Lead StoryYale Divinity School opens 191st year

Under glorious skies on Aug. 28, Yale Divinity School officially began its 191st year educating students for service in church and world.  The YDS community gathered in Marquand Chapel for Opening Convocation ceremonies, where a new dean welcomed them and where Professor of Hebrew Scriptures Carolyn Sharp exhorted students to “take no rest” in challenging the status quo and to “build pathways that will enable people to journey toward wholeness.”  Among those gathered were students in the entering class, 150 strong, including 73 enrolled in the M.Div. program, 52 M.A.R. candidates, 13 pursing the S.T.M., and 12 non-degree students.  There are 76 women in the new class and 74 men.

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Settling in at YDS: a busy month for the new dean
SterlingGregory Sterling began his term as dean of Yale Divinity School during the lazy days of summer, at the beginning of August.  But the summer heat did little to slow him down, as he filled the month with a flurry of group and individual meetings with YDS staff and faculty,  alumni leaders, Yale University administrators, emeriti faculty, and students.  The new dean did make one concession to the heat, when he hosted an ice cream social during annual orientation week, “Before the Fall Orientation.”  At the end of the month, he pointed to the sense of community that exists at YDS as his most vivid impression of the first month.>Go to story

Dean Sterling on President Levin's decision to step down
Statement by YDS Dean Greg Sterling on Yale President Richard Levin’s announcement that he will step down at the end of the 2012-13 academic year: “Rick Levin has been a visionary and effective president who has worked indefatigably for Yale University.  He has also been a faithful friend to Yale Divinity School during his 19 years in office, and the YDS community is deeply grateful for his steadfast support. In large measure, the School’s current health and vibrancy can be attributed to the support President Levin has shown over the years.  His leadership will be missed.”

Frederick Simmons: from love to justice, from ecclesiology to ethics
SimmonsLove and justice…Do they conflict? Must they conflict?  Much is at stake in the answer—the prospects of political reform, the power of the Christian witness, even the future relevance of mainline churches. To Christian ethicist Frederick Simmons, assistant professor of ethics, the culture shaped by western magisterial Protestantism has undergone a century-long turn from love to justice as a central focus of social reform and ethical argument.>Go to story

Annual General Meeting of Alumni—October 25

This year’s Convocation and Reunions is scheduled for Oct. 24-26, and the alumni meeting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 3:15 p.m. in Marquand Chapel. Items to be voted on include

the election of new board officers and four new members. >Go to story

Bulldog Coffee: a new opportunity to meet prospective students

Books by Jesse Zink ’12 M.Div. and Stephen Register ’11 M.Div. grow out of “Spiritual Autobiography” course

Convocation & Reunions 2012 — Oct. 24-26 —  Register Now

ConvocationPlease join us on the Quad this fall as YDS students, alumni, faculty and friends come together—We’ve planned three days of timely talks and provocative discussions, wonderful meals and worship services, live storytelling, informal gatherings, plus class reunions and our annual alumni awards presentation. There will be plenty of time to revisit your favorite spots on the Quad and to  rediscover YDS. A complete schedule is available at http://ydsconvocation.yale.edu/events-schedule.  Several events have been added to those previously announced. >Go to story

Order now for extra copies of fall Reflections issue on American values
CoverThe fall issue of Reflections magazine will have an election-season theme focusing on American values, and we hope you will consider using it as a study resource or conversation starter. The issue will feature articles, poetry and art work that explore the embattled ground of contemporary values and our spiritual politics. Who are we as a nation now? Are certain values at risk of neglect in this cultural moment? How can our faith traditions inject wisdom into turbulent times?  This Reflections issue will be available the week of Sept. 24. We invite you to order extra copies, at nominal cost, for use in congregations or study groups. To order copies or subscribe, go to http://reflections.yale.edu/


Patagonia authors Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley to discuss green business practices, Sept. 27
On several occasions in the past decade, Yale Divinity School has sponsored events that engage the question of humanity’s responsibility toward the environment.  On Sept. 27 that tradition will continue as authors of The Responsible Company: What We’ve Learned from Patagonia’s First 40 Years, take center stage at a meeting of the YDS Board of Advisors.  Authors Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley will be featured during a panel discussion on environmentally responsible business practices, which is free and open to the public. >Go to story


"Religious Dimensions of Democratization Processes in Muslim-Majority Nations," Sept. 29

ColeThe 41st Annual Conference of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America (AMSS) will be held at Yale Divinity School on Sept. 29, on the subject “Religious Dimensions of Democratization Processes in Muslim-Majority Nations."  The keynote address will be delivered by Juan R. I. Cole of the University of Michigan, on "The Arab Spring and Democracy."  The conference will also include four panel discussions. Prior registration is required and can be done online here.  Inquiries can be sent to conferences@amss.org.  The $135 registration fee is waived for Yale students, faculty, and staff.

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