Notes from the Quad Winter 2003



  • YDS Summer Term Pastor of Excellence Scholarship
  • Annual Fund Update
  • Career Services Open for Business
  • Spring Events
  • On-Line Application



Nominate Your Pastor For a Yale Divinity School Summer Term Scholarship

If you think your pastor is one of the best in the country, you may want to nominate him or her for a scholarship to Yale Divinity School Summer Term in June, 2004.

The Summer Term is a series of one-week courses - in subject areas from history to the arts to Biblical scholarship - taught by the faculty of Yale Divinity School, The Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Courses will be held on the YDS campus in New Haven.

Ten scholarships of $1000 are available to defray fee, room, board and travel expenses. Check out the Web site ( for course information and to fill out a nomination form. Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2004. Please call (203) 432-6550 with questions or to register.

Courses include:

  • Major Poets in the Christian Tradition
  • Ministering to those Called to the Marketplace: Overcoming the Sunday-Monday Gap
  • Pauline Ethics
  • Writing Workshop: Poetry as Theology
  • The Book of Revelation
  • Outreach Ministries of Black Churches: From Prayer to Practice
  • Preaching from the Lectionary
  • Heavenly Glory on Earth: The Art of Icon Painting in the Orthodox Church: Theory and Practice
  • Mentoring as a Practice of Ministry
  • Johann Sebastian Bach’s Vocal Music: New Findings, New Editions, New Understandings
  • Planning and Presiding in the Post-Modern World
  • Anglican Spirituality
  • The Psalms and Hours of Prayer in the Christian Tradition: The Historical Sources and Present Day Traditions
  • Interreligious Dialogue: The Parliamaent of World Religions


Last year, 50 students were able to take advantage of the financial aid YDS was able to offer them, and our hope is that next year, we can bump that number up to 65 students.

So far, we are off to a great start ($250,000 raised to date), but we need to raise $200,000 more by June 30th. Scholarship gifts make an enormous difference in the life of a student. For some, the amount of their scholarship offer will determine their ability to attend YDS. For others, the amount they had to borrow for their Divinity School education will determine their debt burden for years, sometimes decades, after graduation.

You can make a difference by providing scholarship support for students through the YDS Annual Fund, 100% of which provides direct support for student scholarships.

Rededicate yourself to YDS just as you help YDS celebrate its own Season of Rededication. Click here to learn more about how to give, or to give on-line.


Over the summer, Yale Divinity School opened its first Office of Career Services. Under the leadership of alumna Susan Olson ‘93, the office’s primary functions are to provide personal advising in the career discernment process, workshops and individual sessions to train students in the skills of job seeking, and access to various listings of appropriate vacancies.

One way in which students will be kept abreast of current openings is through NACElink on-line recruiting system, sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). This system allows employers to electronically list vacancies within their organizations and businesses. Information about these vacancies is made available only to students and alumni/ae of the institutions selected by the employers. An employer can list with one university, with several, or even with all of the participating institutions. Positions are listed for 30 days, unless they are renewed by the employer. There is a nominal fee involved in posting a position ($15 for one institution, for example). NACElink can be accessed through our department’s web page:

The NACElink system carries several advantages to it: students can job search from their homes and at their convenience, vacancies can be announced immediately and removed from circulation promptly after being filled, and positions appropriate for students at numerous institutions can be advertised simultaneously. In addition, alumni/ae will have access to the same listing system. Alumni and alumnae are encouraged to assist one another by listing positions on NACElink that would be appropriate for experienced persons.

There are, of course, some churches and organizations who will find the $15 fee to be prohibitive. These groups are encouraged to send a one page notice of vacancy to Susan Olson ( at the Divinity School (409 Prospect St. New Haven, CT 06511). These vacancy listings will be made available to students through the career office. Please limit paper announcements to one page.

Alumni/ae are urged to spread the word about Yale Divinity School graduates to their colleagues, professional and denominational organizations, charitable interests and friends. Please consider listing employment opportunities of all kinds through Yale Divinity School. Our graduates are eager to find employment opportunities and do appreciate anything you can do to help them in their search.


Campus Events

January 22
“Ecclesiology: An African Woman’s Perspective”
Mercy Amba Oduyoye
4:00 pm
Niebuhr Hall
Reception Following


February 19
Bartlett Lecture
“Human Rights, Religious Freedom, and Chinese Christians: Sorting out the Issues”
Daniel Bays
7:30 pm
Marquand Chapel
Reception Following


February 26
Parks-King Lecture
“Religion and Civil Rights: The Revolution Led By Church Women, Preachers and Sunday School Children”
7:30 pm
Marquand Chapel
Reception Following


March 25
The Belief Beat: How the American Media Cover Religion
Panel discussion with Journalists
7:00 p.m.
Marquand Chapel
Reception Following


March 26
Faculty Panel Discussion of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ”
Featuring A.J. Levine


March 30
Madeline Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
“Faith and Foreign Affairs”
4:00 pm
Marquand Chapel
Reception Following


April 1
Bainton Lecture
“The Reformation and the Early Social Sciences: Marx, Durkheim, Weber and Freud”
Erik Midelfort
7:30 pm
Marquand Chapel
Reception Following

Please contact James Ebert to receive more information:
(203) 432-3871 or email

Regional Events

February 12
Alumni Dinner - Washington, D.C.
Guest of Honor: Dean Harold Attridge
Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ
4704 13th Street NW
6:30 pm - RSVP by February 6

Graduates are asked to contribute $15.00 toward the cost of the dinner. We request that you consider inviting students or other persons that you know who might be considering attending seminary.

Call either Kwame Osei Reed at 1-800-441-1965 or John Lindner at 203-432-5358


February 17
Washington, D.C.
Washington National Cathedral

Yale Divinity School and WETA FM cordially invite you to:

7:00 p.m.
A taping of the Minnesota Public Radio’s acclaimed national program
“Speaking of Faith” hosted by journalist/theologian Krista Tippett (M.Div. ‘

The Topic:
“Religion and Our World in Crisis: Christianity and Violence”
Featuring an interview with YDS Professor Miroslav Volf

9:00 p.m.
Followed by a reception with:
The Right Reverend John Chane, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Dr. Harold Attridge, Dean of Yale Divinity School
The Very Reverend Joseph Britton, Dean of Berkeley Divinity School

Including the debut of “Reflections”, the re-launched Yale Divinity School magazine

R.S.V.P. to (703) 998-2692 no later than February 12, 2004

Please visit for driving directions to Washington National Cathedral.


May 12
New York
Dean Harold Attridge lecture
“The Bible and Contemporary Death Penalty Debates”
Followed by an alumni reception
St. Bartholomew’s Church
51st and Park Avenue
7:30 pm


June, 2004
2nd Annual YDS Summer Term
(click here for more information)


Please contact James Ebert to receive more information about regional events:
(203) 432-3871 or email


Yale Divinity School is now offering prospective students the option of applying to our degree programs on-line. The on-line format is identical to the paper application. You can check out the on-line application by clicking here.

December 9, 2003