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Yale Divinity School has launched the “25 for 25” Participation Challenge to jumpstart the school’s Annual Fund campaign, which has suffered, like the University as a whole, as a result of the nation’s flagging economy.  Under the challenge, a group of about one dozen members of the YDS Board of Advisors will make a collective contribution of $25,000 to the fund if 2,500 alumni make donations to the Fund by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2009. >Go to story

Yale Divinity School will host a conference on the topic “The Future of the Congregation” April 30-May 1, featuring a number of seasoned veterans of the pulpit—including congregational renewal authority Anthony Robinson—as well as relative newcomers to the ministry.  Robinson, a popular speaker and prolific writer on issues related to the vitality of congregations, will serve as facilitator of the conference, which will include two panel discussions—the first composed of newer pastors and, the second, of pastors with more experience. >Go to Story

Peter HawkinsThe registration deadline for Summer Term 2009 is not until May 15, but at least one class is already close to capacity, and so early registration is advised. Tuitions have been lowered this year. A number of senior faculty are teaching, including Dean Harold Attridge, Peter Hawkins, Denys Turner, and Robert Wilson. An additional course has been added to the original
offerings: "Jonathan Edwards and His World," taught by Kenneth Minkema. Also, during the 500th anniversary year of Calvin¹s birth, Bruce Gordon is teaching "John Calvin: Reformer of the Church"; and Patrick Evans will again teach "Global" song and "Congregational" song. Registration materials and details about Summer Term are available on the YDS web site. Three one-week sessions are scheduled between June 8 and 26. >Go to Summer Term

NOLA volunteersFrom eating fried crocodile to hauling mud from a flood-ravaged home, a group of YDS staffers, students and others from the broader Yale community experienced post-Katrina New Orleans over eight days of Spring Break.  The group of 28, including six with YDS connections, took part in the March 8-15 service expedition. It was sponsored by the Yale University Chaplain’s Office for the third consecutive year after the devastating 2004 hurricane. >Go to story


Sharon E. Watkins ’84 M.Div. is the first woman to deliver the sermon at the National Prayer Service.   She is also the only woman ever elected president and general minister of the 700,000-member Disciples of Christ, a mainstream denomination with over 3,700 congregations in the United States and Canada.  Recently, Watkins carved out some time in her busy schedule to give an interview about her ministry, the role YDS played in preparing her, and the honor of being invited to preach at the National Prayer Service.

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Peter W. Marty ’85 M.Div., pastor and host of the popular Lutheran radio show Grace Matters, will visit the Yale campus April 14-16 as the 2009 Hoskins Visitor. YDS hosts a Hoskins Visitor to campus in alternating years to meet with students, faculty and staff to discuss issues related to the reform and renewal of the church.  Marty’s visit will include a conversation in the Common Room, during which he will reflect on his ministry. Marty has written more than 60 articles on leadership, preaching, and parish renewal in America, including The Anatomy of Grace. >Go to story

KasperWalter Cardinal Kasper, the Vatican’s top official for ecumenical relations, spoke in the Yale Divinity School Common Room on March 26 and told a lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and staff that interfaith dialogue aimed at restoring Christian unity is not an option but a moral obligation for all Christians.  Kasper emphasized that key to successful interfaith dialogue is taking the time first to identify what precisely it is that separates various denominations and religious traditions. >Go to story

Yale alumni around the world will participate in the first-ever global Yale Day of Service on May 16. Coordinated by the Association of Yale Alumni, the day will bring Yale alumni and their families and friends of all ages together to volunteer in their local communities. Service projects are being organized through local Yale Clubs and other Yale-based groups and range from serving meals at soup kitchens, to construction with Habitat for Humanity, to tutoring, to park cleanups and more. 

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ISM News: Masaaki Suzuki joins ISM faculty; Andean village exhibit

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music have announced the joint appointment of Masaaki Suzuki, a leading authority on the works of Bach, as visiting professor of choral conducting and conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum, the University’s renowned chamber choir. The two-year appointment will begin July 1, 2009. In 2008, noted New Haven art photographer Robert Lisak traveled to Peru during Holy Week with Professor Jaime Lara to document a cultural treasure in a remote Andean village. An exhibition of Lisak’s photographs, accompanied by commentary in English and Spanish by Lara, is on display at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music until April 24, weekdays 9-4. >Go to Suzuki, Lisak

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