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Lijia Xie and Benny VanDerburgh are the inaugural Theological Education Leadership Fellows for 2022-23. Functioning as members of the Disciples Divinity House professional staff, they are engaged in aspects of educational and non-profit leadership. Each also develops a special focus of research and practice. Learn more about the fellowship and apply for 2023-24.
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Advent preparations. The House community shared in a service of “Lessons and Carols” on November 28. The House Council extended the holiday cheer by organizing cookie decorating and other festivities for the end of the quarter.
Divinity Dean. James T. Robinson has been named Dean of the Divinity School, effective December 1. The Caroline E. Haskell Professor of the History of Judaism, Islamic Studies, and the History of Religions in the Divinity School and the College, he has served as Interim Dean of the Divinity School since July 2021. Read the full announcement.
Becoming is the theme for this year’s chapel services. Lijia Xie, Bernard F. and Annie Mae Cooke Theological Education Leadership Fellow, preached on Nov. 7. Luther Young, PhD candidate in Sociology at The Ohio State University, spoke about his research in a talk during dinner, Sexuality and the Church: Lessons from Black Parishioners.
Honoring the Highbaughs. To celebrate Dolores Highbaugh's 95th birthday, a new fund has been created to honor Richard and Dolores Highbaugh. It ensures that their profound example, commitment, and challenge are sounded for future generations of learners and leaders.
Covenantal theology is the theme for the Disciples History and Thought Seminar this year, led by W. Clark Gilpin. He began this year's seminar on October 24. On that same evening, Terri Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), was present to host a town hall on "The Covenant Project."
The Fall session of Living Justice is underway. The anti-racist practicum, which undergirds individual and collective anti-racism work while developing pedagogies and curricula, is directed by Yvonne Gilmore and Sandhya Jha and supported by a grant from the Oreon Scott Foundation. Another segment begins in the winter. Register your interest now.