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New faculty: Choon-Leong Seow explores many interpretations of ‘Job’

September 16, 2015—Choon-Leong Seow felt extremely homesick when he left his native Singapore with a scholarship to study at Pepperdine University in 1975. “I was the first in my family to go to college, and I was under pressure to succeed as my family had very limited funds,” Seow remembers. READ MORE »

Professor Jaco Hamman quoted in the Nashville Scene article Proposed cuts to a federal housing program slash toward Nashville

September 10, 2015—At a time when both mayoral candidates agree that affordable housing is a pressing need, a proposed 2016 U.S. Senate bill — catchily known as the Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill — may slash federal funding for a Nashville low-income housing initiative to less than one-tenth of its current allotment. READ MORE »

VDS Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture hosts ‘Meet the Fergusons’ spotlights work of Nashville artist

September 10, 2015—“Meet the Fergusons,” an exhibition of works by Nashville artist Samuel L. Dunson Jr., will be at Vanderbilt Divinity School Sept. 17 through Nov. 12. READ MORE »

Pope Francis’ values to impact U.S. trip, says Vanderbilt professor, Bruce Morrill

September 4, 2015—What characterizes Pope Francis’ leadership style — concern for those who are struggling in life — will also characterize his visit to the United States, according to Bruce Morrill, a Vanderbilt University Divinity School professor and Jesuit priest. READ MORE »

Professor Bonnie Miller-McLemore advisor for Children’s Museum exhibit ‘Sacred Journeys’

September 2, 2015—Opening Saturday, “National Geographic Sacred Journeys” — a display four years in the making — tackles the topic of religion through the eyes of five children who are Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist. READ MORE »

Professor Bonnie Miller-McLemore one of the group of scholars assembled to help make National Geographic Sacred Journeys a reality.

September 2, 2015—Each year, more than 330 million people around the world—from all walks of life—journey to a sacred place. Through awe-inspiring immersive environments created with photography from National Geographic, families will be able to observe, discuss, and begin to understand some of the sacred journeys made by people around the world, from personal acts of faith to pilgrimages. READ MORE »

Professor Bruce Morrill quoted in The Christian Science Monitor article: Abortion edict: Pope Francis stresses mercy amid culture clashes

September 2, 2015—Pope Francis asserted his global papal authority on Tuesday, authorizing Roman Catholic priests around the world to offer reconciliation and forgiveness to women who have had abortions. READ MORE »

Divinity School Dean Emilie Townes featured at community breakfast

September 1, 2015—Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Emilie M. Townes will hold an open forum at a Sept. 18 community breakfast hosted by the Divinity School. Townes will speak briefly about her continuing vision for the school and then take questions and comments from those in attendance. READ MORE »

Professor Amy-Jill Levine is quoted in National Catholic Reporter article US Presbyterian-Jewish relations: steps to ‘mend a broken relationship’

August 20, 2015—Presbyterians and Jews in the U.S. once were long-time partners -- in matters ranging from the Civil Rights Movement to various interfaith and social justice issues. And they evidenced mutual respect. READ MORE »

• Josh Perry, MTS’02 profiled: Expanded Horizons: Formal Dual-Degree Programs Extend Beyond the Practice of Law

August 20, 2015—Earning dual degrees in law and divinity initially offered Josh Perry an opportunity to explore the role of religion in society while preparing for a legal career. READ MORE »

2015 Vanderbilt Divinity and GDR Distinguished Alumni/ae named

August 18, 2015—An African Methodist Episcopal pastor noted for his policy expertise on community health promotion and an internationally renowned Old Testament scholar in wisdom literature are the 2015 Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion Distinguished Alumni/ae Award recipients. READ MORE »

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