"Although embryonic, a remarkable trend is emerging among Evangelicals today: the embrace of a social agenda that includes not only abortion and marriage, but poverty, AIDS, the environment, and human rights." Mark Totten '99 M.A.R., "06 J.D., '06 Ph.D., fellow at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 18, 2006, in the column "A new agenda for US evangelicals."
"Intelligent, creative and deeply committed to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)," Linda Valentine, executive director of the PCUSA's General Assembly Council, describing Tom Taylor '87 M.Div., newly confirmed deputy executive director for mission of the General Assembly Council, Presbyterian News Service, Dec. 8, 2006.
"The Todds have been in the forefront of the Presbyterian Church's engagement with the world and commitment to justice. Theirs has truly been a shared ministry, and they together and individually in their work have been advocates for economic justice, peace, urban concerns, and civil rights." Trey Hammond, pastor at La Mesa Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, NM, who nominated George Todd '51 B.D. and his wife, Kathleen Todd for the John Park Lee Award, named in honor of the person widely considered the founder of health and welfare ministries in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The award will be presented Jan. 13 in New Orleans during the social justice biennial conference of the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association. Presbyterian News Service, Nov. 22, 2006.
"The commander kept telling me that I couldn't go because I was a noncombatant and he would be breaking the rules of war if he allowed me to. So, as far as I know, I'm the only chaplain that's ever flown on a combat mission." James Good Brown '31 B.D., '36 Ph.D., 105 years of age, recounting how he talked his commander into letting him fly on a mission in World War II, even though he was serving as a chaplain. Air Force Print News, Nov. 23, 2006, in the article " Retired chaplain's life shining example of duty, faith."
"As a theologian, Farley gives us a social ethic of sex that incorporates both the biblical ‘option for the poor' and the orientation of Catholic social thought to the universal common good. As a feminist, she reminds Catholics that their tradition should make its global option for women more consistent, more explicit and more effective, especially in the areas of sex, motherhood, marriage and family." Lisa Sowle Cahill's review of Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, by Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics Margaret Farley, in America Magazine.
"A famous Yale cleric and peace advocate, the late university chaplain William Sloane Coffin, denounced the Bush war venture in a New Haven speech a few weeks after the 2003 Iraq invasion. Pride and self-righteousness were among our national stumbling blocks, Coffin believed. David Price, for all his success in the hard-bitten political world, sees those stumbling blocks clearly. So it was a fitting stroke for the Yale Divinity School this fall to present him with its annual William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. Don't expect him to brag about it, just as he isn't likely to brag about his prescience on Iraq. But that doesn't mean he hasn't earned a salute." Steve Ford, writing about presentation of the William Sloane Coffin Award to U.S. Rep. David E. Price '64 B.D., '69 Ph.D., Raleigh (NC) News & Observer, Dec. 3, 2006, in the column "Clear-eyed on Iraq, and pride"
"Someone who has never thought about this might assume they pray with people, but the majority of the job is listening to people, helping them with very human problems, not one big intensive religious discussion." David Miller, executive director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, New York Times, Dec. 4, 2006, in the article "At Bosses' Invitation, Chaplains Come Into Workplace and Onto Payroll."
"She's a bright young star in our party, and I hope she is back on the block one day. I think she has all the skills to win. She's smart and aggressive and understands the issues facing North Dakota." Jim Fuglie, former director of the North Dakota Democratic Party, on the failed bid of Kristin Hedger '05 M.A.R. to become North Dakota's secretary of state. The Bismarck (ND) Tribune, Dec. 9, 2006.
"Everyone who comes says they've never seen anything like them. One guy I know calls them ‘The world's most dangerous dinner parties.'" Bill Golderer '96 M.Div., Philadelphia Weekly, Dec. 13, 2006 in the article "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? A Gayborhood minister tries to unify a community through free food," commenting on the "no-barriers" dinners he has begun at his Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, which attract people from all walks of life.
"When I was a kid, I either wanted to be a priest or play for the St. Louis Cardinals. And I had a better chance for the latter than the former." Maureen Dickmann '84 M.Div. and president of the YDS Alumni Board, Missourian News, Dec. 17, 2006, in the article "Rekindled Religion."