Spectrum Magazine is a year-in-review publication of Yale Divinity School.
Yale Divinity School 2013 SPECTRUM OUR YEAR IN REVIEW 1 A LETTER FROM THE DEAN By Gregory E. Sterling The Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament hile I was interviewing for the deanship, I read the Yale Divinity School motto “faith and intellect” with real interest. I wondered whether YDS embodied both in a dynamic dialectic that enlivened the place. I had never been on campus before and was not sure. I now know that it does. My standard introduction to the Quad is to inform visitors that it was modeled on Thomas Jefferson’s plan for the University of Virginia. Jefferson put the library, the cathedral of learning, at the center of his model. Marquand Chapel stands tall at the center of our Quad. What is not obvious is that the main entrance to the library is directly beneath Marquand. We have intellect on the first floor and faith on the second, an apt summary of our character as a divinity school. Both are critical: we could not be who we are without either. Classes are rigorous, and they should be, whether someone is preparing to go on to serve as the intellectual leader of a community of faith, pursue an advanced degree in a specialized field, or go into another profession. There is a real need to hone the minds of all so that they can be informed and intelligent leaders. We also cultivate faith. I have thoroughly enjoyed worshipping in Marquand on a daily basis. The students do as well, as they indicate by their active participation. The program in spirituality has become robust, which was much in evidence at a recent workshop I attended that involved 75 or so students. Of course, we nurture faith in many other ways as well, and these are but two significant examples. I invite you to think about the articles in this issue of Spectrum through the lens of our motto. There are a number of points of interest: • Recent graduate Andy Barnett ’12 M.Div. was co-composer of the Canterbury Jazz Mass— a Latin mass for choir and jazz octet that ponders W 2 the depths of ancient Christian mystery through the lens of jazz rhythm and harmony—that he and his Theodicy Jazz Collective premiered at Canterbury Cathedral in England. • Marc Harshman ’75 M.A.R., who likens the poet’s task to that of the prophets of old “railing against kingship and power,” was named poet laureate of West Virginia. • Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, was at the center of controversy when the Vatican denounced her 2006 book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, which sets out an intellectual context for alternative ways of viewing difficult sexual issues like homosexuality or divorce and remarriage after divorce. • A central activity at YDS in 2012 was a campus-wide initiative—including, lectures, workshops, and movies— to explore the concept of diversity, and how a Christian faith community can ensure that all are welcome. A highlight of this was the visit of Michelle Alexander, the author of The New Jim Crow. Her lecture filled Marquand, with overflow in Niebuhr Hall, and held captive some 300 online viewers for an hour and a half. • In panels, lectures, and publications in the presidential election year, YDS took stock of American values, the nation’s spiritual politics, and the perennial tension between individualism and community. I have also come to appreciate the sense of community that not only animates life on the Quad but also binds our graduates together after they leave YDS. This is not just a vague impression; it is a result of the many interactions I have had with alumni since being named dean. For example, when I visited Indianapolis, IN, this fall on a Monday afternoon at 4 p.m., 18 people turned out to meet me. I was very impressed. One important way this sense of community manifests itself is through the consistent generous giving of our alumni: at YDS, a greater percentage of graduates give to their alma mater than at any other divinity school in the U.S. One reason for this is that we have talented leadership: graduates like Jerry Henry ’80 M.Div. and Jeff Oak ’85 B.A., ’86 S.T.M., ’96 Ph.D. of the Alumni Board, and Chris Sawyer ’75 M.Div. and Barbara Brown Taylor ’76 M.Div. of the Board of Advisors. They are willing and inspired leaders who give tremendous support to our students and the work of the school. I cannot thank them enough. The downturn of the economy continues to create strains throughout Yale, including YDS. I remain confident that our alumni and friends will help us meet the challenges ahead. We will also do our part. We continue to pursue cost-cutting measures while maintaining our commitment to a high level of financial support for our students. One of the ways that we can be more efficient and also more environmentally responsible is to adopt new technologies and ways of communicating with our community. You may have noticed a greater reliance on digital communications, especially social media and video. Even as we have transitioned Spectrum to digital media, we have greatly expanded our capabilities for web interaction, and in the coming year you will see a redesigned website. In the fall, we will welcome a new class of students that is diverse, talented, and deeply committed to the life of “faith and intellect.” Thank you for your assistance and support in multiple ways. Great schools are the product of great partnerships with alumni and friends. It is this that makes YDS such an attractive place for future generations of students. I am happy and honored to be here. 3 youth ministry: NOW SUMMER STUDY 2013 Join us for at Yale Divinity School Yale Divinity School summer courses are organized into weekly themes: “Bible Study and Interpretation,” June 10-14, and “Tools and Timely Topics,” June 17-21. Each week at informal lunchtime gatherings, students and faculty from all of the classes come together for presentations and discussion of topics of common interest. Go to http://summerstudy.yale.edu for further information or contact Diana Cusack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.432.5358. From May 21-July 2, language courses will be offered in elementary biblical Hebrew, elementary New Testament Greek, and ecclesiastical Latin. Information about language courses is available from Lisa Huck at email@example.com or 203.432.5312. THE BIBLE STUDY Week One June 10-14, 9:00-11:30am Preaching from the Lectionary: Year A David Bartlett, Robert Wilson What have we learned from the Dead Sea Scrolls? John Collins Mozart’s Sacred Music Markus Rathey Week Two June 17-21, 9:00 - 11:30am Special Study Program on Youth Ministry Skip Masback Jonathan Edwards on the History of Redemption: The Church throughout the Ages Ken Minkema, Adriaan Neele June 10-14, 1:30-4:00pm The Gospel of Mark: The Oldest Story of Jesus Adela Collins Reading theology through art, poetry and music Maggi Dawn Critical Moments in the History of Christian Art (3rd to 16th Centuries) Vasileios Marinis Leading God's People: The Key Principles of Pastoral Ministry Christopher Beeley June 17-21, 1:30-4:00pm Worship: ancient and postmodern Maggi Dawn Ministry in Times of Mass Violence and Tragedy Jan Holton The Heidelberg Catechism: An Ecumenical Foundation for Christian Teaching? Adriaan Neele The Bible through Art and Artifact II Julie Faith Parker Dreaming Beyond the Present Time Jerry Streets Getting A Word In: Writing About Faith Ray Waddle Reimagining Worship Click on the link to begin your registration. 4 http://summerstudy.yale.edu June 17-21, 9:00am - 5:00pm Icon-Writing Workshop Vladislav Andrejev YA L E D I V I N I T Y S C H O O L S P E C T RUM Faculty Books Class Notes Volume 12 Number 1 2013 Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 Spectrum, a magazine for graduates and friends of Yale Divinity School, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, is published once per year by the YDS Office of Communications and Media. All correspondence regarding Spectrum should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or at the School’s mailing address 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511. PUBLISHER Gregory E. Sterling, Dean EDITOR Gustav Spohn ’73 M.A.R. DESIGNER Jared Gilbert ’12 M.Div. Cover photo of Dean Gregory E. Sterlng by Michael Marsland, Yale University Photographer. 