News from EDS

Episcopal Divinity School Welcomes 40 Students to Campus for January Intensive

EDS students, faculty and staff attended evening prayer on Sunday, January 3.

Cambridge, MA (January 4, 2015)--Episcopal Divinity School kicked off its January intensive session on Sunday, welcoming 20 students who are enrolled in the school’s innovative, limited residency distributive learning (DL) program back to its Cambridge campus, where they join 20 residential and commuter students who are enrolled in the school’s traditional learning (TL) graduate programs, as well as students from the Boston Theological Institute.

“Seeing Things in Ways We Have Never Seen Before”

Elizabeth Coffey

The following speech was delivered by Elizabeth Coffey ’16, an MDiv student at EDS and candidate for ordination in the United Church of Christ, during the school’s annual St. John’s Society and Heritage Society Dinner, which honors individuals who have supported The Fund for EDS with an annual gift of $500 or more, or have included EDS in their estate planning.

Members of the St. John’s Society, faculty, administration, staff, students, and friends of Episcopal Divinity School, I am humbled to stand here before you as the student speaker this evening.

Justice, Healing, and Reconciliation: EDS Alumni/ae Serve as Instruments of Social Change

By Rebecca Grossfield

We’re approaching the criminal justice inflection point. Fifty years after the civil rights movement, 40 years since the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws were enacted, and 25 years since broken windows and zero-tolerance policing rose to prominence in American cities, the situation seems ripe for change.

New EDS Board Members Elected in October

The EDS Board of Trustees elected five new members on Thursday, October 22, 2015, bringing the board’s total membership to 16. EDS trustees are elected to a five-year term that is renewable for a second five-year term.

Using a Scientist’s Training to Understand Theology

By Sam Humphrey

These days, when scientists and people of faith can seem more like adversaries than allies, it is easy to lose sight of the historic connections between the scientific disciplines and the study and practice of theology and ministry.

The Very Rev. Gary Hall’s Speech from Matriculation 2015

The Very Rev. Gary Hall

The following is text from the speech delivered by the Very Rev. Gary Hall ’76, chairman of the EDS Board of Trustees, and dean of the Washington National Cathedral, at Matriculation on September 10, 2015. Watch a recorded video of the event.

Dr. Kwok Pui Lan Co-Edits “Teaching Global Theologies Power and Praxis”

Teaching Global Theologies

A book on theological pedagogies, co-edited by Dr. Kwok Pui Lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School, was published this month by Baylor University Press.

Multi-Constituency Task Force to Focus on Strategic Thinking at EDS

FiftMembers of the Multi-Constituency Task Forceeen members of the EDS community, including students, faculty, alumni/ae, and staff, met Thursday for the first of several meetings of the new Multi-Constituency Task Force.

Episcopal Divinity School Interim President and Dean Francis Fornaro’s Statement on the Retirement of Washington National Cathedral Dean Gary Hall

The Very Rev. Gary Hall and the Very Rev. Francis Fornaro

On August 18, 2015, EDS Board of Trustees Chair the Very Rev. Gary Hall ’76 announced his retirement as Dean of the Washington National Cathedral.

“In the months since I was named interim president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, I have had the pleasure of working closely with EDS trustee and alumnus the Very Rev. Gary Hall—a pleasure that has only grown since he became chair of our board of trustees in June.