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Adela Collins, the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation, was honored at a March 15-17 conference on the campus of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.  Joining MTSO in sponsoring the conference were Ohio State University and Yale Divinity School.  The title of the conference was Women in the Religious and the Intellectual Activity of the Ancient Mediterranean World: An Interdisciplinary and International Conference in Honor of Adela Yarbro Collins. A number of Yale faculty and students joined others from around the globe at the gathering, either as speakers or respondents, including Diana M. Swancutt, Assistant Professor of New Testament; Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies; YDS Dean Harold Attridge; John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation; Jeremy F. Hultin, Assistant Professor of New Testament; Michael Peppard, Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies; Celia E. Schultz, Associate Professor of Classics. Click here for conference information

Scott Black Johnston ’89 M.Div., who last fall was installed as senior pastor of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, will preach on Palm Sunday and Easter, April 5 and 12, on “Day 1,” a nationally broadcast radio program also accessible online at Day1.org. Each program includes a sermon preached by Johnston along with interviews conducted by the program’s host and executive producer, Peter Wallace.  Formerly known as “The Protestant Hour,” “Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 64 years, winning numerous awards in the process, including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Communicators’ Award for Excellence in inspirational radio.

George Ling ’60 B.D. is featured in the Winter 2009 issue of The Mansfield College (Oxford) Magazine, which recounts Ling’s journey from Oxford University, where he earned his D.Phil. in 1964, to China, where he, his wife, Jennie Ling ’61 M.A.R., and their children encountered the Cultural Revolution.  For five years, the couple worked in a rubber factor, and they later taught English at Sichuan University.  Eventually, they became involved in IT technology, founded a company, and introduced China to the world of microcomputers, computer-aided design, networking and integrated systems.  The Lings are now semi-retired and serving as mentors for a scholarship program operated by the Yale Club of Beijing. George Ling’s book is entitled China Developing: Cultural Identity of Emerging Societies (World Scientific, March 2008.  Click here to read the story (pdf), published with permission of The Mansfield College Magazine.

Carolyn Sharp ’94 M.A.R., ’00 Ph.D., associate professor of Hebrew Scriptures, is the author of a new volume in the For Today series of Westminster John Knox Press:  Old Testament Prophets for Today (Westminster John Knox, 2009).  Jacket copy for the volume says, “Prophets can be mediators who connect us to the holiness of God, they can be idealists whose desires for humanity call us to new heights of God’s desire, and they can be companions for us in the confusing journey through our complicated worlds.  In this new offering from the popular For Today series, Carolyn Sharp offers a lay-friendly introduction to some of the Old Testament’s most interesting—and often overlooked—prophets.”

Ashley Makar ’10 M.A.R. is the winner of the 2009 essay contest sponsored by the Resource Center for Woman and Ministry in the South.  Her essay, “Holy Ghost,” published in the South of the Garden newsletter, begins, “I don’t understand Holy Ghost people, but I better believe them—every strange word.  I’m a quarter Holy Ghost person myself: Pauline begat Judy and Barbara, and Barbara begat me.” Click here to read the entire essay (pdf) as, reproduced with permission from South of the Garden, Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, www.rcwms.org

The work of Antoinette Clark Wire ’59 B.D., Robert S. Dollar Professor of New Testament Emerita at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, was honored at a March 13-14 SFTS conference, “The Interface of Orality and Writing,” that brought together experts on Old Testament and New Testament, Judaism, classics, and oral tradition to address the subject of the transition from orality to writing, focusing mainly on the Gospel of Mark.  Her most recent book is “Holy Lives, Holy Deaths: A Close Hearing of Early Jewish Storytellers” (SBL 2002).

Priscilla Grace Inkpen ’76 M.Div., 62, died on March 21 at home in Boulder, CO, after surviving two years with ovarian cancer. A junior-year abroad in Beirut while an undergraduate at Hope College fed her commitment to a global worldview, an intense engagement with international dimensions of peace and justice, and openness to other cultures. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, she worked in a series of congregations as a minister in Paterson, New Jersey; New Haven, CT; and Schenectady, New York.  In 1985 she began campus-ministry work at the University of Colorado.  As she continued her lifelong inner explorations, she found the need to come out as a lesbian, and to end her first marriage to Bruce Ronda ’75 Ph.D. She met Paula Zoller in 1992, and they held a celebration of commitment in 1994. Her final workplace was Naropa University in Boulder, where she served as associate dean of students and worked closely with students, particularly around diversity and GLBTQ issues.  She leaves her partner, Paula Zoller of Boulder, CO; daughter Margaret Ronda and son-in-law Tobias Menely of Portland, OR; and sister Ruth Inkpen of New Brighton, PA.  Contributions may be sent to a fund for a prize/scholarship in her memory.  Checks should be addressed to Naropa University, with “Priscilla Inkpen Gift Fund” in the memo line, and sent to Naropa University, Student Affairs, 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302. 

Scott Bader-Saye ’91 M.Div. is the new professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at Seminary of the Southwest.  Prior to his appointment at Southwest, he was at the University of Scranton, where he has taught in its theology/religious studies department since 1997. He is the author of two books – Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear and Church and Israel After Christendom.  He is co-chair of the Scriptural Reason Section of the American Academy of Religion.  In 2008 he returned to YDS to deliver a panel presentation on the topic “Are We Safe Yet? Vulnerability and Security in an Anxious Age.”  He has been active in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem and the community of Scranton and is the founder and member of Peacemeal, a ministry of the diocese, and coordinated FreeSpace, a monthly ministry of Peacemeal to the poor and homeless of Scranton.

David A. Crocker ’63 B.D., ’70 Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, has published a new book, Ethics of Global Development: Agency, Capability, and Deliberative Democracy (2008, Cambridge University Press).  The publisher’s publicity material says, “Poverty, inequality, violence, environmental degradation, and tyranny continue to afflict the world. Ethics of Global Development offers a moral reflection on the ends and means of local, national, and global efforts to overcome these five scourges.”  Click here for more information (pdf).

Bryan D. Spinks, the Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology at YDS, Berkeley Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, has a new book out: Liturgy in the Age of Reason: Worship and Sacraments in England and Scotland 1662-c.1800  (Ashgate Publishing, 2008).  The publisher’s publicity materials quote Karen Westerfield Tucker of Boston University as saying, “With its judicious use of period sources—theological writings, ritual texts, hymns and first-hand descriptions—along with analysis of the social, political and intellectual contexts, Liturgy in the Age of Reason provides new lenses for examining and interpreting the liturgical upheaval that characterized England and Scotland during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.“  Click here for more information

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