Divinity School’s Japan ties bring tragedy close to home

VigilAn international training facility for grassroots rural leaders in northern Japan founded by a Yale Divinity School graduate reported serious damage to its infrastructure from the earthquake that rocked the island nation in mid-March.  A YDS graduate living in Tokyo is planning an international art charity exhibition to raise relief funds in her own art gallery.  The Yale Institute of Sacred Music, one of YDS’s two partner institutions, dedicated proceeds from a recent concert to the University’s multifaceted Japan relief effort. While the earthquake and accompanying tsunami, followed by radiation dangers, occurred half a world away, the Divinity School’s Japan ties have brought the tragedy close to home on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. >Go to story

YES WE CAN: Three Million in Three Months!
DIVINITY TOMORROW, the Yale Divinity School capital campaign, is entering its final three months seeking to raise the remaining $3 million of a goal of $38 million, and Dean Harold Attridge believes meeting the goal is both  “achievable and essential.”  Said Attridge, “The final three million in three months is achievable and essential for meeting the needs of our students.  We started the campaign five years ago with an urgent need to improve financial aid for students.  The campaign has helped us to make major strides toward that goal, but the challenge remains." >Go to story

Jennifer Herdt: in praise of the common good

These are not high times for “the common good.” The phrase and the ideal don’t get much primetime respect. In such a climate, some worry that the future of civic virtue and national purpose are at risk.  Jennifer Herdt, who joined YDS last fall as professor of Christian Ethics, is happy to put in a good word for the common good, despite the cultural mood against it. >Go to story

Ecumenical dance hits stride at Yale Divinity SchoolFirst Column Story

Among the characteristics that distinguish Yale Divinity School from many other seminaries and divinity schools is the school’s inter-denominational nature. In this light, Berkeley Divinity School Dean Joseph Britton noted that YDS was the ideal environment to host the ecumenical conference, entitled “Gathering Together: A Celebration of Full Communion,” which took place March 25-26. >Go to story

Summer Term, with new housing options, open for registration
Summer Term 2011 is now officially open for registration, featuring 27 outstanding courses—including Late Medieval Mystics with Denys Turner; Feminist/Womanist Theology with Melissa Matthes;  The Bible through Art and Artifact with Julie Faith Parker; and Preaching from the Lectionary with David Bartlett and Robert Wilson.  Registration can be completed online or over the phone.  Most courses last five days, and each is offered during one of the three sessions: June 6-10, 13-17, 20-24.  In addition to five-day courses, two courses that run for two days each are being offered. For the first time this year, dormitory rooms in Yale College will be available. >Go to site

Lessons learned: Mobilizing Faith, Fighting Poverty

Universe film explores existential and moral questions about role and purpose of humanity

Convocation and Reunions 2011

Opinion: Work of Eboo Patel as manifestation of Heschel maxim

Imam Feisal Rauf: Middle East turmoil reflects aspirations of the people


YDS joins in hosting events on sexual diversity and the Catholic Church


Sorenson Lecture, April 5
CarterJ. Kameron Carter, associate professor in theology and Black church studies at Duke Divinity School, will deliver the annual Sorensen Lecture on April 5.  The subject of his talk will be  "The Disorders of Love: A Meditation on the Theological Fanon."  The lecture will be held at 5:30 pm in Niebuhr Lecture Hall.  A reception will immediately follow in the Sarah Smith Gallery. >More information

Dean Attridge, Professors Tucker and Grim, in San Francisco, April 28
Yale Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge and Professors Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, coordinators of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, will lead an interfaith panel discussion on religion and ecology at San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St. on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 pm. Tucker and Grim are members of an interdisciplinary team that just produced a book and movie, both titled Journey of the Universe. In addtition to YDS, event sponors are the Yale Club of San Francisco, Congregation Emanu-El, and Eli's Mishpacha, Yale's Jewish alumni group.  Please join us for a lively multi-faith conversation about the environment, and RSVP Emily Blakeslee at 203-432-5358

True Colors fundraiser, April 8
On April 8, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Berkeley Divinity School Center at 363 Saint Ronan Street will kick off the third annual fund raiser for True Colors, a non-profit that advocates to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are recognized and competently met. The Berkeley Center gathering will go from 5-7 pm, followed by a dessert and dance party at GPSCY, the Graduate Professional Student Club at Yale, 204 York St. Organizing the event is the LGBTQ Coalition at YDS.  Tickets are available online at http://bigthing.eventbrite.com or by emailing jared.gilbert@yale.edu.

Social Memory and the Historical Jesus, April 12
Chris Keith, assistant professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Lincoln Christian University, will give a lecture entitled,"Authenticity versus Memory: Social Memory Theory and the Historical Jesus,” at 5:30 pm in Niebuhr Hall on April 12.  His lecture will argue against the widespread usage of criteria of authenticity in the quest for the historical Jesus and instead propose the Jesus-memory approach on the basis of social and cultural memory theory.


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