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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 »


VDS Alumna Donna Parramore to be appointed as United Methodist District Superintendent

March 6, 2017—Bishop William T. McAlilly of the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church announced today his intention to appoint Rev. Donna A. Parramore as a district superintendent of the Tennessee Conference later this year. READ MORE »


Dean Emilie M. Townes named one of 10 Important Women Theologians You Should Be Reading

March 6, 2017—In honor of Women’s History Month, Englewood Review of Books published this recommended list of important women theologians. Dean Townes and Dean Emerita Sallie McFague are featured. READ MORE »


WKRN: Protestors urge protection for transgender community

March 1, 2017—News Channel 2 reported a rally of about 100 protesters was held in Nashville on Friday to support transgender rights. R.J. Robles, a Vanderbilt Divinity School student, was interviewed. READ MORE »


Brooklyn Daily Eagle (New York): Vanderbilt seminary scholar leads talk on gender, racial justice

February 24, 2017—Emilie Townes, dean of the Vanderbilt Divinity School, will hold a workshop on “The Power of Love in Hard Times Like These: Conversations on Gender and Racial Justice,” at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights. READ MORE »


Nashville Scene: Splices: A Full Belcourt Docket, Get Out and Tickled

February 24, 2017—In a roundup of events this week for The Belcourt, Hortense Spillers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English, and Terrance Dean, a doctoral student in the Graduate Department of Religion, are noted as being a guest speakers in a post-screening discussion of “I Am Not Your Negro,” scheduled to start at 7 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 24. READ MORE »


Catholic News Service: Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

February 22, 2017—In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark. That’s because not only are Catholics marked with a sign of penitence with ashes on their foreheads, but the rich symbolism of the rite itself draws Catholics to churches in droves even though it is not a holy day of obligation and ashes do not have to be distributed during a Mass. Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies, is quoted. READ MORE »


From CNN: Amy-Jill Levine: on Why Jesus' parables make us uncomfortable

February 17, 2017—Jesus’ parables — short stories with moral lessons — were designed to draw us in but leave us uncomfortable. These teachings can be read as being about divine love and salvation. But, their first listeners — first century Jews in Galilee and Judea — heard much more challenging messages. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, writes about four examples of Jesus’ teachings that everybody gets wrong. READ MORE »


Bruce Rogers-Vaughn quoted on NPR, Vanderbilt Non-Tenured Faculty Push to Unionize

February 17, 2017—Vanderbilt University’s lecturers and adjunct professors are trying to organize a union on campus. It would be the first faculty union at a private university in Tennessee, following a recent trend of organizing at elite schools. The report includes a statement from the Office of the Provost. READ MORE »


Letter 18, Values and Voices: Dean Emilie M. Townes reflects on the Common Good

February 13, 2017—On Day 18 of the American Values, Religious Voices campaign, Divinity School dean Emilie M. Townes writes a letter to the Trump Administration and Congress. READ MORE »


VDS Faculty contribute letters on behalf of American Values Religious Voices: 100 Day campaign

January 30, 2017—American Values Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters. is 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 »



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