For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

By Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div.
Chair, YDS Alumni Board

It’s all about new beginnings, isn’t it?

When a new year begins, I always sit down with my calendar and highlight the events that I must attend to in the coming year.  As a YDS alum, I begin by noting the alumni events that launch Convocation week.  Let me encourage you to mark Oct. 10-12 on your calendars and plan to return to the Quad for alumni celebrations.

Celebrating their 50th Reunion this year will be members of the Class of 1961, and celebrating their 25th Reunion will be the Class of 1986.  In addition, the increasingly popular cluster reunions will be enjoyed by the following: Classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972; Classes of 1990, 1991, 1992; Classes of 2005, 2006, and 2007. Some of these groups are already beginning the planning process for their reunions.

One of the highlights for me of the alumni gatherings during Convocation week is our annual Awards Luncheon, where the Alumni Board presents four awards for distinguished service: Distinction in Congregational Ministry, Distinction in Theological Education, the William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice, and the Lux et Veritas award.
 
Any alum can nominate other alums for these awards, and I encourage you to do so.  If you would like more information about these awards, click on the following link: www.yale.edu/divinity/alum/AwardNominationInfo.shtml. Note: Nominations are due by Jan.15, 2011.

Please come back to this page often.  I and other alumni guest writers will pen reports about the work of the Alumni Board and its committees, articles on timely issues of particular interest to YDS alumni, and reminders of how you can become more involved in the life of YDS.

It’s all part of helping you stay in touch with YDS. And I hope that will be part of your “new beginnings” for 2011.  Happy New Year!

Posted: 01/03/2011