"When the world comes undone:" YDS students and alumni reflect on ministering to Newtown

Lead Story Newtown, Connecticut is about a 45 minute drive from the Yale Divinity School campus, heading west out of New Haven, then turning north through the Housatonic River Valley. It’s a familiar drive to many generations of YDS students and alums who have served churches along that Valley and in the village of Newtown itself. YDS grads and students were at work on December 14, when a gunman shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 young children and six teachers and administrators, as well as his mother in her home, and finally himself. On that tragic day and in the weeks that have followed, YDS students and alumni in the Newtown community offered pastoral care, organized prayer vigils, planned memorial services, and learned to be still. >Go to story

SterlingDean Sterling's reflections on Newtown
Dean Gregory Sterling's address to the Yale Divinity community at the Newtown tragedy remembrance gathering held in Marquand Chapel
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Five YDS grads selected for Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal grants
Five Yale Divinity School graduates have been selected for the 2012 class of the Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program, created to support pastoral exploration and reflection. For these five YDS alumni, 2013 will be a year of rest and spiritual renewal—and perhaps passport renewal, too.
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Sterling"This great cloud of witnesses"

Alumni Board President, Jeffrey Oak '85 M.Div., '96 Ph.D. shares some of his reflections about what it means to be alumni of YDS.

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YDS student group Open Party and Chris Stedman promote dialogue between atheists, people of faith
On November 27 interfaith social justice advocate—and avowed atheist—Chris Stedman spoke at Marquand Chapel about his journey to atheism, his work as Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard, and his new book,Faithiest: How an Atheist Found Common Ground With the Religious (Beacon, 2012). Stedman's address was sponsored by Open Party, a YDS student group, and is part of an ongoing interfaith discussion at YDS that is growing to include atheist, agnostic, and multi-religious voices.>Go to story

Martin Jean: encountering the world of faith in beauty and metaphor
EventsIn the beginning was the Word, and in the fullness of time the Word was carried along on the winds of music, poetry, metaphor, ritual, color, stone, dance, beauty—in a word, art. Such imagery is not foreign to Martin Jean, who works and performs at the junction of faith and art as the director of the Institute of Sacred Music, which is housed in the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. >Go to story

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February is Black History Month

Allan Boesak, activist and theologian to give lecture
EventsSouth African theologian and anti-apartheid activist Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak will give a public lecture entitled, "Reconciliation, Justice, and the Spirit of Ubuntu" on Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30 pm in Marquand Chapel. Boesak was a key leader in South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and is currently a visiting professor at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Reception immediately following in the Common Room. >More information

Read with us: Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander will lecture at YDS on February 25 on her acclaimed book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindess as part of an ongoing discussion at YDS about race and inclusion. All current students and faculty members have received a copy of Alexander’s book. The lecture will be webcast live with an online discussion, so alumni and friends of YDS are encouraged to obtain their own copy and read along with us. Look for more details about how you can participate in coming weeks! >Event details

Convocation & Reunions 2013
Save the Date —October 23-25, 2013

Historic Beecher lectures, faculty talks, timely panels, and much more. Classes celebrating reunions include:
1953 — 60th
1958 — 55th
1963 — 50th
1967, 1968, and 1969 Cluster Reunion
1982, 1983, 1984 Cluster Reunion
1988 — 25th
2002, 2003, 2004 Cluster Reunion
2009 — 2013 Recent Grads
If you would like to be involved in planning your class reunion, please e-mail kira.wishart@yale.edu

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