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The First Year Experience: An Extended Introduction

By Amy E. Steele, MDiv, PhD Assistant Dean for Student Life The First Year experience at Vanderbilt Divinity School is an extension of the New Student Orientation. It is comprised of six sessions that focus on spiritual formation, stewardship, and vocation—or in other words, matters of spiritual grounding, money, and jobs. Perhaps these ideas seem…

Posted by on September 14, 2016 in Feature, , , , , , , , , , ,


Welcome from Luther Young, MDiv’2

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! You have made the decision to embark upon an exciting and challenging journey through theological discourse and spiritual practice—congratulations, and welcome to VDS! The…

Posted by on August 31, 2016 in Feature, , , , , , , , , , ,


Lee Catoe

Welcome from Lee Catoe, MDiv’2

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! To my siblings, It is with great joy that I welcome you all to this prophetic community that is Vanderbilt Divinity School. I often…

Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Feature, , , , ,


Joy Bronson and Merry-Reid Shaffer, MDIV2 - #SquadMember

Welcome from Joy Bronson, MDiv2

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! As I round the corner into my second year at Vanderbilt Divinity School, I have a few reflections on my past year that I…

Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Feature, , , , ,


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READ THIS BOOK – AUGUST 2016

Each month, we ask a member of the Vanderbilt Divinity School faculty to recommend a book they are currently reading. Our August recommendation is offered by Joe Pennel, Professor of the Practice of Leadership. Professor Pennel recommends The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious than Ever by Rodney Stark. After reading Rodney Stark’s book titled…

Posted by on August 14, 2016 in Read This Book, , , , , , , , ,


Stehanie Downing, Cave Hill Country Park (with Belfast in the background)

Reconciling Peace

A Metadiscourse on Remembering Religion and the Troubles in Belfast By: Stephanie Downing, MTS2 “Ireland, the continual past.”[1] This stage direction sets the stage for Northern Irish playwright Stewart Parker’s masterpiece Northern Star. There is perhaps no better setting for a play written in 1984 about the failed 1798 rebellion, led by the United Irishmen,…

Posted by on August 3, 2016 in Feature, , , , , , ,


Exploring library archives

by Jonathan Redding, PhD Candidate’17 Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel In the spring 2016, the students studying Hebrew Bible from the Vanderbilt University Graduate Department of Religion visited Princeton, New Jersey to explore the Princeton Theological Seminary library archives. Below are pictures of some beautiful old bibles, along with the Bible Dietrich Bonhoeffer used when…

Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Feature, , , , ,


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Kudos: VDS alumni/ae newly published and in the news

Our Alumni/ae Tuesday posts on the VDS Voices blog hightlights Vanderbilt Divintiy School and Graduate School of Religion alumni/ae. Hear firsthand about their important work in the community, collaborations with other alumni/ae and faculty, and much more. Be sure to also check out the Divinity School Instagram feed every Tuesday for our Alumni/ae Instagram Takeover Day….

Posted by on June 21, 2016 in Alumni/ae Tuesday, , , , , , , , , , , ,


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Alumni/ae Tuesday – Keith Caldwell

Our monthly Alumni/ae Tuesday Guest Post series on the VDS Voices blog highlights posts written by VDS and GDR alumni/ae. Hear firsthand about their important work in the community, collaborations with other alumni/ae and faculty, and much more. Be sure to also check out the Divinity School Instagram feed every Tuesday for our Alumni/ae Instagram Takeover Day….

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Alumni/ae Tuesday, ,


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READ THIS BOOK – May 2016

Each month, we ask a member of the Vanderbilt Divinity School faculty to recommend a book they are currently reading. Our March recommendation is offered by Choon-Leong Seow, Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible. Professor Seow recommends Volume 12 of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception.       Volume 12 of the Encyclopedia…

Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Read This Book, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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