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Community Engagement

community breakfast

Our Community Breakfasts are a way of inviting the larger community into the Divinity School. These Breakfasts provide opportunities for the community to meet VUDS faculty, students, and staff, to hear about topics and projects of current interest, and to consider together important issues confronting us on local, national, and global levels. These Breakfasts provide a setting for getting to know one another and to discover our common interests. 

annual lecture

Ingrid Mattson

October 6 - 7, 2016
Ingrid Mattson

Philanthropist Edmund W. Cole, president of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad and treasurer of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, endowed the annual Cole Lecture Series in 1892 "for the defense and advocacy of the Christian religion." Cole's gift provided for the first sustained lectureship in the history of Vanderbilt University.


Dennis Dickerson

November 10, 2016
Dennis Dickerson

The  Howard L. Harrod Lecture  was established to honor Harrod, the Oberlin Alumni Professor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion, who taught for more than 30 years at Vanderbilt. 



community breakfast

Scarritt Bennett Center

In partnership with the Scarritt-Bennett Center, Vanderbilt Divinity School offers laity and clergy the opportunity to explore different ways to combine leadership development through justice-making via lectures by poets and writers, workshops on social change, other artistic media, and a Civil Rights immersion. This partnership draws on the expertise of both institutions and their historic commitments to offer people of faith resources for building a more just and faithful future. 

 The Fall 2016 Transformative Justice series dates are:

September 29, 2016
Conversation and Workshop with Monica Raye Simpson
Vanderbilt Divinity School
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 


Ina Corinne Brown Lecture featuring Monica Raye Simpson
Scarritt Bennett Center
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

September 30-October 1
Action Summit: Restoring Justice in the City
Baptist World Center

October 6 - 7
Cole Lectures 
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Benton Chapel

December 3
Relevant Religion Series

Vanderbilt Divinity School
9:00 am - 12:00 noon 

 Relavant Religion

Relevant Religion


The Relevant Religion series is an open forum that offers community participants a condensed and intense period of time to consider one topic or issue that is relevant on local, national, and global levels.  These educational opportunities bring together persons from various denominations and religious traditions and serve as occasions for lively exchanges of viewpoints.

December 3
Reaching for Hope and Building Justice in a Time of Lament: The Embodied Realities of Spiritual Trauma