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This issue of "Notes from the Quad" comes to you on the occasion of the launch of the newly redesigned Divinity School Website (http://www.yale.edu/divinity). We are grateful to recent grad Campbell Brock Harmon M.A.R.'04 who serves as the current YDS webmaster and was responsible for conceiving and implementing the new design.
Yale Center for Faith & Culture Invites Alumni to Conference, Sept. 16-17, 2004
New YDS Director of Alumni Relations Appointed
Register for Fall Convocation, Oct 11-14, 2004
Donation Challenge Met
Berkeley Divinity School Celebrates 150 Years of Episcopal Seminary Education
YDS Alum to receive Yale Medal
You are invited to attend the inaugural conference of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, entitled A Crisis of Trust? Trust in a Culture of Suspicion and Spin . Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at YDS and Director of the Center, will offer the introduction and closing to an exciting program of keynotes and workshops, featuring speakers and facilitators who represent the best thinking in the fields of theology, business, philosophy, media, and government.
The keynote speakers will be :
Workshops will be led by :
The opening keynote will commence the conference on the evening of September 16 th , and the proceedings will conclude on the afternoon of September 17 th at 4 p.m. The event will be held at yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Please contact Dr. David W. Miller , Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, with any further questions or to request conference brochures (firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 203-432-8669). More information can also be found on the Center's website ( www.yale.edu/faith ).
|Elizabeth Strawn M.A.R. '04 was appointed Director of Alumni Relations for the Divinity School on June 17, beginning what she refers to as a “ministry to the alumni.”
Prior to her attending YDS as a student, Elizabeth practiced law in Florida , primarily in the areas of estate planning and estate administration. She remains a member of the Florida bar association.
She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Florida and received her J.D. cum laude from Stetson University College of Law.
Elizabeth 's journey to YDS began when she realized that “my life outside of my law practice,” which included active participation in her Episcopal parish, “was so much more fulfilling than my daily work.” As
she completed her M.A.R., she recognized a calling to work in higher education, and found the Alumni Director position to be a perfect match.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Elizabeth to this critical position of leadership. Elizabeth not only brings a unique combination of skills as an estate planning attorney and a recent YDS
grad; her appreciation for YDS and vision for engaging the Divinity School's extraordinary network of alums is a great gift.” says John Lindner, YDS Director of External Relations.
Elizabeth hopes to contribute to the “stability and continuity” of YDS by building a solid alumni base that can sustain the school's fulfillment of its unique mission. In her conversations with alumni, she says, “I've realized that what brings me and other alumni back to support this place is that we're connected to something here that's far more than the sum of its parts.”
BERKELEY DIVINITY SCHOOL CELEBRATES 150 YEARS OF EPISCOPAL SEMINARY EDUCATION
In 1854, the Bishop of Connecticut, John Williams established a theological school in Middletown, naming it for Bishop George Berkeley of Cloyne, an early patron of higher education in America. In 1928, when it became increasingly clear that if Berkeley was to train clergy for the modern world and church it needed larger contacts and academic training, it moved to New Haven to be closer to Yale University, culminating in a formal affiliation with Yale Divinity School in 1971.
Join Berkeley Divinity School on October 13, 2004 as it celebrates its "sesquicentennial," looking forward to a renewed commitment to training leadership for the Episcopal Church.
Join the Very Reverend Joseph H. Britton, Dean and President of Berkeley, Graduate Society, Board of Trustees and National Advisory Committee as we confer honorary degrees and honor our history (including the class of 1954), and former Berkeley Deans. For more information contact Pamela Wesley.
YDS ALUM TO RECEIVE YALE MEDAL FROM ASSOCIATION OF YALE ALUMNI.
The Rev. Richard Mather Mapes '49, B.D. '52, has been announced as one of five 2004 recipients of the Yale Medal, the highest award given by the Association of Yale Alumni, “conferred solely to honor outstanding individual service to the University.” He will receive the award during a ceremony on November 12, 2004 .
Mapes has supported Yale in a variety of ways over the past fifty-two years, but he says that he is receiving the award “primarily for the ways I've been involved with the Divinity School .” As class agent for the YDS Class of '52, which has sponsored several scholarships, Mapes has helped to maintain the strong bond between his class and the ongoing work of YDS. He also served the Divinity School as interim Director of Development and as Church Relations Coordinator.
The Rev. Dick Stazesky B.D. '52, editor of the Class of '52 letter and former co-Class Agent with Mapes, says of his long-time friend: “Rick has been an assiduous Class agent for many years, making YDS '52 one of the top classes in percentage of participation and amounts given to the annual fund. Additionally, he has given leadership to raising over $150,000 in endowed scholarships.”
Since his graduation from YDS, Mapes has served as a pastor in Ohio and Florida and worked at Oberlin Seminary and Vanderbilt Divinity School , as well as in the UCC denominational offices. Born and raised in New Haven , the self-avowed Yankee has also maintained an active connection to this place, including tenures as Vice President of Community Action Agency of New Haven and President and Treasurer of the Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, a collection of forty interfaith congregations in New Haven .
The Yale Medal is only the latest in a list of lifetime accolades for Mapes. Notable other honors include—but are not limited to—the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty award, recognition as a Master Builder by Habitat for Humanity, and the God & Country award from Yale during the Tercentennial celebrations.