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Professor Carolyn Sharp: bringing Scripture to life in the classroom

Carolyn Sharp, associate professor of Hebrew Scriptures, knows the look – the look of bafflement, sometimes panic, on the faces of readers grappling with difficult passages in the Bible.  She sympathizes. Scripture is monumental, dramatic, beautiful—also daunting, complex, alarming. Reading the Bible is a great adventure, Sharp says, but she worries that its themes, contexts and genres can perplex readers to distraction. She worries especially that the Old Testament is losing its relevance to Christian life and cultural memory. Her new book, Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer (Westminster John Knox), invites seminarians and churchgoers to engage the dizzying world of interpretation—not with dread but with confidence and zest.  >Go to story

Kathryn Tanner named Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology
Kathryn Tanner '79 B.A., '85 Ph.D., who joined the Yale Divinity School faculty in July, has been named the Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology by action of the Yale Corporation.  The previous holder of the Marquand chair was Professor Thomas Ogletree.>Go to story

CollinsIn Dominican Republic, YDS delegation grapples with climate change and environmental justice
In the first week of December, a group of YDS students in Professor Willis Jenkins’s Environmental Theologies seminar traveled with him to the Dominican Republic to join 40 Episcopal Church leaders from 10 countries in four days of discussion about the environmental justice impacts of climate change – and what might be done in response. One of the participants, Steve Blackmer ’12 M.A.R., ’83 M.F., offers a personal reflection on the gathering. >Go to story

ChoiLast call for Alumni Award nominations
The deadline for alumni award nominations is just around the corner, Jan. 15, and all alumni are welcome to submit names of persons they believe should be honored.  The entire nomination process can be completed online.  There are four award 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).  Honorees are formally recognized during ceremonies held at Convocation and Reunions, which will take place this year Oct. 10-12.  >Move information about alumni awards

Murder mystery by Leslie Williams ’11 S.T.M. is set at YDS

Nine YDS alums among Lilly award winners

New beginnings: from Alumni Board Chair Jerry Henry

Shawnta Walcott ’11 M.A.R. delivers commencement address at University of Maryland

December photo gallery: Advent service and celebration, tree trimming

STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

Full of Grace: Another book from Judith Dupré ’11 M.Div.

Reflections magazine wins a top CASE award

UPCOMING EVENTS

Middle Ground/Middle East: Religious Sites in Urban Contexts, Jan 21-22
Yale Divinity school is a joint sponsor of the symposium “Middle Ground/Middle East: Religious Sites in Urban Contexts,” to be held Jan. 21-22 at the Yale School of Architecture.  The symposium, free and open to the public, will focus on the role of religious sites representing the three Abrahamic traditions in shaping contemporary urban environments in the Middle East.  Along with Architecture and Divinity, other co-sponsors are the Institute of Sacred Music and the Center for Middle East Studies.

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.  In this lecture, Glaude will discuss John Dewey’s view of imagination–“not in its traditional setting, but as a locus for a certain view of the prophetic: as a dimension of critical intelligence that is not so much about ‘a decree of fate’ but a decision of conduct directed towards an as-yet realized present.”  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Parks-King lecture, Feb 3
On Feb. 3, 5:30-6:30 pm, Ambassador Andrew Young will deliver the annual Parks-King Lecture, hosted by Yale Divinity School since 1983. The goal of the lecture series is to bring the contributions of African American scholars, social theorists, pastors, and social activists to YDS and to the wider New Haven community. Young, a UCC minister, former mayor of Atlanta, former U.S. Congressman, and former U.S. representative to the U.N., is scheduled to receive an Emmy award for lifetime achievement on Feb. 25 for his work in television and as a documentary film producer.  The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held in Niebuhr Hall, followed by a reception.

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