About People - April 2013

Talitha Arnold“Part of what I see as a mission of the church is engaging the community,” she said Talitha Arnold ’80 M.Div. in an article about her 25 years of ministry as the pastor of the United Church of Santa Fe, “For me, it’s something powerful to be a part of an inter-generational community and to help create an inter-generational community – bringing together people from diverse backgrounds.” Arnold’s contributions to her community are described as “immeasurable,” including her partnership with local elementary schools, her leadership in starting new shelters, organization of interfaith events, and advocacy on behalf of gay and lesbian issues. Online in the ABQ Journal, March 10.

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“To the day you reach over the great abyss, you should be doing work, but it doesn’t have to be back-breaking work,” said Jane Sigloh ’88 M.Div., who leads retreats about aging gracefully and helping loved ones age, “If you stop working, life loses it’s meaning and purpose. You can do a little bit of gardening or knitting as long as the work has meaning beyond the self. A lot of people sink into depression if they don’t have a purpose in life anymore.” Online in Palm Beach Daily News, March 5.

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“Our religious institutions have been on the front lines of denying over one thousand rights to couples just because of their gender make-up,” wrote Vicki Flippin ’08 M.Div. in a March 23 op-ed for the Huffington Post, “So, this Holy Week, I pray that we will follow in Christ's footsteps to overturn what is wrong in our temples and work for the true and historic meaning of the Passover festival, which is liberation.”

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“If Steubenville is rape culture’s Abu Ghraib moment, then now is the time for people of all faiths and people of no faith to be pr-active and challenge this way of life gone awry,” wrote Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Mary Clark Moschella in a March 26 op-ed for the Washington Post, “Call it evil or call it sin, but make sure to call it out every time you see it.”

Read the full article here.

Michael S. Bruner ’73 M.Div. has recently co-edited the book The Rhetoric of Food: Discourse, Materiality, and Power (Routledge, 2012). This book brings together 15 chapters by authors from around the world on a variety of food issues and “provides an excellent range and critical illumination of rhetoric’s role as both instrumental and constitutive force in food representations, and its symbolic and material effects.”

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 “Everyone knows the story of the Garden of Eden,” writes Ellen Robbins ’75 M.Div. in her recent book The Storyteller and the Garden of Eden (Wipf and Stock, 2012), “but the biblical account is plainly at odds with the story as it exists in the popular imagination.”

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“It’s a very small part of the book,” said Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics Margaret Farley in response to a question about masturbation she was asked during an interview on 60 Minutes about her book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, “I’m exploring the history of Christian thinking on sexuality, I’m exploring cross-cultural perspectives on sexuality, I’m exploring what I call the large questions of embodiment, of gender.”

Watch the interview.


In celebration of Black History Month, the Yale Black Alumni Association featured profiles of pioneering African Americans, including three YDS graduates. The graduates included community organizer and civil rights activist Nimrod Booker Allen 1915 B.D., pastor and educator John H. Lewis 1913 M.Div., and John Wesley Anderson, a 1915 graduate who became a math professor.

Read their full profiles here.


Date Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 - 10:38pm