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posted Aug 17, 2011, 12:24 PM by Karen Eardley

Nice lectures at the Tennessee State Museum

Helping Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities Cope With Loss

posted Feb 24, 2011, 10:39 AM by Karen Eardley

Helping Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities Cope With Loss

Vanderbilt Kennedy Disabilities, Religion, and Spirituality Program

Spring Saturday Intensive

posted Feb 11, 2011, 12:30 PM by Zebra Jefferson

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

Room G-23

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Black History Month Symposium 2011

posted Feb 9, 2011, 11:51 AM by Zebra Jefferson

"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!

World Interfaith Harmony Breakfast | Feb. 2nd from 8am--10am | Scarritt-Bennett Center

posted Jan 20, 2011, 9:05 AM by Unknown user

“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.
(Registration 7:30a)
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)
call: 615.340.7557
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.


posted Jan 17, 2011, 8:13 PM by Unknown user


Sunday Morning
9:45 a.m. Coffee
10:00–10:45 Presentation
10:45–11:15 Discussion

    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
Israeli society.

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.

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,
    Vanderbilt University

Feb. 27 Jerusalem in Poetry and Painting
    Michael Rose, Associate Professor, Blair School of Music

2010 Harrod Lecture

posted Nov 2, 2010, 1:04 PM by Zebra Jefferson   [ updated Nov 2, 2010, 1:22 PM ]

Thursday, November 11, 2010
7:00 pm
Benton Chapel

Mark D. Jordan
Richard Reinhold Neihbur Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School

Sacred Sociology: A Parable of Ethics and Ritual

‘Sacred 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 public.

Community Breakfast with Dr. Paul DeHart

posted Nov 2, 2010, 12:49 PM by Zebra Jefferson   [ updated Nov 2, 2010, 1:01 PM ]

Thursday, November 4, 2010
7:30 - 8:30 am
Reading Room

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
Students $5.00

Please RSVP to (615) 936-8453 or register online at (click "Events")

Academy of Preachers Festival of Young Preachers

posted Oct 12, 2010, 5:16 AM by Karen Eardley   [ updated Oct 12, 2010, 5:18 AM ]

If anyone is interested in attending the Academy of Preachers Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville in January, be sure to check out the information at: 

CTP Leadership Workshop

posted Sep 23, 2010, 8:43 AM by Michelle Bukowski   [ updated Sep 23, 2010, 8:45 AM ]

Leadership Workshop

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

One 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 limitations.

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.

Please 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.


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