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A statement written by Yale Divinity School scholars calling for loving relations between the Christian and Muslim communities has received a warm response from a number of prominent Muslim leaders. The Yale-generated statement, bearing the names of Christian leaders from around the world who endorsed it, was published in its entirety as a full-page advertisement in the Nov. 18 issue of the New York Times. >Go to story

Yale alumni and friends will gather Dec. 6 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for a reception and special panel presentation on the topic "Faith and Citizenship: The Conversation in 2008." Among the featured speakers will be Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne; Congressman David Price '64 B.D. '69 Ph.D. of North Carolina; and Harry Stout, the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Christianity at Yale Divinity School and author of the book Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War. >Click here for further information

The Yale Divinity School Board of Alumnal Affairs welcomes nominations for 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards and for membership on the board. All nominations must be submitted to the Alumni Relations Office prior to January 7, 2008. Alumnal Board nominations will be voted on at the annual meeting of alumni on October14, 2008. Alumni award honorees will be announced in the spring and honored at the Alumni Awards Banquet on October 14, 2008. >Click here for further information

Carolyn SharpIn awarding its 2007 Teaching Award to Carolyn Sharp, associate professor of Hebrew Scriptures, the Fortress Press publishing house called Sharp a "faculty leader" and a  "superb teacher of teachers" who has "formed the basis of what many of her colleagues now do to inaugurate new teaching assistants into their own work."  >Go to story

Reflections Fall 07Coming to your mailbox soon: the fall 2007 issue of Reflections —"Faith and Citizenship in Turbulent Times," featuring a lead article by Serene Jones, the Titus Street Professor of Theology: "What Do We Desire? The Future of Faith and Citizenship." >Click here for a preview

Emilie Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, and Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, have been honored, respectively, by the University of Chicago Divinity School and the College of Mount St. Joseph.

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Weren't able to attend Convocation and Reunions 2007? Videos of the Beecher, Taylor and Pitt lectures are all now available online. Peter Hawkins, currently at Boston University but who will rejoin YDS and ISM in 2008, delivered the Beecher lectures on the topic The Preacher's Divine Comedy. The Taylor lectures were given by Linda Thomas, a professor at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, on Theology and Anthropology from a Womanist Perspective. In the Pitt lecture, British writer and lecturer Jane Williams spoke on Sin and Salvation. >View Convocation and Reunions webcasts

Eco-theologians and leading religion scholars will gather with grassroots religious environmentalists to explore the obstacles and opportunities of religiously engaged environmentalism during a Feb. 28-March 2 conference at Yale Divinity School. Until January 10, priority registration will be offered to YDS alumni and select other members of the Yale community and invited guests.

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The Association of Yale Alumni and Dwight Hall, Yale's student-run Center for Public Service and Social Justice, have teamed up to offer alumni an opportunity to partake in the University's first-ever Yale Service Tour. The trip will occur March 9-17, 2008 in the Dominican Republic and will involve home building, medical assistance clinics, and educational enrichment for school children. Applications are due Dec. 15.

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Emilie TownesEmilie M. Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African-American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School, assumed the presidency of the American Academy of Religion during the 11,200-member organization's 2007 annual meeting, held Nov. 17-20 in San Diego.  Townes was elected vice president of the Academy in 2005, putting her in line to serve as president-elect and, then, president.  She will serve as president until the 2008 annual meeting, to be held Nov. 1-3 in Chicago.
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After a period of relative dormancy, the YDS Initiative in Religion, Science & Technology (IRST) is surging ahead once again, with a full agenda for the 2007-08 academic year. Leadership of the program is now in the hands of Denys Turner, the Horace Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology, and Willis Jenkins, the Margaret A. Farley Assistant Professor of Social Ethics. The program includes public lectures, seminars, publications, and web-based resources. >Go to story

The Annual Business Luncheon sponsored by Berkeley Divinity School will have as its special guest this year Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer in religion and ecology at Yale Divinity School, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Department of Religious Studies. She will speak on the topic "Daring to Dream: Religion and the Future of the Earth." The luncheon is at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Yale Club of New York. >Click here for reservations and further information

New Baroque organ in Marquand Chapel named for Charles Krigbaum

The Institute of Sacred Music's new Baroque organ in Marquand Chapel has been named in honor of Charles Krigbaum, who was professor of organ at Yale University for nearly 40 years. In many ways, it was Krigbaum who served as the inspiration and impetus for the organ, which is being introduced during a yearlong series of concerts in 2007-08.

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Under the Pension Protection Act of 2006, if you are at least 70 1/2 you can make a gift directly from your Individual Retirement Account to Yale Divinity School--tax free, but only through Dec. 31, 2007.  For more information, please call 1-800-445-6086, e-mail development.plannedgiving@yale.edu, or visit the web at www.yale.planyourlegacy.org

The Divinity Tomorrow capital campaign is featuring 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

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