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Richard Hays ’70 B.A., ’77 M.Div., has been appointed to a two-year term as dean of Duke Divinity School, effective March 1. Hays is the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke, specializing in the Pauline letters and New Testament ethics.  In announcing the appointment, Duke Provost Peter Lange said,  “The Divinity School has charted a very ambitious plan for the next several years, and we are committed to supporting Richard and the faculty in their implementation of it as we prepare to seek a next generation of leadership.”


On Jan. 29, the Yale Black Men's Union (BMU) held its 3rd Annual Tribute to Black Women Gala Event and named Emilie Townes, associate dean of academic affairs, as the recipient of its “Woman of the Year” award, given annually to a woman who has displayed a commitment to excellence in her field.   The Tribute to Black Women, BMU’s signature event, celebrates the contributions of Black women in our society.  BMU said, “The BMU believes that Dr. Townes embodies the spirit of this award.  She has been a shining light and source of inspiration for countless individuals, and we want to recognize her for her exemplary contributions.”  Townes is the first Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School and the first African American woman to serve as president of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

“My faith tells me to care for the least of these. In today’s world, I see more than 46 million people without health care coverage, and it breaks my heart. We cannot sit idly by as millions lack basic care. We are destroying lives through over-priced emergency room visits and unfair billing practices. We need to stop the financial bullying of the uninsured and provide access to basic health care for everyone in the United States.”  G. Scott Morris ’79 M.Div., a physician and United Methodist pastor, and founder and executive director of the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit primary health clinic in the United States, writing in HopeandHealing.org.


"He gets his message across really clear.  It's wonderful when you can follow him and get a message out of each service . . . I think he's got a direction." Shelly Miller, 47, commenting on Jim Edwards ’83 M.Div., the new pastor of her church, First Congregational, Port Huron, MI, Jan. 30, 2010, in the Times Herald (MI).


Lydia Veliko ’89 M.Div. will deliver the Lakeland College (WI) Founder's Day Lecture on Feb. 2. Veliko is currently serving as an ecumenical officer of the United Church of Christ, and will be speaking on "Unity, Identity, and Relationship: God's Call for Reconciliation."

http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20100129/SHE04/1290368/1097/UCC-ecumenicalofficer- to-deliver-Lakeland-Founder-s-Day-lecture

 J. Randall O'Brien ’87 S.T.M. will deliver the 2010 Weatherly Lecture Series Feb. 12-14 in Huntsville, AL.  The series is sponsored by Weatherly Heights Baptist Church.  O'Brien is president of Carson-Newman College and will be speaking on forgiveness, peace, and healing. Previously, O'Brien served as provost and professor of religion at Baylor University.


We're all interested in living a little bit longer, but Lara Pizzorno '73 M.A.R. actually knows what to do about it. Along with John Morgenthaler, Pizzorno recently launched the Longevity Medicine Review web site -- www.imreview.com -- which offers "concise reviews and analysis of the latest in anti-aging and longevity research." Pizzorno has previously published The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods and The World's Healthiest Foods.


Winchester Center Congregational Church couldn't be more thrilled with its new pastor, Jackie Hall ’09 M.Div.  "We’re very glad we got her, and we hope to keep her for many years,” said Graham Waldron, who sat on Winchester's selection committee. The appointment is Hall's first as an ordained pastor, and she looks forward to revamping the church's youth ministry. Jan. 21, 2010, Torrington (CT) Register Citizen.


"Many believe that the connection can lead us to one of the most elusive, yet monumental, discoveries in history: the Gospels as revealed by Christ himself."  Daniel Klimek, ’11 M.A.R., in a recent interview about the connection between Medjugorje and the 20th century Italian mystic Maria Valtorta. Klimek, in ministryValues.com, Jan. 22, 2010, following the publication of "The Gospel According to Christ?" in the YDS student journal Glossolalia.