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Don and Emily SaliersThe father-daughter musical duo of Don Saliers ’62 B.D., ’67 Ph.D. and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls fame are among the headliners for Convocation and Reunions 2009, to be held Oct. 12-15.  They will host an evening of music and conversation exploring crossovers between the musical languages of Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Featured lecturers for Convocation include distinguished homiletics professor Eugene Lowry, German theologian Michael Welker, language and liturgical expert Gabriele Winkler, and the Rt. Rev. Trevor Mwamba, Anglican bishop of Botswana.  >Go to story

Donations to the 2008-09 YDS Annual Fund surged during the final weeks of the 25 for 25 Participation Challenge, but not quite enough to reach the goal of 2,500 alumni donors.   However, alumni members of the YDS Advisory Board who had pledged matching grants totaling $25,000 acknowledged the strength of the Annual Fund campaign, generously offering to fulfill their pledges even though the number of contributors fell slightly short of the goal.  Carmen Germino ’07 M.Div. said the challenge “was instrumental in keeping our donor base robust through this rocky year.”
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Willis Jenkins has been reappointed as the Margaret Farley Assistant Professor of Social Ethics, through June 30, 2012.  Jenkins, who came to YDS in 2006, maintains a research focus on environmental ethics, sustainable communities, global ethics and theological ethics.  He has a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and is the author of Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology, editor of The Spirit of Sustainability, and co-editor of the forthcoming Bonhoeffer and King: Receiving Their Legacies for Christian Social Thought.  >Go to story

CalvinA new book on John Calvin by Professor of Reformation History Bruce Gordon figures prominently in an article by New York Times “Beliefs” columnist Peter Steinfels, who writes that the “special value” of Gordon’s portrait of Calvin is that it makes the 16th century church reformer’s acute—and perhaps baffling—single-mindedness appreciable to 21st century readers. Gordon also did an interview about the book with the Interfaith Voices online religion news magazine. 

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John J. Collins, the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School, was awarded an honorary doctor of literature degree on June 16 by his alma mater, University College Dublin, in Ireland.  In the citation read at the degree ceremony, where Collins was one of six honorees, Collins was described as “an outstanding UCD graduate” with a “highly distinguished career” who is “rightly regarded as the leading expert in the field of near-eastern apocalyptic writings.” >Go to story

Yale Divinity School hosted a July 2-4 meeting of the “Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity.” More than sixty professors, graduate students, archivists, and independent scholars from throughout the world—including the United Kingdom, India, Korea, Myanmar, Poland, and Switzerland—met to present and discuss papers on the theme of “Missions, Law, and Custom.”
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The Recession: Alumni & Churches

The upcoming issue of Spectrum will feature an article exploring how YDS alumni working in churches are coping with the ongoing recession. If you have a compelling experience connected to the recession that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. Send in a description of how you are adapting personally, pastorally or administratively to Spectrum editor Frank Brown at frank.brown@yale.edu, or YDS, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Geoffrey Black ’72 M.A.R. succeeds John Thomas ’75 M.Div. as UCC president

The Rev. Geoffrey Black ’72 M.A.R., who led the United Church of Christ’s New York Conference for nearly a decade, has been elected general minister and president of the 1.2-million-member mainline Protestant denomination, succeeding the Rev. John Thomas ’75 M.Div.  Black is known for his commitments to ecumenism, equal justice, African-American empowerment, and local community improvement. >Go to stories about Black’s election and nomination

Three Ph.D. candidates from abroad were recently awarded fellowships supported by the David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research to attend a conference at the Divinity School and conduct research at the Divinity Library. The 2009 Stowe Fellows were Daniel Ahn, a Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh; Joanna Baradziej, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Gdansk in Poland; and Emily Manktelow, who is doing her doctoral work at King’s College, University of London. 
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The Yale Institute of Sacred Music has established a new fellows program, ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts. Inspired by other great centers for advanced study, this fellows program promises to advance scholarship and creative work consistent with the Institute’s mission and create a network of leaders working across national, cultural, disciplinary, and religious boundaries. The new environment will help create an ever-changing but deeply integrated community of scholars, practitioners, and performers at Yale, and build a powerful international network. Fellowship applications for the 2010-2011 academic year may be made until November 2, 2009. >Go to story

Four Berkeley Divinity School representatives attended the May 31-June 5 Preaching Excellence Program (PEP) on the campus of Villanova University, where the keynote speaker was Thomas Troeger, the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication.  The program was sponsored by the Episcopal Preaching Foundation.  Among the 60 Episcopal seminarians and recent seminary graduates in attendance were Kim Litsey ’09 M.Div., Janet C. Tereskiewicz ’09 M.Div., Stephanie Johnson ’10 M.Div., and Ryan Fleenor ’10 M.Div. The theme of this year's PEP conference was “Preaching the Beatitudes.”  >Go to story

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YDS Web Changes

The YDS homepage and Notes from the Quad will have a fresh new look as part of a larger web site overhaul, under the direction of Web Coordinator Campbell Harmon. The new homepage will be unveiled at the end of August, and the redesigned Notes from the Quad will debut in September.

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