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In her address at the 2007-08 Opening Convocation, Professor of Liturgical Studies Teresa Berger described the beginning of the new academic year as a “magical” moment, a time of “cultural re-enchantment” filled with both promise and profound challenges. The entering class is composed of 69 women and 93 men, including 73 M.Div. candidates and 63 students pursing the M.A.R. >Go to story

Emilie Townes Emilie Towns, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Studies in Religion and Theology, will succeed Robert Wilson as associate dean of academic affairs, effective July 1, 2008. Among other things, she plans to develop a strong mentoring program for pre-tenure faculty and to support continued growth of the school's field education program.

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Bernard McGinn Bernard McGinn, the Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will deliver the 2007 Bainton Lecture on Oct. 16 on the topic The Dynamic Structure of Mystical Consciousness — arguing for use of the term “mystical consciousness” in describing direct and mystical encounters with God.>Go to story

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, a husband and wife team who founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology, have been granted five-year joint appointments as senior lecturers and senior research scholars at the Divinity School, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), and the Yale Department of Religious Studies. > Go to story

Heading the list of speakers at the YDS Convocation and Reunions 2007, scheduled for Oct. 8-11, are Beecher lecturer Peter S. Hawkins and Taylor lecturer Linda E. Thomas. A highlight of convocation will be the awarding of distinguished alumni awards to five graduates, including well-known author and civil rights activist Will D. Campbell '52 B.D. It is not too late to register!
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In May, 136 students graduated from Yale Divinity School — some very young, having entered YDS fresh out of college, others a bit older, having come to YDS after decades in the work force. A number are now pursuing further studies in graduate or professional schools, while others are entering the pulpit, working for parachurch agencies, or assuming chaplaincies. >Go to stories

It's been said that Marquand Chapel is a place where the paths of many different denominations converge to form a place that makes a unified family of students, faculty and staff alike. For Emily Scott '06 M.Div., it was at Marquand that she took her first steps toward her dream job.>Go to story

Kathleen Turner '08 M.Div. is one of two students from across the country awarded a Luce Fellowship through the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies. Turner is using the fellowship for a writing project on the topic “If David had not Danced,” examining how King David paved the way for the contemporary church to heed the call to “praise the Lord with dancing.” >Go to story

Architecture and Worship in the 21 st Century will be the focus of an Oct. 25-26 conference sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, followed by a two-day symposium on contemporary sacred architecture jointly sponsored by ISM, Yale Divinity School , and the Yale School of Architecture. Among the scheduled participants at the events are Robert Schuller of Crystal Cathedral Ministries and Vincent Scully, Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale. >Go to story

The Institute of Sacred Music is sponsoring a yearlong series of events in celebration of the new meantone Baroque organ in Marquand Chapel, was installed this summer. The organ will be inaugurated with a festive series of events October 5-6, 2007.

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The Divinity Tomorrow capital campaign has begun a "Gifts of a Lifetime" initiative focusing on life income gifts.  With these gifts, the donor transfers an asset and retains, or provides for another person or persons, an income for life. >Learn more about Planned Gifts to YDS

Berkeley Divinity School is launching a new initiative, "Ministry and Leadership in Schools," intended to provide training and encouragement for students interested in teaching, chaplaincy, and administrative leadership in independent schools. >Go to story

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