About People - May 2012


 

The University of Zurich in Switzerland awarded Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School, an honorary doctorate on April 28 at the university’s annual celebration, the Dies Academicus. The official commendation recorded Gordon’s status as a leading scholar of the Reformation in Switzerland and noted that two of his books in particular, GordonThe Swiss Reformation (Manchester University Press, 2002) and Calvin (Yale University Press, 2009), have become standard works and have significantly shaped modern understandings of this field of research. While in Zurich Gordon also lectured at the Theological Faculty.

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On April 15, YDS alumni Lillian Daniel ’94 M.Div., and Martin Copenhaver ’80 M.Div. were featured on the PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, hosted by Bob Abernethy ’86 Div.  Their segment was a conversation about the book they co-authored, This Odd and Wondrous Calling, which describes the joys and challenges of being a pastor. The entire segment can be viewed online at http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/next-time-on-religion-ethics-newsweekly/

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“The World Student Christian Federation gives thanks for his life, and we know that his loss is doubly great for the Coptic Christians during this time of great challenge and uncertainty in their turbulent political context. We join with our Student Christian Movements in Egypt in rejecting the violence that often accompanies this sensitive transition in Egypt and the Arab world. We offer solidarity to all Egyptian students who remain in Egypt and seek to contribute to the re-building of their society.”  April 28, 2012, from a prayer commemorating the life and ministry of His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, who died in March. The prayer was read at a gathering in Cairo organized by the Middle East Region of the World Student Christian Federation and the Ecumenical Movement in Egypt, one of the student movements of the WSCF.  Among the primary drafters of the prayer was Christine Housel ’01 M.Div., general secretary of the World Student Christian Federation.

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Two of the eight fellows selected for the inaugural class of the Beatitudes Society’s new yearlong fellowships program are recent Yale Divinity School alums – Rahiel Tesfamariam ’09 M.Div. and John Helmiere ’10 M.Div.  The program is designed to equip young faith leaders with the resources and relationships that empower them to create new models for church and the pursuit of social justice.  The Fellows will gather in Berkeley in October for their first retreat, and will come together three more times over the next year for sessions that feature customized skill-building workshops, sustaining spiritual practices and peer learning. Helmiere is the convener and founder of Valley and Mountain Fellowship, a new church in Seattle that is described as “a radically hospitable community, rooted in grace, that practices deep listening and creative liberation.” Tesfamariam is a writer, social activist, theologian and founder of UrbanCusp.com, an online magazine and faith community integrating progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness.  She is also a columnist and blogger for The Washington Post and The Root DC.

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"A memoir can hold the reader’s interest only when its writer has been involved in 'the action and passion of his times.' Bob Massie has. He has swum in the tricky currents of politics, a novice boldly running for public office. He has served local churches as a minister in a metropolis and in a small city. He has led a pioneering environmental protection group. And he has successfully fought back against three life threatening diseases. What’s more he writes about it all engagingly, drawing the reader into a tumultuous life that he has lived with genuine inner serenity and self-deprecating humor."  Harvey Cox, author of The Secular City and The Future of Faith, commenting on the new book by Bob Massie ’82 M.Div., A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience.

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“I … believe that honest dialogue and learning involves respectfully challenging ideas and actions that I consider wrong or questionable and I expect the same engagement from others.” YDS student Abigail Ferjak ’12 M.Div. one of 14 seminarians and divinity students chosen by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) to participate in a two-week program in New York, Germany, and Poland in June 2012. This trip is one of four FASPE programs, each of which works with 13-15 students, designed to teach students about the contemporary ethical issues facing their professions by using the Holocaust and the conduct of their professions in Nazi Germany as a framework for study. 

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“It starts with a healthy amount of respect for young people and respect for the journey of self-discovery.  It’s about honoring the gift of human reason and intellect through hard work. I always cringe when I hear teachers talk about instilling this or that in students, as if they’re empty vessels waiting to be filled with knowledge.”  Bill Taylor ’89 M.A.R., May 7, 2012, Memphis (TN) Daily News, in the story “Taylor Dedicated to Enriching Lives Of St. George’s Independent Students”

http://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2012/may/7/taylor-dedicated-to-enriching-lives-of-st-georges-independent-students/

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"For most people of faith, their faith is not a matter of proof," Hare said. "This is true even though throughout the history of the Abrahamic faiths, some of the brightest thinkers have been people of faith, and have proposed proofs of various kinds.  Probably it is good that there should be a division of labor. Some people can spend their time and efforts reflecting about their faith intellectually. And most people can just live it."  John Hare, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, April 26, 2012, Discovery News, in the article “Belief in God, Critical Thinking Butt Heads.”

