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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 »


Vanderbilt professor awarded Roland H. Bainton Book Prize

October 24, 2013—Paul C.H. Lim, a Vanderbilt University religious historian, has received the 2013 Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England. READ MORE »


Vanderbilt Divinity Breakfast: Digging where Jezebel lived

October 21, 2013—A renowned expert on the Hebrew Bible and six students who took part in an archaeological excavation at Jezreel, Israel, will share their experiences at a Vanderbilt Divinity School community breakfast Oct. 29. READ MORE »


Advocate and Author Becca Stevens To Speak on "Living Out Love"

October 8, 2013—Author, Episcopal priest and women's advocate The Reverend Becca Stevens will be the featured speaker November 1 at the Annual Women's Forum hosted by Candler's Women, Theology & Ministry program. Stevens is founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise near Nashville, Tennessee, that supports women recovering from trafficking, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets. She will draw on the forum's theme, "Living Out Love," in her talk, "Living Out Love: Advocacy for Women as a Theological Practice." READ MORE »


Dr. Amy-Jill Levine to Give 11th REIF Lecture

September 25, 2013—All are invited to the 11TH ANNUAL PAT REIF MEMORIAL LECTURE Of Sheep, Coins, and Children: Finding the Lost Meanings of Jesus' Parables. READ MORE »


Townes: VDS positioned to be world divinity school

October 4, 2013—Emilie M. Townes is new to Vanderbilt and Nashville, but she is no stranger of the South. Townes grew up in Durham, N.C., as the curious daughter of college professors. READ MORE »


Words, deeds of Pope Francis 'speak to our hearts'

September 27, 2013—From the moment of his election as the new pope on March 13, Pope Francis has set a tone for his papacy and the church, one that is focused on a simpler lifestyle and an outreach to people. - See more at: http://www.dioceseofnashville.com/index.cfm?load=news&newsarticle=259#sthash.G3HuR97Z.dpuf READ MORE »


Pope Francis' social message making waves even among non-followers

October 7, 2013—Pope Francis says it's not necessary to talk about abortion, contraception and gay marriage all the time. He mourns that the world doesn't care if children are dying of hunger and urges the sacrifice of personal comfort for the greater good. VDS Professor, Bruce Morrill, is quoted in this article. READ MORE »



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