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Kathryn Tanner delivers Gifford Lectures at Edinburgh
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Kathryn Tanner, Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology, delivered the six-part Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh May 2-12. In a twist on the famous Max Weber work, Tanner titled her lectures "Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism" and explored how Christian beliefs and practices can counter forms of "finance-dominated" capitalism that often have negative impact on human lives and communities.
YDS, Andover Newton take steps toward affiliation
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YDS and Andover Newton Theological School have signed a letter of intent under which the two schools will take steps toward a phased affiliation. The first phase is expected to be in place by the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year, consisting of a visiting arrangement by which four Andover Newton faculty will teach at YDS. If continued negotiations are successful, the two schools will enter a permanent affiliation, possibly as soon as 2017-18.
Carolyn Woo on a year and a Pope of mercy
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Anyone expecting Carolyn Woo to outline the mechanics of NGO management in her public talk at Yale Divinity School was in for a big surprise—and an even bigger amount of inspiration. Woo, the former business school dean at Notre Dame and now the President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, focused her YDS remarks on mercy and the man who is probably its biggest global champion: Pope Francis.
YDS students organize school's first Hispanic theology conference
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A student-organized conference, "The Grass Is Brown on this Side of the Fence: Reading the Bible from Our Own Perspective," focused on Hispanic theology and helped build a bridge to the Latino community.
YDS magazine Reflections double winner at Church Press awards
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Reflections, Yale Divinity School's theological magazine, has won top national honors in the Associated Church Press annual awards. Reflections won the Award of Excellence in the overall print journal category as well as the category for issues devoted to a particular theme. The winning entry was the Fall 2015 issue, "New Voyages: Church Today and Tomorrow."
May 23rd is deadline to register for Summer Study 2016
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Join us for Summer Study 2016 running in two sessions, from June 6-10 and June 13-17. While pastors and other ministry practitioners often find our courses especially valuable, Summer Study classes are open to adults of any background, profession, or age.
A new youth ministry course is now available with a separate course description and registration here.
Deadline to register is May 23.
One more reason to join us for Convocation & Reunions 2016, October 19-21
Worship in Marquand Chapel
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Renowned minister and environmental activist Jim Antal '78 M.Div. will be this year's featured preacher. Jim has served as Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ since 2006. He has been an environmental activist since the first Earth Day, in 1970, and is now the UCC's chief spokesperson on climate change. For more information, visit
And a quick reminder that this year's reunion classes are:
1956 — 60th Reunion
1961 — 55th Reunion
1966 — 50th  Reunion
1970, 1971, and 1972 Cluster Reunion
1981 — 35th Reunion
1985, 1986, and 1987 Cluster Reunion
1991 — 25th Reunion
2005, 2006, and 2007 Cluster Reunion
2012 — 2016 Recent Grads
Have ideas about your class reunion? Please e-mail
YDS Annual Fund
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The generosity of YDS alumni makes it possible for aspiring ministers, scholars, and social justice advocates to learn and lead.

This year, the whole YDS community has supported our fundraising efforts. Dean Sterling volunteered to be dunked in icy water for donations to the 2016 class gift!
To make your gift to the Annual Fund, please visit 
(800) 395-7646
Thank you!

More news from around the Quad

Institute of Sacred Music: The Institute of Sacred Music announced the seven new fellows who will join the ISM interdisciplinary community for the 2016-2017 year.
Berkeley Divinity School: Berkeley Dean Andrew McGowan gave the annual Kellogg Lectures at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, exploring the origins and meaning of sacrifice—which are not exactly what we might think.

Registration is now open for the Wesley-Royce Leadership Symposium, focused on church transformation strategies, June 6-7.
People Notes: News from the students, alumni, and faculty of Yale Divinity School
Two distinguished scholars, Benjamin Valentin and Erika Helgen, have earned appointments to faculty positions in Latino/a Christianity. Read more about the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of YDS.
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"Gifts of a Lifetime" initiative
YDS's Gifts of a Lifetime initiative can help provide financial certainty in these times of financial uncertainty. With a life-income gift benefiting YDS, such as a charitable gift annuity, you can receive guaranteed quarterly payments from Yale during your lifetime. To learn more about this, other Planned Giving options, and about remembering YDS in your will, please visit or call 203-432-5358/800-445-6086

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