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Not just tourists: the World Council of Churches and hopes for a more global YDS
"Because we are an ecumenical school, I think it’s important that we be present at the most important ecumenical meeting of Christians in the world," said Dean Greg Sterling who recently traveled to South Korea with other YDS representatives to visit alumni in Seoul and participate in the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan. Notes from the Quad interviewed Dean Sterling about the Assembly, the state of global Christianity, and what it all means for YDS. >Read the interview

YDS awarded grant to improve the economic well-being of future ministers
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded Yale Divinity School a $250,000 grant as part of its Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. The program will enhance YDS’s long-term commitments to robust financial aid for students and ongoing engagement of alumni called to pastoral ministry. >Read more

Remembering Mandela: "People are people through other people"
Article graphicThe news flash appeared on my iPhone: Nelson Mandela—“Madiba”—has died. I tossed what I had been working on and turned my attention to the one who took history in his hands, and through his long walk to freedom, helped to “bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” Upon being released from prison, much of it at remote Robben Island, 4 miles off the coast of Capetown, Mandela proclaimed himself a servant of the people of South Africa, and placed his life into their hands with a steely resolve to create a Rainbow Nation grounded in “peace, democracy and freedom for all." >Read more

Brenda J. Stiers '83 M.Div. leaves a legacy of activism and service to YDS
Yale Divinity School Board of Advisors member and devoted alumna Brenda J. Stiers ’83 M.Div. died suddenly on November 10, 2013.  Stiers is remembered as a tireless volunteer who helped guide the alumni of YDS through some of the most critical years in YDS’s history. >Read Obituary

Congrats! Association of Yale Alumni awards YDS Alumni Board "Best G&P Event"
The YDS Alumni Board recently received an Excellence Award from the AYA Board of Governors for hosting the 2012 Convocations & Reunions, which was recognized as "the graduate/ professional school event that exhibits overall excellence in participation, marketing, educational experience and implementation." >Read the list of winners


Vasileios Marinis: how to read a church
Article graphicGrowing up in Greece, Vasileios Marinis encountered world-famous religious images on the walls of a thousand-year-old monastery not far from home. The still-active monastery, called Hosios Loukas, is an acclaimed example of Middle Byzantine architecture. As a youth, Marinis learned to behold the building’s artful objects—mosaics, murals, icons—not as museum pieces frozen in time but as windows on eternity, declarations of faith that enlisted color, paint, fabric, wood and stone. These taught him to look, to see. Dreams of becoming an art historian—a byzantinist—were born. >Read more


Participating with God: missional practices for youth ministry
Event PhotoAustin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Professor of Christian Education David White will deliver a lecture “Participating with God: Missional Practices for Youth Ministry” at noon on Wednesday, January 8. The lecture is part of the 2013-2014 Youth Ministry: Now series, a series of monthly luncheons and lectures on the foundational issues of ministry to youth. RSVP required; email kelly@youthministryinitiative.org.
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Spreading the Word: A Selection of Missionary Posters, Games, and Ephemera from the Day Missions Collection
Event PhotoA new exhibit in the Yale Divinity Library highlights materials that were used the missionary movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to spread their Christian beliefs and encourage the home public to support the missionary enterprise. The exhibit can be viewed online or during library hours. >More details