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Complete coverage of Convocation 2004, in both PDF and text-only formats, is now available at http://www.yale.edu/divinity/convocation
Approximately 300 alumni and guests attended the Oct. 11-14 celebration, which marked the 50 th reunion of the Class of 1954 and the 25 th reunion of the Class of 1979. Cluster gatherings were held for the Classes of 1958-60, 1973-75, and 1993-95.
Highlights included a special jazz vespers service at Battell Chapel, the announcement of five distinguished alumni awards, and a series of lectures by well-known figures in the religious community. Convocation also included celebration of the 150 th anniversary of Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal Church seminary affiliated with Yale Divinity School since 1971. Berkeley awarded five honorary degrees during Convocation.
A series of awards given by Yale Divinity School will explore the relationship of faith to daily life, including such issues as the place of moral values in public discourse that created such controversy during the 2004 presidential election.
The four $5,000 awards, given under the Faith as a Way of Life project at the Divinity School 's Center for Faith & Culture, will be used to design creative ways to teach future church leaders, both lay and ordained, ways of living faith and values in all spheres of life.
Christian Scharen, Associate Director at the Center for Faith & Culture, said “We're very impressed with the way our award recipients have caught the vision for teaching in theological education that focuses future pastors and lay leaders on the task of how to live the faith holistically and how to mediate faith as a way of life to persons, communities, and cultures.”
The awards were given as a result of a competition that solicited ideas for turning seminary education toward the complexity of living faithful lives in today's world. This kind of complexity was demonstrated clearly in the 2004 election, which showed that many people experience a disconnect between private faith and values and public institutions, even while many others long for a connection in these arenas.
Winners of the awards are from schools representing various Christian denominations and regions of the nation, yet all exhibit a passion for deepening the facility of pastoral leaders to think theologically about their lives and the world and to communicate that to congregations. Each of the courses proposed will be developed and taught over the next few years, and findings from the courses will eventually be disseminated to theological schools across the country for possible replication.
Follow this link to read entire story. http://www.yale.edu/divinity/press.htm#faith
Lamin Sanneh, the D. James Willis Professor of World Christianity, was honored during the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Antonio Nov. 20-23 when his book Whose Religion is Christianity? was named “Best General Interest Book” at the Association of Theological Booksellers banquet.
“Children see so clearly. In my faith, children are most likely to understand the divine.” Wilma Reichard, '77 M.A.R., '79 M.Div., director of chaplaincy services at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, quoted in a Dec. 3 article in the San Francisco Chronicle. The article references the Yale Divinity influences on Reichard, including former Professor Henri Nouwen and former Dean of Students Joan Bates Forsberg. The entire article is available at
“I want to find out where God is alive and well. My job is to point out to people where God is, to help congregations put a face on God in their communities.” John L. Hopkins, '72 M.Div., newly elected bishop of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, the subject of a feature article published Dec. 11 in The Canton Repository in Canton, OH. Click here to read entire article. http://www.cantonrep.com/index.php?Category=8&ID=197127&r=0
George A. Lindbeck, '46 B.D., '55 Ph.D., Pitkin Professor (Emeritus) of Historical Theology, was quoted in a Dec. 12 article on ecumenical Communion in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, written by David Briggs, '85 M.A.R. Click here to read entire article. http://www.cleveland.com/living/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1102847450111891.xml
“We do our church thing on Sunday. On Monday we're back in the jungle. We've parked our faith in the parking lot.” David Miller, executive director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, quoted Dec. 5 in The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN. Click here to read entire article. http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/germantown_appeal/
“We are moving into a period in U.S. history where there is a broad awakening to and re-evaluation of the involvement of faith in public life.” Serene Jones, '85 M.Div., '91 Ph.D., Titus Street Professor of Theology, quoted Nov. 14 in The Morning Call, Allentown, PA, in an article about seminary enrollments. Reach The Morning Call at http://www.mcall.com/
Charles Randolph, '90 M.A.R., is one of three screenwriters for the suspense thriller The Interpreter, http://www.theinterpretermovie.com/, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, due to be released in April 2005. Randolph also worked on the screenplay for the movie The Life of David Gale.
