Religion 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
Summer 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
The 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