2013 14 Year in Review: 24 Alumni Books YDS on the global map 46 6 Election Year 2012: taking stock of American values, spiritual politics In Memoriam 54 57 11 Graduating Students Contemporary ministry: Planning for Diverse Careers preaching on the internet, communion on the dirt track, caring for outer space, securing LGBT rights, going after big oil, and more . . . A note from the Office of Alumni Relations 18 Innovation and expansion at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music 59 61 With Creativity and Passion, Berkeley Students Are “Out Ahead” The Dean’s Perspective: preparing students for a new Christian era Honor Roll of Donors Gifts of Leadership 60 63 67 Race and Inclusion Initiative creates momentum to improve campus culture 65 75 YDS by the Numbers 5 79 Financial Report 80 SPINNING VIRALLY, A BOOK BY MARGARET FARLEY PUTS YDS ON THE GLOBAL MAP IN 2012 Compiled by Gustav Spohn from a year of Notes from the Quad Director of Communications and Publications T he highlight of 2012 on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle might well have been the installation of a new Yale Divinity School dean—New Testament scholar Gregory E. Sterling. But the event that put YDS on the global map and captured the imagination of journalists around the world began taking shape six years earlier with publication of a book by longtime faculty member Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics. The book was Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, published in 2006. The event: the Vatican’s formal denunciation of the book in June, claiming that it "affirms positions that are in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality” and is not “a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.” At issue was the book’s challenge of traditional Catholic positions on topics such as homosexuality, masturbation, divorce, and remarriage after divorce—using as a fundamental measure not official church teaching but, rather, whether relationships are “good, true, right, and just.” In recognition of Just Love, Farley had received the 2008 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion, a top prize in the field of religion writing. The Vatican action, in the form of a widely circulated “notification” published by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, unleashed an avalanche of news stories in locations around the world and prompted an outpouring of support for Farley amongst theologians familiar with her work. Additionally, sales of the six-year-old book skyrocketed on the day of the Vatican announcement, rising to the top position on Amazon’s religion books list. Among fellow theologians who came quickly to Farley’s defense were some of her former students, including, for example, Kate Ott '00 M.A.R., assistant professor of Christian social ethics at Drew University Theological School, who said, “Our churches and seminaries desperately need examples of insightful, balanced, and grounded writings on sexuality and sexual ethics that do 6 not dismiss, but take seriously current developments in the sciences, theology, and philosophy. Just Love offers us that!” Expressions of disapproval in the Vatican's action ranged from phrases like "missed opportunity for dialogue" to "disappointing and most disturbing" to "incredibly and ironically bad" to "an ugly stain on the Catholic Church." For her part, Farley responded to the Vatican criticism by noting, "This book was designed to help people, especially Christians but also others, to think through their questions about human sexuality. It suggests the importance of moving from what frequently functions as a taboo morality to a morality and sexual ethics based on the discernment of what counts as wise, truthful, and recognizably just loves. Although my responses to some particular sexual ethical questions do depart from some traditional Christian responses, I have tried to show that they nonetheless reflect a deep coherence with the central aims and insights of these theological and moral traditions." Farley served for almost 40 years on the YDS faculty before retiring in 2007 as the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics. She is a past president of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America and is a recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology. churchman who has already demonstrated, as dean of the Graduate School at Notre Dame, exceptional leadership and creativity.” An ordained minister and New Testament scholar with a specialty in Hellenistic Judaism, Sterling has concentrated his research on the writings of Philo of Alexandria, Josephus, and Luke-Acts. Before his appointment at YDS, he spent more than two decades at the University of Notre Dame, where he served in several capacities at the College of Arts and Letters before becoming the first dean of the independent Graduate School. In his address, entitled “The Mystery of God: Reimagining the Church in the Twenty-First Century,” Sterling melded his thoughts as administrator, person of faith, and scholar and set out some ideas about how he hopes to lead the school during his tenure as dean. Just as the author of Ephesians extended the Apostle Paul’s writings, Sterling said, he hopes to draw faithfully, creatively, and prayerfully on the history and traditions of YDS in ways that are responsive to the seismic shifts in the religious landscape of the 21st century. He concluded, “There is an urgent need to think about theology and the church afresh. We should not and must not begin de novo; we must begin just as the author of Ephesians began with the sources that have shaped our identity. We cannot, however, simply repeat those sources or our interpretations of them. The world has changed and so must we.” A new dean installed On Oct. 23, Yale President Richard C. Levin installed Gregory E. Sterling as the fourteenth dean of YDS during ceremonies in a packed Marquand Chapel attended by current and retired faculty, students, Yale administrators, alumni, former colleagues of Sterling, and others. In turning over the deanship to Sterling, Levin referred to the “powerful and enduring mission of Yale Divinity School” and said, “We entrust the stewardship of the school to this outstanding scholar and committed A former dean named Sterling Professor While Sterling was officially installed in October, Levin had announced his selection as dean to the YDS community during a Common Room gathering on March 1. After introducing Sterling, Levin lauded outgoing 7 dean Harold Attridge for his “truly extraordinary” service as dean over the past decade. “My remarks would not even begin to be complete without tipping my hat to Harry Attridge,” said Levin. Then, following 50 full seconds of uninterrupted applause, Levin quipped, “Wait a minute, I’m going to give you more to cheer about.” Levin then revealed that Attridge was being named to a Sterling Professorship, the highest honor that can be conferred upon a member of the Yale faculty. He called Attridge “a leader in every dimension, in scholarship, in teaching, in working with all of you in taking the school forward.” As Sterling Professor of Divinity, Attridge joined such Yale Divinity School luminaries as Kenneth Scott Latourette, H. Richard Niebuhr, and Brevard Childs—the last YDS professor to be accorded the honor, in 1992. most profoundly affected by the stories we heard from ‘so great a cloud of witnesses’ in this sacred land.” Two grads return to teach at YDS YDS added two new full-time professors to its ranks in 2012-13, both YDS graduates: Melanie Ross '04 M.A.R., '07 M.Div., assistant professor of liturgical studies, and Linn Marie Tonstad '03 M.A.R., '09 Ph.D., assistant professor of systematic theology. Ross joined the faculty after teaching at the University of Notre Dame, Saint John’s School of Theology, and Huntington University. Her research lies at the intersection of ecumenical liturgical theology, North American evangelism, and the worship practices of contemporary congregations. Ross is co-editor of The Serious Business of Worship: Essays in Honour of Bryan D. Spinks, and her articles have appeared in Liturgy, the Scottish Journal of Theology, Pro Ecclesia , and Worship. During 2011-12, Tonstad taught at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, where she also served as a member of the faculty of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies. From 2009 to 2011, she was a Lilly Fellow in theology at Valparaiso University. Her teaching interests include systematic theology, feminist and queer theology, philosophy of religion, and theological method. Tonstad has made contributions to various journals, including Modern Theology, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie , and Conversations in Religion and Theology. On Holy Land trip, a great cloud of witnesses From March 4-17, 34 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of YDS participated in a travel seminar to IsraelPalestine that began with a four-day immersion experience in Jerusalem. The group visited many other sites as well—such as Bethlehem, Hebron, Qumran, and Jaffa’s Old City—and met with a number of people, both Palestinians and Israelis, who are actively engaged in peacemaking efforts. The group, led by then-dean Attridge, an expert in Hellenistic Judaism and the early Church, maintained an active blog site chronicling the trip every step of the way. One trip participant, Christina Baik ’13 M.A.R., wrote, “As much as I gasped in awe at the opportunity to explore the immensity of Masada, stand so close to the caves at Qumran after seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls in person, sail on the dear waters of the sea of Galilee . . . I returned Convocation and Reunions 2012 Momentum for Convocation and Reunions, Oct. 24-26, began to build a day in advance with the official installation of Sterling. Following the installation were three 8 days of Convocation, filled with dinners, lectures, worship, music, movies, live theater, panel discussions, informal gatherings, and more. Delivering the 2012 Lyman Beecher lectures was Anna Carter Florence, a Yale College graduate and dynamic speaker who is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary. The theme of Florence's lectures was "The Word in the Repertory Church." Alumni and students found the lectures at once provocative and inspiring. Rachael Hanson '78 M.Div., for example, observed, “I was galvanized by Anna Carter Florence's approach to reading scripture. It seemed to me that all of us in Marquand were united by this way of reading scripture 'feet first and through the verbs.' She presented a clear challenge for us to be part of the Spirit's work in forming community." The 2012 Cheney Lecture, under the sponsorship of Berkeley Divinity School, combined a performance of the "Canterbury Jazz Mass" composed by Andy Barnett '12 M.Div. and Will Cleary with a sermon by Thomas Troeger, the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication. The Mass, a five-movement Latin mass for choir and