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Listen: Divinity professor offers new look at Book of Judges

December 6, 2013—Profound changes have occurred in the study of early Israel over the past four decades. Jack M. Sasson, the Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, offers a new appreciation of the first 12 chapters of the book of Judges in a forthcoming book. READ MORE »

Growing up on The Commons

November 20, 2013—Living on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, from a child's perspective (VDS Professor, Paul Lim's son, Christian) READ MORE »

Use your gifts to bless others

November 27, 2013—Sister Melannie, a sister of Notre Dame, gives talks and leads retreats at the national level. She had this to say about Thanksgiving: "Today, we pause and give thanks for all of the blessings we have received: family, friends, faith, freedom, health, trees, flowers, apples, rivers, whales and honeybees. We acknowledge that all is a gift, all a blessing. READ MORE »

Breaking down Jewish-Christian relations: Vanderbilt professor to speak at free event

November 29, 2013—On Dec. 5, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will bring her expertise to Unity Place in Gastonia to speak on "Jesus, Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations." The free public lecture is one of several events organized by Gastonia's Temple Emanuel in honor of the synagogue's 100th anniversary. READ MORE »

Vanderbilt Divinity School

December 31, 1969—Vanderbilt Divinity School has a strong commitment to the education of future scholars and teachers of religion and the preparation of leaders who will be agents of social justice. The school, founded in 1875 as the Biblical Department of Vanderbilt University, deeply values the importance of increasing the number of Latina/o students and faculty in theological education and, therefore, responding to the spiritual needs of the Hispanic population. READ MORE »

Voices of giving: A Schola Prophetarum perspective

November 18, 2013—Keith Caldwell came to study at the Vanderbilt Divinity School because he wants to help re-imagine a better version of this world. READ MORE »

Voices of giving: A Schola Prophetarum perspective

November 17, 2013—Keith Caldwell came to study at the Vanderbilt Divinity School because he wants to help reimagine a better version of this world. "People here are not just doing God talk," Keith says. "They are pulling it down and putting it in action." READ MORE »

Nashville students ushered out Jim Crow

December 31, 1969—n fall 1959, Nashville college students began filing into the fellowship hall of a local black church. They gathered for hours, listening attentively to James Lawson, a Methodist minister and Vanderbilt University divinity student who was drafted by Martin Luther King to teach the principles of passive resistance to students from Fisk and Tennessee State universities, American Baptist Theological Seminary and Meharry Medical College. They would role-play a sit-in and learn how not to respond when the attacks became brutal. READ MORE »

Vanderbilt Divinity professor awarded Yale Coffin award

November 12, 2013—The Rev. Donald Beisswenger, a retired Vanderbilt Divinity School professor known for his civil rights advocacy and deep concern for others, has been awarded the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. READ MORE »

Seminaries that Change the World: A Growing List of Transitioning Institutions for Transformational Times

November 11, 2013—Question: Where do you go to graduate school if you want to change the world? Answer: Yale Law School, Harvard School of Education, Stanford School of Business, the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, Wesley Seminary or Vanderbilt Divinity School. READ MORE »

Bishop follows conscience, changes gay marriage views

November 6, 2013—Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert is one of many pastors nationwide who have defied church doctrine to perform a same-sex marriage, exposing himself to church discipline, with potential punishments ranging from verbal rebukes to loss of their ordinations. James Hudnut-Beumler, Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, is quoted. READ MORE »

The Gospel of Amy-Jill Levine

November 1, 2013—The Life and times of a Jewish New Testament Scholar: From Pope John XXIII to Pope Francis READ MORE »

Renowned MLK scholar to deliver 2013 Harrod Lecture

October 31, 2013—Lewis V. Baldwin, who has devoted much of his life to teaching and scholarship on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., will deliver Vanderbilt University Divinity School's 2013 Harrod Lecture Nov. 7. READ MORE »

Former 'hippie' turns talents to religious poetry

October 25, 2013—Andrew William Smith, MTS1, of Cookeville describes his younger self in the late '80s and early '90s as a "punk rocker" and "hippie," who partied with the best of them, however in 2009, he had a spiritual awakening. READ MORE »

John Wesley jack-o-lantern is Autumn work of Rev. Jason W. Jones at McKenzie First UMC

October 15, 2013—Rev. Jason W. Jones, MDiv'11, of McKenzie First UMC in McKenzie, Tenn., guessed it had been about 25 years since he'd carved a pumpkin, but he'd never done it by himself. READ MORE »

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