DunlapDifficult issues addressed at conference on faith in the military

A two-star general, the first Islamic chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces, one of the nation’s foremost legal experts on faith in the military, and a YDS professor who ignited national discussion about proselytizing at the Air Force Academy were among participants at a Nov. 13-14 conference cosponsored by Yale Divinity School and Yale Law School.   Conference sessions focused on issues such as proselytization in the military, the expanded role of chaplains as religious liaisons in theaters of war, religious pluralism in the armed forces, and selection and promotion of military chaplains. The keynote address was given by Anne C. Loveland, faculty emerita from Louisiana State University, on the topic “Military Chaplains in Cultural Transition, 1946 to the Present.”  Conference conversation was civil, yet it was clear that a rapprochement between opposing viewpoints on weighty matters of religious expression in the military awaits another day. >Go to story

World Christianity Initiative to explore Africa project

The World Christianity Initiative at Yale, led by Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity, is spearheading a project aimed at marshalling the strengths of growing African churches to help shape societal values and influence institutions in Africa.   The Initiative will use a $50,000 grant from the Lundman Family Foundation in Fredonia, WI to bring together a group of about a dozen influential church leaders and academics from Africa and the West to begin the planning process at a March 25-27 gathering at YDS. >Go to story

AttridgeReligion and YDS focal point of AYA Assembly
Religion—and, by extension, Yale Divinity School—was front and center at this year’s Association of Yale Alumni Assembly, which had as its theme Transformational Dialogue:  Spiritual and Religious Engagement at Yale and in the World.  Featured speakers at the Nov. 19-20 Assembly, which drew over 500 alumni of Yale College and the graduate and professional schools, included Dean Harold Attridge, who spoke on spirituality at YDS, and Miroslav Volf, director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, who presented observations on faith in a globalized world.   >Go to story

Yale Divinity at AAR and SBL annual meetings
Yale faculty and alumni were well represented at the annual meetings of both the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, held, respectively, Nov. 7-10 in Montreal and Nov. 21-24 in New Orleans.  At the AAR meeting, two panels were distinctly YDS-centric— a discussion of the Faith and Globalization course co-taught by Professor Miroslav Volf and former Prime Minister Tony Blair; and another focused on Professor Emeritus David Kelsey’s book Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)  At both meetings, YDS hosted well-attended receptions for Yale-related scholars.  Click here for photos of the receptions and some of the panel sessions. 
>> Click here for Creedible.com story about the Kelsey book panel at AAR.

Dean Attridge featured speaker at Festival of Faiths
Dean Harold Attridge was immersed in the language of spirit and water in Louisville, KY on Nov. 12 when he delivered one of the major addresses at the 2009 Festival of Faiths.  Speaking at the Festival’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, Attridge said, “Using the words of our sacred traditions, we can give thanks for the precious gift of water; we can repent for our misuse of that resource; we can attend to a message of hope expressed through the image of water, and we can heed the call to use water as what it was meant to be, a vehicle for abundant life.” >Go to story


Summer Term 2010: Save the Date
ChapelSummer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle is scheduled for three five-day sessions soon after the end of the academic year:  June 7-11, 14-18, 21-25.  Among senior Yale faculty teaching five-day courses will be Denys Turner, Harold Attridge, Peter Hawkins, Robert Wilson, and Bruce Gordon.  Making a return this year after a three-year absence is the popular two-day “theological sampler” course, this year featuring Attridge, Emilie Townes and Edward Waggoner.  There will be an online registration option this year that will be available on the YDS web site by the end of January.

Monastic and cathedral singing by Yale Schola Cantorum and students
CarringtonThe Yale Schola Cantorum, led by guest conductor Simon Carrington, will join forces on Dec. 11 with students of chant and liturgy led by Prof. Margot Fassler to present a unique program at Dwight Chapel, 67 High Street., in New Haven. There will be two strands of singing—monastic and cathedral—at the concert, which is scheduled for 5 p.m.  First the class will sing Vespers psalms, reconstructed with modifications, from the time of Hildegard of Bingen.  Yale Schola Cantorum then will sing as a cathedral choir, singing music from the period of the English reformation, including a Magnificat of Gibbons, and Tallis's Te lucis ante terminum.  >Go to story


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