YDS capital campaign close to $30 million heading into final year

As the Yale Tomorrow capital campaign approaches the beginning of its fifth and final year, Yale Divinity School is just shy of the $30 million mark toward a goal of $38 million.   While gifts of $1 million or more have provided a foundation for the YDS campaign, smaller gifts from alumni have played a significant role as well in reaching the $30 million milestone.  One very successful “mini-campaign” within the framework of the overall campaign was the Divinity School Challenge, in which two Yale College alumni established a dollar-for-dollar matching fund that yielded the maximum $1 million based on gifts primarily from alumni. “The campaign has had a wonderfully sustained momentum,” said Director of Development Constance Royster.  “It’s a testament to our YDS alums and friends. We now have to make that final push to the finish line, and that will take everyone’s power to stretch a little or a little more.” >Go to story

Transitions: Kristen Leslie and Siobhán Garrigan
Leslie and GarriganEnd-of-the year transitions at Yale Divinity School include a time of change for two popular members of the faculty:  Kristen Leslie, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling, and Siobhán Garrigan, associate professor of liturgical studies and associate dean for chapel.  Leslie, who made national headlines several years ago for her critique of religious life at the U.S. Air Force Academy, has accepted a tenured position at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.  Garrigan—who has focused on making worship services diverse, inclusive, hospitable, ecumenical and participatory—is relinquishing her duties as associate dean for chapel but will remain as a member of the YDS and Institute of Sacred Music faculty.  >Go to story

Four tapped for 2010 alumni awards
Four YDS graduates will be honored with distinguished alumni awards at Convocation and Reunions 2010, Oct. 11-14.  Honorees include Lillian F. Daniel ’93 M.Div., Distinction in Congregational Ministry; Barbara K. Lundblad ’79 M.Div., Distinction in Theological Education; Nancy Jo Kemper ’67 B.D., William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice; and Nai-Wang Kwok ’66 B.D., Lux et Veritas.  >Go to story

New issue of Reflections: “Money and Morals after the Crash”
ReflectionsThe spring 2010 issue of Reflections, YDS’s magazine of theological and ethical inquiry, features a cast of well-known thinkers and writers who have put pen to paper to address difficult questions at the intersection of faith and economics.  Among others, this issue, scheduled for release and mailing on May 6, features articles by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; theologians Sallie McFague, Hans Küng and Kathryn Tanner; church historians Bruce Gordon of Yale Divinity School and Martin Marty; and economists Benjamin Friedman, Robert Shiller, George Akerlof, and Teresa Ghilarducci. >Go to Reflections (available May 6)

 John Hare on morals, chemistry
HareJohn Hare, the Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, recently joined scientists from Harvard, MIT, and Caltech in a live public radio discussion about morality.  Central questions in the discussion were whether morality comes as a result of chemical processes in the human brain and whether science can explain how we make moral choices.  Among Hare’s books is the volume Why Bother Being Good? In which he gives a non-technical treatment of the questions, 'Can we be morally good?' and 'Why should we be morally good?'  >Listen to the program

Henri Nouwen materials sought for Nouwen archives project

YDS visiting fellow Sarah Ruden in Guggenheim Class of 2010

Hope and despair at Environmental (Dis)Locations conference


Sarah Smith Conference
FriedmanOn May 6-7, Yale Divinity School will host a conference entitled “Money and Morals after the Crash,” addressing some of the critical questions facing people of faith as the recession brings issues of the economy front-and-center.  Keynote speaker for the event is renowned economist Benjamin Friedman, the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University and author of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth (Vintage, 2006).  Friedman’s talk will explore economics and the role of religious thinking.
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Summer Term 2010 registration deadline approaches
With visits to Yale’s world-class museum collections, Julie Faith Parker’s hands-on “The Bible Through Art and Artifact” course has proven so popular in past Summer Term sessions that this year she is offering two different art and artifact courses during Summer Term 2010, to be held over three one-week sessions, June 7-25, on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle.  Denys Turner, the Horace Tracy Pitkin Professor of Historical Theology, is teaching “Sin and the Love of God in Julian of Norwich's A Revelation of Love.”  And why might moderns be interested in what the 14th century mystic has to say?  Says Turner, “She is an honest theologian.”  These courses represent just several of the stimulating Summer Term classes being taught by YDS faculty and guest instructors, ranging from theology, history, Scripture,  art &literature, music & liturgy, to contemporary issues. This year, for the first time, registration and payment are both available online, as well as by phone, 203-432-6550. May 15 is the registration deadline.
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Commencement 2010

Center for Faith and Culture/Pathways Summer Institute: Islam-West Relations

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