.”

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Yale Divinity School extends Christmas greetings to all, through a multimedia presentation containing highlights of community life at YDS. This year's presentation is accompanied by music performed by the Sacramental Winers student a cappella group.  All of us at YDS wish you a blessed Christmas season.

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The complete schedule for the March 1-2 celebration of the life and ministry of Henri Nouwen, the visionary Dutch Catholic priest who taught at YDS in the 1970s, is now available online. 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.
>Go to Nouwen event page

Dwight Hopkins, professor of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, is the featured speaker at the 2007 Parks-King Lecture on Feb. 6, which will be proceeded by a Black Alumni Forum on the topic "Black Theologies: Pulpit, Academy, Pew." Hopkins is a constructive theologian working in the areas of contemporary models of theology, black theology, and liberation theologies. >Go to story

Sterling Divinity Quadrangle will be the site of an installation of six Global Village Shelters from January 23 through the end of February. GVS shelters are used as transitional homes and health clinics in Pakistan, Grenada, and Afghanistan. The installation at YDS is intended to raise social consciousness and provide practical knowledge to graduates who might eventually work with the world's poorest communities. >Go to story

Janet Edwards '76 M.Div. received supportive letters and e-mails from YDS alumni in the run-up to her recent Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) trial, and one fellow alumna even traveled from New York to Pennsylvania to be at the trial. Said Edwards, “That was really precious to me.”

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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

Christl Maier leaves YDS for Marburg

Christl MaierChristl Maier, associate professor of Old Testament, is leaving Yale Divinity School to take a position at the University of Marburg in Germany, her native land. While at Yale, Maier was the recipient of a prestigious Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology. She is a specialist in Old Testament wisdom literature and feminist biblical hermeneutics.

Robert S. Bilheimer '39 B.A., '45 M.Div., a Presbyterian minister who was at or near the center of much of the ecumenical activity of the latter half of the twentieth century. died on Dec. 17 in Canandaigua, NY at the age of 89.  Patrick Henry '67 Ph.D. in religious studies and Bilheimer's successor as executive director of the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research  writes a remembrance. >Go to story

Helmuth Rilling, the world renowned conductor, teacher, and Bach scholar, will present a three-day series of lecture/concerts on the Yale campus Jan. 18-20, culminating in a full performance of several choral masterworks of J.S. Bach. The series is entitled Reflections on Bach: Music for Christmas Day 1723. The lecture/ concerts will consist of talks with musical illustrations, followed by a performance of the work. > Go to story

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