Eight Decades of Women celebration continues with spring issue of Reflections Magazine: “Women’s Journeys: Progress and Peril”

Continuing Yale Divinity School’s year-long celebration of eight decades of women at YDS, the spring 2011 issue of Reflections magazine is devoted to issues affecting women today, from matters of war and peace and economic justice, to the theological and exegetical foundations of the religious commitment to the rights of women.

Reflections CoverThe issue went to press at the end of April, and all alumni should receive the magazine in their mailboxes in May.  Guest editor for the issue is Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, who along with Letty Russell and other pioneering women on the Quad broke the male stranglehold on faculty positions in the 1970s.

Contributors to the spring 2011 Reflections, entitled “Women’s Journeys: Progress and Peril,” include faculty, alumnae and friends of YDS from around the globe who are actively engaged in women’s issues.  Among the contributors, for example, are Emilie Townes, associate dean of academic affairs at YDS and the first African-American women to serve as president of the American Academy of Religion; Phyllis Trible, retired from Union Theological Seminary and a leading scholar in the study of women and gender in biblical interpretation; Marie Fortune ‘76 M.Div., a pioneer in the field of religion and domestic violence and sexual exploitation by religious leaders; and Judith Dupré ’11 M.Div., author of Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art, and Life.

In his column, Reflections Editor Ray Waddle said, “On the occasion of celebrating eight decades of women at Yale Divinity School, Reflections is proud to serve as a testament to some of he arguments, witnesses, and voices who speak to he dreams and conditions of half the human race.”

The year-long celebration of women at YDS, called Honoring the Past, Challenging the Future: Celebrating Eight Decades of Women at Yale Divinity School, was formally announced at Commencement 2010.  At Convocation and Reunions 2010, Eight Decades events spanned three days, including panel discussions, workshops, worship services, and a shalom dinner.

Posted: 05/02/2011