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Creating Change – Shakiya Canty

The National Conference for LGBT Equality: Creating Change is an annual event. It’s truly a one-of-a-king organizing and skills-building event for the LGBTQ community and allies. The 28th annual Creating Change conference was held in Chicago, Illinois, this year. Vanderbilt Divinity School student delegates Shakiya Canty, Levi Dillard, Sarah Jordan, and Marty B. Tracy attended…

Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Creating Change, , , , , , , , , , ,

photo by Julia Nusbaum

The Braided Man – VDS Maymester Course part 5

The Braided Man by Sarah Jennings, MDiv3 In May I was given a wonderful opportunity to participate in an immersion trip to the US/Mexico Border. Over the previous spring break, I had taken a group of undergraduates to Florida to learn about immigration policy and reform, but this was my first time to see the…

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Events, ,

Water placed by No More Deaths

The Patron Saint of Lost Causes; Maymester course part 4

The Patron Saint of Lost Causes by Kate A. Fields, MDiv2 The painted desert, the Sonoran, home of lumbering Pipe Cacti, coyote, sidewinders, rattlesnakes, mice, owls, eagles, desert primrose, hawks, roadrunners, sunsets that wrap the day up with a bang and towering mountains of the Santa Catalina range. The fragile ecosystem of the Sonoran is disrupted…

Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Feature, ,

Looking at the wall in the Sonoran Desert from inside a Border Patrol vehicle

“Borders are invisible until they’re not.” VDS Maymester course Part 3

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” Robert Frost Borders are invisible until they’re not. The wall the US built, closing off Mexicans along with other Southern and Central Americans from family and jobs, is as imposing and harsh as the policies that inform its existence. People come and go through checkpoints and pass…

Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Feature, , ,

"Riding with Border Patrol agents along the wall the seperates Nogales, Sonora (Mexico) and Nogales, Arizona."

VDS Maymester course, Traversing Our National Wound Part 2

This past May, twenty Vanderbilt Divinity students and I travelled to Tucson, Arizona, as a delegation under the care of the organization BorderLinks. Vanderbilt Divinity School has partnered with BorderLinks for its last seven delegations, bringing groups of students every other year to Arizona for a week of engagement. Our trip was part of a…

Posted by on July 9, 2014 in Feature, , , , , ,


Toward a Celebration of the Fourth of July

By Amy E. Steele, MDiv (2000) PhD (2012) “The eye of the reformer is met with angry flashes, portending disastrous times; but his heart may well beat lighter at the thought that America is young, and that she is still in the impressible stage of her existence.  May he not hope that high lessons of…

Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Feature, , , , ,


Friday Photo 5.30.14

This week, Julia Nusbaum shares landscapes from the Vanderbilt Divinity School Border Trip. Our students spent a week of learning and reflection along the US/Mexico Border in mid May.

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Photo of the Week, , ,

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