News from EDS

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.

Dr. Gale A. Yee Announced as Recipient of the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal by the Graduate Theological Foundation

Dr. Gale Yee

Dr. Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, has been awarded the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies by the Graduate Theological Foundation. Named for the Swedish theologian and New Testament scholar, Emeritus Bishop of Stockholm, Professor Emeritus and former dean of Harvard Divinity School, the Krister Stendahl Medal is awarded annually to an eminent Biblical scholar. Past recipients include The Rev. Professor John Barton of Oxford University, and Dr.

EDS Welcomes Largest Distributive Learning Class in its History; The Rev. Frank Fornaro '96 Delivers Matriculation Address

June 11, 2014 (Cambridge, MA)-- Episcopal Divinity School welcomed its largest-ever class of Distributive Learning students this week, as 14 students matriculated in the school's historic St. John's Memorial Chapel. EDS's Distributive Learning program is an innovative low-residency program that allows students to earn a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, or Doctor of Ministry degree by taking online courses during the fall and spring terms, as well as intensive courses on the EDS campus during two week terms in January and June.