Lead StoryHonoring Dean Attridge, on eve of departure

At the end of June, Dean Harold Attridge will step down following two five-year terms at the helm of Yale Divinity School.  Early spring was a time for colleagues, alumni, students, and staff to thank the dean and his wife, Jan, for their service to the school and to wish them “bon voyage” as they embark on a yearlong sabbatical in Australia.  Among the highlights was the announcement of the Harold and Jan Attridge Scholarship Fund, which will serve in perpetuity as a reminder of Dean Attridge's commitment to making enrollment at YDS affordable to all.  Following the sabbatical, he will return to YDS to continue his teaching career—as Sterling Professor of Divinity. >Go to story

Paul Farmer Lecture: A Perfect Conclusion to a YDS Course on Poverty
FarmerThere's something to be said when a lecture at Yale Divinity School not only fills Marquand Chapel to standing-room-only capacity, then fills the overflow capacity space in Niebuhr Lecture Hall, and then makes its way into two other overflow spaces. That is what happened when global healthcare/antipoverty activist Dr. Paul Farmer spoke at YDS on April 26.
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Maggi Dawn: a woman for all seasons
Faculty ProfileMaggi Dawn discovered guitar at age 5, painting at 6, her singing voice at 7, church at 11 and theology at 14. Ever since, she's been crafting a work of art out of a multifaceted vocation and career—a life of professional music, theology, liturgy, teaching, and writing. Now she's doing it all under one roof, Yale Divinity School, as associate dean of Marquand Chapel and associate professor of theology and literature. >Go to story

Allie Perry on death penalty repeal
The Rev. Allie Perry '80 M.Div. has served since 2008 on the board of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, a prime mover in the successful effort to put an end to capital punishment in Connecticut. She has taught courses in therapy and nonviolence as an adjunct member of the faculty at Yale Divinity School and serves on the YDS Alumni Board. Following is her reflection on Connecticut's abolition of the death penalty, signed into law by Governor Dannell Malloy on April 25. >Go to story

A Call to Alumni from Reflections magazine:
The Fall 2012 Reflections will be an election-season issue that examines values that enliven our national dreams and our conflicts…and makes arguments for a better way forward. We're in a partisan time where Congress is deadlocked and citizens remain divided by ideology, religion, class, and science. Reflections will explore some core values we still hold together and identify impulses that drive us apart and why. We'd like to hear from you as we explore five important questions. >Go to story

From Alumni Board President Jerry Henry

What makes YDS “YDS"? That is one of the questions the Alumni Board recently discussed as part of its meetings in New Haven April 18-19.  Recognizing that YDS is going through another period of change – as we transition from one dean to another – we began sharing thoughts about what makes YDS uniquely...well, YDS! >Go to story

Mirolsav Volf on "civility"
Over the past several months, theologian Miroslav Volf, director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, has lectured at various conferences, churches, and colleges on living in a civil way despite deep differences. One of the lectures was a keynote address at the “Justice Conference” in Portland, OR, to some 4,000 people of all political persuasions. Following the lecture, Volf was interviewed by Alter Video Magazine. Go to the interview video.

Summer Study registration deadline, May 15
RegisterA captivating array of teachers are offering courses during Summer Study 2012, including a professor who is also a singer/songwriter, has cut five albums of her own songs, and who organized and executed the well-known “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” on BBC Radio while at the University of Cambridge; and a recent Yale Divinity School graduate who taught a wildly popular course to Yale undergraduates on Christian themes in the Harry Potter books while a student at YDS and has since become a popular speaker and writer on the subject.>Read More


Dean Attridge on CBS's "Sunday Morning" show
Dean Harold Attridge appeared Easter morning on CBS's “Sunday Morning" show for a segment on the new Shroud of Turin book entitled The Sign, by Thomas de Wesselow.   Attridge said, "It could well be the burial cloth of Jesus—I wouldn't discount that possibility.  That's part of the case that he makes; the other part is trying to see how the discovery of this cloth might have functioned in generating belief about the resurrection, and that's much more, in my mind, conjectural.  >Go to the video

From Spectrum 2012: The Year in Review; Ending Decade as Dean, Harry Attridge Looks Back - and Ahead


Commencement 2012, May 21
CommencementYale Divinity School will hold commencement exercises on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle on Monday, May 21, at 12:30 pm., preceded by Commencement Communion at 8 am and Commencement Worship on Sunday, May 20 at  4pm.  The preacher for Worship is Carolyn Sharp, associate professor of Hebrew Scriptures, and the Communion preacher is Associate Professor of New Testament Jeremy Hultin, who will leave YDS at the end of the year to join the faculty at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.  Celebrants at Communion will be Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Emilie Townes and Associate Dean of Student Affairs Dale Peterson.

Alumni gatherings
A Yale Divinity School alumni luncheon will be held during the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on July 4, noon-1:30 pm, at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh.   An alumni gathering will also be held during the June 27-July 4 General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, exact time and location to be arranged.  Questions about registration should be directed to kira.wishart@yale.edu

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