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20 February 2012

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Why we occupy

Lindsey Krinks, master of theological studies student, and Darria Hudson, a master of divinity student, strive to live as activist-minister-scholars. They were arrested in October 2011 as part of the Occupy Nashville movement. Read their first-hand account as they share their faith-led commitment to social justice. Read more >>
Occupy Nashville

$5 million Lilly grant expands model program

The unique Theology and Practice program, which trains professors who will prepare future ministers at institutions of theological education, will expand with a grant renewal from Lilly Endowment Inc. Read more >>


Resources from VDS faculty and alumni/ae

The Jewish Annotated New TestamentRead a review of Amy-Jill Levine's new book, The Jewish Annotated New Testament. The book is an edition of the Christian holy book edited entirely by Jews and can serve as a resource to further Jewish-Christian relations and rich contextualization of the New Testament. Read more >>

The Politics of American Religious IdentityThe Wall Street Journal lists Kathleen Flake's The Politics of American Religious Identity as one of the five most important books about Mormonism. Read more >>

Read Bruce Morrill's recent article, "Christ's Sacramental Presence in the Eucharist: A Biblical-Pneumatological Approach to the Mystery of Faith" and a review of his most recent book, Divine Worship and Human Healing: Liturgical Theology at the Margins of Life and Death, in the October issue of American Theological Inquiry. Read more >>

Mashup Religion: Pop Music and Theological InventionCheck out an interview with John McClure about his new book, Mashup Religion: Pop Music and Theological Invention, and visit his blog for thought-provoking discussions of homiletics and other subjects.
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Preaching God's Transformative JusticeCheck out the new lectionary Preaching God's Transformative Justice, co-edited by Dale Andrews, PhD'98, that suggests to preachers that 22 new "holy days for justice" be included in the church calendar. Read more >>

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  In the news

Freud, Schmeud
The Jewish WeekJay Geller is quoted in this discussion of Freud's questionable reputation in psychiatry, among medical historians and with Jewish scholars who question his views on Judaism. Read more >>

Affordable housing panel explores idea of housing trust fund
panel discussionmyVU—The Cal Turner Program of Moral Leadership co-sponsored a panel discussion to investigate the possibilities of establishing a housing trust fund in Nashville. Read more >>

Keeping MLK's legacy strong is author Lewis Baldwin's calling
The TennesseanLewis Baldwin discusses his passion for researching and teaching about King's life and spiritual leadership. Baldwin is quoted in the Huffington Post: Martin Luther King's Ebenezer Baptist Church aims to keep preacher's spiritual vision alive. Read more >>

The theological difference behind evangelical unease with Romney
Kathleen FlakeNew York TimesKathleen Flake is quoted in a discussion of the impact of Mitt Romney's Mormon faith on evangelical Christian voters. Read more >>

A Jewish Perspective on the New Testament
National Public Radio: All Things ConsideredAmy-Jill Levine discusses bridging the theological divide between Jews and Christians as the co-editor of The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Read more >>

Robin JensenThe Jesus hairstyle
Slate: The ExplainerRobin Jensen contributed to the research that examines the classic image of Jesus. Read more >>

Paul SlentzThe greatest gift
Faith & Leadership—Nashville's own Sixty-First Avenue United Methodist Church, the Reverend Paul Slentz, MDiv'98, and the Reverend Vona Wilson, MDiv'05, are featured in a story about the 18-year ministry of the Last Minute Toy Store. Read more >>

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Faculty on the road

Robin Jensen
St. Timothy's Lutheran Church
Henderson, Tenn.
February 22
"Sanctified Seeing: An Introduction to Icons"

Kathleen Flake
Foundation for Religious Diplomacy Mormon Chapter 2012 Conference
Washington, D.C.
February 24
"The Theological Significance of Gender and Sex in Mormonism and Methodism"

Graham Reside
Tobias Leadership Conference
Colorado Springs, Colo.
February 24
"Ethical and Leadership Dilemmas in Big Time College Sports"

Victor Judge
Christ Church Cathedral Lenten Lecture Series
Wednesday evenings during Lent
"Religious Questions in William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury"

Bruce Morrill
Cathedral of the Incarnation Adult Education Program
February 26
9:45–10:45 a.m.
"Healing and Curing: The Intersection of Faith and Medicine"

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  1920 Upcoming events

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


Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture
February 16
4–6:30 p.m.
Art Room

A wine and cheese reception to mark the opening of CREATURE, an exhibition of paintings, photographs, and sculpture from artists looking at sentient life through a wonderful variety of lenses.

Lewis Baldwin MLK lecture

"I just want to do God's will": Rediscovering the Priestly and Prophetic Dimension of MLK

The Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies
February 16
6 p.m.
Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
More about Baldwin

Leadership Breakfast with Wayne Elsey

The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership
February 23
7:30–9 a.m.
Vanderbilt University Club

Registration: $20 (includes breakfast and a copy of Wayne's book, Almost Isn't Good Enough)
Event information and registration
More about Elsey

Views from the Dome to the 'Dores

Mass and dinner with the Rev. Edward "Monk" Malloy, PhD'75
Cathedral of the Incarnation
February 23
5:30 p.m. Mass
6:30 p.m. Dinner and remarks
Hosted by Vanderbilt Catholic

Registration: $40 per person
Event information
More about Malloy

View From A Small Boat

Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture
February 28
10–11 a.m.
Art Room

Noted photographer and adventurer John Guider will talk and show photographs about his seven-year journey by canoe from Nashville to Key West and soon to New York City.

Womanist Gala and Black Church Summit

The Black Religious Scholars Group at Vanderbilt Divinity School
March 2–4
New York, New York

Paying homage to womanist scholars and preachers.
More information
What manner of woman is this?

38th Annual Antoinette Brown Lecture

March 22
7 p.m.
Benton Chapel

Love Abyss: Preaching Desire in the 13th and 21st Centuries
Amy Hollywood, Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School

Breakfast seminar with Amy-Jill Levine

"Understanding Jesus means understanding Judaism: Tips for preaching and teaching"
March 27
7:30 a.m.
Divinity School Reading Room

Co-sponsored by Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Jewish Federation of Nashville
R.S.V.P. by March 20
For additional information
More about Levine

Religion and Politics 2012 Conference

Religion and Politics 2012 ConferenceThe Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership
March 29
8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Vanderbilt Student Life Center

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