News PhotoPiercing the Mystery of art & faith: visual artists find a home at YDS
With a bachelor's degree in printmaking completed, Joshua Sullivan '16 M.Div. had planned to continue his formal study of landscape painting. His plans were complicated, however, by the increasing influence spirituality seemed to be having on his work. "Christianity began to appear in my art at a time when I was questioning the importance of painting at all," he said. "Around the same time, I had this crazy idea to become a pastor, though I wasn't particularly religious." After reconnecting with the Lutheran Church of his childhood, Sullivan decided to apply to YDS as well as a few MFA programs. When acceptances came back in both areas, he found himself at a crossroads, but his newfound grounding in theology led him to New Haven. >Read more

Christian Wiman: the limits of language, the persistence of love
Article graphicIn a public world where professional believers thunder about the will of God and atheists deny and disdain, poet Christian Wiman projects an alternative voice. He is soft-spoken, precise, unafraid of ambivalence, intent to give an honest account of what it means to pursue God in the face of illness, bewilderment, the limits of language, and the persistence of love. “I think poetry often does theology better than theology,” says Wiman, the newly appointed senior lecturer in religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, a joint appointment with YDS. >Read more

Challenging unjust laws in church & society: Tom Ogletree and Linn Tonstad
Ethicist, former YDS dean, and professor emeritus Tom Ogletree is currently facing charges from the United Methodist Church because he officiated at his son's same-sex wedding. Join him and theologian Linn Tonstad on October 23 at the 2013 Convocation and Reunions for a conversation examining his story as well as theological and ethical resources for thinking well about same-sex relationships in the Christian church. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics Jennifer Herdt will introduce the panel. >Full schedule of Convocation & Reunions

Richard Warch '64 B.D., '68 Ph.D. dies at 74
The second-longest serving president in Lawrence University's 165-year history, died peacefully at his home in Ellison Bay, Wis., Saturday morning, Sept. 14, following a battle with thymoma cancer. He was 74. >Read more

A 15,000 year-old bone and the fall 2013 issue of Reflections
Someone once asked anthropologist Margaret Mead what she considered to be the first evidence of civilization. She answered: a human thigh bone with a healed fracture found in an archaeological site 15,000 years old. Why not tools for hunting or religious artifacts or primitive forms of communal self-governance? Mead points out that for a person to survive a broken femur the individual had to have been cared for long enough for that bone to heal. >Read more

Two distinguished guests from countries in the Balkan region lecture at YDS
On September 16, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kosovo Petrit Selimi gave a lecture and conversation entitled "Democracy and the Place of Religious Communities in Kosovo." As Kosovo’s chief deputy diplomat, Selimi has initiated innovative programs in digital diplomacy and interfaith dialogue. On September 23, YDS welcomed the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović, who gave a lecture entitled "Religion in Post-Communist and Post-Conflict Society: The Croatian Experience," available online. Josipović holds graduate degrees in both law and music, has successfully composed both orchestral symphonies and legislative bills, and is an expert in criminal law. The renowned Yale Slavic Chorus performed a beautiful selection of Croatian music at the reception after the talk. >View the lecture.


Tony Stanley '62 B.D., pastor and civil rights activist, dies at 76
Article graphicAs Stanley navigated a career of service spanning more than four decades from school administrator in Greensboro, NC, to associate minister in Detroit, to senior pastor in Washington, DC, his commitment to ideals of peace and justice—grounded in a vision of scripture nurtured at Yale Divinity School by the likes of professors James Gustafson, H. Richard Niebuhr, and Davie Napier—never wavered. >Read more


Article graphicYale Divinity School celebrates inauguration of Yale's 23rd President Yale Divinity School will offer two exhibitions, one scholarly and one artistic, along with tours of the campus, from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. Student guides will be on-hand to offer tours of the building and quad, and talk about programs and community life at YDS. Also open on campus will be the Institute for Sacred Music Gallery and an exhibit from Yale Divinity Library. >Event details

Register today: Convocation & Reunions 2013, October 23-25
The schedule for Convocation & Reunions 2013 is now online. Highlights include: the portrait unveiling of Harold W. Attridge, a concert by Wynton Marsalis, John Collins’ lecture on his book The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography, a gallery talk on the Icons of the Civil Rights Movement exhibit, a book signing of Bubble Girl by Kat Banakis, an LGBTQ gathering at The Study, worship in Marquand, and this year’s Beecher Lectures given by Robin R. Meyers. >Register today!

Classes celebrating reunions include: 1953 (60th), 1958 (55th); 1963 (50th); 1967, 1968, & 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 or have a favorite photo or two from your years on the Quad, please e-mail kira.wishart@yale.edu or call 203-432-5359

Annual General Meeting of Alumni - Oct 24
Items to be voted on include the slate of board officers and three new members.

Dean Sterling to travel to South Korea, Nov 1-7
November 1-7: Dean Greg Sterling and other YDS representatives will travel to South Korea to visit alumni in Seoul and participate in the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan. If you are planning to attend the Assembly, please email john.lindner@yale.edu. We will be in touch early in the Fall with more details about a YDS gathering.
>WCC Site