News from EDS

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.

Episcopal Divinity School Launches New Contextual Education Program

Episcopal Divinity School

Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) will launch a new Contextual Education program, replacing the school’s Field Education program and giving students preparing for both lay and ordained ministries expanded opportunities to receive hands-on education and experience in churches, non-profits, and community organizations around the country.

2016 Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

CAMBRIDGE, MA, March 31, 2016—Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) has announced its 2016 commencement ceremony will take place on May 19, at the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, in Cambridge, MA, at 2:00pm. At the ceremony, EDS will present honorary doctor of divinity degrees to three individuals: the Rev. Cn. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dr. Joseph B. Moore, and the Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy L. Wilson.

Exploring the Anglican Communion at EDS

This Spring Term, Dr. Kwok Pui Lan (William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at EDS) is teaching a course titled “Teaching Critical Issues in the Anglican Communion.”

Studying the Anglican Communion

Episcopal Divinity School Accepting Applications for the 2016 Jonathan Daniels Fellowship

Jonathan Daniels

Episcopal Divinity School is now accepting applications for the 2016 Jonathan M. Daniels Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded annually to provide financial assistance of up to $5,000 per project to seminarians seeking to strengthen their theological education through participation in a social movement concerned with important human needs. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016.