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20 May 2012

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A heavy yet hopeful heart

Drawing from Romans 8:38–39, Patricia Shropshire, second-year master's of divinity candidate, preached at the final Community Worship of Black History Month on behalf of GABLE, our LGBTQI student, faculty and staff group. The recent rash of teen suicide due to bullying has weighed down Patricia's heart, and she led the community to find hope in our call within our studies and ministries. Read more >>
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Holy Week encounters

The Vanderbilt Divinity School community experienced Easter locally, nationally and internationally. From an opinion piece about Holy Week and the hatred of Jews to denominational blogs, our students, faculty and alumni explored unique messages during this sacred time.

Read Amy-Jill Levine's opinion piece, "Holy Week and the Hatred of Jews".

Transou photosCarol Transou and Bedford Transou, MDiv'60, both Board of Visitor members, sent in pictures of their Easter experience in Paris, France, where the American church they are serving produced more than 1,000 origami cranes, which were used to decorate the sanctuary as symbols of good health, long life, hope and peace.

Four VDS family members wrote for the GLAD Alliance during Easter on the topic of sexuality and faith within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Viki MatsonViki Matson, director of field education at Vanderbilt Divinity School, explores our call in "To Come with Bread."

Hear from Jamie Lynn Haskins, MDiv'09, in her reflection "Bittersweet."

Kara Kleinschmidt Foster, MDiv'04, speaks to "A Pastors' Job."

Read a post by William O. Paulsell, BDiv'59, MA'61, PhD'65, titled, "A New Experience."

Laura RossbertLaura Rossbert, a second-year master's of divinity candidate, co-hosted Rethink Church's seven-week Lenten video devotional, Journey to Hope. She and her partner, Brian, interviewed several Vanderbilt Divinity School friends, alumni and students, including Cathy Chalmers on suffering and Lindsey Krinks on money. Read more and watch videos here.

 
  In the news

Jews reclaim Jesus as one of their own
CNNAmy-Jill Levine was interviewed for this story looking at the relationship between Jews and Jesus. Read more >>

Watch Amy-Jill Levine on PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly here.

student-labor allianceStudent–Labor alliance aims to lift standards at Vanderbilt
Labor Notes—Read about Vanderbilt Divinity School students and alumni in the ongoing labor conversations with workers and Vanderbilt University. Read more >>

Congratulations
Dr. Nicole KirkThe Rev. Nicole Kirk, MDiv'96, has been named the first Rev. Dr. Frank J. and Alice Schulman Professor in Unitarian Universalist History at Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Lyndsey GodwinLyndsey Godwin, MDiv'08, has been selected to participate in The Center for American Progress's inaugural Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute.

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  20 Upcoming events

Check the calendar for up-to-date event postings.

Seminary on Spirituality and Mental Health

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. June 13
Trevecca Nazarene College
Nashville

Mental health professionals, ministers, social service providers, long-term care providers, and alcohol and drug counselors will discuss the role of church and religion in understanding mental health concerns. Register here.
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Save the date
Homecoming 2012

October 25–27

We hope you can make plans now to attend Homecoming 2012. Information on the great opportunities for reconnecting with VDS/GDR and your classmates will be sent to you. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Meagan Burton-Krieger by email or at (615) 322-6749. We look forward to seeing you in October!
Vanderbilt Divinity Reunion -- October 25-27, 2012 -- Come back | Give back


Faculty on the road
Forrest Harris
Black Church Activism and Contested Multiculturalism in Europe, North America and Africa
May 29–30
Birkbeck, University of London
London

Bruce Morrill
Opening plenary address at the Catholic Theological Society of America convention
June 7
St. Louis

Doug Knight
Public lecture at Doshisha University
June 23
Kyoto, Japan

 
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