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Minear and NapierPaul Minear, Davie Napier die two days apart

Two iconic figures in the pantheon of YDS biblical scholarship died in February just days apart. On Feb. 22, at his home in Guilford, CT, New Testament scholar Paul Sevier Minear '32 Ph.D. died at the age of 101, and on Feb. 24 Old Testament scholar B. Davie Napier '39 B.D., '44 Ph.D. died at 91 at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, CA.

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Henri Nouwen

Ten years after the death of Henri Nouwen, those who were touched by his writing, his preaching, his renowned celebrations of the Eucharist, and his friendship still remember him vividly. On March 1-2, some 200 Nouwen admirers gathered at Yale Divinity School for the symposium Spirituality in the World Today: The Influence of Henri J.M. Nouwen. >Go to story

Tom TroegerAs the Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication, Thomas Troeger teaches preaching at Yale Divinity School. But Troeger is also a musician and poet with a love of science, and on Feb. 1 his eclectic mix of interests were on full display at the National Prayer Breakfast—when one of his many hymns was sung. >Go to story

Yale University will welcome a new university chaplain to campus this summer. Succeeding Frederick Streets will be Sharon Kugler, chaplain at Johns Hopkins University. Dean Harold Attridge served as co-chair of the chaplain search committee. Kugler will be the first woman, the first Roman Catholic, and the first lay person to be appointed chaplain at Yale. >Go to story

Ray Waddle, an award-winning writer who was religion editor at The Tennessean in Nashville, TN for 17 years, has been named editor of Reflections, Yale Divinity School's journal of theological inquiry. Waddle, who has published two books and served as an adjunct member of the faculty at Vanderbilt Divinity School from 2002-2006, succeeds Jamie Manson, who resigned in January. >Go to story

Peter HawkinsPeter Hawkins will return to Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, effective July 1, 2008, as professor of religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. A popular professor at YDS and ISM for 24 years, Hawkins is acknowledged as a leading scholar in the field of religion and literature. He is currently on the faculty of Boston University. >Go to story

Dwight Hopkins, professor of theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School and the 2006-07 Parks-King lecturer, challenged the black church to "pursue the mission on behalf of liberation and healing," and adapt the radical practices of hospitality expressed in Matthew 25, as over against "the prosperity Gospel, the God channel, deliverance ministries, or conversion from indigenous beliefs." >Go to story

Warren H. Stewart, Sr., senior pastor at the First Institutional Baptist Church of Phoenix, AZ, is the 2007 Hoskins Visitor. The Hoskins Visitor is a Christian leader invited to visit the YDS campus to meet with students, faculty and staff to discuss issues related to the reform and renewal of the church. Stewart will be on campus April 10-11.

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A Feb. 11-13 conference on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle drew some of the country's leading evangelical Christians for a series of panel discussions exploring the relationship between religion and politics. Marquad chapel was the central setting for the gathering. >Go to story

The theme of this year's student-led All-School Conference was “Simple Gifts: Living Faithfully in a Complex World.” A recurrent observation at the Feb. 26-March 2 event: God's message must be offered from personal experience to be understood universally. >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

Christl MaierChristl Maier, associate professor of Old Testament, left Yale Divinity School in January to accept a senior position on the faculty of the University of Marburg in her home country, Germany. In leaving, though, she threw some garlands in the direction of YDS, likening her departure to “leaving the Garden of Eden.” >Go to story

Nathan Dungan, an innovative leader in the financial services industry and author of Prodigal Sons and Material Girls: How Not to Be Your Child's ATM , will be the guest at the Berkeley Divinity School Colloquium on Tuesday, March 27, at 1:30 p.m., Niebuhr Lecture Hall. >Click here for more information.

The Berkeley Divinity School senior class made a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral during the February reading period. While in residence at Canterbury's International Study Centre, students were immersed in the worship life of the cathedral, and toured sites significant to the history of Anglicanism. >Go to story

Institute of Sacred Music Events

Yale Schola Cantorum performed March 7-10 in Miami at the national convention of American Choral Directors Association.

The Cappella Romana will perform Saturday, April 14 at 8 PM At Christ Church Episcopal, New Haven CT.

This year Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle adds a new element, a special two-day Theological Update course 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 is now available on the web. >Go to Summer Term web site

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