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Notes from the Quad

When graduating student Adele Crawford led a refrain from “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” (“Come, Holy Spirit”) at Yale Divinity School commencement worship services on May 25, her Metropolitan Opera-trained voice was as beautiful as ever.  As she summoned the Spirit under a perfectly sunny and cloudless sky, powerful currents of air swept through Sterling Divinity Quadrangle.  It was as if the Spirit had heard and responded.  All told, there are 131 graduates of the class of 2008—68 of whom were awarded the M.Div. degree, 55 the M.A.R., and eight the S.T.M. 
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GraduatesThe 131 most recent graduates of Yale Divinity School are headed into a diverse range of vocational opportunities and, in many cases, continued studies. Oby Ballinger will be a religious organizer with Love Makes a Family in Hartford, CT, along the way to ordination in the United Church of Christ; Jaime Waters will enroll in the Near Eastern Studies Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University; Katey Zeh will be scholar in residence at the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing in Westport, CT; Lucy LaRocca will serve as curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Branford, CT.
>Click here for reflections by these and other members of the Class of 2008

YDS, BDS near halfway point toward $38 million campaign goal

TaylorYale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale are almost halfway toward their combined Divinity Tomorrow capital campaign goal of $38 million.  That is good news, but it also means that half of the funding has yet to be raised.  Within the next month all alums will receive a special campaign bulletin describing giving opportunities and containing profiles of alums who have already supported the campaign, such as Barbara Brown Taylor ’76 M.Div., Frederick H. Talbot ’57 M.Div., and Peter Marty ’85 M.Div. Please be on the lookout for this important piece of mail.

Are you sensing a call to the simple, yet rewarding ministry of keeping in touch with your YDS classmates? If so, we might be able to use your help. The Alumni Relations office is looking for class secretaries to help gather and edit updates from alumni for Spectrum magazine and for our online Class Notes. We’re currently seeking volunteers from the following classes: 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1969, 1971, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1998, and 1999. If you are a member of one of these classes and are interested in becoming a class secretary, please email carmen.germino@yale.edu or call (203) 432-3871.

Flooding and tornadoes in the Midwest have rocked areas populated by YDS alumni, who report that friends, family and members of their congregations are exhausted but in many cases exhibiting great resilience. The devastation has also prompted some sermonizing on the topic of theodicy. >Go to story

CoverThe Spring 2008 issue of Reflections, YDS’s magazine of theological and ethical inquiry, is in the mail to all alumni.  This issue, Between Babel and Beatitude: The Bible in the 21st Century, features articles by a number of YDS faculty, including Dean Harold Attridge and faculty guest editors John J. Collins and Adela Yarbro Collins.   The magazine won several awards that were announced at the April 22 annual meeting of Associated Church Press, including first place in the category “Theme Issue, Section, or Series: Magazine” for the Spring 2007 issue, God’s Green Earth: Creation, Faith, Crisis. >Go to Reflections web site

The Berkeley Divinity School Class of 2008 revived an old and lovely tradition of a class gift for BDS with the presentation during commencement of a new altar book and Gospel Book for use at St. Luke's Chapel.  The gifts were  presented to BDS Dean Joseph Britton at the Evensong service that immediately preceded the Senior Dinner.  Said Britton, “These books will open the hearts and minds of new generations of Episcopal students as they prepare to be spiritual leaders." 

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Next year’s Institute of Sacred Music lineup promises to be artistically and intellectually stimulating -- and diverse. One of the early events will be a Pan-Baltic choral festival featuring two performances by visiting choirs from Estonia: The Orthodox Singers, directed by Valery Petrov on September 25, and Heinavanker on September 27. In January, Paul Hillier, of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Ars Nova Copenhagen, will guest conduct the Yale Schola Cantorum in a program to include Estonian music.  >Read more about 2008-09 ISM events

Recent news about alumni, faculty and students

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With just two weeks remaining in the 2007-08 fiscal year, the 2008 Annual Fund goals are on the verge of being met. You can help us meet and even surpass our goals! As of June 16, 2008, 2,296 alumni had contributed $390,047 or 98 percent of the $400,000 goal. All donations to the Annual Fund go directly to support YDS¹s most valuable resource—its students—in the form of scholarship aid.
>Make a gift of financial aid online to the Annual Fund

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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