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“What constitutes success? Is it having a successful career, or having a meaningful and loving relationship with your children? Is it feeling a phenomenal connection with God and having a servant-leadership attitude? Or is it having employees, colleagues, friends and family who love and respect you?  If you judge success by any or all of these, Col. Albert Abraham Lincoln Hockaday is an extremely successful person.”  From the article “God, Country and Community,” about Albert Hockaday '64 M.Div. '65 S.T.M., published in the November/December 2011 issue of NSIDE Business Magazine.

"At the end of her enjoyable book, Dawn stretches our understanding of pilgrimage, asking us to imagine a journey, not to a distant land, but within ourselves. Confined to home for a summer by painful autoimmune arthritis, Dawn accepted the challenge to be an “armchair pilgrim” and to tend the soul through a journey of study and spirit. Her varied practices led her to an epiphany that “in the end, whether by accident or on purpose, it’s not where you go but who you become that makes you a pilgrim.”  United Church Observer, January 2012, from Ross Lockhart’s review of the book The Accidental Pilgrim by Maggi Dawn, associate dean for Marquand Chapel.

“Rebuilding the senate is important. Be out spoken and respectful of a variety of perspectives, those who are different from you. Like them and get to know them. Agree to disagree.” Jack Danforth ‘63 B.D., ’63 LL.B., former Senator from Missouri, Dec. 2, 2011, Ladue-FrontenacPath (MO), in the article “An Evening With Senator Jack Danforth at John Burroughs School.”

“But just when the tension around these disagreements seemed most fierce, I entered the chapel one morning for the 10:30 a.m. worship service. A Taizé service had been planned for the day, and the congregational singing had begun by the time I arrived. All of the chairs in the space had been removed, replaced by long, blue floor cushions. And there, across the chapel from where I was seated, sat the leaders of the two opposing sides in the abortion debate, both with eyes closed, both moved by the Taize chant that filled the sanctuary.”  Bill Goettler, assistant dean for assessment and ministerial studies, Dec. 5, 2011, The Christian Century, in the column “Worship with the other side,” about two student groups at YDS on opposing sides of the abortion issue.

Arthur B. Keys, Jr. ’73 M.Div., president and chief executive officer of International Relief and Development (IRD), is being recognized as an Emory University History Maker. Keys is being honored for his leadership and many years of humanitarian service, as well as his commitment to the community of Emory University.

“I am sure he would have been in the streets of New York or London with a placard...Calvin expressed opposition to all forms of social oppression resulting from money.  Today, it is the global economic systems and practices that have more sophisticated forms of effects.”  Setri Nyomi ’81 S.T.M., general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Dec. 5, 2011, PCUSA News, in the article “John Calvin would have been in the Occupy Wall Street movement, says WCRC’s Nyomi.”
“One of the things I love about the Monroe Congregational Church is their passion for helping those in need...They are generous, compassionate people and I am pleased to serve them in my new role as Senior Pastor."  Jennifer Gingras ’07 M.Div., Monroe (CT) Patch, Dec. 5, 2011, in the article “Monroe Congregational Names New Senior Pastor.”

Bishop Thomas Briedenthal of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Ohio has appointed John F. Keydel, Jr. ’95 M.Div., Professional Transition Specialist, as interim Priest in Charge of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery, effective January 1, 2012., in the article “Interim priest appointed to replace retiring St. Barnabas Rector George Hill.”

"When we started in 2002, silence reigned over sexuality and sexual behavior. Little education was provided," she said. "Now as you drive through many parts of Africa, you see information about AIDS on billboards. Both the media and new African governmental strategies have broken through the taboos." Margaret Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, Dec. 15, 2011, National Catholic Reporter, in the article “Confronting AIDS in Africa, one sister at a time.”

“Mobile technology is changing the nature of mass participation,” he says. “In many ways it has been a great tool for religion, but in other ways it makes the distance between God and technology even greater.”  James Clement van Pelt ’03 M.A.R., program coordinator for Yale’s Initiative in Religion, Science & Technology, Conversations by Nokia, Dec. 19, 2011, in the column “App-aggedon—Should mobiles do God?

“I became a Realtor because I’ve always enjoyed working with and helping people.  Helping people to buy or sell a home, often the biggest investment in one’s life, is something that has great appeal for me.”  George Taylor ’68 B.A., ’71 M.Div., Dec. 22, 2011, GateHouse News Service, in the article “Taylor joins Conway’s Mattapoisett office.”

