News from EDS

Catching Up with the President

The Rev. Gay Jennings ’77 was elected president of the House of Deputies during the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, held in Indianapolis on July 10, 2012. We asked her a few questions about her first months in office.

Q: First off, congratulations! How would you describe your first months in office?

EDS Receives Roanridge Grant

In December 2012, the Episcopal Church announced that Episcopal Divinity School will be the recipient of a Roanridge Trust grant of $17,600 to support students who are interested in field education in a dynamic rural environment. The grant will cover travel expenses, financial support to host families, and a stipend of $3,500 for a field placement in Northern Michigan.

Diane D’Souza Named Director of Continuing Education at Episcopal Divinity School and of Mission Institute

CAMBRIDGE, MA, February 15, 2013—Episcopal Divinity School and the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts are happy to announce that Diane D’Souza has been hired as director of the continuing education program at Episcopal Divinity School and as director of the Mission Institute.

EDS Faculty and Staff Attend Living Stones Conference

In early February, a team of faculty and staff (l-r Miriam Gelfer, Fredrica Harris Thompsett, Christi Humphrey) from EDS attended the Living Stones Partnership Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Episcopal Divinity School Receives Award for Rebranding Efforts

CAMBRIDGE, MA, January 29, 2013—This week the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 1 will celebrate its excellence and achievement awards at its annual conference in Boston. Among those recognized this year is Episcopal Divinity School, which received a bronze excellence award for its rebranding efforts in the publications package category.

The Rev. Kimberly S. Jackson to Preach at Absalom Jones Holy Eucharist at EDS

Kimberly Jackson

CAMBRIDGE, MA, January 11, 2013—On Monday, February 11, 2013, the Reverend Kimberly S. Jackson will deliver the sermon at the Absalom Jones Eucharist at Episcopal Divinity School. Absalom Jones was the first African American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church, in Philadelphia in 1804. 

Episcopal Divinity School and City Year Announce “give a year” Partnership

CAMBRIDGE, MA, November 19, 2012—Episcopal Divinity School and City Year, an education-focused nonprofit organization, are pleased to announce a new agreement to award tuition scholarships to qualified City Year leaders, alumni, and staff.

Prayers for Those Affected by Hurricane Sandy

St. John's Memorial Chapel

CAMBRIDGE, MA, November 8, 2012—This week, an email was distributed to over 790 alumni/ae in the 13 states affected by Hurricane Sandy. The message expressed our thoughts and prayers for those who live and minister in the storm’s path. In a short time, 30+ people responded sharing their thanks and specific concerns. Those affected by Hurricane Sandy were prayed for during the Prayers of the People at today’s Community Eucharist in St. John's Memorial Chapel. The EDS community is spread far and wide.

EDS Students Attend 2012 Seminarian Leadership Conference

2012 Seminarian Leadership Conference

Susan Taylor and Harry Walton attended the 2012 Seminarian Leadership Conference, held at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria Virginia, September 20 through September 22, 2012.

Ellen Oak Joins EDS as Director of Music

Ellen Oak

Ellen brings a wealth of experience to EDS as a musician, retreat leader, and teacher. She earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Yale School of Music, as well as a Master of Arts in Religion, Music, and Worship at Yale Divinity School. She has served as director of music at Regis College, adjunct professor in worship, theology and the arts at Andover Newton Theological School, and as the director of music at Saint John’s Seminary in Brighton.

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