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2018 Divinity School Program Certificate Recipients


The Presentation of Certificates

Associate Dean Snarr

Certificates earned in the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

Established in 1995 with a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality seeks to promote a dialogue within and across religious affiliations, ideological bases, and cultural contexts on the complex issues of religion, gender, and sexuality.

Over the last twenty years, the Carpenter Program has invited students to examine these topics and to engage in an interdisciplinary study that is nonpartisan in its theological outlook or political orientation.

Five graduates have fulfilled the prescribed course of study for the certificate in the Carpenter Program:

Dawn Marie Bennett

Byron Tyler Coles

Hanna Mackenzie McFall

Rj Robles

Alexandra Catherine Felber

Certificates earned in the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies

The Kelly Miller Smith Institute’s Certificate Program in Black Church Studies was established to provide educational opportunities for pastors, laity, and Divinity School students whereby they may enhance their understanding of ministry in the black church and perpetuate the legacy of Reverend Smith, who served as assistant dean of the Divinity School from 1968 until his death in 1984.

These students have earned the certificate in Black Church Studies:

Evan Regis Bunch

Christopher Spencer Gurley, Jr.

Julian Alston Cobb

Eldrick Tyrone Jacobs, Jr.

Tijuan L. Debnam

Morgan-Allison Renea Moore

Gregory Fontus

Candice Marie Nunn

Jessica Ganzie

Rebecca Ann Wilcox                                 

Certificates earned in Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture

To encourage future educators and ministers to imagine the importance of the creative arts in theological reflection and contemporary worship, the Divinity School established the program, Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture. Supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the program develops relationships between the arts community and the Divinity School and provides opportunities for our students to explore the theological contexts and religious dimensions of the visual arts, music, and literature.

During this academic year, these students have completed the program of study for the certificate in Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture:

Kelsey Laine Davis

Armando Guerrero Estrada

Julia Jean Liden

Josephine Kay

William Steven Stone, Jr.

Ryan Kim

Luther Young, Jr.

Certificates earned in Jewish Studies

Vanderbilt University offers an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies. The Certificate provides graduate and professional students with access to interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of Jewish Studies, supplies them with a valuable professional credential, and strengthens their ability to compete for jobs as well as for national fellowship and postdoctoral awards.

Julia Jean Liden

Jeremy Sloderbeck

Cassia Noelle Kisshauer