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Bruce Morrill quoted in The Christian Science Monitor article In change on abortion, Pope Francis sends big message (+video)

November 22, 2016—On Monday, he carried that message of mercy further, allowing all priests to offer absolution to women who have had an abortion. READ MORE »


Love and Malloy honored as Divinity and GDR Distinguished Alumni/ae

November 18, 2016—The Rev. Harold M. Love Jr. and the Rev. Edward A. “Monk” Malloy were both praised for their visionary leadership and commitment to social justice as they were awarded the 2016 Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion Distinguished Alumni/ae awards Nov. 15. READ MORE »


Jana Hall-Perkins, MDiv'15, quoted in Tennessean article, New program targets seniors, people with disabilities

November 16, 2016—A program launched in March by the Tennessee Justice Center came to her aid. The "Independence" program, funded by a $100,000 grant from the National Council on Aging, aims to help people navigate the bureaucracies and paperwork to receive benefits intended for qualified seniors and people with disabilities. READ MORE »


Hispanic role models integral to success of VU’s HTI scholars

November 9, 2016—Lis Valle-Ruiz, who is a fourth-year doctoral student in homiletics and liturgics, and Michael Sekuras, who is a second-year doctoral student in Hebrew Bible, are current Vanderbilt HTI fellows. READ MORE »


Dave Michelson and Choon-Leong Seow among those named to the new interdisciplinary university research council

November 7, 2016—Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente has appointed faculty from all 10 colleges and schools to the inaugural Vanderbilt University Research Council. The council’s purpose is to leverage current strengths and programs, with special emphasis on facilitating research collaborations across the university and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. READ MORE »


From Billings Gazetter: Amy-Jill Levine: Understanding Jesus means also understanding Judaism

November 7, 2016—Amy-Jill Levine engaged an audience for two hours at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, drawing on her extensive knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, and her humor. She welcomed questions and spoke often with individual audience members. READ MORE »


‘Vocations in Racial Justice’ topic of community breakfast

November 2, 2016—A Vanderbilt University initiative to develop a model curriculum for social justice work will be the focus of a Divinity School community breakfast Nov. 8. The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the school’s Reading Room. READ MORE »


Commentary |Creating A Hub For Religious Fluency

November 1, 2016—The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is working to create what is tentatively being called an Interfaith Center for Religious Literacy. The article mentions that Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, recently spoke about interfaith issues at several different venues in Kansas City. READ MORE »


James Hudnut-Beumler quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer article: Cash-strapped Archdiocese sees high-rise towers for Cathedral campus

October 28, 2016—The Archdiocese of Philadelphia envisions hundreds of new dwellings—including one for the archbishop—around its Center City cathedral. The new housing is part of an ambitious proposal to transform acres of underused land around the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul into an inviting enclave of high-rise buildings, verdant gardens and pedestrian walkways. READ MORE »


Rev. Becca Stevens, VDS alumna, quoted in USA Today article: From dust to dust: Natural burials could conserve land in Tennessee

October 28, 2016—A Sumner County property bordering Taylor Hollow State Natural Area will become Tennessee’s first conservation cemetery, and the final resting place for anyone who wants a natural burial void of embalming chemicals, metal caskets and concrete vaults. READ MORE »


African American religious historian to give Harrod Lecture

October 27, 2016—Dennis C. Dickerson, a Vanderbilt University history professor whose areas of expertise include African American religious history and the history of the U.S. civil rights movement, will deliver the 2016 Howard L. Harrod Lecture Nov. 10. READ MORE »



Joerg Rieger blog for the Huffington Post: Divine Power, Donald Trump, and How the 2016 Presidential Elections Challenge Common Religious Assumptions

October 19, 2016—Much has been written about whether people of faith should or should not be supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming election. This much is clear: Trump’s track record on topics that are typically valued by religious communities is dismal. READ MORE »



New faculty: Joerg Rieger examines theology in a social context

October 13, 2016—Joerg Rieger, who grew up in southwestern Germany, began his path to teaching at the university level when he enrolled in the Reutlingen School of Theology, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. READ MORE »



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