Schramm“Global visitor” describes ministry with dispossessed Brazilians

Living in community with the dispossessed lies at the heart of Sister Nancy Schramm’s mission. For 31 years she has been in Belem, Brazil, a city in the rain forest at the mouth of the Amazon River. During the last full week of September, however, she joined the Yale Divinity School community, sharing her experiences at classes, chapel, meals and chats in-between.  She seeks to empower people in their faith and in their struggles against injustice. “The movement between personal moments of cultivating a relationship with God and being in ministry in a community is like being in a spiral, and each feeds each other,” she said.   “A personal relationship with God and community relationships and struggling for a better society are all interwoven.” Her visit was sponsored by a Jessie Ball duPont Fund grant awarded YDS to encourage new initiatives in ministry in a changing world.


Glossolalia: Students launch peer review journal

At Yale Divinity School, students are always transforming the way scholarship is done inside and outside the classroom.  So, it seems natural that YDS would have a student publication that responds, honors and celebrates student scholarship in various fields of study. Students recently launched a new semi-annual, peer-review interdisciplinary journal called Glossolalia. The spring 2009 issue features 15 articles on subjects like “Imagining Eve: Sensation and the Poet’s Sympathy,” “The Poetics of Epiphany in Arab-American Literature,” and “Religious Metaphor in Moliere’s L’Ecole des femmes.” >>More

RuffingJanet Ruffing, Sister of Mercy, appointed to faculty
Janet K. Ruffing, a Sister of Mercy from California currently teaching at Fordham University, is the new professor of the practice of spirituality and ministerial leadership at Yale Divinity School, a position created to strengthen YDS offerings in ministerial studies.  She will formally begin a five-year term at YDS in January 2010. >>More

New look for Notes from the Quad
You have likely noticed that this issue of Notes has an entirely different look and feel. Our new layout is more magazine-like and gives coherence to the page by dividing stories into categories.  In addition, space has been made for the events and “Faculty on the Road” calendars.  Notes will be published on the first Monday of the month, unless that falls on a holiday. This is part of a continuing effort to improve YDS’s internet presence.

Reflections magazine preview: “Churches face the Future”
The fall 2009 issue of Reflections explores the state of church life today and takes a look at what the 21st century might bring to congregations. Entitled “How Firm a Foundation? Churches Face the Future,” the issue reports “a tale of diverse ways in which congregations of different denominations, sizes, ethnicities, and politics engage the world from a ground of faith,” according to Dean Harold Attridge.  “If there is a theme that runs through these essays, it is a confidence in the resilience of congregations in these challenging times.”  >>More


Theologian, homiletics authority featured at Convocation
MwambaConvocation and Reunions 2009 is just around the corner, Oct. 12-15, and late registrations are still be accepted by calling 203-432-5359. Featured lecturers include homiletics professor Eugene Lowry, theologian Michael Welker, language and liturgical expert Gabriele Winkler, and the Rt. Rev. Trevor Mwamba, Anglican bishop of Botswana.  Classes gathering in 2009 are the Classes of ’59; ’73, ’74, and ’75; ’84; ’93, ’94, and ’95. >>More

2009 Ensign Lecture: homosexuality and the church
JordanThe 2009 Loring Sabin Ensign Lecture in Contemporary Interpretation of Religious Issues will be delivered by Mark D. Jordan of Harvard Divinity School.  Jordan’s topic will be “Do Church Debates over Homosexuality Make Progress?” The lecture is at 5:30 pm, Oct. 27, in Niebuhr Lecture Hall, followed by a reception.  >>More 

Parliament of the World’s Religions
For Yale alums attending the “Parliament” in Melbourne, Australia, Dec. 3-9, 2009, we have arranged a special “Yale” 10% discount rate.  The discount code is 042a3f.   Among Yale folks in attendance will be:  University Chaplain Sharon Kugler; Professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim; YDS Associate Professor Kristen Leslie; John Lindner, Director of YDS External Relations; and current students.    The November “Notes” will list time and place for a Yale gathering at the Parliament.   Click here for further information about the Parliament, or to register.

Yale at AAR: Nov. 8, 7-8:30 pm, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal

Yale at SBL: Nov. 22, 7-8:30 pm, Sheraton New Orleans

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