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Retired Topeka minister recalls friendship with civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis

July 28, 2020— When civil rights pioneer and longtime Congressman John Lewis died last Friday at age 80, a Topeka pastor lost not only someone he looked up to, but also a close personal friend. "He certainly changed my life," said the Rev. Dick Dickinson (BD’60), pastor emeritus of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Topeka. Dickinson got to know Lewis in 1960 when the two served on a committee that organized sit-ins to integrate lunch counters in Nashville. At that time, Dickinson was a student at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville.
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Becca Stevens, MDiv’90, named 2020 alumni award recipient

July 4, 2020—The Vanderbilt Alumni Association Board of Directors announces its 2020 alumni award recipients. “It is an honor to celebrate these alumni, who are leaders in their professions and in their communities,” said Jodie Leeka Kim, BE’10, ME’11, awards committee chair for the Alumni Association Board. “They are shining examples of the impact of the Vanderbilt experience.”
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United Methodist pastor hopes liturgy on anti-racism creates a moment that builds a movement

July 4, 2020—The Rev. Sam McGlothlin wrote a liturgy lamenting the deaths of Black men and women at the hands of police for a class project. Four years later, McGlothlin pulled out the prayers. They were needed again.
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Six interdisciplinary programs awarded TIPs funding for 2020

July 4, 2020—A total of 52 faculty members from across the campus, along with graduate and undergraduate students, will work on the 2020 TIPs projects, which includes Divinity faculty.
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Luce Foundation grant bolsters Divinity School’s relief efforts after tornado, COVID-19

July 4, 2020—A rapid response grant of $150,000 by the Henry Luce Foundation will continue the intensive humanitarian efforts of Vanderbilt Divinity School after tornadoes wreaked havoc across Tennessee in early March, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Father Malloy marks 50 years as a Holy Cross priest

April 6, 2020—April 4, marks the 50th anniversary of Edward “Monk” Malloy's ordination. While in seminary, Father Malloy earned two master’s degrees, in English and theology, and following his ordination he earned a doctorate in Christian ethics from Vanderbilt University, where there is now a chaired professorship in his name and he was a member of the board of trustees for several terms.
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Four guidelines for improvising pastoral leadership through a pandemic

April 2, 2020—How will ministers lead through unnavigated territory, meet moral obligations for loving our neighbors and ourselves, guide and care for our people in an unprecedented time of uncertainty, and hold out hope in the face of despair?
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Our days are full of uncertainty. We asked religious leaders for guidance on making it through.

April 2, 2020—emile m. townes shares wisdom for weathering these uncertain times.
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Vanderbilt Divinity and VA partner on doctor of ministry for chaplains

March 20, 2020—A new partnership between Vanderbilt Divinity School and Mental Health and Chaplaincy, a national program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration, will relaunch a doctor of ministry program at Vanderbilt. The program aims to equip chaplains with best practices for providing high-quality, evidence-based care for persons with diverse psychosocial–spiritual needs.
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Hidden Histories: Faith as a Site of Black Lesbian Activism

March 20, 2020—GDR alumna Monique Moultrie, Visiting Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and African American Religions, gave the lecture, “Hidden Histories: Faith as a Site of Black Lesbian Activism" at Harvard Divinity School.
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AMBS board appoints Larry to teaching faculty

February 26, 2020—The Board of Directors of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary recently appointed Susannah M. Larry of Nashville, Tennessee, as assistant professor of biblical studies. Upon completing her M.T.S. in 2014, she received Vanderbilt’s Founder’s Medal for first honors in the Divinity School graduating class and the A.J. Mattill Award for distinction in New Testament studies.
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Vanderbilt Divinity to host ‘Stirring the Waters Across America’ Feb. 28

February 26, 2020—Vanderbilt University will host “Stirring the Waters Across America,” a theatrical concert event, on Friday, Feb. 28. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Langford Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
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Almsgiving: An overshadowed Lenten pillar has something to say

February 26, 2020—Why almsgiving, though considered a “work of justice pleasing to God”, isn’t a discipline much talked about. Read on from Father Bruce Morrill, the Edward A. Malloy professor of Catholic studies here at Vanderbilt Divinity.
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Department of Religious Studies Celebrates 50th Anniversary

February 11, 2020—Fifty years ago, the College of Arts and Science established its own department to study religion, independent of the Divinity School. Under the theme “The First 50 Years, the Next 50 Years,” Religious Studies is marking the milestone anniversary with activities such as an online exhibition of student work, a guest speaker series, and special seminars.
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Luce Foundation renews funding for Vanderbilt Divinity anti-racism initiative

February 11, 2020—A Vanderbilt Divinity School collaboration committed to harnessing the power of public theology to combat racism will thrive and expand its reach, thanks to renewed support from the Henry Luce Foundation.
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