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Among the highlights of this year’s Summer Term course lineup—coinciding with the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth—will be the course John Calvin (1509-2009): Reformer of the Church, taught by Bruce Gordon, professor of Reformation history at YDS, who has just published the book Calvin with Yale University Press.  Recently added to the course list is another class of potential interest to Calvin enthusiasts, Jonathan Edwards and His World. >Go to Story

Yale Divinity School will launch the spring 2009 issue of Reflections magazine at a special reception at New York’s Millennium UN Plaza Hotel on May 12. The launch will be an occasion to present the magazine, which focuses in this issue on the question of nuclear weapons, as a moral and faith resource to the national delegations assembling during the first two weeks in May to prepare for next year's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference. >Go to Story

TownesEmilie M. Townes, associate dean of academic affairs and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research.  Townes, who served a one-year term as president of the American Academy of Religion in 2008, specializes in Christian social ethics and African American religious communities.  The 2009 class includes a total of 210 new fellows from across the country and 19 foreign honorary members. >Go to story.

LaraJaime Lara, lecturer in Christian art and architecture at the Institute of Sacred Music and YDS, has been named as a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for next year.  A total of just 180 fellowships were awarded from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. Lara, who will leave Yale at the end of the 2008-09 academic year, has chosen as his fellowship topic Flying Francis: Catastrophes, Insurrections, and Art in the Colonial Andes.

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Peter W. Marty ’85 M.Div., pastor, author and radio show host, returned to the YDS campus April 14-16 to spend time with students, faculty and staff as the 2009 Hoskins Visitor.  Though most of his time was spent in small-group or one-on-one sessions, he gave a public address in the Common Room on the subject of church renewal, peppering his talk with such phrases as “unwieldy organizations from another era,” “complexes that have become mini cities,” “mini fiefdoms,” and “lack of imagination.”  >Go to story.

Two YDS graduates named to Presidential Advisory Council

Sharon E. Watkins ’84 M.Div., general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Fred Davie ’82 M.Div., president of Public/Private Ventures, have been named to President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The YDS alumni are among 25 faith and community leaders appointed to the Council.  The Council is envisioned as a resource for nonprofits and community organizations, both secular and faith-based, that are looking for ways to make a bigger impact in their communities. >Read about Sharon Watkins and Fred Davie

The Fulbright Association will award educator and civil rights activist John D. Maguire ’56 B.D., ’60 Ph.D. the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal on May 12 during ceremonies at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., along with three other honorees.  The award recognizes distinguished Fulbright Program alumni for their career achievements and civic, educational, and cultural contributions.  Maguire served as president of Claremont Graduate University for 17 years and was a colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights era.  >Go to story.

Recent news about alumni, faculty and students

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Through these days of economic uncertainty, we must remain committed to supporting students who will become the future leaders of the church and the academy.  That’s why a group of dedicated donors have come forward to challenge their fellow Yale Divinity School alumni to give to the 2008-2009 Annual Fund and keep our alumni participation strong.  We’re calling it the “25 for 25” Participation Challenge: if 2,500 YDS graduates give to the Annual Fund by June 30, 2009, the group will make an additional contribution of $25,000!  Receiving this additional $25,000 grant is crucial to reviving the Annual Fund, which is down almost $50,000 in comparison to its level at this time last year.  Will you be one of the 2,500 YDS alums to rise to the Challenge?  The amount you give is up to you.  It’s your participation that counts.  All gifts are important and all Annual Fund gifts are applied directly to student scholarships. >Give online now

YDS’s Gifts of a Lifetime initiative can help provide financial certainty in these times of financial uncertainty. With a life-income gift benefiting YDS, such as a charitable gift annuity, you can receive guaranteed quarterly payments from Yale during your lifetime. To learn more about this, other Planned Giving options, and about remembering YDS in your will, please visit http://yale.planyourlegacy.org or call 203-432-5358/800-445-6086.

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