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20 May 2011

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  Susan E. Hylen

Whoever is not against us is for us

Drawing from Mark 9, Susan E. Hylen, assistant professor of New Testament, delivered the message at Vanderbilt Divinity School's "Liturgy for Lent" community worship service. She challenged the community to find the overflowing surprises of God's power and resist our impulses to control and hinder such forces during the Lenten season. Read more >>


Celebrating Vanderbilt and Nashville women during Women's History Month

The Office of Women's Concern hosted the second annual celebration of women, "Making History," at the end of March. The night brought together our community to recognize the lives of eight women making a difference on campus, in Nashville, and beyond. Read more >>


Vanderbilt Divinity ReunionSave the date for Reunion/Homecoming 2011
October 20–22

Make plans now to attend Reunion/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 Lectures. 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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  In the news

Washington Post: Opinion: Mormons on Broadway could bring them to the White House
Kathleen Flake, associate professor of American religious history, writes that the irreverent new Broadway show The Book of Mormon by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker has a surprisingly mature message for those who might think Mitt Romney or Jon Huntsman could not plausibly become president because of their Mormon faith.

Chris McCain, a second-year master of divinity student, has been awarded a summer fellowship by the Beatitudes Society and will be serving this summer at the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Washington, D.C. Chris will join 19 other summer fellows exploring Christianity and social change advocacy.

Rabbi Stephen Fuch, DMin'92, has been named the new president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and will take office in July.

James Hudnut-Beumler has accepted a reappointment for his third term as dean of Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

National Public Radio: Nashville: Up from prostitution
All Things Considered and Morning Edition featured a three-part series on Magdalene/Thistle Farms on April 25–27. Correspondent Jacki Lyden explored prostitution from the angle of law enforcement and recovery while examining the Magdalene/Thistle Farms approach to recovery. Becca Stevens, MDiv'90, founded the program and makes an appearance in the feature.

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

Commencement Activities

Celebration for Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion graduates

May 12
5 p.m.
Benton Chapel


May 13
9 a.m.
Alumni Lawn

Divinity School Act of Worship

10:30 a.m.
Benton Chapel

We will welcome 93 new alumni/ae into the Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion family.


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