YDS students experiment with giving up borders for Lent and other acts of 'holy imagination'
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Pointing to a crucified Christ who identifies with those oppressed by systemic injustice, a group of YDS students joined nearly a hundred immigration activists and people of faith on the New Haven green for a unique Holy Week service: “Deportation Crucifies: A Good Friday Liturgy and Rally.”

The service marked the conclusion of Lent Without Borders, a 40-day campaign of rallies, sing-ins, vigils, acts of civil disobedience, and demonstrations encouraging activists and people of faith to engage the season of Lent by “imagining a world without borders.”

“Lent is often positioned in the church as a time for us to push our faith commitments further, maybe experiment with new types of prayer or giving up meat,” explained Greg Williams ’15 M.Div., one of the YDS students who helped organize the campaign, “We saw and continue to see Lent as an opportunity for the church to engage in holy imagination.” >Read more

Robert Wilson: celebrating 40 years at Yale, a lifetime of biblical interpretation
Faculty ProfileA conversation with Old Testament professor Robert Wilson might saunter across 40 years of memories at Yale, where he has taught fulltime since 1972. Or it might go back a bit further – to the 6th century BCE and the exilic period of Israelite history, one of his longtime research areas of interest. In that same conversation, Wilson will see ways to link that distant era to this one, finding human connections between ancient religious tradition and the world students face today. “Religious tradition canonized the biblical text but it didn’t canonize an interpretation of the text,” says Wilson, Hoober Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Old Testament
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Maggi Dawn's new book making waves in House of Commons
DawnIt is not every day—or decade or century—that a theologian teaching at Yale is cited as a source during debates in the English House of Commons. Alas, Maggi Dawn, Dean of Chapel and Associate Professor of Theology and Literature at YDS, is not your average theologian. At the moment, Dawns’ new book, Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women Bishops and the Church of England (Darton, Longman & Todd, Ltd) is making waves and stirring conversation throughout England.
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Selection of Pope Francis prompts optimism, hope for reform among YDS Catholics
The selection of Pope Francis had personal significance for many Catholic faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Yale Divinity School, who joined with the Church’s global population in considering what the future holds under this new faith leader. >Go to story

From the Alumni Board: Join YDS in debating heresy, the end of church, and the future of faith
On April 25 YDS will host “Future of Faith,” a conversation with NY Times op-ed columnist Ross Douthat and author Diana Butler Bass that promises to be both spirited and enlightening, as these authors articulate radically different answers to one of the most pressing questions facing us today: what should the future of Christian faith look like?>Go to story


Taylor House Lecture
Prof. Robert Wilson will be the honored guest for the upcoming Taylor House Lectures event entitled "A prophet in the wry"in the YDS Common Room, 7:30pm, April 12, 2013.

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.

Explore the Summer Study Course Listings: http://summerstudy.yale.edu/

Register online at: http://www.regonline.com/summerstudy2013

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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