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Nice lectures at the Tennessee State Museum
Helping Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities Cope With Loss
Vanderbilt Kennedy Disabilities, Religion, and Spirituality Program
Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies
Liberating Inmates and Empowering Communities
Rev. Dr. Dale Andrews
Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice and Practical Theology
Rev. Kirk Lyons, Sr.
Founder of Koinonia Bible Fellowship
February 19, 2011
Vanderbilt Divinity School
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This event is free and open to the public.
"Honoring Legacies and Changing Lives"
February 14-16, 2011
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Vanderbilt University
The Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies and Black Seminarians are hosting a three day lecture series.
February 14, 2011
Dr. Dennis Dickerson
James M. Lawson, Jr. Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
February 15, 2011
Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings
Pastor of New Covenant Christian Church
February 16, 2011
Rev. Dr. Kelly Miller Smith Jr.
Pastor of First Baptist Church Capitol Hill
Food will be served!
“Recognizing the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions in enhancing
mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people”, The United Nations passed
a resolution designating the first week of February each year as World Interfaith Harmony Week. In conjunction, World Interfaith Harmony Breakfasts are forming around the globe.
Please join us for the first annual World Interfaith Harmony Breakfast at Scarritt-Bennett on Wednesday, February 2nd from 8am--10am.
The Tennessee Interfaith Harmony Breakfast honors the religious impulse without promoting any specific religion. Our goal is simple: to offer a safe haven for spiritual conversation. A place where friendships are forged through sharing food and questions and where community is grounded in hospitality, contemplative practice, and conversation.
BREAKING BREAD; BREAKING BARRIERS
Scarritt-Bennett Center (Bennett Hall) 1008 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
Complimentary parking is available in Scarritt-Bennett parking lot B,
accessible from 18th Ave S
$15 (includes program and breakfast)
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, director of Scarritt Bennett’s Wisdom House and co-founder of World Interfaith Harmony Breakfasts “THE REAL PROMISE OF INTERFAITH DIALOGUE”
Karen Renée Robb with New Day (Kevin Schlatt, Brent Kimbro and Dawn-joy Thornton), Yvonne Smith, and Sheikh Mohammad Jamal.
Immediately following the breakfast, Scarritt Bennett will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Wisdom House.
A SERIES OF LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS
CO-SPONSORED BY WEST END SYNAGOGUE
AND THE VANDERBILT PROGRAM IN JEWISH STUDIES
9:45 a.m. Coffee
West End Synagogue Library
3810 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37205
The topic of the second annual adult-education lecture series is
Jerusalem, a site that holds special significance for Jews, Muslims, and
Christians. These lectures and discussions will explore many facets of
the city, from before its founding as the City of David up to contemporary
We will also discover how Jerusalem was portrayed in early
Christian iconography, both in visual representations and in accounts
by pilgrims. Finally, we will explore more recent representations of the
city in painting, and poetry.
TOPICS AND SPEAKERS
Jan. 23: The City of David
Jack M. Sasson, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and
Hebrew Bible, Vanderbilt University
Jan. 30: Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period
Jack M. Sasson, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and
HebrewBible, Vanderbilt University
Feb. 6: Christian Appropriations of the Temple Tradition, Text and Art
Robin Jensen, Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art
and Worship, Vanderbilt University
Feb. 13: Islamic Jerusalem
David Wasserstein, Professor of History and Eugene Greener, Jr.
Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
Feb. 20: Jerusalem in the Eyes of Her Tourists and Pilgrims
Shaul Kelner, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies,
Feb. 27 Jerusalem in Poetry and Painting
Michael Rose, Associate Professor, Blair School of Music
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Mark D. Jordan
Richard Reinhold Neihbur Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School
Sacred Sociology: A Parable of Ethics and Ritual
sociology’ was once the project of an unlikely community of radical writers on
religion. Convinced by Nietzsche
of the death of God, they proclaimed that religious ritual was more important
than ever in human life. Their
community quickly failed, but pieces of the project lived on—especially among
their intellectual descendants, including Michel Foucault. We need to recall their project as a
parable for moments when Christian ethicists want to solve problems of
persuasion by pointing to worship.
Mark D. Jordan is the Richard Rienhold Niehbur
Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. His
interests include Christian ethics of sex and gender, the limits of religious
language, the rhetoric of theology, and the ritual creation of religious
identities. His books include The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology
(1997), winner of the 1999 John Boswell Prize for lesbian and gay history; The
Ethics of Sex (2002); Telling Truths in Church: Scandal, Flesh, and
Christian Speech (2003); Rewritten Theology: Aquinas after His Readers
(2006); and, with Virginia Burrus and Karmen MacKendrick, Seducing
Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions (2010). A new book on the rhetoric
of American church controversies over homosexuality will appear early in 2011.
The Vanderbilt Divinity School
Howard L. Harrod Lecture was established to honor Harrod, the Oberlin Alumni
Professor of Social Ethics and Sociology of Religion, who taught for more than
30 years at Vanderbilt. Harrod worked extensively in environmental ethics and
activism and was an advocate for new ways of understanding the relationships of
humans with the animal and natural worlds.
The Harrod Lecture is free and open to the
Thursday, November 4, 2010
7:30 - 8:30 am
Professor Paul DeHart
Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic, and Some Places in Between:
Random Reflections on a Journey
Guest are welcome!
General Public $10.00
Please RSVP to (615) 936-8453 or register online at www.vanderbilt.edu/divinity (click "Events")
Saturday, October 9, 2010 9:00am - 12:30 pm
Vanderbilt Divinity School Reading Room
Guest Speaker: Professor Graham Reside
Executive Director, The Cal Turner Program
Assistant Professor, VU Divinity School
Strategic Leadership: Moving from Aspiration to Reality
of the primary tasks of leadership is strategic planning. Leaders help
their people move from aspiration to reality. This workshop is
intended to provide a framework for project development and
accomplishment. Dr. Graham Reside will lead participants through a
process of identifying problems to creating the necessary partnerships
and strategic interventions for effective project completion. Utilizing
the concept of appreciative inquiry, we will work to devise a strategic
plan to help bring our aspirations into reality. Together, we will
work to turn vague ideas into reality through partnership and effective
strategy. In our time together, we will work on defining our interests
and concerns, connecting them to real world needs, and then, in
relationship with one another, devise strategies for moving from vision
to accomplishment. Along the way, we will explore means for project
evaluation and reporting. As the title suggests, participants will
deepen their capacity to turn their ideas and commitments into reality,
and along the way we will learn what it means to inquire with
appreciation into ourselves, our strengths, values and even our
In preparation for this workshop, please plan to bring a paragraph or
two describing an initial idea for a project. If possible, please
e-mail me a copy of your project description before the workshop.
join us in VU Divinity School’s Reading Room at 9:00 am. The workshop
includes breakfast. Registration fee is $50.00 for community
members,$25.00 for Vanderbilt fault, staff and FREE for students.