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20 June 2011

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  Dean James Hudnut-Beumler

Dean's charge to the Class of 2011

At Commencement, Dean James Hudnut-Beumler charged the Class of 2011 to cultivate doubt as they continue in the cycle of doubt/examination/new beliefs/commitments towards the discovery of wisdom. Read more >>

    Class of 2011

Giving is an act of gratitude that extends to the Class of 2011

Members of the Class of 2011 chose to make their first annual gifts to the Divinity School in gratitude for their theological education and in honor of those who have inspired and supported them in their pursuit. We are thankful that the Class of 2011 has chosen give back in such a meaningful way. Read more >>

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Enable, encourage and celebrate theological education at Vanderbilt

Join the hundreds of other alumni/ae and friends committed to supporting theological education at Vanderbilt by making your annual gift before June 30. Read more >>


Congratulations to our graduates, 2011 Founder's Medalist and award recipients

On May 13, we awarded 93 new VDS/GDR alumni/ae with their degrees at Commencement. While celebrating the Class of 2011, we also honored our Founder's Medalist and 14 other graduates in recognition of their contributions to scholarship and service to the school and beyond. Congratulations, Class of 2011. Read more >>

  In the news

The Tennessean: More churches choose to settle issues at local level
Examining the national shift from top-down control to a more localized power within mainline denominations, Dean James Hudnut-Beumler comments on the positive and negative effects of this trend.

Robin Jensen, Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship, is featured in the latest installment of series of interviews featuring the Vanderbilt Divinity School faculty. Jensen discusses early Christian baptism with Chris Benda, the Divinity School librarian.

Patout Burns, Edward A. Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies, was among the 16 faculty members to receive emeritus status during Commencement.

Read more about Elizabeth Coyle and Vanderbilt's Founder's Medalists.

Nashville Scene: The longest ride
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, members of the historic group recount their journey against segregation. The Rev. James Lawson, a Vanderbilt Divinity School alumnus and former visiting professor, is honored.

19 20 Upcoming events

Save the date for Homecoming 2011
October 20–22

Make plans now to attend Homecoming 2011. The 2011 Cole Lectures will be given by R. Scott Appleby, professor of history and director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Please keep an eye out for information in July 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!

More on Appleby

Vanderbilt Divinity Reunion -- October 20-22, 2011 -- Come Back | Give Back


The Divinity School hosted the Rev. Ernesto Cardenal on campus in May as he recited poems from his recent collection, The Origin of Species and Other Poems. Watch the reading featuring the acclaimed poet and liberation theologian along with current Divinity students and faculty.

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


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