News from EDS

Dr. Gale Yee Co-Edits Upcoming Bible Commentary; EDS Professors Contribute Chapters

Fortress Commentary covers

Fortress Press announced the upcoming publication of Fortress Commentary on the Bible, a two volume set synthesizing current scholarship on every book of the Bible. Dr. Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at EDS, was volume editor for the Old Testament and Apocrypha volume, along with Hugh R. Page, Jr. (the University of Notre Dame), and Matthew J. M. Coomber (St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa).

Field Ed Profiles: Susan Butterworth '16

Susan Butterworth photoIntroducing Field Ed Profiles, a series highlighting students' experiences in the Field Education program at EDS. Susan Butterworth '16 talks about her time at St. Michael's Church in Marblehead, MA.

Bishop-Elect of Massachusetts Alan M. Gates ’87 Welcomes New Students at Matriculation Ceremony

Matriculation 2014In a matriculation ceremony held in historic St. John's Memorial Chapel, Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) officially welcomed seven new residential students to the Cambridge-based seminary and theological graduate school. 

The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng to Join Church Pension Group

September 9, 2014, Cambridge, MA -- The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, associate professor of historical and systematic theology, will leave EDS to accept an offer to become chief compliance officer at the Church Pension Group in New York. Cheng will teach at EDS through the fall term, which ends in December.

“I am so proud to have been a member of this distinguished EDS faculty over the last four years,” Cheng said. “As a teacher and a scholar, I could not have asked for more inquisitive and committed students, or for more caring and accomplished colleagues.”

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns Accepts Associate Dean Position at Trinity College Theological School, University of Melbourne

September 9, 2014, Cambridge, MA -- The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns, associate professor of liturgical theology and the study of Anglicanism at EDS, has accepted a position as associate dean and director of ministerial formation at Trinity College Theological School in Melbourne, Australia, where he will also serve as professor of liturgical and pastoral theology. Burns, who has been a member of the EDS faculty for two years, will continue to teach through the fall session, which concludes in December.

International Congress of Ethnic Chinese Biblical Scholars Honors EDS Professor Gale Yee

Dr. Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at EDS, was honored at the 2014 International Congress of Ethnic Chinese Biblical Scholars (ICECBS) in Hong Kong on August 19.

The Rev. Michael Battle Appointed Interim Dean of Students and Community Life at Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School has announced the appointment of The Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., as Interim Dean of Students and Community Life for the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Battle will begin working at EDS on Monday, August 25th, and will reside on the EDS campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Bridging Past and Present: Reflections on the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage

As best I can figure it, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, just about the time Bishop Rob Wright had us singing “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us” in the Lowndes County Courthouse in Hayneville, Alabama.

Meg Wagner '15 Publishes Youth Ministry Curriculum

Meg Wagner, a Distributive Learning (DL) MDiv student at EDS, recently published Holy Relationships, a youth ministry curriculum on gender, sexuality, and healthy relationships. Published by LeaderResources, Wagner's curriculum began as her final project in Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology Patrick S. Cheng's Queer Theology and Pastoral Care course in January 2013.

Association of Theological Schools Announces Focused Visit to EDS

EDS President and Dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale has received a letter from the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (COAATS).

The COAATS stated that it had become aware of “several events reported to have occurred at Episcopal Divinity School this past academic year.”  As a result, the Board of Commissioners of the COAATS has decided to make a focused site visit to the School this fall.

The Board of Trustees and President welcome the outside perspective that the COAATS will bring.