Schedule

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Monday, October 16, 2017

2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Dean’s Advisory Council – Fall 2017 Meeting
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Dean’s Advisory Council Dinner & Celebration of the Mary Goodman Circle

By invitation only


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer with Eucharist
St. Luke’s Chapel, Berkeley Center, 363 St. Ronan Street

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

YDS Dean’s Advisory Council Meetings  Niebuhr Hall

8:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Berkeley Divinity School Board Meeting
Berkeley Center, 363 St. Ronan Street

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Welcome and Opening Convocation Worship with Carolyn Roberts – Marquand Chapel
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Berkeley Divinity School Board Committee Meetings
 Berkeley Center/OMSC

Noon

Berkeley Graduate Society Luncheon  Common Room

Noon

Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Luncheon with Trustees – Location TBD

For Andover Newton Trustees, Alumni, Students, and Friends

1:30 p.m.

Pitt Lecture  Marquand Chapel
Presenter: The Rt. Rev. Victoria Matthews, Christchurch New Zealand

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Workshops

(workshops presented again at 3:30 p.m.)

-Healthy Transitions: Leadership for Hope and ChangeWorkshops—locations TBA 

-Still Crazy After all These Years: The Preacher and the Old Testament-Presenter: Professor Gregory Mobley

-Refugee Resettlement Engagement: Discerning Your Congregation’s Entry Point 
Presenter: Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), New Haven

-Transitions in Fundraising: Raising More Money for Your Church or Nonprofit
Presenter: Jim Hackney ‘79 M.A.R., Senior Director of Development, YDS

-Just Enough Knowledge About Change Theory to Make You Dangerous
Presenter: Sarah Drummond, Associate Dean of Andover Newton at Yale

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Berkeley Board of Trustees and Graduate Society Meeting

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Workshops 

Healthy Transitions: Leadership for Hope and ChangeWorkshops—locations TBA 

-Still Crazy After all These Years: The Preacher and the Old Testament-Presenter: Professor Gregory Mobley

-Refugee Resettlement Engagement: Discerning Your Congregation’s Entry Point 
Presenter: Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), New Haven

-Transitions in Fundraising: Raising More Money for Your Church or Nonprofit
Presenter: Jim Hackney ’79 M.A.R., Senior Director of Development, YDS

-Just Enough Knowledge About Change Theory to Make You Dangerous
Presenter: Sarah Drummond, Associate Dean of Andover Newton at Yale

5:00 p.m.

Evensong and Presentation of Honorary Degrees – Marquand Chapel
Reception to follow in Common Room.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Welcome Desk Opens – Sarah Smith Gallery

8:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer with Eucharist 
St. Luke’s Chapel, Berkeley Center, 363 St. Ronan Street

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Coffee – New Refectory
Complimentary coffee available in the Refectory from 8:00am – 3:00pm. 

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Things you may not know about YDS: A Touch of YDS History – Niebuhr Hall

Jim Hackney ‘79 M.A.R. 

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Berkeley Divinity School Board Committee Meetings

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Reunion Gatherings

  • Class of 1957 (60th Reunion)
  • Class of 1962 (55th Reunion)
  • Class of 1967 (50th Reunion)  
  • Classes of 1976, 1977, 1978 (70s Cluster)
  • Class of 1992 (25th Reunion)  
  • Class of 1996, 1997, 1998 (90’s Cluster)
  • Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013 (2000’s Cluster)
  • Classes of 2014, 2015 & 2016 (Recent Grads)

10:00 a.m.

Faculty Conversation  Joy: 100 Poems – Christian Wiman   Niebuhr Hall

An anthology that brings together one hundred of the most evocative modern poems on joy. 

Presenter: Christian Wiman, Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Berkeley Divinity School Board Meeting – Location TBD

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Alumni Luncheon with Dean Gregory E. Sterling  Common Room

  • Class of 1957 (60th Reunion)
  • Class of 1962 (55th Reunion)
  • Class of 1967 (50th Reunion)
  • Classes of 1976, 1977, 1978 (70s Cluster)
  • Class of 1992 (25th Reunion)
  • Class of 1996, 1997, 1998 (90’s Cluster)
  • Classes of 2011, 2012, 2013 (2000’s Cluster)
  • Classes of 2014, 2015 & 2016 (Recent Grads)

1:30 p.m.

YDS and the Reformation–Bruce Gordon, Titus Street
Professor of Ecclesiastical History
, Marquand Chapel
Beginning with the founding of the Chair of Ecclesiastical History at Yale University Divinity School in the 1870s, its holders, including Williston Walker, Roland Bainton, and Jaroslav Pelikan, were deeply engaged with the Reformation. For 2017, we shall consider their visions of the past and look to new ways of understanding an event that formed the modern world.

Presenter: Bruce Gordon is the Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History; his research and teaching focus on European religious cultures of the late-medieval and early modern periods, with a particular interest in the Reformation and its reception.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Meet the Bishop Who Sparked a Revolution: Laszlo Tokes–A Conversation with Bishop Laszlo Tokes & Miroslav Volf – Niebuhr Hall

Presenters: Bishop Laszlo Tokes is currently a member of the European Parliament, chairman of the human rights commission; former Nobel Peace prize nominee (1989) and winner of the Reagan-Truman medal of Freedom award in 2004. He is affiliated with the Hungarian Reformed church in Romania. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, and Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture.

3:45 p.m.

Faculty Robing

4:00 p.m.

