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Statement of Episcopal Divinity School Interim President and Dean the Very Rev. Francis Fornaro on the Death Penalty

As a community of study and spiritual formation striving to serve and advance God’s mission of justice, compassion, and reconciliation, I and many of my colleagues and students at Episcopal Divinity School have prayerfully followed the trial of the now convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Reflections on Hope: An Epilogue to the Jonathan Daniels Lecture

Sr. Simone PanelOn Friday, May 8, 2015, Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) held its Jonathan Daniels Lecture, which is given periodically by an activist or leader in a social justice movement.

Professor Kwok Pui Lan Receives 2015 Gutenberg Research Award

Kwok Pui Lan receives Gutenberg Research Award

Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School, was awarded the 2015 Gutenberg Research Award on May 4, 2015, in Mainz, Germany. The Gutenberg Research Award, given by the Gutenberg Research College (GRC) of the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) of Mainz, is granted to distinguished international researchers whose work has had an impact beyond narrow disciplinary boundaries.

Episcopal Divinity School: A Pioneering Voice in Progressive Theological Education

By the Rev. Dr. Matthew P. Cadwell. The following is an excerpt from the full article in the Spring 2015 issue of EDS Now.

Beyond the Barrier: What the 40th Anniversary of Women's Ordination Means Today

By Rebecca Grossfield

Ordinands at the altarOn July 26, 2014, a celebration honoring the first women ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church took place at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, PA. The group of 11 women famously forced the issue of women’s ordination on a tumultuous and hot summer day in 1974.

The Jonathan Daniels Story: A Personal Perspective

John Coburn

The following are excerpts from the inaugural Jonathan Daniels Lecture. It was delivered on October 23, 1991, by the late John Bowen Coburn (pictured left), retired bishop of Masschusetts and former dean of Episcopal Theological School. A full transcript of the Lecture is available here.

Theology Without Words: Deaf People, God, and the Church

By Richard Mahaffy

Last fall, I did an independent study course with Br. David Vryhof, SSJE, on Deaf theology. I wrote a paper for the course entitled, Theology Without Words: Deaf People, God, and the Church. We explored some of the basic tenets of Christian theology from a Deaf perspective.

The Rev. Mary Wetzel ’06 to Receive Suzanne Hiatt Award at 2015 Alumni/ae Days

By Sam Humphrey

­Church is a little different for EDS alumna the Rev. Mary Wetzel (MDiv ’06), vicar of the Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta. Her parish has no wooden pews, stained glass windows, or even four walls and a foundation. Their “church bell” is a gong. Wetzel and her parishioners congregate for service in Woodruff Park, in the city’s downtown area.

Field Ed Profiles: Katie Holicky ’16

Katie Holicky

Katie Holicky ’16 talks about her experiences with the New England Church of South India.

What did you do for your Field Education unit?

This year I am doing my Field Education unit at the New England Church of South India. This is a small community that travels from all over New England to meet once a month in rented space. One of my biggest draws to working in this community was being able to work in a space that would expand my own knowledge and cultural literacy.

The Rev. Francis Fornaro ’96 Named Interim President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School

Frank Fornaro image

Cambridge, MA (March 23, 2015)-- The Rev. Francis Fornaro ’96 has been named Interim President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School (EDS). The announcement was made during Monday’s community Eucharist in St. John’s Memorial Chapel by EDS Trustee the Rev. Warren Radtke.

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