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Jason Peno ’10 M.Div. recently posed a series of questions to Professor Emilie Townes about her role in leading the American Academy of Religion—including the significance of her election as the first African American woman elected as president of the Academy. Townes began serving her one-year term in November.

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Summer Term 2008 (June 2-6, 9-13, 16-20) at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle offers a series of short courses in subject areas ranging from history and biblical scholarship, to hymnody and liturgical music, to topics in pastoral care. Summer Term is a joint program of Yale Divinity School, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  Among the new courses this year is a special two-day workshop on engaging churches in prophetic, faith-filled public witness.  >Go to web site



Reflections Fall 07Last September Anna Halpine ’09 M.A.R. turned 30 and found herself out of a job—one that she had created for herself, but with a stipulated age limit of 30. Halpine was president of the World Youth Alliance, an organization dedicated to the “inalienable dignity of the person” that she helped found at the United Nations for people in their teens and twenties. At YDS, Halpine continues her work in the human rights arena. >Go to story


Renewing HopeA major conference exploring the emerging alliance of religion and ecology will be held at Yale University, February 28 - March 2, when scholars and grassroots religious environmentalists meet to share ideas and strategies.  The conference is jointly sponsored by Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Lansing HicksA service of celebration and thanksgiving for the life of Professor Lansing Hicks, who died Jan. 14, will take place March 27 at the Divinity School. Hicks, professor emeritus of Old Testament and former associate dean of academic affairs at Yale Divinity School, died in Hamden, CT at the age of 86.  He joined the faculty of YDS in 1971, following the affiliation between YDS and Berkeley Divinity School, and retired in 1990. >Go to story


Yale Divinity School, in collaboration with a number of other Yale and non-Yale entities, is sponsoring an April 3-5 conference on black religion in the African Diaspora:  Middle Passage Conversations. “Name” participants such as Faith Ringgold, Cornel West and Renita Weems have apparently helped make the gathering extremely popular, prompting a suspension of registrations. Eight moderated interdisciplinary panels will explore the ways in which panelists understand Black religiosity in their work. Performing arts such as drama and music will be incorporated in evening plenary sessions. >Go to conference web site



Gregor Goethals (Martha Gregor Thompson Goethals) ’52 B.D. died on Feb. 1, 2008 at the age of 81, in Sonoma, CA following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.   A woman of many talents, she was an art history professor at the Rhode Island School of Design for almost 30 years, a freelance designer, political savant, ecological activist, and writer.

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“Intent to Attend” forms are now available online for Convocation and Reunions 2008, scheduled for Oct. 13-16.  Classes celebrating reunions include 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1983, 1967-69, 1987-89, and 2002-04.  Featured speakers include Renita J. Weems, co-pastor at Ray of Hope Community Church in Nashville, TN (Lyman Beecher Lectures);  Christopher Rowland, the Dean Ireland Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture, Queens College, University of Oxford (Shaffer Lectures);  Krista Tippett '94 M.Div., host of the weekly public radio program, Speaking of Faith (Francis X. Cheney Lecture); and Robert F. Taft, S.J., Professor Emeritus of Oriental Liturgy, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome (Aidan J. Kavanagh Lecture). >Convocation Website


Upcoming at the Institute of Sacred Music

Highly Favored: Contemporary Images of the Virgin Mary, a traveling exhibition from Christians in the Visual Arts, will be on display weekdays, 9-4 p.m., from March 3 – 28 at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 409 Prospect St., New Haven.  A reception will be held on Thursday, March 6 at 4:30 PM in the ISM Great Hall.

Spring speakers for the ongoing Liturgy Symposium Series include Martin Stuflesser,
Ruhr Universitaet, Bochum (Germany);  Keith F. Pecklers, S.J., Pontifical Gregorian University and Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome; and Joanne Pierce, College of the Holy Cross.



Former U.S. Rep. Amory R. Houghton, Jr., the Rev. Daniel Heischman, executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and educator Tricia Lyons were among the speakers at Berkeley’s Ministry and Leadership Colloquium on Feb. 5.  Topics included leadership in the public square and Berkeley’s new Schools Ministry Initiative.  >Go to photos


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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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