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Barbara Blodgett ’87 M.Div., ’00 Ph.D., director of supervised ministries, has resigned her position to take up new responsibilities as minister for vocation and formation for the United Church of Christ, headquarter in Cleveland, OH. She will officially leave YDS in mid-February. Academic Dean Emilie Townes will convene a committee to review the position of director of supervised ministry, and a search for Blodgett’s successor will be conducted in the spring with an eye toward making an appointment effective for the next academic year.  In announcing the transition, Attridge said, “We are all enormously grateful to Barbara for the years of dedicated service she has given to the students of Yale Divinity School and for the leadership she has shown in crafting new forms of supervised ministry experiences.  We will miss her, but fully understand her desire to serve in the leadership of the United Church of Christ in this important post.”

Walter Fauntroy ’58 B.D. will be honored at several January ceremonies in Washington, D.C. as he retires from 50 years in the ministry, including two decades of service in the U.S. House of Representatives.  A renowned Washingtonian, statesman, humanitarian and civil rights leader, he was elected in 1971 as the District’s first Congressional representative in 100 years.  Events at Fauntroy’s church, New Bethel Baptist Church at 1739 Ninth St., N.W., include a prayer and praise worship service at 7 p.m., Jan. 8; a community night, 7 p.m., Jan. 14; and a farewell sermon, 11 a.m., Jan. 18.  A banquet gala will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 16 at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St., N.W., which requires tickets.  Further information is available from Viola Bradford at 202-387-9100, nbbcoutreach@veriozn.net.

Michael Peppard ’03 M.A.R. and currently a Ph.D. candidate at Yale in Religious Studies, wrote the lead article in the Dec. 5, 2008 issue of Commonweal.  The article, entitled “The Secret Weapon: Religious Abuse in the ‘War on Terror,’” concludes, “Religious torture generates determined resistance and long-lasting resentments. What has been a mere footnote for us may be the main story for the Muslim world. The U.S. military knows that desecration of the Qur’an leads to hunger strikes and suicide attempts, that playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” over the call to prayer is demoralizing. But they seem not to have considered the long-term effects of such tactics.”


“All of my books have focused on introducing—welcoming—the general public into the conversation about the built environment. Good design, whether of a teapot or a skyscraper, is an inalienable human right. The best skyscrapers foster human interaction and enable the creation of community."  Judith Dupré ’11 M.Div., Nov. 30, 208, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, discussing her writing in the article “Tall Tales: Ever-higher buildings reflect solutions for the future.”


Lillian Daniel ’93 M.Div., senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glen Ellyn, Ill., is the featured preacher Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 2009, on "Day 1," a nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible by podcast at www.Day1.org. Each program includes a sermon by Daniel along with interviews conducted by the program's host and executive producer, Peter Wallace.  “Day 1” was formerly known as “The Protestant Hour.”

Peter W. Martens, former visiting assistant professor of theology at Yale Divinity School, has published a new book, IN THE SHADOW OF THE INCARNATION: Essays on Jesus Christ in the Early Church in Honor of Brian E. Daley, S.J. (Notre Dame). The essays in the volume honor the scholarship and teaching of Brian E. Daley, S.J., the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and a distinguished patristic scholar.  More information is available at http://undpress.nd.edu/book/P01265

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