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20 April 2011

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  Cal Turner Program

Is there no balm in Gilead? Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership hosts conference on health care and justice

Not only is health care an important political issue, it is a moral and religious one. Just over a year after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Chris McCain, a second-year master of divinity student, had an idea to encourage local religious leaders to join the conversation. With the support of the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership and the Professions, McCain's idea of convening leaders from local churches, synagogues, hospitals and nonprofit organizations was made a reality through at a half-day conference held March 3. McCain reflects here on the events, the lessons learned, and the journey of respecting and caring for all of God's people. Read more >>

    Vanderbilt Pastoral Care

Vanderbilt Pastoral Care joins forces with doctors to address complicated grief

The Rev. Lillian Strahine, MDiv'09, a chaplain with Vanderbilt Pastoral Care, has entered into a unique partnership with two Vanderbilt doctors to develop a plan to provide better emotional support to patients and families who experience loss or life-altering injury. This innovative partnership is touching the lives of patients and medical providers and will eventually result in the development of a regional bereavement support network. Read more >>


Want to volunteer, connect with classmates or recruit prospective students?
Would you be interested in connecting with alumni/ae or current and prospective students? We are looking for volunteers. Please take a moment to update your contact information and let us know how you would like to help.


Catherine Keller delivers annual Antoinette Brown Lecture
The annual Antoinette Brown Lecture was held on March 24. Catherine Keller, professor of constructive theology at Drew University, delivered an address entitled, "And Truth—so Manifold! Transfeminist Entanglements."

  In the news

GABLE co-sponsored Bishop Gene Robinson's campus lecture on March 14. Bishop Robinson's lecture, "Being Gay: Does It Really Get Better?" was a part of LGBT Health Week sponsored by Vanderbilt Medical School GSA.

Paul Chang-Ha Lim, assistant professor of the history of Christianity, was selected as one of the seven scholars to be named Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for 2011–2012.

While Mark Miller-McLemore, assistant professor of the practice of ministry and dean of the Disciples Divinity House, was on sabbatical this past fall, he published two articles about renewal and leadership. "The Dark Side of Sabbatical" was published on the Duke Divinity sponsored Faith and Leadership website. Additionally, Miller-McLemore published "Leadership in Scarcity" in Congregations, the magazine of the Alban Institute.

Dr. Ralph "Curtis" Steele, MDiv'87, has just released a new book titled Save Millions with Conflict Coaching.

If you would like to share your news or photos with the e-Spire community, please email us at AlumniDivinity@vanderbilt.edu.

19 20 Upcoming events

The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership along with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health present

A New Look at Old Problem: Your Professional Role in Responding to Interpersonal Violence
A roundtable discussion

4–6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17
Vanderbilt University
Scarritt Student Center
Room 216/220

The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership Leadership Development Breakfast

7:30–9 a.m.
Thursday, April 28
Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room
Register now

Contemplating a New Story for Leadership Development

Tracy Puett
Director, Leadership and Organizational Development at The Vanderbilt Clinics
Katherine Baker
Assistant Director, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching


Save the date for Homecoming 2011
October 20–22

We hope you can make plans now to attend Homecoming 2011. R. Scott Appleby, professor of history and director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the 2011 Cole Lecture. Please keep an eye out for information in the coming months about the great opportunities planned to reconnect you with VDS/GDR and your classmates. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Meagan Burton-Krieger at meagan.burton-krieger@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 322-6749. We look forward to seeing you in October!


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