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“This outstanding woman grew up on a farm near Blanchester and developed an abiding love for the land, natural areas and open spaces of Clinton County. She has made preserving those working farms and natural areas a part of her life’s mission.” Terri Thobaben on Laura Curliss ’90 M.Div. who nominated Curliss for a community service award, in the article “Outstanding Women: Laura Curliss” appearing in the Wilmington (Ohio) News Journal, Mar. 10, 2008.

"I do not just assert my positions, I work my way to them, paying serious attention to the concrete situations in real lives where questions are raised, and working with significant resources in Scripture and in the Christian tradition.  My conclusions may indeed sometimes differ from official positions, but my effort is to shed light both on new questions, new contexts, and potentially new interpretations of the tradition."  Professor Emeritus Margaret Farley on her book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, winner of the 2008 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, featured in the article “She walks the line: Connecticut nun and ethicist addresses sexual taboos and Christianity in her latest book,” Republican (Conn.) American, Mar. 4, 2008.


“We (in the first world) have been dominant and bossy and arrogant for far too long and the time is right for patience and humility.  Secondly, by taking the time to do the theology thoroughly and well, we will ease the acceptance of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. To be impatient is to risk even further hate and violence against those we have ignored for too long.”  Newly elected Bishop of Christchurch in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa Victoria Matthews ’79 M.Div. in the article “Canadian Bishop for Christchurch,” Scoop Independent News, Mar. 17, 2008.


"I started going to auctions, buying antiques -- and making jewelry -- a far cry from the Divinity School.  But the business looked more and more interesting to me, so I decided to leave the ministry and came to Evanston in the early 1970s. After 29 years on Chicago Avenue, Harvey Art & Antiques moved west to 1035 Wesley Ave.  I'm not as much interested in something being antique as it being aesthetically an object of art, something strong visually.” Harvey Pranian ’64 B.D., on his move into the antiques business, in the article “History ‘live,’” Pioneer (IL) Local, Feb. 28, 2008.

"Something magical happens in a real conversation, where people bring the clearest words they can muster, and the most natural, to matter and meaning. Paradoxically, what is most personal also lands in other ears as most universal." Krista Tippett ’94 M.Div., in her new book Speaking of Faith, reviewed in Christianity Today, Mar./Apr. 2008.


"It was a struggle for me as I put the class together, because I knew if I didn't construct this really well ... that a lot of what I was doing would be missed or misconstrued. I certainly didn't want to come across as someone trying to indoctrinate my students.  I also wanted to make it clear that it was a critical endeavor, and that it wasn't ... that you'd sit around all day talking about how great Luna Lovegood was."  Danielle Tumminio ’06 M.Div. on the Yale College course she teaches, “Christian Theology and Harry Potter,” in the cnn.com article, “Pottermania lives on in college classrooms,” Mar. 25, 2008.

"If you ask me, what's my goal, it's social.  Instead of religion being the cause of the problem, it should be a resource for solving the problem."  Prof. Miroslav Volf on Christian-Muslim dialogue in the article “Yale Scholar Deplores Muslim, Christian Chasm,” The (FL) Ledger, Mar. 1, 2008.


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