"It wasn't burning these documents as if they were not of importance. It was the exact opposite. We were putting them on our foreheads, after asking God's forgiveness for not living up to the ideals of them." Dean of Students Dale Peterson, March 8, 2007, insidehighered.com, in the article "Unusual Mix of Prayers and Politics," about the Ash Wednesday service on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle where the Bill of Rights and Ten Commandments were burned and used as ashes.
Katey Zeh ‘08 M.Div. organized two performances of the Eve Ensler play The Vagina Monologues at YDS during All School Conference Feb. 22-March 2, in connection with the V-Day campaign to end violence against women. Zeh and representatives of the University of Hartford and Connecticut College were interviewed by Connecticut Public Radio, WNPR.
Stephen J. Sidorak, Jr., '75 M.Div., '76 S.T.M., offered testimony at the State Office Building in Hartford, CT at a Jan. 13, 2007 anti-war rally attended by over 300 persons, including three members of the state's Congressional delegation.
"As a child, I used to hold services of morning prayer for my stuffed animals. As they sat all lined up in the "church" created in my bedroom, I would read carefully selected prayers and offer a sermon. Occasionally, there would be hymn singing." Laura Ahrens '91 M.Div., Hartford (CT) Courant, March 13, 2007, in an article about her recent election as the first female bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.
"It was actually an experience that opened my eyes to the injustice of being poor in this country. My food stamps got cut. I had to go sit all day in an office and see a counselor. It was unbelievable. The bus system was absolutely awful. By the end of the year, I was going to meetings speaking out. It opened our eyes." Matt Morgan '06 M.A.R., March 4, 2007, The Hartford (CT) Courant, in the article "Soul Mates Find Love In Spiritual, Social Consciousness."
"I think there is a terrific sense of hope in this congregation right now and excitement about everything that lies before us." Matthew Fitzgerald '97 M.A.R., January 25, 2007, The Wellesley (MA) Tow nsman, in the article "Change at the Church," about Fitzgerald's arrival as the new pastor at the Hills Church.
Mark M. Beckwith '78 M.Div. was ordained and consecrated on the Feast of St. Chrysostom, January 27, as the 10th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. January 29, 2007, Episcopal News Service.
"Speaking of Faith" is not a show about religion but about life. It's about the way in which religious and spiritual questions show themselves and are tested and grow in every aspect of life, in every profession. Krista Tippett '94 M.Div., March 11, 2007, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in the article "Krista Tippett: She speaks and writes of faith," about publication of her new book, Speaking of Faith.
"St. Mark's is a love train that I've gotten onboard and we're going to make the journey together." John Denaro '91 M.Div., March 7-13 issue of The Villager (New York City), on his selection as pastor of St. Mark's (Episcopal) Church-in-the Bowery.
"People don't just want to park their car [and] their soul in the lot outside. They want their personal values, their faith values, to be aligned with the values of the office. They don't want to live a compartmentalized life." David W. Miller, executive director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Christianity Today, March, 2007, in the article " A Spiritual Growth Industry: More than ever, Christians are bringing faith to bear in the for-profit world."
"Andrew was a pioneer. He is one of the few scholars who saw that African Christianity was not just an exotic, curious phenomenon in an obscure part of the world, but that African Christianity might be the shape of things to come." Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity, Christianity Today, February, 2007, in the article "Historian Ahead of His Time: Andrew Walls may be the most important person you don't know."
"They're intended to raise social consciousness and provide practical knowledge to divinity school graduates who might eventually work with the world's poorest communities," Judith Dupré '09 M.A.R., Feb. 18, 2007, Hartford (CT) Courant, in the column "Emergency Shelter: Cardboard To The Rescue," about the emergency shelters displayed in Sterling Divinity Quadrangle in January and February.
"The children have been through dehumanizing experiences and are trapped in a cycle of poverty and depression. Education will tap into their abilities. Without these efforts to help them, there is no hope for their future." Evalyn Wakhusama '01 M.Div., '02 S.T.M., February 7, 2007, VoicesNews.com, in an article about her work with a Woodbury (CT)-based organization to raise funds toward construction of the Nambale Residential School in western Kenya.