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A highlight of this year's Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle will be a special two-day Theological Update course taught by six senior YDS and ISM faculty: Harold Attridge, Margaret Farley, Margot Fassler, Emilie Townes, Miroslav Volf and Robert Wilson.  This intensive June 20-21 course will be particularly helpful for participants who would like to refresh their knowledge of scripture, systematic theology, history, ethics, and practical theology. >Go to story

E.J. Dionne

On May 3-4, Yale Divinity School will host a public conversation entitled "Faith and Citizenship," featuring E.J Dionne of the Washington Post and The Brookings Institution as the keynote speaker. Two panels will be held, one on "Faith and Citizenship in Global Perspective" and, the other, on "Faith and Citizenship in the United States." >Go to story

Elizabeth Strawn '04 M.A.R. stepped down as director of alumni relations at the end of March to take another position at the University. A search is on for a new director, and the YDS Alumni Board is contemplating directions for the future. YDS hopes to have a new director on board by fall of 2007. New Board members include Talitha Arnold '80 M.Div. and Bert Marshall '97 M.Div.

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M. Jan Holton, newly appointed assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling, uses pastoral theology as a lens for exploring intercultural aspects of trauma and recovery, as  demonstrated by her work with refugee populations in the Sudan, the subject of her dissertation.  Says Holton, "At the heart of my teaching philosophy is the belief that learning can be life-changing." >Go to story

On June 25, Ken Minkema, director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale Divinity School, will host a half-day "Great Awakening" bus tour of sites related to one of America's greatest theologians, Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary are jointly sponsoring the tour, scheduled in conjunction with the United Church of Christ's General Synod, 2007, which is being held in Hartford from June 22 through June 26. >Go to story

Cardinal Mahony speaks at YDS on immigration reform

Cardinal Roger MahonyRoman Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony, the archbishop of Los Angeles, participated in a lunchtime conversation with the YDS community on April 17. Mahony, a strong advocate for the rights of immigrants, lamented the lack of "positive" immigration legislation and said, "A number of us are working very hard to see if we can finally get some decent legislation passed."

Margaret Farley honored by YDS community

Students, faculty and staff packed the Common Room on April 26 to toast Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics. After more than three decades at YDS, Farley will retire at the end of the current academic year. Proceeds from sales of "Just Margaret" T-shirts printed for the celebration were donated to All-African Conference: Sister to Sister, a project to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa that Farley was instrumental in founding.

Margaret Farley (right) enjoys a light moment with Shannon Craigo-Snell of the Department of Religious Studies

The Rev. Warren H. Stewart of Phoenix, AZ, the 2007 Hoskins Visitor at Yale Divinity School, brought a message of "evangelism and emancipation" to the Quad, calling for an approach to Christian witness that both proclaims and liberates.

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For two current M.Div. students the death penalty is more than a subject for theoretical debate. Students Robin Theurkauf and Michael Norko write in the 2007 issue of Spectrum about their personal connections, respectively, to the trials of Zacarias Moussaoui, implicated in the 9/11 attack, and Michael Ross, accused of killing six young women in Connecticut. >Go to PDF

The Yale Divinity School Student Book Supply is holding its annual spring clearance sale April 30-May 4. Among the features: 30 percent off on all YDS clothing, 30 percent off on designated selections each day, and 20 percent off other items all week long.

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China poster On display at the Institute of Sacred Music until Oct. 19, 2007 is an exhibit of artifacts and documents from the personal papers of Protestant missionaries who served in China during the first half of the twentieth century, culled from the Yale Divinity Library Special Collections. >Go to story

In several forums this term, Berkeley Divinity School students have engaged issues of discord in the worldwide Anglican community by exploring the concepts of covenant and communion. >Go to story

List Huck and Nora Tubbs TisdaleYDS book party -- and more, this year

In what has become an annual ritual, students, faculty and staff gathered in the Common Room to celebrate the year's published work from the YDS, BDS and ISM communities.  In keeping with the times, however, this year's complement of work included not only books but achievements in the electronic realm as well - Margot Fassler's DVD, Joyful Noises: Psalms in Community, and Martin Jean's CD recording of organ music, The Seven Last Words of Christ.

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

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