jazz octet, was commissioned by Canterbury Cathedral in England and performed there in June. At the Alumni Awards banquet, a perennial Convocation highlight, honorees were Bill Barnes '59 B.D., founding pastor of Edgehill United Methodist Church, an interracial, interclass, inner city, reconciling church in Nashville, Distinction in Congregational Ministry; John Chane '72 M.Div., who retired in 2011 as the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Lux et Veritas; Marcia Y. Riggs '83 M.Div., the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, Distinction in Theological Education; and Toshihiro Takami '60 B.D., founder of the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Japan, an international training ground for grassroots rural leaders, the William Sloane Coffin '56 Award for Peace and Justice. A trio of senior faculty made presentations at Convocation: Kathryn Tanner ’79 B.A., ’85 Ph.D., professor of systematic theology, "Why Christians Should Support the Occupy Movement"; Professor of Hebrew Scriptures Carolyn Sharp '94 M.A.R., '99 M.A., '00 Ph.D., "Prophetic Witness and Public Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities"; and Lamin Sanneh, the D. Willis James Professor of World Christianity," "The Last Great Frontier in a Post-9/11 World: Lessons of World Christianity." Preachers for Convocation and Reunions were Chane and Vernice "Hopie" Randall '11 M.Div., lecturer in homiletics and interim associate dean of admissions and financial aid in 2012-13 and 2013-14. A third major lecture was the Institute of Sacred Music's annual Kavanagh Lecture, delivered by John D. Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship at Calvin College. His lecture was entitled "The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: Overlapping Scripts in the Unfolding Drama of Liturgical Performance,” which described a sampling of the multiple ways that the biblical Psalms function within the script of Christian worship in the West. The Class of 1962 presented Yale Divinity School with its fiftieth anniversary class gift—a $100,208 check to establish a 50th reunion scholarship fund. YDS deemed “sexually healthy” Three years ago, Yale Divinity School was not among the 10 theological institutions identified as “sexually healthy and responsible” by the Religious Institute, a Westport, CT-based organization “dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.” However, in 2012 YDS made its way 9 onto the Institute’s updated list of 20 sexually healthy and responsible seminaries. YDS was singled out by the Institute for its graduation requirements that all students take at least one sexuality-related course and that all M.Div. students take the “Negotiating Boundaries” ministerial misconduct workshop that was revised to include LGBT issues and sexual health. come my church home and family. I needed to be there for my family.” She helped answer phones as together the church staff sought to organize the stream of information. “Thankfully, none of our congregants were killed, but many lost loved ones,” De Wolf noted. She called the families and members of her youth group, prayed with students and parents over the phone, and offered the church’s services. An accomplished singer and song leader, she found, “Even with all my musical training, nothing prepared me for flipping through the hymnal searching for songs suitable for this occasion.” The days that followed were filled with pastoral care, prayer services, phone calls, and organizing. Dan Jacob ’13 M.Div. had a similarly profound experience. He was also in an internship, just over the river from Newtown at St. James Lutheran Church, in Southbury, CT. “Blessedly, our one child at Sandy Hook Elementary School was safely led out by her mother,” he reported. At worship on Sunday morning at St. James, when the child who attended Sandy Hook stood with the rest of the children’s choir on that morning, recalled Jacob, “No one could tell kin from stranger, as our church was made one in their sacred words. Our sister, our daughter, had run through bloodied halls, the same halls that promised to keep her safe. That Sunday if much remained uncertain, this we knew to be true: Church is a family, and sanctuary means safety.” At YDS, a service of remembrance was held in Marquand Chapel exactly one week after the tragedy. There, the chapel bells rang 26 times for the slain children and teachers, followed by two more rings for the shooter and his slain mother. Keep up with Yale Divinity School news and information throughout the year with our online news site and monthly newsletter Notes from the Quad. YDS and Newtown The drive to Newtown, CT is familiar to many generations of YDS students and alums who have served churches along the Housatonic River Valley and in the village of Newtown itself, where on Dec. 14 a gunman shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing children, teachers and administrators. How did the part of the YDS community that was close to this violence respond on that day and in the weeks that followed? Adele Crawford ’08 M.Div. who served for a year at YDS as the interim dean of Marquand Chapel, had been installed as the pastor at Valley Presbyterian Church in nearby Brookfield, CT just two weeks before the shooting. After being satisfied that no teachers or children from her church were at the Sandy Hook School, she began the work of ministry to the rest of the church community. Crawford opened the church and welcomed those who came to pray into the evening. Many visits were made, and many more phone calls, checking in on people, helping them to recognize that they were not alone even in this time of great sadness. A long series of prayer vigils at her church and at many others places in town began that night; with those gatherings came a period of intense pastoral care for people who were asking why something like this happens, and how God allows such pain. Allysa De Wolf ’13 M.Div., in her second year of internship at the Newtown Congregational Church, heard about the shooting and drove to the church. “I feel the Holy Spirit was yanking at my heart to go,” she said. “This was not just the place where I worked but had be- All of the images in this article are YDS Instagram photos. Are you on Instagram? Keep up with life around the quad and follow “YALEDIVINITYSCHOOL” on Instagram! 10 ELECTION YEAR 2012: TAKING STOCK OF AMERICAN VALUES, SPIRITUAL POLITICS By Ray Waddle Editor, Reflections magazine E lection year 2012 was a saga of debates, accusations and sheer endurance, a season of national soul-searching that received notable YDS scrutiny. In election-season panels, lectures and publications, YDS took stock of American values, the nation’s spiritual politics, and the perennial tension between individualism and community. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, delivering the Sorensen Lecture in Marquand Chapel on Nov. 27, said the individualism/community tug-of-war is an American strength when it stays in balance. Lately, though, the debate has skewed toward an overemphasis on personal liberty and too little on how liberty is enhanced when the public and private spheres work together, he suggested. Even so, Dionne said there is cause for hope: “I think the classic balance and tension between individualism and community has helped us out of many scrapes before and can do so again.” Since President Obama was first elected in 2008, the Tea Party movement has redefined liberty to mean anti-government ideology. But Dionne said the Tea Party appears to be inspired by an aberrant moment in American history, the Gilded Age, the radically individualistic period near the end of the 19th century. Progressives and social gospel activists responded by restoring the old American balance between public and private, Dionne said, and it helped create the American Century—the advent of civil rights, women’s rights, food and drug regulation, and union rights that ensured upward mobility. And American capitalism flourished because of it. Now, he argued, this long consensus is under sustained attack, setting up a clash of ideological worldviews that has made governing from the center nearly impossible. Perhaps liberals and conservatives can once more find common ground around spirituality, Dionne suggested, noting that Social Gospel successes a century ago were often made through the efforts of evangelical and liberal Christians working together. Dionne invited the YDS community to ponder again the role of spirituality in both transforming individuals and inspiring social change. 