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Talk about morality, nuclear weapons, and the way forward dominated the Sept. 18-19 Sarah Smith Conference hosted by the Divinity School's Center for Faith and Culture on the topic “Are We Safe Yet? Vulnerability and Security in an Anxious Age.”  The conference was marked by distinctly global dimensions, not only because of the subject matter but through the presence of players on the international stage such as Sergio Duarte of Brazil, the United Nations’ high representative for disarmament, and Canadian diplomat Douglas Roche, chair of the Middle Powers Initiative—the two keynote speakers for the event.
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Four alumni will be honored with distinguished alumni awards during Convocation and Reunions, Oct. 13-16. Honorees include Bradford Ableson ’85 M.Div., Lux et Veritas; Timothy Ahrens ’85 M.Div., William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice; Cheryl Cornish ’83 M.Div., Distinction in Congregational Ministry; and Bruce Rigdon, ’62 B.D., ’68 Ph.D., Distinction in Theological Education. >Read more about the honorees

Magaret Farley portrait to be unveiled at Convocation and Reunions

A portrait of Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, will be officially unveiled at the Alumni Tea, 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, during Convocation and Reunions week.  The portrait was done by Gerald York ’81 B.A., who did the painting of Letty Russell that now hangs in the Common Room, where the Farley portrait will also find its home.  The Farley portrait was commissioned by Janet Tanner ’98 M.A.R. 
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The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a grant to the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in support of the newly created Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion at Yale University.  The Initiative seeks to provide an interdisciplinary, multi-religious, international, scholarly, and practical forum for study and understanding of its subjects.  Directing the Initiative is Sally M. Promey ’78 M.Div., professor of religion and visual culture at the Institute and at Yale Divinity School, and professor of American Studies. >Go to story

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair began co-teaching this semester’s Faith and Globalization course on Sept. 19 with Miroslav Volf, director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture at YDS.  The course, with an enrollment of 25 including five YDS students, is a joint effort of YDS and the Yale School of Management.  The course has a special web site for long-distance “auditing” at http://faithandglobalization.yale.edu/ 
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Sandra Day O’Connor heads list of Berkeley honorees at Convocation

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is among the dignitaries who will be granted honorary degrees from Berkeley Divinity School during Convocation and Reunions, Oct. 13-16.  The degrees will be awarded during the BDS evensong on Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Marquand Chapel.  Joining O’Connor will be Krista Tippett ’94 M.Div., host of the popular public radio program Speaking of Faith; the Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens ’91 M.Div., the first woman bishop to serve the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut; and A. Gary Shilling, writer and economist. >Click here to download Registration Form for Convocation and Reunions (pdf)

Hundreds of print publications and electronic media worldwide ran stories about the July 24-31 conference on Christian/Muslim relations hosted by Yale Divinity School—Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed: Implications for Christians and Muslims.  The conference—which ended with a unanimously adopted declaration of mutual respect, understanding and further interfaith discussions—brought together some 150 Christian and Muslim leaders who came to New Haven from around the globe.
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With another successful Annual Fund campaign completed, Dean Harold Attridge formally kicked off the 2008-09 campaign with a September letter to alumni and friends, reminding readers that all donations to the Fund go toward student financial aid.  Working with the University, he reported, YDS continues to increase the amount of scholarship aid as a percentage of tuition, which currently stands at 86 percent, up from 70 percent last year.   With continued strong support for the Fund, Attridge said, YDS hopes ultimately to provide scholarships at a level of 100 percent of tuition.
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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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