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300 alumni, spouses, and friends gather at Convocation & Reunions 2010

Lectures by a leading systematic theologian from Notre Dame and a New Testament expert on the historical Jesus and early Christianity were top attractions at this year’s Convocation and Reunions—and Convocation worship services focused on women in the church, in keeping with this year’s special emphasis on eight decades of women at Yale Divinity School.  Four alumni were honored with distinguished alumni awards, and an honorary degree was granted by Berkeley Divinity School to Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church.  >Go to story

YDS Women, Class of 85 make gifts
Two new endowed funds were announced during Convocation and Reunions 2010—“The 8 Decades of Women Endowment Fund,” and “The Class of 1985 Endowed Scholarship Fund.”  In both cases, the funds will be used for student scholarships, Yale Divinity School’s highest funding priority.   Despite difficult financial times, it remains the aim of YDS to provide scholarships meeting increasingly greater portions of student financial needs, including both tuition and living expenses. >Go to story

YDS celebrates eight decades of women
ReunionA special focus of Convocation and Reunions 2010 was the celebration of women at YDS, featuring iconic former faculty members and administrators such as Margaret Farley and Joan Forsberg; current Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Emilie Townes; well-known alumnae in academia like Barbara Lundblad and Serene Jones; and many alumnae in ministry such as Kate Latimer, Jessica Anschutz, and Ann Hallisey.  Spearheading the Celebration were the women of the Alumni Board, including Talitha Arnold ’80 M.Div., Women’s Reunion chair, and Mary Ellen O’Driscoll ’02 M.Div., Alumni Board chair. >Go to story

New Alumni Board officers, members elected
At the Annual General Meeting of Alumni held during Convocation and Reunions, four new board members were elected, as well as a new slate of officers.  Heading the Board in 2010-11 as the new president is Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div., a partner of Alexander Haas Martin & Partners, a philanthropic strategy and fundraising consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta. >Go to story

YDS students tour Saudi Arabia: A personal reflection
In the interest of dialogue between Christianity, the West and Islam, a Yale delegation was invited by key Arab leaders to visit Saudi Arabia for a cultural tour of the kingdom.   Twelve Yale Divinity students took part in the Oct. 8-16 tour, accompanied by Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions &World Christianity and director of the World Christianity Initiative at Yale, and Omer Bajwa, Yale’s Muslim Chaplain.  >Go to story

Tony Blair meets with YDS faculty
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair met with Yale Divinity School faculty on Oct. 7 at the dean’s residence to discuss the interfaith work of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and how that work might intersect with Yale Divinity School interests.  Blair teaches a course at Yale, “Faith and Globalization,” and the Foundation has offices on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. >Go to story

Photo gallery of Women’s Celebration

Photo gallery of Convocation & Reunions

Beatitudes Society director visits YDS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Adela Collins to be honored with festschrift, Nov. 15
CollinsYale Divinity School will host a festschrift celebration on Nov. 15 for Adela Yarbro Collins, the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism & Interpretation at YDS and a leading authority on Jewish and Christian apocalypticism, the Gospel of Mark, and feminist interpretations of the Bible. The celebration, free and open to the public, will be held 5-6 pm in the Yale Divinity School Common Room, 409 Prospect St., New Haven. >Read more

Open House for incoming students, Nov. 2
Each year the Admissions Office hosts a Fall Open House in November. The event includes faculty and student panels, admissions and financial aid presentations, information on the degree programs, visits to class, an opportunity to attend chapel and share fellowship with our community, and a closing reception.  This year’s open house is on Nov. 2. >More Information

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