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The Horsemen of Israel and the Megiddo Experience

The passion that Deborah Cantrell, PhD'08, has for horses and her first visit to Israel inspired her to take a break from her law practice and study religion at Vanderbilt. Discussing her scholarly pursuits and educational encounters in Megiddo, Deborah explains how she came to write her new book, The Horsemen of Israel. Read more >>

Join us for Howard L. Harrod Lecture

Pre-eminent biblical scholar Norman K. Gottwald, Wilbur Webster White Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at New York Theological Seminary, will deliver the 2011 Howard L. Harrod Lecture at 7 p.m. November 10 in Benton Chapel.

Professor Gottwald's lecture is titled, "The Bible as Nurturer of Passive and Active Worldviews." While the Bible contributes substantially to social ethics on particular topics, in this lecture, Professor Gottwald will discuss aspects of the Bible that conduce Christians and Jews either to withdraw from the contested territory of social ethics or, in contrast, to engage in social ethical thought and practice as a specifically religious task.


2011 Imagination Grants through students' eyes

Six Vanderbilt Divinity students were awarded Imagination Grants to pursue independent research projects over the summer. Here is a look at some of their experiences.


Smith Lilley, a second-year master of divinity student, studied Christian reconciliation in Northern Ireland and Mississippi. In each place he observed and interviewed leaders at missional congregations and nonprofit organizations. He shares a picture of one of the many Loyalist paramilitary murals in East Belfast. This one is right across the street from the East Belfast Mission, a Methodist mission church that is undertaking a number of projects to redevelop the community which has suffered from economic collapse and violence.


Carter Ellis, a second-year master of divinity student, examined a French Protestant monastic community and how various worship styles empower participants to do work in the world. In Taizé, Carter studied how meditative worship creates space for clarity and stirs hearts for charity.


Nancy Hawthorne, a third-year master of divinity student, traveled to Uganda to understand women's leadership and liberation in the Ugandan Christian church through music and dance. When she arrived, Hawthorne struggled with how to accomplish this research goal, but as time went on she was able to work with Ugandan women to teach her about the ways God is working in their lives and the ways God is working in and through her.


Chris McCain, a third-year master of divinity student, spent the summer as a fellow at Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. He learned about the role of religious advocacy in relation to federal politics. Primarily focusing on issues of health care and poverty, he worked to educate Presbyterians and inform members of Congress about the position of his denomination.

  In the news

Becca Stevens recognized by White House
The Rev. Becca Stevens, MDiv'90, founder of the Magdalene program for survivors of addiction, abuse and prostitution, and its enterprise project Thistle Farms, has been chosen by President Obama as one of 15 "Champions of Change" to be recognized at a ceremony Thursday in Washington, D.C. Read more >>

UMNS Blog: Why I celebrate Labor Day
Carter Eillis, a second-year master of divinity student, writes about the link between faith and economic justice. She helped to organize this year's Labor in the Pulpit campaign across Nashville, encouraging pastors and Vanderbilt Divinity Students to preach and pray about laboring for economic justice. Read more >>

CNN: Preparing clergy for war: Army chaplains train by the hundreds for the combat zone
Second Lt. Adri Bullard, a third-year master of divinity student, is featured in a report about the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, S.C. Bullard spent the summer learning how to survive in combat without weapons. Read more >>

United Church of Christ News: Synod delegates elect new officers to Collegium
The Rev. J. Bennett Guess, MDiv'91, has been elected to serve as the executive minister for local church ministries for the United Church of Christ. He previously served as the director of the publishing and communications unit and as the church's news and communication director. Read more >>

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19 1920 Upcoming events

Homecoming/Reunion 2011

October 20–21

It is not too late to join us for Homecoming/Reunion! Stop by campus on Thursday and Friday as we celebrate Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Graduate Department of Religion at Homecoming/Reunion 2011. For the most up-to-date information, visit us online.

Community Breakfast

7:30–8:30 a.m.
Nov. 3
Reading Room

James P. Byrd
Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research and Assistant Professor of American Religious History
The Bible and Patriotism in Revolutionary America

The patriotic scripture shaped through the American Revolution viewed the Bible as a book of war and that wartime violence was spiritually meaningful if fought under God's inspiration. This message's ramifications would expand as the United States came to define itself through the justice and sacredness of its wars.

Holy Road: A Photographic Essay on Transience and Journey

Through Nov. 4
For gallery hours, visit religionandarts.com.

The Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture program at Vanderbilt Divinity School examines the philosophical and theological significances of the road in arts in its current exhibit.

Howard L. Harrod Lecture

7 p.m.
Nov. 10
Benton Chapel

Norman K. Gottwald
Wilbur Webster White Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at New York Theological Seminary

The Bible as Nurturer of Passive and Active Worldviews

The Howard L. Harrod Lecture was established to honor Harrod, the Oberlin Alumni Professor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion, and his more than 30-year teaching career. Harrod worked extensively in environmental ethics and activism and was an advocate for new ways of understanding the relationships of humans with the animal and natural worlds.

Book Signing

5–7 p.m.
Nov. 11
Barnes & Noble
2501 West End Ave.

Douglas A. Knight, the Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible, and Amy-Jill Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, sign copies of their new book, The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us.

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