Lead StoryYDS ministerial assessment program comes of age

Five years ago, the seeds of a program designed to integrate the academic, spiritual, and vocational aspects of education at Yale Divinity School were planted in conversations between Dean Harold Attridge and Assistant Dean William Goettler.  Since then, the program has blossomed, even gaining the attention of other theological schools that are exploring similar strategies on their own campuses.
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Exploring youth ministry: challenges and opportunities
What are the theological foundations, the cultural contexts, and the best practices of exemplary youth ministries?  Those are the foundational questions being addressed at Berkeley Divinity School’s  “Youth Ministry: Now” spring leadership series, which held the first of its four sessions in January. The series is sponsored by Berkeley’s Wesley-Royce Leadership Initiative, in partnership with the Yale Center for Faith and Culture’s Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Program, and the Congregational Church of New Canaan in New Canaan, CT. >Go to story

John Hare: Can morality and happiness coincide?
Faculty ProfileYDS theologian-philosopher John Hare has been thinking about God for decades—and our need for God’s assistance to sustain the moral life. “God has organized the world in such a way,” says Hare, “that our morality and our happiness can be consistent with each other.”>Go to story

Margaret Farley tapped as first to deliver Taylor Lectures under new format
FarleyMargaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, will deliver the Nathaniel W. Taylor lectures on Feb. 23, 28, and March 1 on the topic “Freedom, Obligation, and Love.”  Beginning this year, the Taylor and Shaffer lectures will take place in alternate years during the spring semester, marking a departure from the traditional October setting for the two lecture series. >Go to story

Elizabeth Alexander’s Parks-King Lecture available online
On Jan. 23, Elizabeth Alexander, the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies and professor of American Studies and English at Yale University, delivered the 2011-12 Parks-King lecture on the topic “African American Poetry as the Sacred Word.” 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.  View the lecture in its entirety on Yale’s YouTube channel. >Go to webcast

Theology of Occupy: clergy discuss role of the church in Occupy Wall Street

Sarah Smith Symposium addresses globalization and the common good

“Tools and Timely Topics” the focus of second week of Summer Study 2012
The second week of Summer Study at YDS 2012, “Tools and Timely Topics Week,” brings together 11 courses that enhance skills for ministry or present topics that may be of interest for adult study in parishes. Headliners for the “Tools and Timely Topics Week,” June 18-22, feature courses taught by a number of Summer Study veterans.  But several intriguing courses will be taught by newcomers to the program—though not newcomers to YDS. >Go to story

Plans made to follow Holy Land trip "virtually"
While only a relative handful of Yale Divinity School alumni will be on the YDS-sponsored travel seminar to the Holy Land March 4-17, all alums with an Internet connection are invited to join the trip “virtually” by following the trip blog. >Go to story

Nominations for Alumni Awards Welcome
The YDS Alumni Board’s Awards Committee will soon 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. Alumni nominations are welcome at any time and can be submitted via the online nominations form. Information about previous recipients is available here.


Ensign Lecture on “Global Religious and Seculars Trends,” Feb. 21

José Casanova of Georgetown University will present the 2012 Loring Sabin Ensign Lecture on the subject “Global Religious and Secular Trends: Secularizations, Religious Transformations and Sacralizations.”  In the lecture Casanova will argue, “We can observe continuous processes of secularization, religious transformation and sacralization, not as mutually exclusive alternatives, either/or, but as concurrent, multidirectional and interrelated developments around the world.”  Casanova is a professor in Georgetown’s Department of Sociology and head of the University’s Berkeley Center Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 pm, Feb. 21, in Niebuhr Lecture Hall, followed by a reception at 6:30 pm in the Sarah Smith Gallery.

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