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Smallwood joins Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative

August 1, 2017—he Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood, a public theologian and attorney with a strong commitment to scholarship and activism, has been named associate director and postdoctoral fellow of the Vanderbilt Divinity School Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative. READ MORE »


Rev. Joaquin Garcia Honored with Francis Asbury Award

July 25, 2017—Board of Visitor member and alumnus, Joaquin Garcia, M.Div. ’98, honored with Francis Asbury Award READ MORE »


Cash is king in religion — so churches are installing ATM’s

June 28, 2017—Why do people need cash in churches? The appearance of automated teller machines in the lobbies of evangelical churches just over a dozen years ago demonstrated the strong affinity between cash and conservative evangelicals. The machines themselves also signaled that America was in fact becoming a cashless society, writes James Hudnut-Beumler, Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History. The article originally appeared in The Conversation. READ MORE »


New interview with Amy-Jill Levine about her new book

June 27, 2017—New interview with Amy-Jill Levine about her new book, "Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons", coauthored with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and illustrated by Margaux Meganck. READ MORE »


How social media has changed religion

June 26, 2017—A monastery of 10 nuns on the Italian island of Sardinia is using social media to share their community’s work and ensure its very survival. READ MORE »


The Tennessean: Glenn Funk wants city leaders to discuss restorative justice. Here’s what that means

May 15, 2017—Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk said Thursday he wants city leaders to promote funding for a restorative justice program in Nashville. Graham Reside, assistant professor of ethics and society and executive director of the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions, teaches a course about restorative justice and describes it as “more victim-focused than the traditional court system.” READ MORE »


Dean Emilie M. Townes to receive honorary degree from Sewanee

April 13, 2017—The University of the South has announced the Baccalaureate speaker and honorary degree recipients who will be honored during Commencement weekend, May 12-14, 2017. Divinity Dean Emilie M. Townes is among the honorees. READ MORE »


The Boston Pilot: Roman missal calls Easter Vigil 'mother of all vigils' for a reason

April 10, 2017—The article explores the history of the Easter Vigil in the Roman Catholic Church. Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy professor of Catholic studies, is quoted. READ MORE »


Divinity School lecture April 13: Using liturgy to empower the oppressed

April 10, 2017—Ann Hidalgo, a specialist in Latin American feminist theology, will deliver Vanderbilt Divinity School's inaugural Emerging Scholar Lecture April 13. READ MORE »


Nooga.com (Chattanooga, Tennessee): Tennessee faith leaders oppose Trump’s Supreme Court nomination

April 6, 2017—The Southern Christian Coalition, which includes numerous faith leaders from across Tennessee, expressed concern Tuesday about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. The group urged Sen. Bob Corker to oppose a rule change in an effort to get Gorsuch confirmed. Joe Sheeran, a Vanderbilt Divinity School student and member of the Southern Christian Coalition, is quoted. READ MORE »


Vanderbilt: The Rev. Shantell Hinton (M.Div. '16) named Assistant Chaplain & Assistant Director of Religious Life

April 6, 2017—The Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life (OUCRL) announces the hiring of the Reverend Shantell Hinton as Assistant Chaplain and Assistant Director of Religious Life, furthering its mission as an office under the DOS Area of Social Justice and Identity. READ MORE »


Faith Matters Network: Alumna Jennifer Bailey on NPR's Indivisible March 30

March 30, 2017—Tune into your local National Public Radio affiliate March 30 at 7pm CT/ 8pm ET as the Rev. Jen Bailey, M.Div. '14 is live on Indivisible, public radio's national show about America in a time of change. READ MORE »


The Tennessean: Vanderbilt Divinity School, Gideon’s Army to hold reconciliation hearings on policing

March 29, 2017—Vanderbilt Divinity School and Gideon’s Army think now is the time to have serious conversations as a community about race and policing in Nashville. The divinity school, in partnership with the social justice nonprofit that authored last fall’s “Driving While Black” report, is holding a series of truth and reconciliation hearings. Emilie Townes, the dean of the divinity school, is part of the team putting the hearings together. Amy Steele, assistant dean for student life, and Andrew Krinks, a doctoral student in Graduate Department of Religion, are quoted. READ MORE »


The Telegraph: Loving enemies and not resisting evildoers

March 27, 2017—Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, visited Macon for Mercer University’s annual Harry Vaughan Smith Christianity lectures a few years ago. She was teaching on Jesus’ parables, about which she is an expert, and someone asked her, “Of all of Jesus’ teachings, is there anything he said that was unique?” Levine is quoted. READ MORE »


The Tennessean: 6 cultural things to do this week

March 27, 2017—Triptych gallery exhibit at Vanderbilt Divinity School featured among this week's arts and culture events. READ MORE »



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