$3 million gift pledged in support of endowed chair in religion and environmental stewardship

The Porter Foundation has pledged a gift of $3M to endow the H. Boone and Violet M. Porter Chair in Religion and Environmental Stewardship supporting a joint appointment between Yale Divinity School/Berkeley Divinity School and the School of Forestry and Environmental studies. The gift honors the memory of two individuals who had a significant impact on the Episcopal Church—scholar, priest, writer, and environmentalist H. Boone Porter ’45 B.A., ’50 S.T.B., ’96 M.E.S., ’97 D.D. and his wife, Violet. With this gift, the capital campaign of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School will have reached a total of $34 million in gifts and pledges toward the campaign goal of $38 million.  >Go to story

YDS professor chosen to deliver Gifford Lectures
Kathryn Tanner '79 B.A., '85 Ph.D., professor of systematic theology at Yale Divinity School, will give the prestigious Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 2015-16.  Tanner joined the YDS faculty in July but is on leave of absence during the current academic year as a Luce Fellow.  The Gifford Lectures, in existence for over 100 years, focus on religion, science and philosophy and were once described by educator and historian Jacques Barzun as virtuoso performances and “the highest honor in a philosopher's career.”  >Go to story

CollinsProfessor Adela Collins honored with Festschrift
Adela Yarbro Collins, the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at YDS, was honored with a Festschrift celebration on Nov. 15 held in the YDS Common Room.  At the gathering Collins was presented with a copy of the book written in her honor, Women and Gender in Ancient Religions: Interdisciplinary Approaches (WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010). Present at the Festschrift were two of the three editors of the volume, each of whom did their Ph.D. dissertations under the direction of Collins while she was teaching at the University of Chicago.
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Deadline approaching for Alumni Award nominations
Nominations for 2011 alumni awards are greatly appreciated and should be submitted before the Jan. 15 nominations deadline. Alumni will be honored for distinctive service in the following categories:  Congregational Ministry, Theological Education, Peace and Justice, and Lux et Veritas (for applying the compassion of Christ to the diverse needs of the human condition)>Go to nominations page

Julian Norris Hartt, former YDS professor, dies at 99
HarttTheologian Julian Norris Hartt, who taught at Yale Divinity School and Yale’s Department of Religious Studies for three decades, died Nov. 29 in Greenfield, MA. He was 99 and died of natural causes.  Hartt was the founding chair of Yale’s Department of Religious Studies and taught at YDS and in Religious Studies from 1943-1972.  When he left Yale for the University of Virginia, he was the Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology.  At Virginia, he occupied the William Kenan, Jr. Chair of Religious Studies until he retired in 1981 and was named professor emeritus. >Go to story

Alumni Board Chair Jerry Henry reflects on alumni relationships

Photo gallery: YDS at AAR/SBL; Chris Coons 92 M.A.R., 92 J.D. sworn in as U.S. senator

Sex and Seminary Project hosts panel discussion at YDS


New general secretary of WSCF cites YDS education

Emilie Townes: a time for black scholars and black church to challenge stereotypes

Shalom: Jewish-Christian Dialogue at the Saint Thomas More Center

YDS students learn ABCs of immersion baptism

In national elections three YDS alumni win, two lose

Magic, meaning, and transformation at YDS

CNN: Mary Evelyn Tucker on faith and environment


YDS Advent Service, Dec 7
On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Yale Divinity School community will gather with friends and members of the wider New Haven community to celebrate the annual Advent Service in Marquand Chapel.  “Through scripture, song, poetry and dance, we will hear of God’s promises to us, accompany one another in our waiting, and look expectantly for the in-breaking of God’s realm in our world,” said interim Dean of Marquand Chapel Adele Crawford. Worship begins at 7:00 pm, and all are welcome.

Bartlett Lecture, Jan. 25
Eddie Glaude Jr, the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, will deliver the 2011 Bartlett Lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 5:30 pm at YDS in Niebuhr Lecture Hall.  Glaude’s research interests include American pragmatism, specifically the work of John Dewey, and African American religious history and its place in American public life.

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