News from EDS

Statement by EDS Board Chairman Gary Hall

I want to begin by acknowledging all the feelings swirling around in the room. The extended EDS community has gone through a lot of change in recent years, and before I say anything else I want to express my deep thanks to Frank Fornaro, the administration, the faculty, and the staff and students for the ways they have come together to heal and stabilize the school.

EDS Board of Trustees Meet to Consider Futures Task Force Proposals

From July 19 to 21, Episcopal Divinity School’s board of trustees will meet to take the next decisive step in a two-year process to determine the seminary’s future.

In Remembrance of the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning

The Episcopal Divinity School community mourns the death of the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, the 24th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Bishop Browning’s prophetic actions in embracing outcasts and the “other” during his leadership guided The Episcopal Church towards a path of progressive inclusion.

Statement by Interim President and Dean Francis Fornaro on Recent National Events

This past week the EDS community has despaired for the victims of renewed violence, racism, and hate in the United States. The senseless killing by police officers of two black men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN, followed by the senseless killing of five police officers in Dallas, TX, by a man deluded by hate and fear and determined to extract revenge, is yet another national tragedy for which we all must bear some share of responsibility. Our country is hurting and we hurt along with it.

Janine Dailey Named Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Janine DaileyEpiscopal Divinity School announces the recent appointment of Janine Dailey as the school’s vice president of institutional advancement. Dailey began her appointment in May 2016.

Statement of Interim President and Dean Francis Fornaro on the Orlando Shooting

Sunday’s murderous events in Orlando have left us saddened and frustrated, shocked and angry, in despair for our world and in a loss for words. This mass shooting becomes “yet another” tragedy in a long and tired series of tragedies in America, and we are left with a profound sense of loss—loss of people we love, loss of a communal sense of safety, a loss of our power as citizens in a democratic society. We struggle to find ways to respond to this violence, and to not get lost in the maze of the sadness, distress, and grief that surrounds us.

Ask, Seek, and Knock: Matriculation Address by the Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher

The Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher

The following text is from the address delivered by the Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher (EDS ’04, ’06, ’12) at the June Matriculation service, an occasion when new students are welcomed and recognized as members of the school with the signing of the Matriculation Book.

Feminist Theories and Theologizing at Episcopal Divinity School

Gale Yee Class

This past Spring Term, Dr. Gale A. Yee (Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at EDS) taught a course titled “Feminist Theories and Theologizing.” The course is required for Masters students who have a special competency in Studies in Feminist Liberation Theologies. This coming June Term she will be teaching a course on contemporary approaches to the Hebrew Bible.

Comprehensive Views of Feminism

Episcopal Divinity School Holds Annual Alumni/ae Celebrations and the Kellogg Lectures

Alumni/ae Days

Episcopal Divinity School held its 2016 Alumni/ae Days and Kellogg Lectures on May 5 and 6 on its Cambridge, MA campus. Highlights from the two days included an alumni/ae panel discussion, the Alumni/ae Awards Dinner, and the Kellogg Lectures on the theme of sacrifice given by the Very Rev. Dr. Andrew McGowan. Following is a round up of events from the two days.