News from EDS

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.

The New Testament Uncanned

This Spring Term, Dr. Lawrence Wills (Ethelbert Talbot Professor of Biblical Studies at EDS) is teaching an introductory course on the New Testament. Below, he talks about what it like to teach, and learn, at EDS.

Teaching “Introduction to the New Testament” at EDS

EDS Alumna Reflects on New Leadership Role in the Religious Institute

Marie Alford-Harkey

EDS alumna Marie Alford-Harkey ’10 was recently announced as the new president and CEO of the Religious Institute, a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.