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Insights from Dean Townes

Dear alumni/ae and friends,

Happy 2016! I was grateful to have additional time for rest, prayer and spiritual reflection with family during the holidays, and I hope that you had similar opportunities. I was also very glad to welcome back our students to the spring semester.

A new school initiative–as we take steps along our spiritual journey–is the 2016 Dean’s Bible Study series, called “Fearless Bible Study.” We invite Divinity and Graduate Department of Religion alumni/ae and friends to join us for this university-wide Bible study that will bring fresh insight to relevant social issues.

We tried this format after the Charleston, South Carolina, church shootings as a way to bring the community together. It proved to be a cathartic, educational and responsible way to address the brokenness we witnessed in the shootings and their aftermath. With the new monthly series, we hope to bring together critical interpretation of text and its use in culture. I will host the first one in January, so stay tuned to Divinity social media for time and location!

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