Mobilizing Faith, Fighting Poverty

Lead StoryA YDS-hosted event at the National Press Club in Washington on Ash Wednesday will serve as the official launch of a Lenten season campaign aimed at rallying the faith community in the fight against poverty.  The campaign, called “Mobilizing Faith, Fighting Poverty,” is intended to keep the issue of poverty front-and-center during Lent and beyond at a time when 2.6 billion people around the globe live meager existences on less than $2 a day and when almost 14 percent of U.S. citizens live below our poverty line of $15 per day.“The sheer persistence of poverty challenges us to heed our call as Christians to respond to the needs of the least among us both in the U.S. and around the globe,” said YDS Dean Harold W. Attridge.  To build momentum after the launch, YDS has created special “Mobilizing Faith, Fighting Poverty" Facebook and web pages for sharing information and insights into the world of poverty.  >Go to story

YDS adopts new mission statement embracing social justice
Yale Divinity School has adopted a new mission statement that supersedes the 20-year-old statement from April 1991.  The new statement is shorter, and among the noteworthy changes is inclusion of a reference to YDS’s “commitment to social justice.”  The new statement, written in conjunction with the School’s  ongoing self-study process, was approved unanimously by the faculty at its March 1 meeting.  Chairing the task force that drafted the mission statement was Nora Tubbs Tisdale, the Clement-Muehl Professor of Homiletics. >Go to story

Summer term 2011
The line-up is now set for Summer Term 2011, June 6-24.  While most courses run for five consecutive days, this year’s offerings will feature special two-day workshops aimed at persons who want to take a summer course but who cannot spend five full days on campus.  One workshop is a “theological sampler” exploring recent developments in theology, taught by Harold Attridge, Margaret Farley, and other YDS-related faculty. The other, taught by Martha Highsmith, lecturer in church administration and deputy Secretary of Yale University , offers an opportunity for church leaders to reflect on the integration theology and practice in tough times, including ways to manage and talk about money in a time of tight budgets. >Go to Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle

Biblical God and Allah are one, says Miroslav Volf
Volf Many say it can’t be done, shouldn’t be tried and will never succeed – agreement between Christians and Muslims that Islam’s Allah and the God of the Bible is the same God.  Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at YDS and director/founder of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, says we must try -- and succeed. The world depends on it, and our faith commands it.    >Go to story

Chlöe Starr named one of seven Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology

David Kelsey’s theological anthropology celebrated at “Eccentric Existence” conference

Poetry of Spencer Reece made into a movie

A Day of Service at Yale Divinity School

Hoskins Visitor Heidi Neumark of Trinity Lutheran, Manhattan

Work of John Collins celebrated at Festschrift


Lillian Daniel ‘93 M.Div. reviews book by Jeffrey MacDonald ‘00 M.Div.


Gathering Together: A Celebration of Full Communion, March 25-26
How will the full communion agreements of today affect the church of the future?  This two-day conference will bring together leading ecumenists from the Lutheran, Episcopal, UCC, Methodist and Presbyterian traditions to discuss the current state of ecumenism and its future in the mainline churches.  Gathering Together is hosted by Yale Divinity School’s Lutheran Studies Program and its Ecumenical Task Force.  >More information

Journey of the Universe, March 25-26
The documentary film “Journey of the Universe,” produced in collaboration with Senior Research Scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker, will premiere on the Yale campus March 25 and 26. The film weaves a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.  Tucker, who has a joint appointment in Forestry, made the film in collaboration with cosmologist Brian Swimme. The film will be shown during a three-day conference involving some three-dozen world-class scholars who will discuss the intersection of science and religion: 7:00 pm, March 25, and at 5:30 pm, March 26, in Kroon Hall at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and 1:00 pm on March 26 at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven. Attendance requires an RSVP to tcmk@aya.yale.edu  >Go to film web site

Eboo Patel, March 22
Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), will deliver the annual Ensign Lecture at 5:30 pm, March 22, in Niebuhr Lecture Hall.  The topic of his talk is "Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis.”  A reception will follow immediately in the Sarah Smith Gallery. >More information

Imam Feisal Rauf, March 23
Jews and Muslims at Yale, with support from Yale Divinity School, will present a conversation about Islam, democracy, and tolerance between Rabbi James Ponet, Jewish chaplain at Yale, and Imam Feisal Rauf, who was at the center of the controversy over plans to build a Mosque near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan. The event will take place March 23, 7:30 pm. In SSS 114, 1 Prospect St., New Haven.


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