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Danny Glover gives keynote address (moderated by VDS Professor Dale Pl Andrews) at Vanderbilt's MLK Day commemoration
January 22, 2014—Vanderbilt's 30th MLK Commemorative Series concluded Monday night with a keynote address by actor and humanitarian Danny Glover. The world-renowned actor and producer has a unique story compared to many other celebrity good-doers--actors turned humanitarians, musicians turned advocates for the under-privileged. Glover, instead, was activist first, and actor second. READ MORE »
January 21, 2014—Abortion is one of the most contentiously debated issues in the current American political climate. Today marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We should pause and examine the ways in which reproductive health rights and justice are progressing, or, more accurately, are at risk of regressing in Tennessee. READ MORE »
Professor Bruce Morrill is quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article on the Chicago Archdiocese story
January 21, 2014—Some 6,000 documents from the Archdiocese of Chicago posted online Tuesday offer an unprecedented look into the internal discussions and actions of a major branch of the Roman Catholic Church as it dealt with past clerical sexual abuse of minors. READ MORE »
January 20, 2014—The American Revolution was very much a holy and just religious war, writes Rabbi Eli Kavon. A study of the religious roots of the American Revolution by Jimmy Byrd, associate professor of American religious history, is mentioned. READ MORE »
January 17, 2014—In a small, unassuming brick house across the street from Christ the King Church, Jon and Natasha Stotts dote on their 3-month-old daughter Eloise, exchanging smiles as she plays on the living room floor. The dog eagerly sniffs the baby; the cat darts by and hides in a corner. It's a pretty typical scene for a young family enjoying a low key day together at home. READ MORE »
January 19, 2014—On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we honor and look up to this man who gave his life to the movement and for the movement. As a leader of the mobilization, he called upon all Americans to join him in the struggle against discrimination, violence, war and poverty. READ MORE »
January 13, 2014—Vanderbilt University Divinity School will develop strategies to boost the economic well-being of its future graduates, thanks to a $250,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. READ MORE »
Divinity School alumnus Wes Crawford's book, Shattering the Illusion, which was developed from his dissertation, is reviewed.
November 1, 2013—Crawford is preaching minister for the Glenwood Church of Christ in Tyler, Texas, and this book is a product of his dissertation at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where he earned a doctorate in church history. READ MORE »
January 5, 2014—From FSR, Inc. article: I've been following the uproar and then tamping down of the remarks Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson made in a recent GQ interview that equated homosexuality with bestiality, homosexuals as terrorists, and Black folk being happy in the pre-Civil Rights South. READ MORE »
December 31, 1969—The innate human drive for survival -- one's own, as well as that of those for whom we find ourselves (in any number of personal and social ways) responsible -- contributes to human efforts to do something when a life is threatened. In the moment of medical crisis, that is, a turning point exerting urgency in changed conditions, the seemingly innate reaction on the part of all is: "What can be done here?" READ MORE »
Op-Ed by Joe E. Pennel Jr: Christmas miracle of God's love for us best told in whisper by Joe E. Pennel Jr.
December 23, 2013—Our hunger for the predictable and the familiar is one of the reasons that we enjoy and appreciate this time of the year. READ MORE »
December 31, 1969—2011 Vanderbilt Divinity School alumna Kelley Frances Fenelon directs the Nashville Mobile Market. READ MORE »
December 31, 1969—A Reflection from The Mountain Circuit by Rev. Krysta Rexrode Wolfe, MDiv13 READ MORE »
Christianity Today names "Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution" by James P. Byrd one of the best books of the year.
December 12, 2013— READ MORE »
December 5, 2013—As a Jewish youngster in a mostly Catholic neighborhood, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine began her fascination with the New Testament at a young age. She's now Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University's Divinity School, and in that role, she's written several books about Jesus, about the New Testament and misunderstandings of Jesus as a Jew. She joins us while she's in the area as Scholar-in-Residence with Temple Emanuel in Gastonia to talk about Jesus, Judaism, and Jewish-Christian relations. READ MORE »