11 “Because, to go back to Dr. (Martin Luther) King, some of the most powerful agents of social change in our country’s history have brought a spiritual and often a Christian dimension to a ministry that spoke to everyone regardless of their faith, including no faith at all.” At the annual October convocation, a panel took up the “Religion in the Public Square” theme. Various panelists warned that a changing culture is testing the relevance of the Christian witness in the fight against racism, violence against women, class prejudice, and economic injustice. Dwight Andrews ’77 M.Div., ’93 Ph.D., senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Atlanta, said racism in capitalist society today is a more subtle and complicated phenomenon than a generation ago. Yet churches have not kept up with the complexity: They have become less sophisticated in the public square as a voice critical of the status quo, according to Andrews. “How do we continue to remind people of our collective purpose as witnesses, as the body of Christ?” Andrews said. “I think we are losing that battle. I find that the politics of the present day, the culture wars if you will, are battles we have lost.” “I do not believe that our labors whether of mind or body are unimportant to God,” she said. “God after all does not play games with us.” “We are called to do what we can, not expecting to see the world change drastically because of our ideas or actions, but trusting that the call we received to help mend the world is no joke to God. There are fruits, good fruits, if we are careful of one another, if we never count only on ourselves . . . ” Addressing a convocation audience that same week, YDS theologian Kathryn Tanner ’79 B.A., ’85 Ph.D. pressed the case that Christians have good reason to support the Occupy Movement’s criticism of a financial system that allows the rich to get richer while others stagnate. Christianity sets forth an alternative vision of economic life, she said—the vision of a society organized so that everyone benefits from wealth and wealth generation, an economy in which it makes no sense to benefit alone without others benefiting too. So the faith has points of contact with Occupy principles that resist an economic arrangement that reinforces in- Christianity sets forth an alternative vision of economic life; the vision of a society organized so that everyone benefits from wealth and wealth generation, an economy in which it makes no sense to benefit alone without others benefiting too. Panelist Kim White ’77 M.Div. argued that culture war has been part of American identity from the start: Even aboard the Mayflower, pilgrim passengers were divided between those who were members of the church and those who weren’t. Today, though, every sort of fundamentalism stands in the way of human progress, including the “deification of the market,” he said. It needs to be challenged by a broader spiritual response—a more inclusive and stirring image of God—than any one denomination or tradition can muster. “The world is in crisis, the planet is in crisis, and for us to be settling now for interfaith dinners in our communities is simply not enough,” he declared. Given the urgent need to act in the name of so many causes, panelist Margaret Farley ’73 Ph.D., the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics at YDS, counseled a sense of perspective, a dose of “epistemic humility” and mindfulness of God. equality, fuels housing bubbles and credit meltdowns, and obstructs government from doing the will of the people. Occupy might now be dormant, according to Tanner, but the questions it raised have a momentum of their own, and Christians ought to take them up. “I’ve been trying for some time in my work as a theologian to suggest that Christians have something distinctive to say about economic issues,” she noted, “that their own basic beliefs and practices indeed give them a particular take on economic life, that contained within a Christian account of God and God’s relations with the world one can find an integrated, coherent vision of economic life, one that abides by unusual economic principles for production, distribution and exchange.” YDS’s Reflections magazine dedicated its fall 2012 issue to the topic “Who Are We? American Values Revisited.” More than 30 writers examined some aspect of the American relationship of faith and politics—whether getting at the roots of the partisan divide, or arguing for community values that transcend materialism, or reviving a role for churches to play in the nation’s moral leadership. 12 “From beginning to end, American-style democracy is a strenuous undertaking,” Nancy Taylor ’81 M.Div., senior minister at Old South Church in Boston, wrote in her Reflections article “The Character of a Good Ruler, Then and Now.” “There are no shortcuts. It demands the best we have to offer as a nation. Not least, it demands the best that you and I have to offer as people of faith and as religious leaders—as persons trained not only in love of liberty, but also in virtue, piety, and justice. The character of good rulers, in other words, may very well depend on the character of the local religious leaders. As people of faith we are intrinsically vital to the democratic enterprise.” A convocation week panel featuring alumni and current students who wrote for the fall 2012 issue—including Taylor and A. Ralph Barlow ‘59 B.D., ‘64 S.T.M.—further elaborated their arguments. Some touched on a theme that emerged often in the year’s YDS public discussions of election-year spiritual politics: the urgency to redis- cover the moral force of the story of faith and apply it to the body politic in the name of humane values and justice. “Our explosive disagreements attest to the loss of a basic truth crucial to civil order and well-being—the dimension of concern for the whole society,” Barlow, pastor emeritus of Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence, wrote in Reflections. “In each case an embattled group—immigrants, samesex couples, or citizens who can’t afford health insurance—is being resisted by an attitude that would deny the crucial dimension of empathy that is necessary for the welfare of us all. At stake is an acknowledgment of the interrelatedness of American society, or—in biblical language—the theme of servanthood, as distinct from the control-dominated motive that refuses to extend to others the rights the majority enjoys.” VIDEO: “Our Divided Political Heart and the Election of 2012” VIDEO: “Why Christians Should Support the Occupy Movement” YDS MEDIA ARCHIVE Our year of lectures is available on Youtube, click on the videos or navigate to the YDS Channel on Youtube for these and other vidoes. VIDEO: “Religion in the Public Square” 13 O Faculty Books By Micah Luce ’07 M.A.R., ’08 S.T.M. Manager, Student Book Supply T he Yale Divinity School Student Book Supply is pleased to yet again provide an account of the work published during the past year by the YDS faculty. It was a productive year, and what is shared here offers only a glimpse into the scholarship represented by the faculty as a whole. ne of the newest books to hit our shelves is already one of the most popular. Summoned from the Margin: Homecoming of an African (Eerdmans, September 2012) is the autobiography of LAMIN SANNEH, the D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity and professor of history. In my four years working at the Student Book Supply, this title is among the most candid and heartfelt of all faculty publications to come across my desk. In a lovely introduction to the book, Sanneh’s son, Kelefa, writes that Sanneh had “a childhood that was entirely incomparable to our own.” Sanneh does not let his readers remain strangers for long. Rather, he invites you, in just under 300 pages, to hear and understand his journey of conversion—from his Muslim upbringing to his encounter with, and eventual embracing of, the Christian faith. The moment of conversion comes about one-third the way through the book, hinting that this transformation marks the starting point of much more to come. From West Africa to New England, Sanneh warmly welcomes us to follow his fascinating story. JOHN J. COLLINS, the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation, continues his prolific work as a writer with The Dead Sea Scrolls: A Biography (Princeton University Press, November 2012). In the preface, Collins reports, “The Scrolls have been described as the greatest archeological discovery of the twentieth century. They have certainly been the most controversial.” In the seven chapters to follow, Collins discusses both the greatness of the Scrolls and the controversy surrounding them—from the shocking story of a Ta’amireh Bedouin shepherd who stumbled upon the scrolls while seeking a lost goat to the ways in which conspiracy theories arose due to the delay in the Scrolls’ publication. Collins’s lifelong scholarship and familiarity with the complicated issues is apparent in his delicate yet clear handling of the Scrolls’ original ownership, the authenticity of the Essenes as a sect, the documents’ significance to Judaism of the day, and the impact on Christian faith. This title has value both as an introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls and as an additional resource for those already familiar with this complex field of research. In 2012 Collins also co-edited selections from the comprehensive Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, a titanic reference work published in 2010, into the slightly more manageable, yet equally weighty, Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview (Eerdmans, November 2012). Fifteen essays from 21 contributors comprise the bulk of this book, which also includes several helpful pages of maps and to-scale illustrations of important locations, in addition to 32 pages of black and white photos. Collins’s own “Early Judaism in Modern Scholarship” chapter opens the book with an introduction to current study in the field as a whole, including highlights such as the recovery and importance of the pseudepigrapha, the Rabbinic writings, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Another contributor to this volume is Dean GREGORY E. STERLING, who with three other scholars wrote the article “Philo,” which includes material about the life of Philo of Alexandria, a discussion of Philo’s writings (including extremely helpful overviews of each work and its contents), and the effect of Philo’s writings on his contemporaries. Whether the reader comes away thinking that Philo is, indeed, as the authors suggest, “the first Christian theologian,” or, at least, “the most important representative and apex of the rich Jewish exegetical tradition,” Sterling and his co-authors have provided plenty to digest regarding this important figure. Visit