Lead StoryYDS Summer Study turns a page

Registration for Yale Divinity School’s 2012 Summer Study program opens online on January 16th with offerings that include a special conference on religion and the environment and 16 courses taught over two five-day sessions.  For the first time, summer courses are being consolidated under distinct weekly themes: “Bible Study and Interpretation Week,” June 11-15, and “Tools and Timely Topics Week,” June 18-22. Another new element features informal gatherings when students and faculty from all of the classes can come together for presentations and discussion of topics of common interest.  Summer Study begins with the environmental stewardship conference, June 5-7 >Read More

A call to Alumni from Reflections magazine
Reflections’s Spring 2012 issue will explore the meaning of vocation in the 21st century, and we’d like to hear from alumni on questions like: How have you experienced a sense of vocation or calling? How did it unfold? What have you learned? What advice would you offer a young person just starting out, given the realities of the current economy? Responses can be short essays, meditations or other remarks.­ 400-word limit. Deadline is Friday, Jan. 27th. Email editor Ray Waddle . We hope to publish a selection of responses we receive. Thank you for your insights.

Adela Collins: Opening the Gospel, grappling with faith
Faculty ProfileDa Vinci Code controversies aside, Jesus continues to inspire research trends that speak to modern anxieties as well as the long effort to interpret the gospel historical record.  Adela Yarbro Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at YDS, knows the trends as well as anyone on earth.  The grasp of Gospel history is something she endeavors to pass on in the classroom, before students learn to stake out more seriously their own approaches. >Go to story

Yale Divinity Library expands efforts to document Chinese Christianity
On Nov. 19, in Hong Kong, Yale Divinity School Librarian Paul Stuehrenberg participated in the launch of a significant digital denominational periodicals project jointly sponsored by Yale Divinity School Library and Hong Kong Baptist University.  The project represents yet another step in YDS’s ongoing efforts toward strengthening the documentation of Chinese Christianity. >Go to story

Video of Yale Divinity School added to web site
In the spring of 2011 YDS commissioned Emmy Award winning filmmaker Karyl Evans to make a short video celebrating life on the Quad. This vibrant film is now available online for sharing with all who have an interest in the work and mission of YDS. It includes scenes from a service in Marquand Chapel, from classrooms, and from the daily goings on at YDS, with music from students and staff. Most importantly, the video features several students who speak movingly about how and why they came to matriculate at YDS. >Go to video

Yale Bible Study adds segment on Acts
A new segment of the Yale Bible Study featuring Dean Harold Attridge and Professor Emeritus David Bartlett is now available on the YDS Yale Bible Study web site.  The new segment is on The Book of Acts and, like other presentations in the series, features short, conversational discussions of the biblical text that are readily accessible to lay audiences.  Previously published segments were on Luke, John, I Corinthians, Romans, Second Isaiah, and Mark. >Go to YBS

"Mosters of Divinity" Engage in the "Movember" Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Brian Gerard '97 M.Div. tastes victory on Swedish TV show

YDS Facebook photo galleries:
Advent Service 2011, Day of Service, Prospective Student Day, Tree Trimming, Holiday Reception at the Dean's Residence, Café Eucharist in Marquand Chapel

Last Call for Alumni Award Nominations
The YDS Alumni Board will soon convene its Awards Committee to select the 2012 honorees for: Distinction in Congregational Ministry, Distinction in Theological Education, William Sloane Coffin '56 Award for Peace and Justice, and Lux et Veritas. To submit your nominations, please complete the nominations form by January 20, 2012.Questions may be directed to Gail Briggs at gail.briggs@yale.edu or 203-432-3871. For information about last year’s recipients, click here.


Search committee for new dean presents list of final candidates
A special committee empaneled by Yale President Richard Levin to recommend candidates to succeed Yale Divinity School Dean Harold Attridge has singled out two individuals from an initial pool of about 100 as worthy of “serious consideration.” Committee chair John Collins and other members of the committee met with Levin on Dec. 19 to submit their recommendation. >Go to story

After police beating, John Helmiere '10 M.Div. issues "call to transformation"
HelmiereJohn Helmiere ’10 M.Div. is calling on people to “listen deeply,” “get upset,” and “generate love”—that after the beating he received at the hands of police on Dec. 12 during a West Coast Occupy demonstration in Seattle.  He was thrown to the ground and punched while wearing his clerical collar and shouting out “Peaceful protest everyone!” Helmiere says passion must be channeled into “creative and liberating action.”  >Read more


Parks-King Lecture, Jan. 23
Elizabeth AlexanderElizabeth Alexander, the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies and professor of American Studies and English at Yale University, will deliver the 2011-2012 Parks-King lecture on Monday, Jan. 23, 5:30 - 6:30 pm in Niebuhr Hall, followed by a reception.  The annual lecture is intended to bring the contributions of African American scholars, social theorists, pastors, and social activists to YDS and to the wider New Haven community. Alexander was selected to compose and read an original poem at the inauguration of President Barack Obama, becoming just the fourth poet in modern American history to read at a presidential swearing-in ceremony. >Live webcast.

Sarah Smith Symposium, Jan. 24

Oliver Williams of the University of Notre Dame will speak at Yale Divinity School’s 2012 Sarah Smith symposium, which will be held on Jan. 24, beginning at 4 pm, in Niebuhr Lecture Hall. Williams, an expert in business ethics, corporate governance and Catholic social teaching, will speak on the topic “Globalization and the Common Good: The Challenge and the Promise.” Respondents will include MIroslav Volf, director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and Senior Research Scholar Theodore Malloch, author of the book Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business.  A reception will follow in the Sarah Smith Gallery. >Live webcast.

Divinity-Classics Lecture, Jan. 26
Christopher Faraone, the Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, will give the annual Divinity-Classics lecture, entitled, "The Amuletic Design of the Mithraic Bull-Wounding Scene: An Unpopular Hypothesis." The lecture will be held in Niebuhr Hall, beginning at 6:00 pm., followed by a reception.  Free and open to the public.

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