http://news.discovery.com/human/religious-belief-critical-thinking-120426.html

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“Born in Haddam, CT, April 20, 1718, his parents died while he was a young teenager.  He attempted farming, but on July 12, 1739, he had an experience of ‘unspeakable glory’ with God that gave him a “hearty desire to exalt Him, to set Him on the throne and to ‘seek first His Kingdom.’” This was colonial Indian missionary, David Brainerd. He attended Yale, but was expelled for saying that a tutor who was fining over-zealous students “had no more grace than a chair.” The Moral Liberal, May 6, 2012, in the article “David Brainerd, Missionary to Native Americans.”

http://www.themoralliberal.com/2012/04/20/david-brainerd-missionary-to-native-americans/

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“The problem with Jesus and what he says in the Bible is that he criticizes systems of oppression and criticizes the rich; he hates how the poor are treated, but does not give a hard enough line of how government and the very rich must act and what they must do in order to be pleasing to God. Liberals can argue forever, and correctly so, that Jesus’ challenge to government was one of the main reasons he was killed, but those looking for a way to support their point of view will tell those same stories with a different twist. They will argue, as Rep. Ryan has said, that Jesus was for small government.” Susan Smith ’86 M.Div., writing in the Washington Post, April 17, 2012, in the column “A Jesus economy?”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/a-jesus-economy/2012/04/17/gIQA90DlOT_blog.html

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“I’m not a professional politician. I felt our country was being led astray from where our founders wanted us to be, from where God wanted us to be. …If we get rid of Mr. Obama and his friends, we will have the America that we can believe in.” Ken Leonczyk '02 M.A.R., '09 J.D., April 13, 2012, the Charlotte (NC) Observer, in the article “Spiritual Conversion Guides Leonczyk quest,” about Leonczyk’s bid for the Republican nomination in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/04/13/3169292/spiritual-conversion-guides-leonczyks.html

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“What I treasure greatly in Jeff is the way he integrates both word and deed in his proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is as comfortable talking theology in coffee hour after worship on Sunday as he is in a group meeting with the mayor on affordable housing.”  Janet Edwards ’76 M.Div., April 17, 2012, Presbyterian News Service, announcing her decision to choose Jeffrey Krehbiel ’59 B.D. as her running mate for vice moderator in her bid to become moderator at the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

http://www.pcusa.org/news/2012/4/17/edwards-taps-krehbiel-vice-moderator-running-mate/

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“Lawmakers should not try to play priest or doctor. Women don’t turn to politicians to help them make these decisions. They turn to their faith for moral guidance and their doctors for health care. Lawmakers shouldn’t be injecting government into this very private decision a woman makes.” Jane Emma Newall '91 M.Div., '93 S.T.M., April 30. 2012, writing in the Washington Post, in the column “Why my faith calls me to defend women’s reproductive rights.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/why-my-faith-calls-me-to-defend-womens-reproductive-rights/2012/04/30/gIQATQ25rT_blog.html

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“But the American creed also holds sacred the bedrock values of equal opportunity and shared responsibility for the common good. It's not ‘class warfare’ to ask the wealthiest among us to contribute their fair share. Crumbling bridges, underfunded public schools and fraying safety-nets for the most vulnerable at a time of soaring wealth for the top 1% are a shameful testament to skewed tax policies and backwards budget priorities.” Otis Moss III ’95 M.Div., April 30, 2012, writing in the Huffington Post, in the column “A Moral Case for Tax Fairness in America.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-otis-moss-iii/tax-fairness_b_1456456.html

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Associate Professor of Hebrew Scriptures Carolyn Sharp '94 M.A.R., '99 M.Phil., '99 M.A., '00 Ph.D. was ordained an Episcopal priest on April 21 during ceremonies at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church in New Haven. The celebrant was the Right Reverend James E. Curry '85 M.Div., bishop suffragan of Connecticut.

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Running on the shores of Lake Erie, ultrarunner Sabrina Moran’12 M.A.R. of Sussex, New Jersey broke the American record for 24 hours in winning the North Coast 24 Hour race, which also served as the USATF championships. Moran clocked 147.90 miles during the 24-hour run, breaking Sue Ellen Trapp's long standing record of 145.288 miles.

http://www.ultrarunning.com/ultra/features/news/sabrina-moran-breaks-amer.shtml?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


Date Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 11:38pm