YDS brings together environmental justice and climate change activists

Yale Divinity School, in cooperation with several other Yale entities, is sponsoring an April 8-10 conference aimed at exploring issues of environmental justice and climate change.  Lead StoryThe conference, entitled “Environmental (Dis)Locations,” will be held at three locations: YDS, the St. Thomas More Chapel & Center, and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.   It will bring together activists in the fields of environmental justice and climate change with an eye toward addressing global environmental problems with community-based approaches.  A central goal will be to help participants think about how religious communities can respond to environmental racism while confronting global ecological problems.  There will be plenary talks and “think tank” sessions for developing strategies.  Other sponsors include the Yale Center for Transnational Cultural Analysis, the Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center, the Forum on Religion and Ecology, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Department of African American Studies. >Go to story

Keeping track of the YDS faculty

Did you know that Emilie Townes, associate dean for academic affairs, will be at Tuskegee University in Alabama on Jan. 18 as the Martin Luther King, Jr. observance speaker, or that Nora Tisdale, professor of homiletics, will preach at Washington National Cathedral on Feb. 7 in connection with the Excellence in Preaching series?  If you are interested in keeping tabs on the whereabouts of YDS faculty during the course of the year, keep your eye on YDS’s new online "Faculty on the Road" feature, accessible at http://www.yale.edu/divinity/news/news_events_fotr.shtml.   YDS faculty travel the world, making it possible for alumni to connect with faculty in the field without having to travel to New Haven.

ParliamentStrong Yale presence at Parliament of the World’s Religions
A number of Yale-related students, faculty, staff and alumni attended the Dec. 3-9 Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Melbourne, Australia, including a contingent of YDS students who participated in a special symposium program at the Parliament, “Educating Religious Leaders for a Multi-Religious World."  Fifteen American seminaries and divinity schools participated in the symposium, which was funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.  Leading the YDS student group were Kristen Leslie, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling, and Yale University Chaplain Sharon Kugler.  >Read reflection by Sadie Stone ’10 M.Div.

Jonathan Edwards Center to unveil First Source digital archives
On Jan. 11, the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University will unveil First Source™, a collection of scholarly digital archives developed at the Center featuring integrated primary source texts, images, and video and audio resources for web-enabled research, education and publication.  Adaptation of this innovative technology further advances the position of the Center as an example of how classical scholarship—in this case, more than 50 years of scholarly editorial expertise that contributed to the making of the critical edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards—can be wedded to modern technologies to produce increasingly valuable and progressively accessible scholarly resources.  >Go to story


2010 Bartlett Lecture
LoPing-cheung Lo, associate dean and director of the Centre for Applied Ethics at Hong Kong Baptist University, will deliver the 2010 Bartlett Lectures at Yale Divinity School on the topic “The Art of War Corpus and Chinese Just War Ethics Past and Present.”  Much has been written on the Just War tradition in the West, and work on the analogous tradition in world religions and civilizations, especially Islam, has been rapidly catching up.  However, research into the Chinese traditions has not been developed at the same pace, and this lecture will attempt to fill the gap.  The lecture is scheduled for Jan. 26, 5:30-6:30 pm, in Niebuhr Hall on the YDS campus, 409 Prospect St., New Haven.  A reception will follow the lecture in the Sarah Smith Gallery.  >Go to story

Summer Term 2010: online registration option
Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle will be easier than ever to register for in 2010, with an online registration option available for the first time.  The Summer Term web site will be activated by the end of January at www.yale.edu/sdqsummerterm, with a full listing of courses and registration information.   There will be three five-day sessions beginning 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.  >Go to story


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