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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 »


Tennessee Register: Lecture addresses 'human solidarity' between Christians, Jews

March 27, 2017—Fr. James Bernauer, S.J., delivered two lectures March 13 and 14 at Christ the King School and Vanderbilt Divinity School on “A Human Solidarity: Jews, Jesuits and Holocaust Remembrance.” READ MORE »


Letter 61, Values and Voices: VDS Alumna Jennifer L. Koosed

March 21, 2017—On Day 61 of the new presidential administration, Vanderbilt alumna Jennifer Koosed (MTS'97, PhD'04) joins a national nonpartisan campaign that brings together scholars from a diverse range of religious traditions to articulate core American values that have grounded our nation in the past and should guide us forward at this time of transition. READ MORE »


The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana): A Jew and a Christian face off in scholarly dialogue on March 25

March 16, 2017—Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, joins an evangelical New Testament scholar in a dialogue on the Jewishness of Jesus at an upcoming forum in faith and culture at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on March 25. READ MORE »


WOW: Dean Emilie M. Townes named among women of faith battling religious patriarchy

March 15, 2017—Whether it’s through seeking ordination, challenging traditional gender norms, offering feminist interpretations of theology, or simply making space for women in sacred place and conversations, these female leaders are showing the world what women of faith are capable of achieving. READ MORE »


David Livingston PhD'98 named 10th President of Lewis University

March 14, 2017—Graduate Department of Religion alumnus David Livingston, President of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio has been appointed as the 10th President of Lewis University. READ MORE »


Nashville Pride: ‘Driving While Black’ focus of Vanderbilt Divinity breakfast

March 13, 2017—Highlights from “Driving While Black: A Report on Racial Profiling in Metro Nashville Police Department Traffic Stops” will be shared at a Vanderbilt Divinity School community breakfast March 14. READ MORE »



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