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Global hunger activist and expert to speak at Vanderbilt

September 16, 2013—Roger Thurow, whose reporting on famine in Africa has received international accolades, will speak at Vanderbilt University Divinity School Wednesday, Sept. 18. READ MORE »


Teach, Pray, Lead

September 9, 2013—Divinity students, faculty and staff will welcome new leadership when the Rev. Emilie M. Townes is installed in August as the school's 16th dean. She is also the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair and professor of womanist ethics and society. Townes, an ordained American Baptist clergywoman, most recently was an associate dean and noted scholar at Yale Divinity School. She looks forward to the opportunity "to be in conversation" with people throughout the Vanderbilt community as she guides a school historically known for its devotion to social justice. READ MORE »


'Vicar of Baghdad' to speak at VU on extraordinary ministry

September 5, 2013—Canon Andrew White, pastor of one of the largest churches in Iraq, will discuss "Faith and Leadership Under Fire in the Middle East" Sept. 12 at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. READ MORE »


Emilie Townes installed as Divinity School's 16th dean

August 26, 2013—The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes was installed Aug. 23 as the Vanderbilt Divinity School's 16th dean during an emotional service that included reflections on Townes' accomplishments from her new Vanderbilt colleagues as well as Dr. Harold Attridge, the immediate past dean of Yale Divinity School. READ MORE »


Vanderbilt Divinity School to install Townes as 16th dean

August 19, 2013—The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes will be installed as the 16th dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School Aug. 23 at Benton Chapel. READ MORE »


Vanderbilt shows leadership by hiring Emilie Townes as Divinity School dean

August 4, 2013—Women, African-Americans and homosexuals have long been forced to work harder and bear more in order to achieve professional respect and responsible positions. This has been due to preconceived ideas of their abilities as well as old-fashioned, irrational hostility toward their status. READ MORE »


Sign up now for Vanderbilt Osher fall classes

August 6, 2013—Hot topics in astronomy, pioneering African American film stars, medical advances, and the history of fashion are among the fall classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt. READ MORE »


Vanderbilt divinity professor says pope's comments on gay priests reaffirms human dignity

December 31, 1969—A Vanderbilt divinity school professor and Jesuit priest said that Pope Francis's comments about not judging gays ends a message that the church values all people- including gays. READ MORE »


Vanderbilt divinity dean stresses importance of community

July 28, 2013—One of the first lessons that Emilie Townes learned in church came from her grandmother. There's a difference, her grandmother said, between acting pious and being faithful. READ MORE »


Biblically justifying war

July 24, 2013—In this blog post by former Kansas City Star columnist Bill Tammeus on how biblical illiteracy runs amok among many public officials, a recent book by James P. Byrd, associate dean for graduate education and research in the graduate Department of Religion, is mentioned. The book, Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution, was recently published by Oxford University Press. READ MORE »



Announcing HRC's Fourth Summer Institute for Religious Scholars and Theologians

July 15, 2013—The Human Rights Campaign is proud to announce the fourth annual Scholarship & Mentorship Program for Religion and Theological Study at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN. READ MORE »


Was the American Revolution a holy war?

July 5, 2013—Holy war can seem like something that happened long ago or that happens far away -- the Crusades of medieval Europe, for example, or jihadists fighting secular forces today. But since their country's founding, Americans have often thought of their wars as sacred, even when the primary objectives have been political. READ MORE »


UCC national officers overwhelmingly re-elected at General Synod

July 1, 2013—As the United Church of Christ readies to live into a new reality of unified governance, three of the Officers of the Church were overwhelmingly re-elected by the delegates of General Synod 2013. READ MORE »


Guess: 'We are strong'

July 1, 2013—News from the UCC Synod from our very own, Ben Guess, MDiv'91 READ MORE »



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