Truth obscured: YDS students reflect on Makoto Fujimura's work

Lead Story"How do you speak about beauty, truth, and goodness?" asked the artist Makoto Fujimura in his sermon to the Yale Divinity School community last month. "How do you do that in a culture in which all these things seem to be waning or rejected?" These questions, pertinent to Fujimura’s work as an artist and a Christian, found a meaningful home in the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle where Fujimura’s exhibition The Four Holy Gospels and the Golden Sea is on display in the Institute for Sacred Music Gallery of Sacred Art until March 8. This visual interaction with scripture, including a series of illuminated letters for each chapter in the four gospels, allowed students to think about the connection between the visual arts and their theological education. 

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Two YDS students develop cancer care resources for congregations
StudentsWhen someone in the congregation faces serious illness James deBoer ’11 M.Div and Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager ’13 wondered how the church could offer care. “How are we a healing church, beyond the initial casserole phase?” asks Fitzpatrick-Nager, “What is our theology of healing, and what do we believe about church, community, and wholeness?” For deBoer and Fitzpatrick-Nager, these questions became the subject of an independent study that culminated in the creation of a set of resources on congregational care and cancer now avaliable on the UCC website. >Go to story

Chloë Starr: adding Asian Christian sensibility to the global conversation
FacultyThe media’s routine focus on China—the superpower tensions with the U.S., the power struggles within—might broaden its horizons by encountering Chloë Starr, YDS assistant professor of Asian theology. The China she knows reveals not only a long tradition of subtle classical literature but also a teeming modern Christian theological scene and an evolving cultural synergy with the wider world.  >Go to story

Spectrum Magazine Goes Digital
Spectrum Magazine is going digital. Three years ago, former Dean Harry Attridge announced that our Alumni Magazine would begin a transition to digital publication. After much planning, and great advances in technology and media, the digital edition of Spectrum will be the first in a series of new offerings for our alumni and the broader YDS community. >Go to story

A message from the Alumni Board President: Join us in reading The New Jim Crow
EventsIn her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander retells the story of Emma Faye Stewart, a thirty-year-old, single, African American woman who is the mother of two children.  She was arrested in a drug sweep in Texas that was based, it turns out, on the false testimony of a single informant.  She is innocent, but finds herself in jail with no one to care for her children. >Go to story

Registration Opens for the 2013 Summer Study Program
Yale Divinity School's 2013 Summer Study program features 15 stimulating courses taught over two five-day sessions. Courses are organized under weekly themes: "Bible Study and Interpretation Week," June 10-14, and "Tools and Timely Topics Week," June 17-21. Joining the line-up for the first time this year are courses offered by Senior Professors John and Adela Collins and a Youth Ministry Initiative program. Check out the Summer Study website: http://summerstudy.yale.edu/
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Retired Registrar Detra MacDougall dies at 68: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant"
Detra McDougallWhen longtime Yale Divinity School Registrar Detra MacDougall retired in 2008 after 45 years of service to YDS, her friend and successor, Lisa Huck ’88 M.Div., wrote a poem in her honor that begins: “Alas, for this bittersweet day:/Our Detra is going away./A new life she’ll be making,/but our hearts she’ll be taking./‘Farewell’ we must now start to say.” Those words seem prescient now, in the wake of MacDougall’s death on Jan. 15. She died peacefully at her home in Bethany, CT following a long battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy. >Go to story

In their own voice: interview videos introduce YDS faculty to prospective students
As part of a new effort to highlight the tremendous diversity of intellectual, spiritual, and ministerial talent that Yale Divinity professors offer, the YDS communications team is in the process of creating short video interviews with members of the YDS faculty. “Outside of our admissions pages, faculty pages receive the most traffic on our website,” explains YDS Communications Consultant Jared Gilbert ’12 M.Div. “We wanted a way to introduce our faculty in their own voice.” >Go to story


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 Colorblindness as part of an ongoing discussion at YDS about race and inclusion. 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. >Event details and webcast link

Register now for Food Justice Conference at YDS
Food Justice 2013 is a Yale Divinity School conference initiative on February 22-23 to address local food justice and sustainability through Yale University and Greater-New Haven communities. >Event details and registration

Calling all YDS Alumni to Yale Day of Service - Saturday, May 11, 2013
Last spring 3,500 members of the Yale community helped to make their neighborhoods a better place by participating in the Yale Day of Service at almost 280 sites around the world. Let’s be a part of something special and get involved in the fifth global Yale Day of Service. >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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