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"We have received unprecedented scrutiny that has taken its toll on our members, staff and our senior pastor…. Lately our sacred space has been seized upon and compromised. All of us are standing with Trinity during this challenging time."  Rev. Otis Moss ’95 M.Div., who became pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ following the retirement of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in the article “New pastor to head Obama's 8,000-member Chicago church,” from the Associated Press, Apr. 30, 2008.


"There is so much more going on in black churches than gospel music." Emile Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology and associate dean of academic affairs at YDS, in the article “Jeremiah Wright Goes to War,” in Time magazine, Apr. 28, 2008.


“I often take real moments, real incidents and turn them into stories, using my imagination.” Children’s book author Marc Harshman ’75 M.A.R., in the article “Author inspires Waterford Elementary students,” appearing in the Marietta (OH) Times, May 6, 2008.


“Interest in demonology tends to ebb and flow according to what’s going on in the world. When there’s great human suffering, people look for reasons why, and these questions have come to the fore once again.” Retired minister-turned-novelist William Bradshaw ’58 M.Div. discussing his new novel Sinister Among Us, in the article “The detail in the Devil,” appearing in Metro Toronto, May 5, 2008.


“Our work rests on the legacy of great leaders like him.” Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president of the United Church of Christ speaking after the April 12, 2008 death of Rev. Joseph H. Evans '42 M.Div., the first and only African American to serve as UCC president.


“We talk about the Middle East or Arabs or Muslims as one group…but each nation has had its specific historical and political experience.” Magnus Bernhardsson ’92 M.A.R., professor of history at Williams College, in an excerpt of a lecture given at Carleton College, in the article “Carleton’s Mid-East Lecture Series Focuses on Defining Iraq,” Apr. 21, 2008.


Rev. Alisha Jones ’07 M. Div., is the new Miss Black Maryland USA, selected by a national committee from 134 applicants throughout the state. In her role, she frequently speaks to groups on public health issues. “This intergenerational crowd was also surprised to hear of the other rising demographic of new cases, which are the African American 50+ crew, who are ‘getting their groove back’ with sexual enhancement products, after retirement and menopause, to name a few reasons,” read an account in the Miss Black Maryland 2008 newsletter describing her talk earlier this year on HIV/AIDS to a Prince George’s County (MD) civic association.




Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Sidorak, Jr. '75 M.Div., '76 S.T.M. was elected on May 14, 2008 as the new leader of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. In accepting the post, Sidorak remarked, "John Wesley called us to live out of a 'catholic spirit.' We must recapture that very spirit in all of its poignant simplicity, theological sophistication and practical application."

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), issued an Earth Day press release that quoted a Bible passage of mysterious provenance: “The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.” Pelosi’s citation baffled Biblical scholars, including John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at YDS. He commented, "I assume that she means this is a paraphrase. But it wouldn't be a close paraphrase to anything I know of," he commented in the article “Old scripture, new religion,” in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Apr. 24, 2008.


“A Texan by birth and upbringing, David combines a laid-back persona and a homespun, unquestioning faith with a Yale Divinity School's headiness that gives him a remarkable wisdom.” The (FL) News-Press columnist Dan Warner on Rev. J. David Stinson ’75 M.Div, in the article “Even years later, pastor still cooks up lots of wisdom,” Mar. 2008.

Lamin O. Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at YDS, had his 2007 work, Disciples of All Nation: Pillars of World Christianity, selected as one Christianity Today’s top 10 books of the century. “Throughout, Sanneh asks the critical question: how can we reconceive Christianity in a way that frees it from its European and imperial contexts, permitting the faith to adapt to the kaleidoscopic realities of different societies around the globe. This is a splendid achievement," commented fellow author Philip Jenkins.


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