Student Book Supply online. DIVINITY.YALE.EDU/SBS-MAIN 14 Faculty Books 15 CAROLYN SHARP, professor of Hebrew scriptures and interim associate dean of academic affairs, has often included the writings of Walter Brueggemann as required reading for her courses in the Hebrew Bible. With this volume, Sharp gives us all required reading for further study of the life and thought of Brueggemann himself. Living Countertestimony: Conversations with Walter Brueggemann (Westminster John Knox, September 2012) summarizes much of the influential thought and personal reflections from this charismatic and prolific author. Sharp provides the reader with meticulously transcribed conversations between Brueggemann and his colleagues and students, as well as sermons and speeches in church and academic settings—giving us insights into Brueggemann’s academic, personal, and ministerial views on faith and life. Useful as an inspiring and devotional or contemplative and scholarly resource, the book is a testament to Sharp’s knowledge of Brueggemann’s work, and her generally disarming method of interaction makes for an informed yet easy read. The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conf lict in Patristic Tradition (Yale University Press, August 2012) is the third book from CHRISTOPHER BEELEY, the Walter H. Gray Associate Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics. As the title suggests, the bulk of Beeley’s work addresses the struggle of the early church fathers to synthesize the humanity and divinity of Christ. In a generally chronological overview of the “golden age” of Christianity (beginning with Origen, whom Beeley calls “The Great Master”), Beeley writes with poise and eloquence to elucidate the major thinkers and councils of the period. As for those “isms,” such Donatism, Arianism, or Nestorianism, Beeley offers much to keep the reader well-informed about the similarities and differences. The early church councils had to deal with those heresies, and Beeley addresses them as well. He takes the reader right through the heart of Nicaea, Constantinople, and Chalcedon with grace and clarity to show how these intensely critical meetings worked toward defining the eventual orthodox positions concerning Christ’s nature. In tracing the work of these early theologians for unity, Beeley also shows how the seeds of disunity were sown for Christianity in the decades and centuries to follow, asking that readers “acknowledge both the conflicts and the continuities wherever they may exist.” Beeley also has edited Re-Reading Gregory of Nazianzus: Essays on History, Theology, and Culture (Catholic University of America Press, September 2012). Whereas The Unity of Christ deals with the patristic period as a whole, here Beeley and the book’s contributors focus in on one of the arguably more neglected figures of the patristic period. With 16 contributors to the book, the research takes on a widely diverse scope. The topics range from Gregory of Nazianzus’s later influence on Byzan- tine thinkers to a systematic approach to Gregory’s theological poetry to historiographical research. With such varying viewpoints, the book gives the reader a uniquely panoramic view of this important figure. JUNIUS JOHNSON, lecturer in ecclesiastical Latin, released his first title with the publication of his dissertation, Christ and Analogy: The Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar (ProQuest, Sept 2011). As an academic project, the book employs terminology and argumentation that are extremely scholarly and attentive to detail. Johnson’s masterful vocabulary is specific to the field of philosophical theology in general and von Balthasar specifically, and the scope of his project is ambitious and significant. The primary sources of von Balthasar’s “triptych” (Herrlichkeit, Theodrama, and Theologick) are the main focus of Johnson’s work, and his command of these writings, both in their original German and current scholarship, is evident. Johnson’s stated goal is “an attempt to reconstruct the metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar,” and he wastes no time in getting to the point. The English translations of von Balthasar’s writings in this book are often Johnson’s own, which give the reader a very useable and modern reading of the primary sources. KENNETH P. MINKEMA and ADRIAAN C. NEELE, executive editor and associate editor, respectively, of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, along with Kelly Van Andel, co-edited Jonathan Edwards and Scotland (Dunedin Academic Press, June 2011). Based on a March 2009 conference organized by the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale and held at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, the compilations of this title forge the link between Jonathan Edwards and the spiritual and national history of Scotland. The scope of these essays incorporate history, theology, philosophy, and literature, and include contributors Neele, Van Andel, and Yale doctoral student and YDS lecturer Natalia Marandiuc, among others. The book is the first published volume to study Edwards’s relationship to Scotland, though connections are also made to the Netherlands, England, Wales, and East Prussia. It is in Scotland, however, where Edwards’s international influence has been most strongly felt, and these essays powerfully convince the reader of this by showing how Edwards was both read and understood in other primary sources from Scotland. This volume represents an important step toward understanding Edwards as not merely an American theologian but an intercontinental influence as well. American Religious Liberalism (Indiana University Press, July 2012) is co-edited by SALLY PROMEY, deputy director of the Institute of Sacred Music, professor of religion and visual culture (ISM), and professor of American studies. This edited volume breaks down the book’s extensive topic into three easily digestible sec- 16 tions: “The Spiritual in Art,” “The Piety and Politics of Liberal Ecumenism,” and “Pragmatism, Secularism, and Internationalism.” Promey’s own article, “Visible Liberalism: Liberal Protestant Taste Evangelism, 1850 and 1950” appears in the first section and focuses on “a range of key liberal figures of mid-nineteenth-century Protestantism in terms of their commitments to the visual arts.” This first part of the book discusses if, and how, religious liberals “put the arts in the place of churches and synagogues.” The second section asks the question, “How were the ideals of religious diversity, pluralism, and universality imagined?” and includes an article from Yale’s own Kathryn Lofton, entitled “Liberal Sympathies: Morris Jastrow and the Science of Religion.” Finally, the third portion of the book “involves the charged relationship between religious and secular versions of nineteenth- and twentieth-century liberalism.” With a total of 16 essays, this book is as widely varied in its thoughts and discussions of American religious liberalism as American religious expression itself. Finally, Do We Worship the Same God?: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue (Eerdmans, September 2012), is edited by MIROSLAV VOLF, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology and founding direc- tor of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. This highly popular topic is directly addressed in six chapters by six different Muslim, Jewish, and Christian authors (including Volf’s YDS colleague Denys Turner). The contents of the book arose from the “God and Human Flourishing Program” at the Center for Faith and Culture, which was organized by Volf and fellow faculty members David Kelsey and John Hare. Two consultations were held— one with Christian scholars, and a second with Christian, Muslim, and Jewish scholars. Resulting are candid discussions and viewpoints from these scholars on whether or not they believe the Abrahamic faiths worship the same God. The writers’ viewpoints are informed by prayer, worship, scholarship, and respect. Thus, the book presents neither a single line of melody from merely one of the three faiths or the clashing disharmony of disrespect and combat. Rather, the book’s strength lies in its ability to include multiple and harmonizing voices from varied faiths. All of the above books may be purchased at the Yale Divinity School Student Book Supply during business hours by calling 203-432-6101 or visiting the web at divinity.yale.edu/sbs-main Be part of the conversation! Join us online for lectures and events on the quad from wherever you are. Participate in the online discussion with the YDS Community. Yale Divinity School now webcasts lectures and major events on a new online channel, Livestream. With HD video and an intregrated chat feature, the YDS community is closer than ever. Join us online for our next event. Login with a Livestream 17 account or Facebook to join the online conversation. Contemporary ministry: caring for outer space going after big oil By Gustav Spohn Director of Communications and Publications preaching on the internet communion on the dirt track H ardly anyone familiar with church work today would describe the ministry purely in terms of what might be considered its classical formulation: Sunday morning, pulpit, pew, choir, organ, steeple, sermon. Nonetheless, it is good to remind ourselves from timeto-time about the creative and varied forms of ministry in the 21st century. Yale Divinity School alumni are engaged in a wide range of imaginative ministries that, taken together, represent a kind of microcosm of ministerial options in contemporary America. Many, for example, have seized upon new forms of internet-based communications as a venue for