YDS Commencement 2010: Community amid diversity

TisdaleAt Commencement 2010, 51 Master of Divinity degrees were awarded, along with 69 Master of Arts in Religion degrees, and 12 Master of Sacred Theology diplomas. Nora Tisdale, the Clement-Muehl Professor of Homiletics, described how diversity at YDS nurtures a strong sense of community that permeates Sterling Divinity Quadrangle.  Worship services, the classroom, and shared meals are places where affinities are especially evident, she said, noting, “The Spirit blows through this place. And when the Spirit blows, miracles of hearing and speaking and community-building take place.” Top prizes went to John Helmiere, who received the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize for pastoral leadership, and to Elizabeth (Betsy) Kirkland Cahill, who was awarded the Julia A. Archibald High Scholarship Prize for the student ranking highest in scholarship.  >Go to story

Gail Briggs succeeds Carmen Germino as director of alumni relations
Gail Briggs, associate director of alumni and parent programs at Wesleyan University, has been appointed director of alumni relations at Yale Divinity School and assumes her new position on June 23.  Briggs succeeds Carmen Germino ’07 M.Div., who stepped down from the Alumni Relations office to continue work on an S.T.M. degree at YDS/BDS and answer a call to parish ministry.  At Wesleyan, Briggs has been responsible for helping identify and recruit volunteer leaders; creating educational programs for alumni in key U.S. cities and on campus; working with gift officers and Annual Fund colleagues about prospective donors; and overseeing the university’s educational travel program.  >Go to story

Sarah Smith Conference: Money and Morals after the Crash
FiredmanHow can faith communities impact what transpires on Wall Street? Does a rising economic tide lift all boats?  Why is it that good people do bad things? Is there an historic basis for a religion/economics nexus?  These are just a few of the questions that were addressed at Yale Divinity School’s Sarah Smith Conference 2010, a May 6-7 gathering that brought together theologians, economists, and pastors to talk about the intersection of faith, ethics, and the economy.  >Go to story

Annual Fund closes in on goal for 2009-10
As the Yale Divinity School Annual Fund campaign heads to a conclusion at the end of June, alumni leaders are adding additional incentives to encourage a boost in participation to reach a $400,000 goal. As of June 4, 2,072 alumni donors had brought the Annual Fund to nearly 86 percent of the goal. Anyone making a donation this month will improve their chances of winning one of two prizes being offered to a lucky donor—either a set of recent books from YDS faculty or a Kindle electronic reading device. >Go to story

The Class of 2010: What are they up to?
In keeping with tradition, members of the YDS Class of 2010 are embarking on a wide array of stimulating endeavors upon graduation.  A number will enter the ministry, some will pursue graduate education in religious studies, others will teach, and some will go into other professions such as social work. >Read profiles of some of this year’s graduates

Reflections garners Associated Church Press awards

Slide show of Commencement 2010

Wesley Theological Seminary scholar joins YDS faculty
Mary Clark Moschella, a professor of pastoral theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, will join the Yale Divinity School faculty beginning in July as professor of pastoral care and counseling. An interest in American social history undergirds her approach to pastoral theology and care, and she has pastoral standing in the United Church of Christ.  She is the author of Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction (The Pilgrim Press, 2008) and Living Devotions: Reflections on Immigration, Identity, and Religious Imagination (Pickwick Publications, 2008). >Go to story


Convocation and Reunions 2010
The YDS 2010 Convocation and Reunions web site is now fully operational, featuring for the first time a streamlined online registration option.  The web site has complete information on all lectures, worship services, and reunions – including reunions for individual classes and a special reunion celebrating eight decades of women at YDS.  Convocation and Reunions 2010 is scheduled for Oct. 11-14 and includes featured lecturers Mary Catherine Hilkert of Notre Dame and Professor Emeritus Sean Fryne of Trinity College, Dublin.   >Go to Convocation and Reunions 2010

Summer Term registration still open for weeks two and three
Over 150 persons have registered for Summer Term 2010, and registration has been extended for the last two weeks of classes, June 14-18, 21-25.  Registration will end June 10 for week two, and June 17 for week three.  Register now to assure a place. >Go to Summer Term

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