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MossConvocation and Reunions 2009: New life and the unfettering of bonds

At Convocation and Reunions 2009, not one—but two—of the four sermons delivered were based on the Gospel of John’s account of  the unbinding of Lazarus,  a story of renewed life and freedom from bonds that can hold people and institutions captive.  In a sense, the Lazarus story provided a motif for much of this year’s gathering, where participants  were treated to an alumni awards luncheon in a newly renovated Old Refectory—mothballed for the past decade; where the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) Coalition celebrated 30 years of activism for gay and lesbian rights with observations of how strong hostilities have gradually loosened at YDS over the years; and where alumni spoke of invigorated energies even as they grappled with the severe constraints imposed on the faith community in the current economy. >>More 

Class of 59 gift raises bar

At Convocation and Reunions 2009, members of the YDS Class of 1959 raised the bar several notches when class representatives announced a class gift that is believed to be the largest one-time YDS class reunion gift on record.  According to reunion gift chair Ralph Barlow, about one-third of the class contributed to the gift, which totaled $122,860, including a matching gift from the University, at the time of Convocation and Reunions.  The gift will be used in support of a new Global Opportunities Fund providing financial aid to send YDS student abroad and to bring overseas students to YDS. >>More

GordonBruce Gordon named Titus Street Professor
The Yale Corporation has approved the appointment of Professor of Reformation History Bruce Gordon as the new Titus Street Professor of Theology.  Gordon, who came to YDS in 2008 from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, is a specialist in late-medieval and early-modern religious history.  He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is the author of a recently published and well-received biography of John Calvin, Calvin, published by Yale University Press. >>More

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Convergences
Indigo Girls musician Emily Saliers and her father, Don Saliers ’62 B.D., ’67 Ph.D., liturgical musician and former Yale Divinity School professor of theology, entertained an enthusiastic Convocation and Reunions crowd at Battell Chapel Oct. 13 with a richly woven tapestry of musical offerings and stories drawn from both the secular and the sacred.  The evening of music and conversation was sponsored by the Institute of Sacred Music. >>More

LGBTQ Coalition celebrates 30th
Among the highlights of Convocation and Reunions 2009 was the 30th anniversary celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) Coalition.  Coalition supporters gathered in the Common Room for an hour-long discussion of the group’s presence at YDS, past and present.  Thirty years after its founding, the Coalition’s legacy was described as one of significant accomplishment, nurturing widespread acceptance of the LGBTQ community at YDS underscored by increasing institutional support. >>More


UPCOMING EVENTS

Faith, Arms, and Democracy
MwambaYale Divinity School and Yale Law School will co-sponsor a working conference entitled “Faith and Arms in a Democratic Society” Nov. 13-14, bringing together religious and military leaders from across the country to address thorny issues that challenge chaplains, commanders and policy makers who are charged with providing spiritual and religious support in intentionally pluralistic communities.  The conference, free and open to the public, will be held at YDS on Friday night and at the Law School on Saturday. >>More

Yale gathers at Parliament of Word 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 registration deadline is Nov. 19. For exact time and place of Yale gathering, email Lindner.  Click here for further information about the Parliament, or to register.

Oxford scholar on Julian of Norwich
DuttonElisabeth Dutton of the University of Oxford will speak on Julian of Norwich on Nov. 12, 5:00 pm, in Niebuhr Hall.  Dutton’s research interests are in Medieval and early-Tudor drama; Medieval mystical and devotional literature; Medieval manuscripts and compilation.  Among her recent books are Julian of Norwich: the Influence of Late-Medieval Devotional Compilations and Julian of Norwich’s Revelation of Love. >>More

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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