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YDS Student Book Supply Manager Micah Luce and YDS Director of Alumni Relations Carmen Germino have partnered to boost Annual Fund scholarship support before the end of the fiscal year.  The Fund, under its “25 for 25 Participation Challenge,” is aiming to have at least 2,500 alumni contribute in 2008-09, which will enable the fund to receive an additional $25,000.  All alumni who donate during the current fiscal year will be eligible for a special drawing that will award the winner with a set of recently published books by YDS faculty, past and present, valued at $145.  >Read the story 



CommencementDespite the gloomy economy and periods of inclement weather, there was more than enough inspirational talk at commencement 2009 to send 133 newly minted graduates out into the world with a measure of confidence and optimism.  While a number of graduates were still uncertain of immediate plans at graduation time, most had plans in place, despite the worldwide economic downturn.  Many were headed for advanced degrees, while others had positions lined up in pulpit ministries or with para-church agencies.  The Class of 2009 donated over $20,000 to the YDS Annual Fund and presented a large cloth labyrinth made by members of the class—in memory of their YDS journeys and in honor of all YDS faculty, staff, and administration. >Go to story



Jaime Lara, chair of the Program in Religion and the Arts and lecturer in Christian art and architecture, delivered the sermon at the commencement worship service, telling the graduating class, “The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness that God has placed in the heart of every person; it keeps us from discouragement; it sustains us in times of abandonment; it preserves us from self-centeredness, and it leads to the joy that flows from the works of love.”  >Read full sermon



While a number of graduates were still uncertain of their immediate future at graduation time, most had plans in place, despite the worldwide economic downturn.  Many were headed for advanced degrees, while others had positions lined up in pulpit ministries or with para-church agencies.  Each year a number of graduating seniors reflect on their time at YDS and talk about their plans for the future.

>Read the student reflections


In a sermon delivered at the commencement communion service, Kristen Leslie, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling, described the Eucharist as empowering students to “go out into the world using the skills and the gifts that you have...to make a difference in a world that is suffering, in a world that needs to know the peace of Isaiah, where there is no more hunger and where there is no suffering ...You have done good work here.  And now go and make a difference.” >Read full sermon



“We aren’t starting from scratch in our efforts to become leaders in the Jesus movement, or the unfolding of the God love-life (as we recently heard it called),” said Berkeley Divinity School Dean Joseph Britton at the BDS evensong.  “That’s the exciting thing: the mission we have been given to pursue is already defined, the purpose already made clear, the grace to accomplish it already given!” 

>Read full sermon


“We aren’t starting from scratch in our efforts to become leaders in the Jesus movement, or the unfolding of the God love-life (as we recently heard it called),” said Berkeley Divinity School Dean Joseph Britton at the BDS evensong.  “That’s the exciting thing: the mission we have been given to pursue is already defined, the purpose already made clear, the grace to accomplish it already given!”  >Read full sermon



“Whatever you are going to do, the church and the world desperately need all that you have become in this community of memory and expectation,” Dean Harold Attridge told graduates in his formal commencement charge.  “A fearful world needs your ability to inspire hope, a grieving world needs your capacity to console, a world racked by war needs your ability to bring the gospel of reconciling love, and a world of greed needs your passion for justice.”

>Read full charge


ReflectionsReflections, Yale Divinity School’s magazine of theological and ethical inquiry, received a number of awards for issues and articles published in 2008, including the top award, the award of excellence, for the category “In-Depth Coverage: Magazine,” from Associated Church Press.  Reflections was honored with awards in eight different Associated Church Press categories and also received an award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). >Read the story



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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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