"We have tried to prepare people to deal with real problems and see the world in a wider way. And we have tried to give people a wider view that church is not quite as stodgy as some people may think." Ronald Evans '70 M.Div., May 24, 2007, Darien (CT) News Review, in the article "Rev. Evans, Wife Leaving Darien After 22 Years"
"My only real disappointment is my failure to become a second baseman for the Detroit Tigers." Visiting Professor of American Religious History Randall Balmer, May 22, 2007, Newsweek/Washington Post On Faith Blog, in his blog "Life is Good, Even Off the Field"
"Reading Tippet is like attending a dinner party with some of the most interesting minds in America and standing at the elbow of the hostess as she introduces each friend." Maureen Daly in Catholic News Service, May 20, 2007, in a review of the book Speaking of Faith by public radio host Krista Tippett '94 M.Div..
Tamika Aaron '08 M.Div. has been selected as the next Magee Fellow at Dwight Hall, Yale University's center for public service and social justice. The organization's mission is to "to foster civic-minded student leaders and to promote service and activism in New Haven and around the world. Aaron hails from Los Angeles, is Pentecostal and a graduate of Biola University.
The Magee Fellowship supports and encourages collaborative efforts between social justice organizations and the wide assortment of religious students at Yale. As liaison between Dwight Hall, Yale Religious Ministries, and the Chaplain's Office, the Magee Fellow promotes reflection, dialogue, and communal action on faith-based responses to injustices and social evils. For all Dwight Hall groups and students, regardless of religious affiliation, the fellowship offers educational and financial resources, as well as publicity, networking, and reflection opportunities.
For the past two years, Aaron has been an active board member of the Yale Black Seminarians, where she has led the organization as chaplain and most recently as co-president. These leadership positions have enabled her to concretely live out her faith by inviting the YDS community to experience the African-American culture as a component of its theological reflection and education. Additionally, as a member of CORE (Committee on Racial Equality) and the University of the Poor: School of Theology, she has been on the cutting edge of the discourse that bridges the gap between theology, faith and social justice. One of her particular interests lies in giving voice to the voiceless through the creative venue of spoken word. She utilizes dramatic oral poetry as a liturgical, political and theological instrument to heighten individual awareness and promote social change.
"You can be the best theologian, spiritual sage, scholar of the Bible or Koran, but if you don't attend to her safety, you're not helping." Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Kristen Leslie '86 M.Div., May 19, 2007, Providence Journal, in the article "Religious Leaders confront 'closed system' of domestic violence"
"I write for children. I tell them they are the most important people in the world. For me, children are like bread that is still rising. Perhaps I can still shape the loaf a little. That's what intrigues and challenges me." Marni McGee '67 M.A.R., May 17, 2007, Montecito (CA) Journal, talking about the 15 published children's books she has written.
"My outsider feeling was reinforced once when a person wrote me a letter and took issue with something I wrote in the New York Times — 'Your comments are typical of all those white male liberals at Yale,' — so I've had this kind of dubious identity," Jerry Streets '75 M.Div., May 13, 2007, New Haven (CT) Register. The first African-American appointed chaplain at Yale, Streets is stepping down after 15 years.
"I hope (this book) can serve as a wake-up call for the American church. We have turned the lifelong activity of faith into the commodity of belief. And in the marketplaces of our churches, from the humble roadside stands to the gleaming "Christian lifestyle center" shopping malls, we hock our product: that best-selling, inexpensive, factory-made, lifestyle-enhancing, identity-defining, eternal-life-giving, easy-to-use, soul-stain remover – Brand Jesus." Tyler Wigg Stevenson '04 M.Div., in his new book Brand Jesus (Seabury).
Harlon Dalton, professor (adjunct) of law and religion, is one of 10 recipients of the 2007 Elm-Ivy Awards in recognition of outstanding partnerships between the university and New Haven. He is a leader in the multi-racial Salt and Pepper community choir and an active member of the Episcopal Church of Saint Paul and Saint James. For more than two decades, Dalton has been involved in community organizing and academic research to confront the health and social consequences of HIV/AIDS, including leadership in the AIDS Interfaith Network in the community and the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.
"These modest grants and awards are to encourage work in those areas that have been neglected in the past - that is, ethnic and women's history - and to encourage seminary students to strive for excellence is their Methodist history classes," Robert Williams, executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, announcing commission awards on April 25, 2007. Second place in The Jon Harrison Ness Memorial Award went to Erika K.R. Hirsch '07 M.Div. for her paper "The Singable Mr. Wesley: German Hymns to Warm an English Heart."
"It does take a lot of discipline to sit down and follow it through to completion. I don't watch television when I am basically deep into a book. And I cheated a little on church time to write some of those books." Kirk Mariner '68 B.D., May 2, 2007, DelmarvaNow.com (Salisbury, MD), in an article about the eight books he has written, including the best-selling Off 13: The Eastern Shore Guidebook.