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October 2, 2014—George Clinton, singer, songwriter and mastermind of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective, will be featured at a Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion and Divinity School symposium Oct. 18. READ MORE »

Open forum with Dean Emilie Townes at Divinity Community Breakfast

September 17, 2014—Vanderbilt Divinity Dean Emilie M. Townes will speak briefly about her continuing vision for the Divinity School and then invite questions and comments at a community breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 25. READ MORE »

ferguson o ferguson... by Dean Emilie M. Townes

September 3, 2014—Posted in Feminist Studies in Religion READ MORE »

Amy-Jill Levine: Vanderbilt biblical scholar offers fresh look at Jesus' parables

September 2, 2014—A renowned New Testament scholar at Vanderbilt University who studies Jesus' first-century context has found that his parables, when heard in their own historical setting, have surprising messages that speak to readers 2,000 years later. READ MORE »

(Lunch) Box series resumes with Divinity Dean Emilie Townes

August 29, 2014—The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes will discuss recent events in the news from her perspective as an ethicist with a commitment to social justice when Thinking Out of the (Lunch) Box: Conversations with a Philosophical Flavor with David Wood resumes Sept. 3. Each talk at the Nashville Public Library begins with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the talk at noon. READ MORE »

Vanderbilt Divinity hosts 'Subjects with Objects' exhibition

August 29, 2014—An exhibition of paintings that were produced on location in pubs, restaurants and other public spaces and have interpretive, poetic captions will be displayed at Vanderbilt Divinity School Sept. 4 through Nov. 13. READ MORE »

Published in The Christian Century by Amy-Jill Levine "A parable and its baggage: What the Prodigal Son Story doesn't mean"

August 25, 2014—When it comes to parables and to ancient texts in general, our listening skills are not as developed as they should be. Not only do we frequently miss the original provocation, and not only do we frequently default to simplistic interpretations, we also often import ahistorical and anachronistic readings that deform the good news of the gospel into something Jesus would neither recognize nor condone. If the interpreter knows nothing about Jesus' Jewish context other than the stereotype of "Jesus came to fix Judaism, so therefore Judaism--whatever it was--must have been bad," then the parables will be interpreted in a deformed way. READ MORE »

Vanderbilt honors Rev. T. Ogletree, founding pastor of Vestavia Hills Methodist, who officiated son's same-sex wedding

August 25, 2014—Vanderbilt University plans to honor a former Vestavia Hills minister whose church trial for officiating his son's same-sex wedding was dropped earlier this year. READ MORE »

Memorial service set for Dale Johnson, Vanderbilt professor of church history

August 18, 2014—Dale Johnson, a retired Vanderbilt professor of church history who was editor of a book that traced the history of the Divinity School, has died. READ MORE »

Sister Elizabeth Johnson: 'The waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable' VDS Professor Bruce Morrill is quoted.

August 16, 2014—A nun who drew U.S. Catholic bishops' ire with what they consider radical feminist writings fired back Friday, saying their investigation of women's orders is wasteful when financial mismanagement and sexual abuses are being covered up. Bruce Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies, is quoted. READ MORE »

Vanderbilt names dorm for civil rights leader Kelly Miller Smith. VDS Prof. Forrest Harris is quoted.

August 13, 2014—Smith Hall honors a man who also was the assistant dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School from 1969 until he died in 1984. READ MORE »

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