Emily Kuhn '07 M.Div. is among 12 student members of The Beatitudes Society who are taking part in the eight-week Beatitudes Society Summer Fellowships program. During the program, she will receive training in community organizing and intern with Bread for the World. She hopes to combine her interests in liturgy and social justice by learning to create liturgies around the theme of social justice.
Frederick J. Streets '75 M.Div ., chaplain of Yale University for the past 15 years, has been appointed the Carl Bennett Professor in Pastoral Counseling at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York City beginning this fall. Streets, the first African American and Baptist to hold the office of Chaplain of Yale, is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and holds a doctorate from Wurzweiler and is also a licensed clinical social worker. He will remain on the Yale Divinity School faculty as an adjunct professor. In spring 2008 he will serve as a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where he will teach and do research on the intersection of modern medicine and spirituality in the lives of families with children living with HIV and AIDS.
Kristen Leslie, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling , appears in Constantine's Sword , a new documentary about religious intolerance. In the film, Leslie recalls observations she made several years ago about cadet life at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which she said had failed to curb inappropriate expressions of religious activity. Some of Leslie's comments are included on the trailer for the film.
Brad Ableson '85 M.Div., a Navy captain and career Navy chaplain, presided at the funeral of astronaut Wally Schirra at the end of May in San Diego. “He towered above his generation and cast a shadow that is still venerated,” the Associated Press quoted Ableson as saying of Schirra. Schirra was the only astronaut to fly in all three of NASA's original manned spaceflight programs: Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.
James B. Vigen '78 S.T.M. has been named interim director of the Luther Institute, an affiliate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. The Luther Institute was established in 1983 as a pan-Lutheran, non-partisan educational organization, serving Lutherans and others in and from the nation's capital. Its core activities include public affairs seminars, Capitol Hill gatherings of Lutheran members of congress and staffers, and a supporter of scholarly research on faith in the public square issues.
Ralph Barlow '59 B.D., '64 S.T.M . is the author of a tribute to James E. Dittes, the Roger J. Squire Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology, in the March 2007 issue of Pastoral Psychology , Volume 55, No. 4, pp 395-409. The first article in the issue, it is titled "Salvation Events Left Unattended: An Inquiry into the Unconscious." In the author abstract, Barlow writes, “In this essay I celebrate James E. Dittes' impact on my ministry by reassessing three strategic moments in the church in Providence I served for thirty-three years: a dinner, a Sunday morning summer service, and the replacement of the church's dome. I try to step outside of the heroic role assigned me back then, into a probing, however painful, investigation of the church's, and my own, darker side.” Barlow is pastor emeritus of Beneficent Congregational Church (UCC) in Providence, RI.
“Miller is absolutely right that churches have failed to connect with the largest part of a believer's week. Too few pastors get to know parishioners in their workplaces or address workplace concerns during worship on Sunday—or bless that work as readily as they do, say, Sunday school teaching. The result is that laypeople can feel radically divorced from these strange church CEOs in robes.” Lawrence Wood, pastor of Fremont United Methodist Church in Fremont, MI, Christian Century , June 12, 2007, in a review of Yale Center for Faith & Culture Executive Director David W. Miller's book God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement . (Oxford University Press, 2007).
Before a live audience at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN on June 7, NPR Speaking of Faith host Krista Tippett '94 M.Div . reads from her new book, also entitled Speaking of Faith . She traces the intersection of human experience and religious ideas in her own life and reflects on her adventure of conversation across the world's traditions.