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The nature and necessity of bone-deep love

May. 3, 2022—Bone-deep love calls us to live our lives out of the possibilities found in wholeness, self-reflection, justice, peace, a new heaven and a new earth, hope and not our shortcomings—that rest on greed, self-centeredness, avarice, coveting, despair. Amazing love moves us to grow in compassion, understanding, and acceptance of each other. A far better place to be morning by morning and day by day.

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No matter what the world hands us we give back love

Apr. 4, 2022—Somehow, no matter what the world hands us we give back love, we stand for goodness, we live our faith, we live with integrity. we live God’s grace large, we stand with the least of these, we build bridges of salvation, liberation, justice, joy, and deep spirit that can carry the depth and breadth of humanity over them.

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Lament is not about helplessness or hopelessness

Mar. 11, 2022—Lament is not about helplessness or hopelessness. When done in community, we name that which is causing us to be tempted by despair with as much precision as possible and then begin to take steps to address—if not eradicate—that which keeps us from a more just world.

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The Holy Nugget of Lent

Feb. 14, 2018—Each month, Dean Emilie M. Townes writes a letter to alumni and friends in the Divinity School’s e-newsletter, the Spire. We are releasing this month’s reflection early to mark Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 day season of Lent in the Christian calendar. Here Dean Townes reflects on the meaning of Lent and its...

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“Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home.”

Mar. 9, 2016—As my yearlong research leave from the Divinity School was winding down this past summer, I found myself imagining how I might put some of the resources in my endowed chair to work for the benefit of our school and the wider community. The notion first came to me in late May on a long...

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Neither Good, nor Bad, nor Neutral

Dec. 2, 2015—Prospective master of divinity and master of theological studies students are invited to join Dean Emilie M. Townes and a featured faculty member for an informal dinner and faculty research presentation. On Tuesday, 3 November 2015, Jaco Hamman, director of the Program in Theology and Practice and associate professor of religion, psychology, and culture addressed...

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VDS Friday Photo

Oct. 3, 2014—On Thursday, September 25, Dean Emilie Townes led an open forum in which she spoke briefly about her continuing vision for Vanderbilt Divinity School. Dean Townes opened the remainder of the breakfast to an open dialogue with attendees. Watch the Community Breakfast on our YouTube Playlist. Click here to view more photos from the breakfast.

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Three Questions with Emilie M. Townes

Sep. 17, 2014—In advance of all of our public lectures and community events at Vanderbilt Divinity School this year, we plan to interview each of our lecturers. Our first event highlighted is our Community Breakfast on September 25, 2014. (Register by following this link) Three Questions with Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and E. Rhodes...

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VDS Friday Photos 5.2.14

May. 2, 2014—Long-time VDS supporter, Cal Turner, was at VDS on Tuesday, April 15, for a lunch and reception with the current Turner Scholars and former Scholars who continue to live and work in the Nashville area.  Twelve pastor-mentors also attended to express their thanks to Mr. Turner for his generous gifts.  

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Feature: A Year in Photos part 1 (Fall 2013)

Apr. 23, 2014—The 2013-2014 school year is almost at an end and in true Vanderbilt University Divinity School fashion we want to reflect back on what a great year it was. This week we share highlights from the Fall semester. Next week, we share memorable moments from Spring semester.

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