Lead Story"Living stones" in a sacred land

“As much as I gasped in awe at the opportunity to explore the immensity of Masada, stand so close to the caves at Qumran after seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls in person, sail on the dear waters of the sea of Galilee, enter the stunningly worshipful Dome of the Rock, wedge prayers into the cracks of the Western Wall, meditatively walk down Palm Sunday Road with the Old City ahead, and pray along the Via Dolorosa, I returned most profoundly affected by the stories we heard from ‘so great a cloud of witnesses’ in this sacred land.”  From a reflection by first-year M.A.R. student Christina Baik, student representative on Yale Divinity School’s March 4-17 travel seminar to Israel-Palestine, “Sacred Land: Common Ground?” >Go to story

Take two: the joint degree programs at YDS
Luke the Evangelist started out a physician.  John Calvin trained in the law.  Gregor Mendel had his pea plants.  The idea of combining theological pursuits with other disciplines is not a new one.  Yet, YDS students engaged in joint degree programs are bringing a contemporary flair and sense of mission to cross-disciplinary study.  Dean of Admissions Anna Ramirez commends “the richness that joint degree students add to the mix of this place,” as well as the broad skill sets with which they leave Yale, better equipped for their individual vocations.   >Go to story

Denys Turner: finding God, not in the clouds, but in bread and wine
Faculty ProfileDenys Turner spent the first half of his teaching career thinking a lot about Marxist ideology, and the second half immersed in medieval theology. Some might call that a jarring shift of interests. Ever the good sport, Turner won’t blame you for thinking so.  But as he prepares to leave his full-time faculty position at YDS and Yale’s Religious Studies Department, Turner makes the case that he has been connecting the dots all along. Both Marxism and medieval thought have kept him on a pursuit, the endeavor to relinquish false idols, false thinking about God. >Go to story

Dean Attridge to appear on CBS "Sunday Morning"

Dean Harold Attridge is scheduled to appear Easter morning on the CBS “Sunday Morning” show to discuss a new book on the Shroud of Turin, entitled The Sign, by Thomas de Wesselow.  Attridge was interviewed by CBS correspondent Martha Teichner on March 30.

Attention alumni: consider Yale Day of Service, Saturday, May 12

Lilly grants to YDS alumni provide space for spiritual renewal

Ethics, psychology, confessions and writing at Summer Study 2012

Jonathan Edwards Center expands to Brazil

YDS remains on the offense on sustainability

Looking for work? Have a job to offer?
In the marketplace of jobs, one of the best defenses against a sluggish economy is a wide network of professional contacts.  YDS has an online “resume book” for students and alums aimed at matching up job seekers with persons offering jobs. Alumni and friends of YDS are invited and encouraged to take a look at the online book, either to suggest a job or simply to network.  >Read more


Paul Farmer, on mercy and poverty, April 26

FarmerDr. Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School and a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), will deliver a lecture on April 26 entitled "The Corporal Works of Mercy and the 21st-century Struggle Against Poverty." His talk will address concepts of holistic health, Liberation Theology, and his work on infectious disease as a vehicle for social change. The lecture, free and open to the public, begins at 6:00 pm in Marquand Chapel, followed by a reception at 7:00 pm in the Common Room.

Katie Canon, Sorensen Lecture, April 17

CanonKatie Canon, the Annie Scales Professor of Christian Ethics at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, and the first African-American woman ordained in the United Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), will deliver the 2012 Sorenson Lecture on the subject Squaring the Ethical Circle: Zora Neale Hurston as a Doer of Justice.”  The lecture will focus on the 20 stories Hurston wrote between 1952 and 1953 for the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper detailing one of the landmark cases in U.S. interracial relations, the trial of Ruby Jackson McCollum.  The lecture, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 pm in Niebuhr Hall, followed by a reception at 6:30 pm in the Sarah Smith Gallery.  >Read more


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