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20 April 2012

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Students attend UN conference on women

Master's of divinity students Leigh Bonner, Emily Denton and Nancy Hawthorne volunteered during the 56th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the main global policymaking body that focuses on gender equality and the advancement of women. The commission reports to the UN Economic and Social Council. Read about Leigh and Nancy's unique experiences.
United Nations Commission on the Statue of Women

Peace be still

Before the annual United Methodist Student Association and United Methodist Church Boards and Agencies Dinner, Sarah Duffel and Adam Kelchner, current master's of divinity students and co-chairs of UMSA, reflected on Mark 4:35-41 at a joint worship service in the Upper Room Chapel. Read more >>


Carolyn Davis, fourth-year Ph.D. candidate, and Gerald Liu, fifth-year Ph.D. candidate, were named to the class of 2012–2013 Dempster Scholars by the United Methodist Church's General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Read more >>

Adam Kelchner, master's of divinity student, has been named to the 2012 class of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics Seminary program. Read more >>

  In the news

Romney's religion shines light on Mormon food storage practice
Public Radio InternationalKathleen Flake talks about Mormon food storage practices in a recent article examining whether Romney would have a food storage supply in the White House, if elected. Read more >>

Dean James Hudnut-BeumlerTumult at Crystal Cathedral megachurch rooted in perils of succession
Christian Science MonitorDean James Hudnut-Beumler is quoted in an analysis of the very public split between the Crystal Cathedral and its leaders. Read more >>

Student's opinions on criminalizing homelessness
Lindsey Krinks, a third-year student in the master's of theological studies program, authors an opinion column in The Tennessean and is quoted on MSNBC.com about the impact of the new Tennessee state law aimed at the Occupy Movement.

Thou, Dear GodLewis Baldwin, professor of religious studies in Vanderbilt's College of Arts and Science, was a guest on the Tavis Smiley Show to discuss his new book Thou, Dear God: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits, the first and only collection of prayers by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more >>

Love AbyssAnthea Butler, PhD'01, appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word on February 21. Watch video >>

C. Melissa SnarrDevil in the details: Santorum hardly alone in belief in Satan
MSNBC.comC. Melissa Snarr is quoted in Santorum's recent comments on spiritual warfare and public opinion about Satan. Read more >>

Blacks say atheists were unseen civil rights heroes
Juan Floyd-ThomasReligion News ServiceJuan Floyd-Thomas is quoted in a discussion about the contributions of African-American atheists, humanists and skeptics to the civil rights movement and beyond. Read more >>

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Faculty on the road

Juan Floyd-Thomas and Stacey Floyd-Thomas
Where We Dwell in Common: Pathways for Dialogue in the 21st Century
Assisi 2012
April 17–20
Assisi, Italy

Susan Hylen
Keynote speaker at Eastern APCE Spring Event
April 23–25
Rhodes Grove Conference Center
Chambersburg, Pa.

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  20 Upcoming events

Check the calendar for up-to-date event postings.

Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh Memorial Lecture

4 p.m. April 12
Room 122, Divinity School

The Sufi who practiced Hindu Devotions: The Strange Tale of Yavana Haridasa in the 16th century Bengal
Tony Stewart

Community Breakfast

7:30–8:30 a.m. April 24
Divinity School Reading Room

Can a Mormon be President?: Test Oaths and the 2012 Presidential Election
Kathleen Flake

Kathleen FlakeRecent presidential politics show a more public, even organized expression of resistance to granting public office to one who cannot attest to Trinitarian belief. What is the constructive role of private religious tests for public office?

Leadership Breakfast

The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership
7:30–9 a.m. April 26
Divinity School Reading Room

Resourceful Enough: Leadership in Scarcity
Mark Miller-McLemore

Love AbyssMost nonprofits and congregations face resource shortages: money, staff and time. How can leaders be resourceful even when resources are in short supply? Learn about the challenges and possible gifts of these situations and hear five proposals for moving forward.

Commencement activities

Welcome to the Alumni Association: Class of 2012

Wednesday, May 9

9–10:30 a.m.
Coffee and conversation with alumni/ae
To volunteer on the alumni panel, please email Meagan Burton-Krieger.

11:30 a.m
Class of 2012 Celebration

Thursday, May 10

5 p.m.
Celebration of Vanderbilt Divinity School and Graduate Department Religion graduates
Benton Chapel

Friday, May 11

9 a.m.
Alumni Lawn

10:30 a.m.
Divinity School Act of Worship
Benton Chapel


SAVE-THE-DATE: Homecoming 2012

October 25–27

We hope you can make plans now to attend Homecoming 2012. Information on the great opportunities for reconnecting with VDS/GDR and your classmates will be sent to you. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Meagan Burton-Krieger by email or at (615) 322-6749. We look forward to seeing you in October!
Vanderbilt Divinity Reunion -- October 25-27, 2012 -- Come back | Give back

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