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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will partner with Yale Divinity School and the Yale School of Management during the 2008-09 academic year to teach about faith and globalization. YDS Dean Harold Attridge believes Blair's demonstrated "deep interest in issues related to the intersection of religion with society" will enrich discussion of ethics, values and leadership at YDS. Meanwhile, Blair delivered a major address on April 3 arguing that issues of faith are critical to maintenance of peace in the modern world. >Go to Story

Serene Jones, the Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, has accepted an offer to serve as president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, a school with a long history of ties to YDS and where Reinhold Niebuhr, one of YDS’s most illustrious graduates, once taught.  The appointment was announced Feb. 25 by Union, which said Jones would assume her new position on July 1.    >Go to story

Otis Moss III ’95 M.Div., is succeeding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, the home church of presidential candidate Barack Obama that has stirred much controversy because of Wright’s strident criticism of American society. John Thomas ’75 M.Div. is also involved in the debate, as president and general minister of the congregation’s denomination, the United Church of Christ. >Go to story

WakhusamaEvalyn Wakhusama ’01, M.Div, ’02 STM revisited the Quad recently to share a hope-filled mission she is nurturing in the western province of beautiful but troubled Kenya.  She is engaged in efforts to build a school for needy children in the region, which suffers greatly from the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  Before returning to Kenya, she shared her dreams with Leslie Ann Brown ’10 M.Div. >Go to Story

Organizers of this year’s student-run All School Conference devoted the annual, weeklong event to exploring the relationship between Yale Divinity School and New Haven by inviting city officials, immigration activists, performance artists and labor leaders to the Quad.  Experts held forth on issues ranging from urban women’s health to crime and safety in the Elm City.  >Go to story

The BellsBill and Katie Bell have four children: Mark, Timothy, Elizabeth, and the child they like to call “Charity.” But Charity isn’t any ordinary child. In fact, she isn’t a human child at all. After the Bells divided their estate four ways—to represent all four children—Charity became the $1 million donation they gave to Yale Divinity School in October 2007.  Bill ’07 M.Div. currently serves as curate at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church in Panama City, FL.  >Go to Story

Margot FasslerMargot Fassler, the Robert Tangeman Professor of Music History and Liturgy, has been selected as one of seven 2008-09 Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology from across the country.  Fellows engage in yearlong research in various areas of theological inquiry and, at the end of their research year, gather at the annual Luce Fellows Conference to present and critique their work.    >Go to Story

Until May 14, the Lilly Endowment Inc. is accepting applications for the 2008 round of grants to be offered under the organization’s National Clergy Renewal Program.  During the nine years of the program, more than 1,000 congregations from around the United States have been awarded grants of up to $45,000 to support an extended time of renewal for pastors and to support congregations in renewal activities. >Go to Lilly Endowment announcement

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 June 10-11 workshop on engaging churches in prophetic, faith-filled public witness.  >Go to web site

News from the Institute of Sacred Music

Two former students of Professor Bryan Spinks—Simon Jones and Melanie Ross—will edit a festschrift in honor of his 60th birthday, to be published by Continuum Press in 2009. The book will be entitled The Serious Business of Worship. Spinks is the Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology, and chair of the program in liturgical studies. >Go to story

In collaboration with the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, and organizers of Yale University’s conference Middle Passage Conversations on Black Religion in the African Diaspora, ISM is presenting Visual Exegesis: Religious Images by African American Artists from the Jean and Robert E. Steele Art Collection.  The exhibition, free and open to the public, is on display at the Institute April 2 – 25, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. >Go to story


The Berkeley Divinity School spring colloquium on "The Theory and Practice of Leadership" is bringing a series of successful pastoral leaders to campus this term. The visitors are interviewed in class about the evolution of their own vocation as a pastor, probing their understanding of the nature of leadership both in the congregation and wider community.  >Go to story

Recent news about alumni, faculty and students

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Annual Fund approaching 2008 goal

With three months remaining in the 2007-08 fiscal year, the 2008 Annual Fund goals of $400,000 and 40 percent participation are within reach. As of the end of March, alumni had contributed $346, 275, or 87 percent of the goal. Participation was at 32 percent. All donations to the Annual Fund go directly to support YDS’s most valuable resource – its students – in the form of scholarship aid.

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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.
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