Convocation and Reunions 2012: Dean’s installation sets stage for exhilarating week

Lead StoryIt is rare for the kick-off to YDS’s Convocation and Reunions to be the installation of a new dean.  But that was the case this year and, rather than overshadowing the annual gathering, the installation of Dean Gregory E. Sterling the day before Convocation and Reunions served to set the stage for what was to come. Act two consisted of three days filled with dinners, lectures, worship, music, movies, live theater, panel discussions, informal gatherings, and more.  By all accounts, the momentum from the dean’s installation continued from beginning to end, fuelled in large measure by the Beecher Lectures, which spanned all three days of Convocation and Reunions.
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Religion in the public square: optimism, reflection, prophetic challenge
Before an audience that packed Niebuhr Hall to capacity, members of the  Yale Divinity School classes of ’75, ’76, and ‘77 delivered remarks on the current state of faith and social action, offering a mix of optimism, reflection, and prophetic challenge.  Their observations came at a Convocation and Reunions panel entitled “Religion in the Public Square.” Author, activist, and blogger Chris Glaser ’77 M.Div. moderated the panel, which also included Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics. >Go to story

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What should YDS be preparing students for?
AlumniHow can YDS prepare students for Christian ministry and leadership that is creative and responsive to a changing, pluralistic world, while also grounding them in the theological, ethical, and liturgical roots of their faith?  This question, put forward by Professor Robert Wilson, encapsulated the recommendations and concerns of panel members gathered for the Convocation panel “What Should YDS Be Preparing Students For?”
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Have you edited or written a book recently?

If you are an alum who has edited or written a book published in 2012, we would like to hear from you. In the 2013 issue of our Spectrum alumni magazine, we will be featuring recent alumni books and would be pleased to include yours if you send us a brief description of 75 words or less, including publisher and date of publication. Please send information by Dec. 1 to gus.spohn@yale.edu

Are you engaged in innovative ministry?

In the 2013 issue of Spectrum magazine, we plan to include a story about innovative forms of ministry that might not come immediately to mind when we think of ministry. If you have an interesting story to tell and can summarize your ministry in 150 words or less, please send it by Dec. 1 to gus.spohn@yale.edu. We will select some of the most innovative to feature in the issue.

Peter Hawkins: discovering, and rediscovering, Dante
FacultyThe first time Peter S. Hawkins studied Dante's Divine Comedy as a student, it didn't take. Soon he had a second opportunity—again, no impression. Then, as a Yale graduate student, the wary young Hawkins was persuaded to attend the Dante course led by renowned scholar John Freccero. And the beatific vision struck him.
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Just imagine: a Jonathan Edwards iPhone app

YDS hosts conference of North American Muslim social scientists


Gregory E. Sterling installed as fourteenth dean of YDS
ColeYale University President Richard C. Levin installed Gregory E. Sterling as the fourteenth dean of Yale Divinity School on Oct. 23 during ceremonies in a packed Marquand Chapel attended by current YDS faculty, students, Yale administrators, retired faculty, alumni, former colleagues of Sterling, and many others.  In turning over the deanship to Sterling, Levin referred to the “powerful and enduring mission of Yale Divinity School.”   >Go to story


AAR/SBL Reception

All YDS alumni are cordially invited to attend a reception at the 2012 annual meetings of the AAR/SBL to be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Empire Room of the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 East Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603

Peace week
“Peace Week: Voices and Stories” will be held on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle on Nov. 5 and Nov. 8.  Israeli and Palestinian activists, along with scholars of the Middle East, will engage in discussions on the topics “Sharing Interfaith Stories,” “Education: Embracing our Common Humanity,” and “Prayers, Hopes and Visions for the Future.”  >Go to schedule

Sorensen Lecture — E.J. Dionne
EventsOn Tuesday, Nov. 27, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM in H. Richard Niebuhr Hall, journalist E.J. Dionne will deliver the annual Sorensen Lecture.  Dionne is a regular columnist for The Washington Post and a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. He also appears regularly as a political commentator on National Public Radio.  A reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.  Yale Divinity School is located at 409 Prospect St., New Haven.

Convocation 2013, Oct. 23-25

Historic Beecher lectures, faculty talks and alumni panels, live performances, and much more. Class reunions: 1953 (60th); 1958 (55th); 1963 (50th); 1967, 69, 69 (cluster reunion); 1982, 83, 84 (cluster reunion); Class of 1988 (25th); 2002, 03, 04 (cluster reunion); 2009-13 (recent grads). If you’d like to be involved in planning your class reunion, please e-mail kira.wishart@yale.edu

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