News from EDS

Victor Kazanjian '86 Named Executive Director of The United Religions Initiative

Victor Kazanjian '86

SAN FRANCISCO, September 4, 2013--The United Religions Initiative (URI) has announced the appointment of Victor Kazanjian '86 as its new Executive Director. Kazanjian is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a graduate of Harvard University.

Q&A with Gregory Straub, PDS ’73

A priest of the Episcopal Church and canonically resident in the Diocese of Easton, Pennsylvania, Gregory Straub is a graduate of Dickinson College, Philadelphia Divinity School (PDS), and Drew University. In January 2013, he retired as Executive Officer of the General Convention and resigned as Secretary of the General Convention. In October 2012, Gregory was award the inaugural House of Deputies Medal, which was created to honor clergy and laypeople who have given distinguished service to the House of Deputies and the Episcopal Church.

Dartmouth’s Folly and the Struggle for LGBTQ Rights in Africa

Earlier this summer an offer was made to the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Anglican Bishop of Southern Malawi, to become the next Virginia Rice Kelsey ‘61 Dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College, an organization charged with educating students and the Dartmouth community into “lives of purpose and ethical leadership, rooted in service, spirituality, and social justice.”  Tengatenga accepted, announced his resignation as Bishop of Southern Malawi, made plans to come to Dartmouth in early 2014, and news of the appointment was made public on July 16.

2013 EDS Orientation Schedule

All new EDS students are invited to return to campus beginning Monday, August 26. Residential students may pick up their keys in Wright Hall on Monday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 27 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 

All orientation events are open to matriculating students in the traditional learning degree programs and certificate programs. 

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of EDS and Women's Ordination with Lifelong Learning @EDS

Lifelong Learning @EDS is looking for alums who would like to contribute to either of two online, wiki-based timeline projects to help commemorate the 40th anniversary of women's ordination and the 40th anniversary of EDS.

If you:

Tarry 'Til Day: Spiritual Renewal through the Creative Arts

Tarry 'Til Day

To view a slideshow from Tarry 'Til Day, visit our Flickr page, or click here.

Massachusetts Scholarship for African Students in America


EDS is pleased to announce the continuation of the Massachusetts Scholarship for African Students in America (MSASA), a joint program of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and EDS. 

The MSASA grant provides funds to an ordained or lay man or woman from Africa for two consecutive years of post-graduate theological education in the master of arts degree program at EDS.

Voting Rights, Civil Rights, Human Rights: A Message from Dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale

Friends, In my message to you following the Supreme Court's commendable decision to overturn DOMA I tried to remind us all that we celebrate our victories not only to acknowledge and nurture our gratitude for the blessings we receive but also to hearten, encourage, and strengthen us for the struggles ahead of us.

EDS President and Dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale's Statement on the Zimmerman Trial Verdict

Like so much of the nation, members of the EDS community are shocked, outraged, and grief-stricken by the verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Treyvon Martin. For me, however, it is not the verdict that outrages and grieves me so much as the killing itself, and this country's climate of violence, fear, and racism that led to it. 

EDS to Participate in Jonathan Daniels and All Martyrs Pilgrimage

Jonathan Daniels PilgrimageA stop at a lunch counter. A thousand arms linked at the elbows. A firing line of water hoses. A pack of German Shepherds. A letter from a Birmingham jail. A world that would never be the same. The year was 1963, and as the world watched, events in Birmingham sparked an unstoppable surge toward equal rights for people of all races.