They came from as far away as Japan, Florida, Minnesota and Texas, armed with questions like: “How is the biblical text used to develop theology at YDS?” “What percentage of the faculty come with backgrounds in ordained parish ministry versus academic backgrounds?” “How diverse is YDS theologically?” “Can students take courses elsewhere at the University?”
Some were mid-career people, and others were current undergraduates like one young woman from West Point. Some were interested in a “standard” curriculum. Others wanted to explore options like combining study of Christian and Hindu literature, or joint degrees in divinity and architecture or divinity and forestry. But all wanted to know more about Yale Divinity School.
November 4 was “Prospective Student Day” at YDS, and about 70 potential applicants descended on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle to learn about life and study on the Quad.
Go to http://www.yale.edu/divinity/Adm.VisitDay.html for the full story.
In addition to the lectures delivered during Convocation, several other talks were given during the fall by distinguished scholars, including Diane B. Obenchain, a scholar of comparative religion and culture and Visiting Professor at Fudan University (China), who taught for many years at China's Peking University; Baruch Levine, Skirball Professor Emeritus of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, New York University; scholar of world Christianity Andrew F. Walls of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland; and Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School. The Obenchain and Levine lectures are currently available for viewing via the YDS web site at http://www.yale.edu/divinity/video. The Hauerwas and Walls lectures will be on the web site early in January.
Come and celebrate the life and work of Margaret Farley, with other current and former students and colleagues from theology, ministry, medicine, and law.
The occasion for this two-day event is the creation of the Margaret Farley Chair in Christian Social Ethics and a Festschrift publication in her honor of her birthday, which will be celebrated at the Reception and Festival Evensong on Friday, April 15th.
The conference, which will meet on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, will offer all an opportunity to reflect together on several acute issues of our time and the contribution that Margaret's work has made to them. Brief presentations by four panels will raise the questions for our discussion.
Friday, April 15 th
First Panel : Method: Feminism Theology and Ethics
Second Panel : Just Sex and the Churches
5:30 Reception and Festival Evensong
Celebration of the Margaret Farley Chair in Christian Social Ethics and Festschrift
Saturday, April 16th
9:00 Gathering and coffee
Third Panel : Compassionate Respect: A Larger Ethic for Health Care
Fourth Panel : Justice and Love for a World in Crisis: HIV/AIDS and Africa
12:30 Concluding Remarks by Margaret Farley
For more information on Margaret Farley Chair in Christian Social Ethics, please call 203.432.5358 or email John Lindner, Director of Development and External Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go to the web site at http://www.yale.edu/divnity/news.farley.html for further information as it becomes available.
The Alumni Relations Office is seeking nominations for the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Awards and for the 21-member Divinity School Alumnal Board, which will add three new members in 2005. The deadline for nominations in each case is January 10, 2005. Details on the nomination processes and nomination forms are now available at http://www.yale.edu/divinity/Alum.nomforms.html
A limited number of "Pastors of Excellence" scholarships will be available to pastors wishing to participate in the YDS Summer Term program. Candidates must be nominated by members of their congregations, who are asked to explain why their pastor should be considered for an award and how the pastor has made an influence on the congregation and community. Last summer, ten "Pastors of Excellence" were selected, each of whom received a $1,000 scholarship. A downloadable nomination form is now available at http://www.yale.edu/divinity/PastorofExcellenceScholarshipApplication.pdf, and an on-line nomination form will be available in January. Nominations must be postmarked by April 1, 2005, or, if hand-delivered or submitted on-line, received by April 4.
Click here for more details on Summer Term program: http://www.yale.edu/divinity/notes.04fall.html#summer.
Annual gifts to the Yale Divinity School Alumni Fund are directed to the School's most valuable asset—the students. Divinity School alumni provide essential funds for financial aid, helping to offset the financial burden of professional study at Yale. This year YDS was able to provide partial scholarships to 60 students, and the goal for 2005-06 is 65 students. Gifts for financial aid can be made on line at http://www.yale.edu/development/how/online.html.