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Krista Tippett, creator and host of public radio’s popular Speaking of Faith program—will deliver the Francis X. Cheney Lecture during Convocation and Reunions 2008, Oct. 13-16.  Joining Tippett as featured lecturers are biblical scholar and “Something Within” faith blogger Renita Weems (Beecher Lectures);  Oxford University theologian Christopher Rowland (Shaffer Lectures); and Oriental churches scholar Robert Taft (Kavanagh Lecture).  The deadline registration deadline for Convocation and Reunions is Sept. 29.
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Nearly two decades after the end of the Cold War—but at a time when the legacy of nuclear weaponry is still very much alive—religious leaders, policymakers, businesspersons, and scholars will gather at a Yale Divinity School conference September 18-19 to take up the topic “Are We Safe Yet?  Vulnerability and Security in an Anxious Age.”  The primary aim of the conference is to promote serious public engagement on the twin topics of security and vulnerability in ways that will shed light on extremely difficult issues of war and peace such as nuclear arms. >Go to story


An eight-day conference at Yale that drew scores of prominent Muslim and Christian leaders from around the world ended with a declaration for mutual respect, understanding and further interfaith discussions.  “Let us learn to love each other. Let us learn to love all neighbors. And let us do that in the name of our common future and in the name of our one God,” Yale Divinity School professor Miroslav Volf told about 150 participants on the final day of the July 24-July 31 conference. >Go to story
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Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) opened the public portion of a groundbreaking Muslim-Christian conference with a strong endorsement of the gathering’s aim to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding.  “All religions today include their moderate and extreme elements—those who value peaceful coexistence and those who don't,” he said. Kerry told about 200 attendees in the Yale Law School auditorium, “You've placed yourselves among those looking to be on the right side of this debate—and now together we must put ourselves on the right side of history.” >Go to story

There were reporters from over 20 domestic and international media outlets.  Protection came from two police departments augmented by special security guards.  And the guest list included over 150 participants from some three-dozen countries.  Indeed, the sheer magnitude, complexity and visibility of the July 24-31 Christian/Muslim conference hosted by Yale Divinity School made it a particularly significant event in the life of YDS. >Go to story

Following eight years at Boston University, popular professor Peter Hawkins is back on campus as professor of religion and literature.  Hawkins delivered the Opening Convocation address on the topic “Wrestling in the River,” based on the story of Jacob’s encounter with God at Penil.  The new class is composed of 71 men and 71 women: 63 in the M.Div. program; 67, M.A.R.; 11, STM; and one non-degree student.  Ninety students are in their 20s, 36 in their 30s, 12 each in their 40s or 50s, and six in their 60s.  >Go to video of Opening Convocation

Divinity School students will be conducting a detailed mapping of New Haven religious life as part of a $250,000 grant awarded in the spring by the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund. The mapping project aims to produce an exhaustive inventory of the Elm City’s religious communities, ranging from those that meet in hotel ballrooms and community centers to traditional churches and synagogues.

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Too Splendid For Speech But Ripe For A Song

The Institute of Sacred Music and Oxford University Press will co-host a sacred music workshop on Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the ISM Great Hall exploring Oxford’s newest sacred and Christmas musical offerings.  Complimentary packets of music (at least $125 value) will be available to all attendees.   There is a registration fee of $35 in advance of the workshop, entitled Too Splendid For Speech But Ripe For A Song, payable by check or credit card only, or $50 if paying at the door (cash only).  For those paying at the door, advance notification of attendance is required.  Current Yale students and faculty attend free.

JarvisF. Washington "Tony" Jarvis has been appointed Director of the new E.L.M (Educational and Leadership Ministry Program) at Berkeley Divinity School. A graduate of St. Mark's School and Harvard College, he holds an M.A. from Cambridge University and an S.T.B. from the Episcopal Theological School. Jarvis is the author of six books and numerous articles in the fields of history, education, and religion. >Go to story

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Yale Divinity School’s 2007-2008 Annual Fund campaign was a success, thanks to the 37.14 percent of alumni who so generously donated.  The total dollar amount raised was $413,694.63, exceeding the $400,000 goal.  Participation was just slightly under the 38 percent goal.  All donations to the Annual Fund go directly toward financial support of YDS’s most precious asset – the students.  YDS gratefully acknowledges all who gave in 2007-08, even as the school embarks on a new campaign for 2008-09.
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A challenge grant that will match contributions in the $10,000-$100,000 range gives added momentum to YDS’s ongoing $38 million capital campaign. Currently YDS and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale are about halfway toward the  $38 million goal.  The top campaign priority is financial aid for students, including funds designated specifically for international students, students of particular promise, and study abroad scholarships—in addition to need-based aid. >Download campaign newsletter (pdf)

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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