Opening Convocation – Marquand Chapel
Beecher Lectures: Title TBA
Beecher Lecture I:
Speaker: Allan Boesak, Christian Theological Seminary
Introduction: Dean Gregory E. Sterling

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Beecher Lecture Reception – Common Room

6:00 p.m. Class of 1967 Memorial Service  Marquand Chapel

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Community Dinner – Greenberg Conference Center, 391 Prospect Street, New Haven

7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

A Conversation with Harry Belafonte - Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven; for tickets call the Shubert Box Office at 203-562-5666 or 1-800-745-3000 and use the code “DIV 17” to receive a 10% discount. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Christian Community Action in New Haven.

8:30 p.m.

Redemption Songs: A Concert featuring John Kilzer

On a path from rock star to prisoner to ordained minister, John Kilzer uses song and story to show how God still moves in mysterious ways.

Marquand Chapel; Admission is free. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Welcome Desk Opens – Sarah Smith Gallery

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Coffee – Refectory***

Complimentary coffee available in the Refectory from 8:00am - 3:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer with Eucharist
St. Luke’s Chapel, Berkeley Center, 363 St. Ronan Street

8:30 a.m.

Faculty Conversation – This is My Body: Black Womanist Christology in Perspective – Niebuhr Hall

Eboni Marshall Turman, Assistant Professor of Theology and African American Religion. 

9:30 a.m.

WorshipMarquand Chapel

Preacher Ginger Gaines-Cirelli ’96 M.Div., Senior Pastor of the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. 

10:30 a.m.

Beecher Lectures: TITLE  TBA– Marquand Chapel
Beecher Lecture II:
Speaker: Allan Boesak, Christian Theological Seminary
Introduction:

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Community Lunch – Common Room

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Doing Well & Doing Good: A Conversation about how Life Income Programs, Bequest Strategies and Other Planned Giving Opportunities Benefit You, Your Family and Yale Divinity School. - RSV
Lunch will be provided. RSVP to michelle.gall@yale.edu
Presenter: Mary Beth Congdon, Deputy Director of Planned Giving

Noon - 1:00 p.m. How Can Congregations Engage Climate Change? – Niebuhr Hall
Presenter: Jim Antal ‘78 M.Div., Conference Minister and President of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ
1:00 p.m.

YDS Women in Ministry Marquand Chapel
A conversation with alumnae from different eras about their respective ministries.

Presenters include: Ginger Gaines-Cirelli ’96 M.Div., Senior Pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.; Emily Scott ’06 M.Div., Founding Pastor of St. Lydia’s, a Dinner Church in Brooklyn. Kaji Spellman Dousa ’06 M.Div., Senior Minister of Park Avenue Christian Church., Sharon Watkins ’84 M.Div., Former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

Moderator: Maria LaSala, Director of Congregational Ministry, YDS

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Mindful Board – 
Niebuhr Hall

A lively workshop co-facilitated by Martha Summerville ‘81 M.Div. and Kyle Pedersen ‘02 M.A.R. 

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

ISM Kavanagh Lecture – ISM Great Hall
Title: Preaching in an Age of Disaffiliation: Respecting Dissent while Keeping the Faith
Speaker: Edward Foley, Capuchin Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music, Catholic Theological Union

2:30 p.m.

Cookies in the Common Room

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

State of the School Address by Dean Gregory E. Sterling and Annual General Meeting of Alumni – Niebuhr Hall

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

YDS Black Alumni and Students Reception  Day Missions Library

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Marquand Society Reception  Deanery

This reception is by invitation to Marquand Society members and special guests. Marquand Society members contribute $5,000 or more to the Yale Divinity School Annual Fund each year.

6:00 p.m.  Unveiling of Wall Tribute to Past YDS Alumni Award Recipients – First floor, South Side of Quad

6:30 p.m.

Convocation Dinner and Alumni Awards Presentation  YDS Ballroom 

A celebration of our reunion classes and presentation of the 2017 Alumni Awards; the event is open to all and will be followed by dancing to everything from current hits to Big Band classics; registration required.

Dean’s Award for Outstanding Service: TBA

Award Recipients:
Lux et Veritas: Rena Weller Karefa-Smart ’45 B.D. 
Distinction in Congregational Ministry: Sharon Watkins ‘84 M.Div.
Distinction in Theological Education: David Bartlett ‘67 B.D., ‘69 M.Phil., ‘72 Ph.D. 
Wm. Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice: James Antal ‘78 M.Div. 


Friday, October 20, 2017

8:00 a.m.

Welcome Desk Opens – Sarah Smith Gallery

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Coffee – Refectory***

Complimentary coffee available in the Refectory from 8:00am - 3:00pm.

8:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer with Eucharist
St. Luke’s Chapel, Berkeley Center, 363 St. Ronan Street

8:30 a.m.

Faculty Conversation – Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism – Kathryn Tanner  Niebuhr Hall

Kathryn Tanner, Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology

9:30 a.m.

Sung Morning Worship Marquand Chapel

This service will take the form of a tradition unique to Marquand Chapel. Many Christian denominations – liturgical, gospel, charismatic, pietistic and more—have services that are almost entirely sung from start to finish. In Marquand, every week one service is almost entirely sung, and the shape and form of the service is drawn from a mixture of traditions featuring the music of many different denominations and cultures. It is one of Marquand’s best-loved traditions and reflects the ongoing ecumenical journey of worship at YDS.

10:30 a.m.

Beecher Lectures: TITLE TBA – Marquand Chapel
Beecher Lecture III: Speaker: Allan Boesak, Christian Theological Seminary

Introduction:

11:30 a.m.

Conversation with Beecher Lecturer – Marquand Chapel

11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

YDS Alumni Board Meeting – RSV
Lunch will be provided. 

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Community Lunch – Common Room

Noon

Luncheon with Beecher Lecturer – Deanery
By invitation only. 

Contact

Alumni Relations Office

(203) 432-3871
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