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The season of waiting

The long quiet has settled in the halls of the Divinity School. Students depart to visit family and friends across town and around the world. Faculty retreat to cozier spaces to grade papers and prepare for the new term. Around our building, the staff is keeping the lights on, holding our steady vigil over daily…

Posted by on December 20, 2015 in Feature, , , , , , , , ,


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My First Year Experience – Joy Bronson

My experience of my first semester at Vanderbilt University Divinity School has been one of inverted expectation, though (now) beautifully so. I came here as a second-career student, determined to be the scholar that I hadn’t been eight years ago as an undergraduate; I know my purpose for being in school this time around. Unfortunately…

Posted by on December 16, 2015 in First Year Experience, , , , , , , ,


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100+ Days Of Thanksgiving

My first Thanksgiving in the United States of America coincided with my first 100 days at a time in this country. Perfected timing. I too joined the chorus of Americans in celebration of this day. What am I thankful for this year? November 26, 2015, as I sit around a table full of baked turkeys,…

Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Feature, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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Neither Good, nor Bad, nor Neutral

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…

Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Dinner with the Dean, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


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My First Year Experience – Kimberly A. Goins

by Kimberly A. Goins, MTS1 As I reflect upon my first year experience at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, I cannot help but think what I wrote in my personal statement: I want to pursue the master of theological studies degree because I have a myriad of ideas about the connections among politics, racism, social justice, the…

Posted by on November 25, 2015 in First Year Experience, , , , , , , , ,


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The First Year Experience—An Extended Welcome

by Amy E. Steele, MDiv’00; PhD’12 Assistant Dean for Student Life Over time, a group of concerned faculty, staff, and administrators at the Divinity School discussed in the hallways and between meetings about how to enhance the orientation experience for new students. We were asking questions about strengthening writing and research skills, developing more stated…

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Feature, , , , , , , ,


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Alumni/ae Tuesday – #GivingTuesday

Our monthly Alumni/ae Tuesday Guest Post has expanded! We’re proud to present #VDSGiving. We have invited VDS and GDR alumni/ae to write about what their Divinity School education meant to them, and to also write about the impact of the scholarship assistance they received. Our goal is to demonstrate how scholarship support has a lasting impact on…

Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Alumni/ae Tuesday, Giving Tuesday, , , , , , ,


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Alumni Tuesday, Erin Guzman, MDiv’15

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 November 10, 2015 in Alumni/ae Tuesday, , , , , , ,


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READ THIS BOOK – November

Each month, we ask a member of the Vanderbilt Divinity School faculty to recommend a book they are currently reading. Our November recommendation is offered by Mark Miller-McLemore, Dean of the Disciples Divinity House and Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry. In some congregations, the Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage equality made…

Posted by on November 8, 2015 in Read This Book, , , , , , , , , , , , ,


VDS student Kate Fields with Allen and Debbie Johnson (co-founders of Christians for the Mountains)

Imagination Grant – the Appalachian region

The Imagination Grant seek to advance global learning, theolog­ical reflection, and leadership skills and support creative, non-credit bearing projects proposed by students.  The funds can be used to cover travel and expenses for global immersion experiences, and are typically utilized during summers. As 2015 eased its way into being, I began pondering which pursuits would…

Posted by on October 14, 2015 in Feature, Imagination Grant, , , , , , , , , ,


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