“The events of 9/11, ongoing war in Iraq, developments in Afghanistan, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the Danish cartoon crisis, Pope Benedict's remarks on Islam, countless other lower-profile events—all reflect the fact that Muslim-Christian and Muslim-Western relations stand among the defining issues of our age. This situation compels serious followers of Jesus to consider precisely what Christ is calling us to concerning our Muslim neighbors—and our Muslim enemies.” Andrew Saperstein, associate director of the Reconciliation Program at Yale Divinity School's Center for Faith and Culture. Christian History, Spring 2007.
Two Yale Divinity School students have been honored with 2007 Fund for Theological Education awards. Ivar Hillesland '10 M.Div. is a 2007 Congregational Fellow. Under the fellowship, FTE matches the support provided by a home congregation for tuition and expenses. Hillesland's congregation, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, CA, raised the maximum match of $5,000. Sean Lanigan '09 M.Div. is a 2007 Ministry Fellow, which carries with it a $10,000 award. The award will help pay for a summer 2008 project, which Lanigan believes will probably be in the area of interfaith ministry. “If we really want peace, we need to know as much about each other as we can,” said Lanigan. “And I don't mean some kind of watered-down pluralism, but rather real and intense immersion in the practices and beliefs of the other.”
“I heard in seminary the Lutheran teachings of grace. For the first time I heard about a God who loved me unconditionally, so much that I was free to be who I was. It was Lutheran theology that paved the way.” James Boline '94 S.T.M., Santa Monica Daily Press, August 20, 2007, in the article “Gay pastor takes a stand.”
"I loved what I studied, but what did I learn? It's hard to say, but I'll never forget the kindness of the people who were teaching. They cared about their material, which is not so unusual, but they also cared about the people they taught." Bob Abernethy '86 Div., The Capital Times, Madison, WI, Aug. 23, 2007, in the article “Finding faith, life intertwined,” about Abernethy's new book, The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt and Repairing the World.
"A lot of my teaching in international relations focused on conflict, its causes and how to keep it from escalating. There's a lot of interesting room for thinking there." Gordon Shull '51 B.D., August 27, 2007, The Daily Record, Wooster, OH, in the article “Patron of lost causes Gordon Shull, at 82, happiest when pursuing commitments.”
“All deep and abiding Christian ministry is rooted in trusting relationships. I have always believed that Wilton Baptist Church could be an extraordinarily powerful presence in the community, and I get very excited thinking about what can be accomplished.” Jason Coker '01 M.A.R., Sept. 1, 2007, The Wilton (CT) Record, in the article “The Rev. K. Jason Coker returning to head Wilton Baptist Church”