ministry; others see their ministries through the lens of public advocacy on issues like LGBT rights and the environment; some have used art as a way to explore questions of faith; still others are working in the world of non-profits and NGOs to minister to “the least of these.” The list goes on, and chances are that virtually all alums engaged in ministry can point to some aspect of their practice that pushes the boundaries of the traditional. Thus, the following examples of creative ministries undertaken by a small number of YDS’s 8,000-plus living alumni represent but a few slices of the larger whole. securing LGBT rights and more . . . Recent graduate Neichelle Guidry Jones ’10 M.Div. is the founder of the online magazine Shepreaches, www.shepreaches.com, which describes itself as “a virtual resource” for young African-American women in ministry that affirms “a broad definition of ‘ministry’” embracing “ the value of preaching, teaching, advocating, activist-ing, writing, creating and more.” Among other things, the site offers devotionals, dialogue with “way-paving models, mentors and mothers in ministry,” insights on professional development, and recommendations on music, movies, and books that fire “inspiration and motivation.” Guidry says her lifetime goal is to “proclaim a loving God who ‘walks around in the fire with us,’” and she considers Shepreaches as one way to live out that objective. Writer, social activist, and pubic theologian Rahiel Tesfamariam ’09 M.Div., YDS’s first William Sloane Coffin Jr. Scholar, is founder and editorial director of Internet ministries The rise of the Internet has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for spreading the Good News, and alums are taking advantage. 18 the web site Urban Cusp, which bills itself as “a cuttingedge online magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change, and global awareness.” www.urbancusp.com Its vision is “Reflective thinking, imaginative dreaming, transformative faith, progressive action, and servant leadership have the power to profoundly change individual, institutional and communal life.” Tesfamariam is also a columnist and blogger for The Washington Post and The Root DC. Samuel Blair ’01 M.Div., a hospice chaplain, launched www.faithworkslocal.org a web site that helps connect donors and volunteers to nonprofit social service groups in the greater Pittsburgh area. “Our response to the poor and needy among us is not optional, but neither should it be proportional to our feelings of guilt,” says Blair. “Instead our response should be in proportion to our understanding of God’s love and mercy in our own lives. Our response should be to love and praise God, but God is clear that loving Him and loving others are mutually dependent.” tivist and author Bill McKibben, he drafted a resolution, approved in December by the Conference board, calling for the denomination to divest from all investments in fossil fuel companies. The resolution is being put before the denomination’s next General Synod. The resolution says, “The realities of climate change require prophetic and strategic action by people of faith seeking to be faithful to the everlasting covenant God has made with us, with every living creature and with all future generations. If fossil fuel companies simply fulfill their purpose the earth will become inhospitable to life as we know it.” In August 2011 Antal spent three days in jail, along with McKibben and Gus Speth, former dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, protesting the controversial Keystone oil pipeline. Robert K. Massie ’82 M.Div., an author and Episcopal priest and 2011 candidate for the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, currently serves as president and CEO of the New Economy Coalition. Its mission is to “build a New Economy that prioritizes the well-being of people and the planet,” addressing issues like climate change and inequality. During his career Massie has served as president of Ceres (the largest coalition of investors and environmental groups in the United States) and was co-founder and first chair of the Global Reporting Initiative (which addresses policy and governance issues that impede investor progress toward more sustainable capital markets). He was also the initiator of the Investor Network on Climate Risk, which claims over 100 members with combined assets in excess of $10 trillion. Faith and the environment Increasingly, the faith community has grown to recognize and preach that care of planet Earth is a spiritual obligation, and YDS is on the cutting edge of that thinking with creation of a joint degree program with Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. One alum has taken things a step further, pushing earth stewardship outward to encompass the heavens. Bob Bachelder ’78 M.Div. is minister and president of the Worcester (MA) Area Mission Society, which operates an initiative entitled the “Goddard Project—Outer Space Environment.” www.protectouterspace.com The Goddard Project promotes the idea of orbital space as a valuable natural resource that is quickly becoming degraded and congested with manmade junk as a result of space exploration. “WAMS encourages citizens and congregations to expand their perspective on environmental stewardship to encompass outer space,” says Bachelder, who wrote a Christian Century cover story on the subject in 2008. WAMS sponsors expert speakers in public school and student advocacy campaigns with U.S. representatives and senators; maintains the only outer space environmental web site for a general audience; develops mobile apps; and produces newspaper articles. Jim Antal ’78 M.Div., a classmate of Bachelder, is conference minister for the United Church of Christ’s Massachusetts Conference. Working with environmental ac- Art and the sacred Art has been a venue from time immemorial for accessing the sacred, and many YDS alumni are deeply engaged in that tradition in the 21st century. Marc Harshman ’75 M.A.R., a poet and award-winning children’s author, was named poet laureate of West Virginia in 2012 and in 1995 was honored as state English teacher of the year by the West Virginia English Language Arts Council. “Poetry’s ‘prophetic function’ can be like that of the Hebrew prophets of old, railing against kingship and power,” observes Harshman, “As the prophetic poet demands re-seeing the status quo, he can turn us towards what can be better, what can be the best in us. “Elie Wiesel said that ‘Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.’ The an- 19 cient prophets sought this very thing, to help reveal as their words approached deed, to reveal the divine immanence in this world and to call for a proper response and relationship. It’s one of the things I struggle with as a writer—I want to have that grace to say something that approaches deed, that really matters, that reveals the divine immanence, if you will. I think all writers want something like that and occasionally, I hope, even for me such grace may come.” Poet Diane Bilyak ’06 M.A.R., author of Against the Turning, uses the term “meta-metaphysical” to denote “the interaction between audience and universe or God.” Her poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Memoir(and), Freshwater, Drunken Boat , and Tampa Review. In a recent article for America magazine, Bilyak wrote, “The meta-metaphysical means that the potential exists for associations between the reader or hearer of a poem to something beyond the self. Some poems can allow God to flow through the author; later, the poem reaches out to remind others of their own connection to God.” Phil Blackwell ’70 B.D., senior minister at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, describes how his church became involved a decade ago with “Silk Road Rising,” which he says is now one of the best “black box” theaters in Chicago. The theater, he says, has made the church a host for people of multiple ethnicities and religious traditions. http://chicagotemple.org “In 2002 Malik Gillani and Jamil Khoury introduced themselves by trying to sell to me tickets for a new play in a theater they were starting,” recalls Blackwell. “I never bought any tickets, but after an hour and a half I was so convinced of their vision that I offered the church basement free to be their theatrical home. “Silk Road Rising was their response to 9/11. A Pakistani Muslim and a Syrian Orthodox Christian were joining forces to establish a theater in Chicago devoted to plays by, and about, people from the historic Silk Road – Italy to the Middle East to India to Asia. ‘How are we going to understand each other if we do not tell our stories to one another?’ they asked. And where better to tell those stories than in the lower level (no longer a basement after a $1.6 million restoration) of the First United Methodist Church at the heart of Chicago’s Loop?” Meanwhile, 700 miles away, in Northern Virginia, Pat Green Budwig ’79 M.A.R. is celebrating her 20th year as creative director of the Starshine Theater™ Performing Arts Workshops for children and youth. “In our “Page-to-Stage” play workshops, each student is given the opportunity to portray a great character in history, embellished with singing and dance/stage action techniques,” Budwig notes. “The stories often feature a person of faith who believes they can overcome an obstacle; this creates a wonderful dramatic adventure for the young actors, and they tell me they love history after having brought its events to life . . . If we believe we’ve been created in the image of the Creator, we can assume that the joyous duty to Create is also our own.” Social justice advocacy Social justice advocacy has long been a hallmark of ministry for YDS alums. But a relatively new element is the engagement of alums in an issue that has gripped the public and roiled the institutional church in recent years: LGBT rights. Chris Glaser, the author of 12 books and a popular speaker, has a long history of LGBT activism, particularly in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), including a decade as founding director of the Lazarus Project, a ministry of reconciliation between the church and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Ordained in the Metropolitan Community Churches, Glaser posts every Wednesday morning on his blog, “Progressive Christian Reflections,” which he says has registered 60,000 visits since its creation in February 2011. In one of his essays, “The Bible and Christianity: A Christian View,” Glaser writes, “For Christians, Jesus is not dead, a mere artifact of history. Jesus continues to inspire us to do new things not even thought possible in his time. Many Christians across denominations and traditions have realized that one of those new things we learn though his Spirit is that we are called to welcome lesbians, gay men, and transgender and bisexual people.” When Paul A. Fleck ’11 M.Div., pastor of New Milford United Methodist Church in New Milford, CT, left practice as an attorney for ministry, he thought he had left the law behind. But it was only the beginning of an entirely new form of legal practice: ecclesiastical law. Over the past year Fleck drafted three successful briefs before the denomination’s highest court, the Judicial Council, which have had an impact on the structure of The United Methodist Church and how it works to include LGBT persons. In addition, he serves as chair of the legal team associated with “We Do! Methodists Living Marriage Equality,” an initiative of the denomination’s New York Annual Conference that challenges the church’s prohibitions against gay marriage. Javen Swanson ’09 M.Div., a recipient of YDS’s Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise in pastoral leadership, is faith director at OutFront Minnesota, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. www. 20 outfront.org During the 2012 election cycle he was embedded in the Faith Department at Minnesotans United for All Families, the campaign that defeated a proposed constitutional amendment that would have limited marriage to one man and one woman in Minnesota. In a 2011 interview, Swanson told The Minnesota Independent, “In other states that have faced an anti-gay marriage ballot initiative, people of faith have often been kept on the sidelines, or they’ve been asked to get involved just a few months before election day . . . In Minnesota, people of faith have been an important part of the antiamendment campaign from the very beginning.” Barrington, MA, where volunteers tend the garden and share produce freely with local programs like the People’s Pantry in Great Barrington, Breaking Bread Kitchen in Sheffield, MA, and families in the community; and the Berkshire Servant Leadership Center, an ecumenical center for spiritual formation and growth that offers classes, workshops, and events designed to explore the concept of servant leadership and put its principles into practice. “Rather than being embodied by institutional structures, these communities strive to incarnate the life and spirit of Jesus in the world—in the streets, in bars, in cafes, on farms—wherever two or three are gathered together by the unqualified love of the Christ,” Carlisle said in a December 2012 story published by Masslive.com. Truly off the “beaten track” of conventional ministry is the work of Sam George ’88 M.Div. He is the volunteer chaplain for a dirt track racing team—Team 65 racing at the I-77 Speedway in Chester, SC. “In connection with this,” reports George, “I have served communion, visited in the hospital and before patients were going into the hospital, provided counseling, performed crisis intervention, done a couple of funerals, and even officiated at a wedding. “Almost all connected to dirt track racing are what Tex Sample calls ‘hard living people.’ Few of them have meaningful attachments to local churches, although many consider themselves some variety of Christian. It is a field ripe for a representative of a loving, graceful God and the saving presence of Jesus Christ. Dirt track ministry for me has been a holy calling.” Kempton Baldridge ’88 M.Div. plies the rivers of the Midwest carrying out a ministry on the water through the Out of the sanctuary and into the world For many 21st century Americans, the last thing they would do would be to set foot inside the local church. So, some YDS alumni are taking the church to the people, instead of bringing people to the church. Christopher Carlisle ’82 M.Div. is responsible for campus ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and is one of the leaders of the Clearstory Collective, a coalition of churches and spiritual communities throughout western Massachusetts that describes itself as “intended for people who seek experiences outside conventional church worship, and for whom words like ‘denomination’ no longer mean much . . .” Among the Collective communities are Cathedral in the Night, an outdoor ministry that meets every Sunday night in Northampton, MA, and welcomes all, “believing that the openness of space creates an openness of community in Jesus’s spirit”; Gideon’s Garden in Great youth ministry: June 17-21, 9:00 - 11:30am 21 Visit summerstudy.yale.edu for more information Summer Study @ Yale Divinity School now A special Summer Study program featuring the nation’s leading Youth Ministry scholars and practitioners. Seamen’s Church Institute. An August 2012 article about Baldridge in Illinois Country Living described Baldridge and his ministry this way: “Kempton Baldridge doesn’t dress like most pastors. He doesn’t wear a formal robe or even a suit and tie. Instead, his attire includes steeltoed boots, a baseball cap and life vest. What Baldridge does isn’t what most pastors do, either. He’s not one to preach from a pulpit or deliver sermons from the front of a church. In fact, he doesn’t have a church building. He’s more likely to be found climbing gangways and riding on tugboats up and down the Mississippi, the Ohio, the Wabash, the Illinois and many of the other rivers of the Midwest.” Homelessness during ceremonies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. “Combining social justice with social work, I’ve spent the last 30 years working together with disenfranchised populations in the U.S.,” says Wertheimer. “ Work with the LGBT community evolved to working with people who are homeless. Frustration with fragmented systems of care led to systems transformation efforts, which led ultimately to my role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading efforts to end family homelessness in the Pacific Northwest. “Is this a ministry? If ministry is defined as audaciously spreading the word of God, I think not. Perhaps the answer is different if ministry means focusing on the challenges faced by those most oppressed by inequities in the human condition.” And more . . . Caring for “the least of these” Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me... Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, my brethren, you did it to me.” YDS graduates are busy seeking out and ministering to the needy. For 24 years, Bonita Grubbs ’84 M.A.R. ’85 M.P.H. has headed Christian Community Action in New Haven, CT, an ecumenical nonprofit organization that provides “help, housing, and hope for those who are poor.” The agency, a mainstay of New Haven’s non-profit, faithbased social services infrastructure, operates an emergency shelter, transitional housing, and a food pantry, and also sponsors an advocacy and education project that promotes social change and justice by focusing on issues like empowerment, grass-roots organizing, leadership training and economic justice. In 2009, Grubbs was presented with the Lux et Veritas alumni award from YDS. In making the presentation, New Haven resident Allie Perry ’80 M.Div. said, “The vulnerable and powerless have a strong friend and advocate in you, whether they are poor, hungry, homeless, jobless, or without access to health care.... You have not only addressed people’s basic needs but have engaged in transforming systems that disadvantage people and in empowering people to organize, advocate, and speak out on their own behalf. You are a justice-seeker and a hopecreator.” David Wertheimer, M.Div. ’84, a deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, is Board chair and president of Funders Together to End Homelessness, which is the national philanthropic sector affinity group addressing homelessness. In 2012, on behalf of Funders Together, he accepted the Private Sector Partner of the Year Award from the National Alliance to End The ministry of conversation Following retirement from librarianship at the age of 50, Judy Kessinger ’63 B.D., began what she calls a “ministry of conversation.” She joined the Creative Retirement Institute in Lynnwood, WA, one of more than 200 organizations in the Elderhostel Institute Network devoted to continuing education for older adults. “I began by taking many courses and from 1998 until 2012 was an instructor, leading small discussion classes on current issues, poetry, novels, favorite books, and individual books about social and ethical issues, such as Nickel and Dimed and Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? My style was to be a listener rather than a speaker, guiding and moderating the conversation so that we all learned from each other.” Good Grief Joseph Primo ’06 M.Div. is associate