CampgaignCapital Campaign Enters Final Year: Five Essential Projects To Complete

With $31 million raised toward a goal of $38 million, the Divinity Tomorrow capital campaign has begun its fifth and final year aimed at embarking on five key projects. “The campaign has already helped us make great strides toward providing higher levels of financial aid for students,” said Dean Harold W. Attridge.  “Though this will remain a continuing need for years to come, as a result of gifts already received scholarship aid for students as a percentage of tuition revenue has increased from 57% to 82%. The final year of the campaign will focus on five special areas of need that will benefit students.”>Go to story  

Poverty forum at UN Church Center: a mix of hope and misgiving
Representatives of the faith community, academia, and NGOs addressed pressing issues of global poverty at the Church Center for the UN on Sept. 22 in the shadow of the ongoing summit on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.  Questions of complexity and complicity, the role of the faith community in addressing poverty, unmet challenges, all played a part in the discussion.  But a creative tension that held the various strands of conversation together dwelt on the themes of hope and misgiving. >Go to story

Her Lamp Does Not Go Out: A highlight of Convocation & Reunions 2010
LundbladA highlight of this year’s Convocation and Reunions will be a special event hosted by the Institute of Sacred Music—Her Lamp Does Not Go Out: Celebrating Women and Creativity— that will showcase the work of some extraordinarily talented women graduates working in the areas of worship, music, and the arts.  The program will be hosted by Barbara Lundblad ’79 M.Div., the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York, who is also being honored at YDS this year with the Alumni Award for Distinction in Theological Education. >Go to story

YDS farm enters another year, with plans sprouting
A new crop of students has been on the Yale Divinity School campus for just a few weeks, but it has not taken long for them to learn about the YDS Farm and to pitch in as volunteers alongside returning students in 2010-11. >Go to story

Dean Harold Attridge responds to attacks on YDS values
In response to an article in the conservative publication The American Spectator deriding Yale Divinity School, Dean Harold Attridge has issued a statement calling the article an example of “political rhetoric” that abandons “any pretense to reasonable discourse.” >Go to story

Honoring Davie and Joy Napier
In conjunction with The Napier Initiative honoring the legacy of former YDS professor Davie Napier and his wife, Joy, a biography of the couple is now available, written by Anne Napier Caffery, their daughter, and Paul Minus ’58 B.A., ’58 B.D., ’62 Ph.D.  The Initiative, undertaken by friends of the Napiers, aims to honor the couple by establishing awards for creative leadership and a Napier Center for Creative Change at Pilgrim Place, the senior community in Claremont, CA, where they spent the last 20 years of their lives.  >More

Film based on Theodore Malloch’s Spiritual Enterprise airs at Yale
A new film based on the book Spiritual Enterprise by Yale Divinity School Senior Research Scholar Theodore Malloch will make its New Haven debut at a showing on Oct. 20.  The film, Doing Virtuous Business, is a one-hour documentary produced by public television station WFYI in Indianapolis, IN, that explores the concept of “values-based” management strategies.

James Clement van Pelt on religion, science and technology
James Clement van Pelt, program coordinator for Yale’s Initiative in Religion, Science & Technology, stresses that it is important not to neglect the place of technology in the religious landscape— as perhaps the most palpable locus in which one can encounter the intersect between science and religion. The whir of keyboards in Yale Divinity classrooms serves as a graphic reminder.


Convocation and Reunions 2010
Not too late to register!

ConvocationIt is not too late to register for Convocation & Reunions 2010, which takes place Oct. 11-14.  All alums are welcome, whether or not their class is celebrating a reunion year.  Eight decades of women at YDS will be a central focus, along with lectures featuring Mary Catherine Hilkert of Notre Dame (pictured); Sean Freyne, Trinity College, Dublin; John Finley, the Epiphany School; and Margot Fassler, Notre Dame.   Among the preachers will be Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. 
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Writer on spirituality and sexuality at YDS
Donna Freitas, assistant professor of religion at Boston University and the author of books on spirituality and sexuality, including "Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses" (Oxford), will speak at Yale Divinity School on Oct. 6, 12:30-1:30 pm.  Freitas is also a frequent contributor in various popular media venues such as the Washington Post/Newsweek “On Faith” blog and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” >More

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