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Civil Rights Icon James Lawson Provides Living History At CSUN

February 13, 2014—Acclaimed civil rights leader the Rev. James Lawson is spending this spring teaching at California State University, Northridge and hoping to inspire students to follow the words of author Robert Louis Stevenson: "To be what you are capable of becoming what you can become is the sole end of life!" READ MORE »

Focus is on creative process at VU immigration reform symposium hosted by Vanderbilt Divinity School

February 14, 2014—Visual, film and musical artists will come together to explore new approaches to immigration reform at a public symposium Feb. 20 and 21 at Vanderbilt University and the Scarritt-Bennett Center. READ MORE »

Rabbi Randall Falk's conscience led city in stormy times

February 2, 2014—Late Nashville rabbi Randall Falk was an active participant in Nashville's Civil Rights movement. Bill Fitch, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School from 1961 - 1964, accompanied Falk on a 1964 march of Nashville religious leaders and is mentioned. READ MORE »

Impact of Pope Francis focus of Vanderbilt Divinity Breakfast by Professor Bruce Morrill

January 27, 2014—Bruce T. Morrill, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt University, will offer his perspective on Pope Francis' first year as the bishop of Rome during a Divinity School breakfast Feb. 11. READ MORE »

Dean Emilie Townes to speak for the Chaplain's Speaker Series

January 28, 2014—On February 26th at 7 pm in Vanderbilt University's Benton Chapel, the Chaplain's Speaker Series will return with Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, the 16th Dean of Vanderbilt's Divinity School. Dean Townes will give a talk entitled, "Does Your House Have Lions? Citizenship and Faith in Today's World." READ MORE »

Seeking the Kingdom - And Finding It by MDiv3 Jennifer Bailey

January 26, 2014—I've come to think of worship now not as a designated time, but rather a lifestyle that sees the presence of Christ in every action of our daily lives. READ MORE »

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 »

Opinion by alumnus Adam Kelchner on reproductive rights

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 »

Beyond exodus: Christian faith and the American Revolution

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 »

VDS students participate in community house & embrace 'radical Christian discipleship'

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 »

Honor MLK with action by Rev. Joe E. Pennel, Jr

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 »

Lilly Endowment funds planning resources for VU Divinity students

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 »

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