executive director of Good Grief in New Jersey, which he describes as one of the largest and fastest-growing children’s bereavement centers in the country serving children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Good Grief provides free support to more than 400 children a year from over 100 towns throughout New Jersey. Additionally, the agency advocates for grieving children in classrooms, churches, and communities through its educational programs, reaching more than 12,000 children in 2012. “After ministering at the Connecticut Hospice as a chaplain while a student at YDS, I was inspired by the lack of resources and support available to grieving children,” Primo recalls. “For me, the Sermon on the Mount is the pillar of my ministry . . . As a grief advocate and the 22 vice president of the National Alliance for Grieving Children, I know that one out of seven children experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 20. We are called to competently support grieving children in our churches and communities.” healing, a kind of spiritual direction without words (so different from preaching!).” On her web site, Smyth uses the term “Centering Collage.” www.CreativityHealsOnline.com The Bible Challenge In January 2011, Marek P. Zabriskie ’89 M.Div., rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, PA, founded The Bible Challenge, an ecumenical and free ministry that invites persons to read the entire Bible in one year. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and his successor, Justin Welby, are members of the initiative’s International Advisory Board, and former YDS Dean Harold Attridge is a member of the National Advisory Board. “Over 60 bishops serve on our board, and 30 bishops are leading their entire diocese in The Bible Challenge,” Zabriskie reports. “Our chief goal is to help individuals develop a life-long spiritual discipline of daily Bible reading and to help entire parishes and dioceses become very biblically literate and come alive through a regular engagement with the Scriptures.” Standing on Her Shoulders On March 14, 2013, educator Ruth Hooke ’56 M.Div. received a “Standing on Her Shoulders” award for peace and justice from the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts celebrating her work with women and girls during her lifetime. Particularly important was her founding in 1970 of Project Second Start in Concord, NH, an adult education program for under-educated women and girls in the Concord area. www.second-start.org The award is given to recognize women “for being outstanding risktakers and innovators who through their determination and leadership have increased opportunities and blazed trails.” Second Start opened in 1971 in the basement of the First Congregational Church in Concord and, according to Hooke, “is still going strong!” From Holy Smoke to Anti-Yale Paul Keane ’80 M.Div. is not about to let Yale off the hook. He went from publishing the journal Holy Smoke at YDS from 1976-81 to reincarnating the journal as the blog The Anti-Yale. According to Keane, The Anti-Yale has had 799 posts and 177,477 page views from 11 countries since it went online in September 2009. “Both are dedicated to the memory of William F. Buckley, Jr. whose writings alerted me that Man is God at Yale,” Keane notes. “Its iconoclastic ministry is to hold a mirror up to a secular world gone mad with materialism.” SoulCollage Artist, author, and poet Sandy Smyth ’10 M.A.R. is carrying on a tradition begun by Seena Frost ’56 M.Div.— SoulCollage. “I am a SoulCollage(R) facilitator and encourage class participants to meditate, listen to their soul speak through choosing images from magazines to create collages. Creating collages is a way to self discovery and Reimagine Worship Enroll in Summer Study at YDS and gain new tools for designing worship. Summer Study 23 Preaching from the Lectionary: Year A • Reading theology through art, poetry and music Special Study Program on Youth Ministry • Worship: ancient and postmodern Ministry in Times of Mass Violence and Tragedy Yale Divinity School Register for these and many other courses at: summerstudy.yale.edu Class of 1948 YDS Alumni Class Notes divinity.yale.edu/class_notes midst of lots of activity and are finding “city living” very comfortable. They are both in reasonably good health and keep busy. Secretary, Robert E. Seymour, Jr. email@example.com DOUGLAS DORCHESTER and Janice both turned 88 in 2012 and celebrated 67 years of marriage on December 15. Douglas writes, “We are enjoying a full life at Thirwood Place Retirement Center in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod. Two of our four children (Jim died of cancer last November) live on the Cape, and we have six grandchildren and a new great grandson, Brannen James Currie, born August 24 in Albany, NY.” Janice has now begun her sixth genealogy on her side of the family, the Freeses. Class of 1951 firstname.lastname@example.org LOWELL H. ZUCK continues as research consultant for Eden Archives in Webster Groves, MO. His most recent published writings include “E.L. Nollau: Mission & Migration from Germany to U.S.,” Silesian Church History, Vol. 11, 2011; William G. Chrystal, “Niebuhr Studies,” Empire for Liberty, Reno, NV, 2012. Class of 1950 email@example.com Shirley and WILLIAM BAIRD are in relatively good health, at ages 86 and 88, respectively, living in a retirement center in Fort Worth. They enjoy retiree activities at Brite Divinity School and TCU. The final volume of William’s “History of New Testament Research: Vol. 3: From Dodd to Betz” will be published by Fortress Press in January 2013—the completion of a 30year project. RICHARD K. SMITH and Harriet Van Riper ’49 have sold their home and moved to a condo overlooking Oregon’s Siuslaw River. They are enjoying the activities and lifestyle changes. GEORGE L. TOLMAN has served as pastor of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations in Visalia, CA, Orange, CA and Tucson, AZ, as well as serving interim ministries in Chico, CA, Kalispell, MT and Farmington, NM. Ten years ago, he authored a book, Tales, Trails, Trials and Triumphs: Memoirs of a Western 20th Century Preacher. His wife, Janet, is organist at Christ Church Methodist in Tucson, AZ. Class of 1952 Secretary, Richard C. Stazesky firstname.lastname@example.org Life for H. ALFRED ALLENBY on Cape Cod continues to be good on the whole. Alfred reports that he is involved in the life of the First Congregational Church in Falmouth, which his father once served and where several other important events in the life of his family have taken place, including his own ordination. He is fortunate now to have two of his four children with their families living in Falmouth. His grandchildren have made him a great grandfather! Four years ago a stroke took WILLIAM GRANT BERNEY’s ability to express himself in speech or writing. However, supporting his years as a pastor, husband, and father of five was his firm faith that God was with him. His physical health is good, and he still witnesses to his faith in Christ by participating in public worship, giving, and serving any way he can. Class of 1949 email@example.com NICHOLAS HOOD, Sr. recalls a powerful memory from 1949. He and a classmate, both white, had taken jobs in the South— Alabama and Louisiana, respectively. Before leaving New Haven, they agreed that they should attempt to do something to support racial justice. Part of this was taking two carloads of African-American youth to meet their white youth counterparts in the South. A pivotal experience for all involved. HARRIET VAN RIPER SMITH and Richard K. Smith ’50 decided to sell their home and downsize to a condo on the Siuslaw River in Oregon. They are in the 24 KENTARO BUMA passed away on January 11, 2012. Born in India in 1921, he grew up in Japan and served in the Japanese Navy. He married Elsie in March 1953, and they had two daughters, Mikiko and Yumi. Kentaro served as director of Japan Church World Service and from 1996- 2012 was minister emeritus Class of 1952 gathered for their 60th reunion. of Nakameguro Church. From He feels undergirded by that “Love that will not let him go” for whatever the fu- 2004-2012, he served as advisor to Japan Church World Service. He is survived by ture holds. his wife and children. Yes, ROBERT M. BRASHARES and Lucinda have much to celebrate, including L. MARSHALL CAMPBELL, born NoGod’s love and his help that has seen them vember 29, 1926 in Darrington, WA, died through all these years. Robert writes, March 9, 2012 following a tragic accident “With moving to Santa Rosa in July of while out walking in his neighborhood. 2011, to our new home, to our new church, As a United Methodist pastor, Marshall new doctors, and lively new community, served churches in Pacific Northwest comOakmont, we’re swamped.” He wants you munities, including Palouse, WA; Oroto know that he’s still among the living, the fino/Cavendish, ID; Camas, WA; Edmonds, WA, and Port Orchard, WA. With active, and thankful. his wife, Joan, Marshall enjoyed reading, C. RAY BREWSTER retired as a profes- learning and travel. He felt it was imporsor of liberal arts at Mercer University in tant to care for others in our communities Macon, GA in June 1995. and always had some volunteer role someCHARLES H. BROWN, Jr. retired in where. He cared deeply for those affected March 2004 as executive director emer- by HIV/AIDS. itus of Ardmore Village, nonprofit residential community for mature adults that is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. On November 30, 2006, he retired as chaplain of St. James House, a senior residence that is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. ELICK S. BULLING