Ambassador Andrew Young: a time for public purpose capitalism

Lead StoryAndrew Young—longtime civil rights leader, former ambassador to the U.N., Georgia Congressman, mayor of Atlanta, and colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr.—delivered the annual Parks-King Lecture at Yale Divinity school on Feb. 3.  As the torch is passed to a younger generation of leaders, Young asserted, a new anti-poverty praxis is needed, grounded in a “public purpose capitalism” that recognizes the limits of public funds and aims to ethically accrue private capital for the public good.
As we face the dual proliferation of corporatism and poverty, Young insisted to an audience of scholars, students, and pastors that “somehow a theology of salvation, and redemption, and resurrection has got to include a new economic theory.” Since 1983 the Parks-King Lecture series has  brought the contributions of African American scholars, social theorists,  pastors, and social activists to YDS and the greater New Haven community. >Go to story

Dean Attridge calls for Lenten focus on the poor
Is the ordeal of poverty getting lost in the media noise? Are churches stepping up to their historic commitment to serving the poor? Who will have been fed once the Lenten season has passed?  On Ash Wednesday this year, March 9, YDS will sponsor a Washington, D.C., gathering that hopes to stir recommitment among people of faith in the fight against poverty. >Go to story

GodonBruce Gordon: Keeping the Reformation Relevant
Bruce Gordon, the Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at YDS, is fascinated by the life of John Calvin and fully immersed in exploring the Reformation history that contributed so mightily to creation of the modern world.   His book Calvin, published in 2009, is widely acclaimed, and his latest project is a study of Reformation-era Protestant translations of the Bible into Latin, which offer a window on Reformer attitudes toward authority, theology, and their own identity in church history. >Go to story

Alumni Board Development Committee embraces new giving options
The Development Committee of the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board had a full agenda during a day-long meeting in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 31—at a time when the Divinity Tomorrow capital campaign is entering the final few months leading up to the campaign close on June 30. Generating substantial interest and excitement at the session were YDS’s new online giving capabilities, which for the first time include the option of making monthly or quarterly payments. >More information

Battling cancer, Yolanda Smith goes on long-term disability
Smith Faced with a continuing battle against breast cancer, Associate Professor of Christian Education Yolanda Smith has stepped down from teaching at Yale Divinity School to go on long-term disability leave.  Despite the distress of ongoing chemotherapy treatments, however, Smith remains determined to continue her academic research and writing, including the project undertaken several years ago with Moses Moore ’77 M.Div., “Been in the Storm So Long”: Yale Divinity School and the Black Ministry, One Hundred and Fifty Years of Black Theological Education.  >More information

Seven YDS students evacuated from Egypt amid turmoil

Spectrum 2011 in the mail

Photo gallery: SDQ covered in snow

Stephanie Wong '13 M.Div. earns Elie Wiesel Foundation recognition


Enrique Dussel: a need to recognize the underside of modernity


Eccentric Existence: A Conference in Honor of David Kelsey's Theological Anthropology, Feb. 25-26
Eccentric Existence, David Kelsey's magnum opus, has been praised as one of the most impressive theological works of the last few decades. Critical engagement with this two-volume text has gained momentum in a variety of contexts, from a recent symposium in modern theology, to graduate student seminars, to the blogosphere. It is hoped that this two-day conference will further the conversation. Open to the public, the conference will include panel presentations, audience question-and-answer sessions, a contribution from David Kelsey, and a reception lunch provided by the Yale Divinity School Dean's office.  The location is Niebuhr Hall, 409 Prospect St.  >More information

Heidegger lecture by German scholar, Feb. 15
Markus Höfner, from the Faculty of Protestant Theology at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany, will give a lecture on Feb. 15  entitled, "Back to the future? On Heidegger's reading of Paul’s eschatology."  The lecture will explore Heidegger’s interpretaion of Paul from both the standpoint of philosophy of religion and theological reflection. The lecture, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 pm in Niebuhr Lecture Hall, 409 Prospect St.


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