“It’s overwhelming at times and mind-boggling to imagine that the world is these two creatures I am guardian and mother to. I’m responsible for helping to figure out all those strands and raise rightfully and faithfully two boys, soon to be men. It’s overwhelming because it’s so much to encompass, I could become frozen by this challenge. Instead, I embrace it. I look forward to the next day with our rainbow water boys because they make me grow. They make me better. They make me the world.” Jeannie Lee ’92 M.Div., Dec. 29, 2011, CNN InAmerica blog, in the column, “In my children, a rainbow, the water, the world,” about her bi-racial family.

"A shipmate is a guy who may be hygienically-challenged and tell offensive jokes and he might be someone that you avoid on shore, but he is still someone who deserves your respect and admiration because he'll do all he can to save you if needed.  Jesus spoke in the Book of John of how ‘greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.' That's a ship-mate.” Kempton Baldridge ’68 M.Div., Oct. 8, 2011,, in the article “Faith on the water,” about his inland waterways chaplains ministry.

After graduating a year and a half ago, Eraina Davis ’10 M.A.R., a single mother whose daughter is autistic and deaf, has set up her own consulting business, “The Good Life,” part of New Haven’s  Project Storefronts installation.  New Haven Register, Dec. 10, 2011, “Eraina Davis makes it her business to help folks achieve The Good Life.”

“The Plan is to minimize my carbon emissions for one year. To begin with, I will refrain from flying, driving, heating or cooling my home, and purchasing items that require shipping, etc. However, the Carbon Sabbath is not about inventing a strict rubric and jumping through hoops I’ve created. Rather, it is an attempt to become more mindful of how my personal behavior affects the earth and those around me. While I intend to stick to this period of rest whenever possible, I will suspend my fast from flying or driving in the event of family emergency or personal injury. Alongside this mission, I hope to cycle around the United States to initiate dialogue about the relationship between neighbor love (agape/caritas) and ecology. I will visit churches around the country and share thoughts with the people I meet.”  Scott Classen ’11 M.Div., from his Carbon Sabbath blog.

The people in the pews have been told they are gaining access to the riches of the Latin liturgical tradition. But will Latin syntax slavishly reproduced in English really help them to pray in a more authentic manner? Somehow, I doubt it . . . At the end of the day, the question is not what the hierarchy wants, nor what enthusiasts for literal translation want, but what the Catholic faithful actually need. In time, I think it will become clear that this is not what they need.  Rita Ferrone ‘83 M.Div., Dec. 5, 2011, writing in the Washington Post “On Faith” blog, regarding the new English translation of the Roman Missal.

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“What does it mean to wait for God in a broken world? What does it mean to wait in a time in which God's promise of redemption is met by the despair of the poor, the greed of those who exploit others, and the rage of those who commit violence? What does Advent mean for the real world?”  Associate Professor of Hebrew Scriptures Carolyn Sharp ’94 M.A.R., ’00 Ph.D., Dec. 14, 2011, writing in the Huffington Post, “Luke 1:39-56: Magnificat for a Broken World.”

On Jan. 17, 8 pm, religious satirist, author, Washington Post and Guardian Newspaper blogger and commentator Becky Garrison ’92 M.Div. will present a webinar sharing from her new book Ancient Future Disciples: Meeting Jesus in Mission Shaped Ministries. Registration information is available from Gregg Carlson,

Sharon Watkins ’84 M.Div., general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),is the featured preacher Jan. 15 on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally syndicated ecumenical radio program also accessible online at  Watkins’ sermon, airing the day before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, is based on John 1:43-51, is entitled “Where Earth and Heaven Meet.” In January, Watkins began a term as vice president of the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches.

“Each step of the way, the former Massachusetts governor will have a lot to overcome to become the first Mormon to be elected president, say scholars studying religion and presidential politics.  Those obstacles include everything from evangelical distrust in the GOP primaries to secular and liberal prejudice in the general election.”  David Briggs ’85 M.A.R, in his column “Romney’s dilemma: Anti-Mormon prejudice comes from all sides,” Association of Religion Data Archives, Dec. 2, 2011.

“Christians in the Northern and Western Hemispheres no longer enjoy living in the stronghold of their own religious group. That is indeed a challenge, and a unique opportunity, for Christians in those hemispheres to give up any pretense of being dominant.”   Ralph Barlow ’59 B.D., ’64 S.T.M., Dec. 8, 2011, Providence Journal, in the letter to the editor “Christianity should be servant, not master, in America.”