YDS Devotes 2012-13 School Year to Conversations and Education on Diversity

Lead StoryThe Yale Divinity School community is nearing the halfway point of a yearlong exploration of diversity that includes discussion of related issues such as race, privilege, and inclusion. Early this semester, faculty and students held separate day-long discussion sessions on diversity facilitated by the social justice organization Allies for Change, and in November the PBS film "Race: The Power of an Illusion" was shown in Niebuhr Hall. A centerpiece of the initiative is the communal reading of the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, who will visit the YDS campus in February. >Go to story

New film portrays role of two YDS grads in keeping Nazis out of Southbury, CT in 1930s
In the summer of 1937 an associate of the German American Bund purchased 178 acres of land in the town of Southbury, CT. The Bund claimed to promote American values in German American Youth. The organization, however, had a hidden message: to spread the Nazi philosophy of Adolf Hitler on U.S. soil. Two YDS grads who were pastors in Southbury did not buy the Nazi line and played central roles in keeping them out of town. A new film describes how they did it. >Go to story

Janet Ruffing: understanding the winds of the spirit in the 21st century
AlumniThe topic of mystical experience might sound too mysterious—too raw and bewildering, too personal—to talk about.  But Janet Ruffing, professor in the practice of spirituality and ministerial leadership, knows it’s too real to ignore. For some three decades, Ruffing’s vocation has been spiritual direction, the practice of helping others grow closer to God. >Go to story

Sorensen Lecturer E.J. Dionne seeks balance between individual, community

EventsArmed with humor and a passion for what America can be at its best, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne delivered the Sorensen Lecture at Yale Divinity School on Nov. 27.  Speaking on the topic “Our Divided Political Heart and the Election of 2012,” he described the presidential race as the ‘We take care of our own’ election. >Go to Story

International journalists stress depth, fairness in religion coverage
When the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) was launched earlier this year, its mission was clear: to begin a conversation among journalists across the globe about how religion journalism can employ accurate and balanced reporting to foster understanding. On Nov. 15, students and faculty at Yale Divinity School had the opportunity to join this conversation when members of the IARJ steering committee visited to take part in the panel discussion “Faith Across Oceans: Leading International Journalists Talk about the Religion Beat.” >Go to story


YDS Sustainability reduces waste, has students singing “Hallelujah!”

On November 14, YDS Sustainability organized a surprise flash mob at Coffee Hour to promote the fall Compost, Recycle, and Reuse Campaign. The event declared “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” and introduced more reusable mugs to the community, significantly reducing the daily waste created by disposable cups. Students responded instantly with “Hallelujahs” to the tune of Handel’s Messiah.  >Go to story

Storytelling, peace building at first YDS Peaceweek

Maryann Knag '04 M.A.R. brings faith and scholarship to 6 Bible studies in 2 states

Portraits of eminent theologians and social philosophers donated to Yale Divinity School


Youth Ministry: Now colloquium, Dec. 4
NishiokaOn Tuesday, Dec. 4, noon - 1:30 p.m., Rodger Nishioka, the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary, will speak on the topic “Bible Study that Transforms.” This lecture will focus on practices of opening the Bible with young people in ways that change lives and liberate.  The luncheon and lecture will be held in the Old Refectory.  Free lunches may be reserved by emailing  kelly@youthministryinitiative.org.   

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