Harvard Chaplain and Other Scholars to Speak At Yale Divinity School Convocation

Noted theologians will highlight the annual Convocation of the Divinity School and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Monday-Thursday, Oct. 12-15.

In keeping with tradition, the Convocation will be built around two distinguished lecture series, the Lyman Beecher Lectures and the Shaffer Lectures. These and other Convocation talks will be presented in Marquand Chapel, 409 Prospect St.

Members of the public may register on site beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12. A registration fee of $25 includes all lectures, morning coffee and all receptions during the convocation. Persons attending only part of the convocation are asked to make an appropriate donation in lieu of the registration fee. A complete schedule can be obtained by phoning the Office of Graduate and External Relations at 432-5033.

The convocation will open on Monday at 4 p.m. with the first of three Beecher Lectures on the theme “The Texture of Biblical Preaching: Songs, Letters and Stories,” which will be presented by the Reverend Peter J. Gomes of the Memorial Church, Harvard University, author of the best-seller “Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart” and the recently released “Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living.” The second and third Beecher Lectures will be presented at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. During his stay at Yale, Gomes will also deliver the Sunday morning sermon during the University Public Worship Service at 11 a.m. in Battell Chapel, corner of Elm and College streets.

“Christology in Context: The Pastoral Epistles” will be the theme of the three Shaffer Lectures that will be delivered by Abraham Malherbe, the Buckingham Professor Emeritus of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at the Divinity School. These talks will be presented at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

In addition, the convocation will include lectures by the following distinguished scholars:

– Frank Turner, the John Hay Whitney Professor of History, will speak on “John Henry Newman, E.B. Pusey and the Commerce of Religion in the Oxford Movement” (8 p.m., Monday);

– The Very Reverend Stephen Platten, dean of Norwich, will deliver the Cheney Lecture, titled “Lambeth 1998: Can Anglicanism Survive?” at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday; and

– Jean Elshtain, the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago, will speak on “The Sin of Pride and the Triumph of Economics” (1:30 p.m. on Thursday).

“I am also delighted to announce,” notes Divinity School Dean Richard J. Wood, “that we have added the Templeton Lecture, titled ‘AIDS and Spirituality,’ to the convocation schedule.” The year’s lecture will take the form of a panel discussion moderated by Letty Russell, professor of theology and author of “The Church with AIDS: Renewal in the Midst of Crisis.” Panelists will include Dr. Nancy Angoff, clinical professor of internal medicine and associate dean of students at the Yale School of Medicine; Peter Laarman, senior minister of Judson Memorial Church in New York City; and Dr. Peter Selwyn, associate director of AIDS Programs at the medical school. “AIDS and Spirituality” will take place on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Divinity School auditorium, 409 Prospect St.

Seminar on Hildegard of Bingen

In conjunction with the convocation, a Continuing Education Seminar titled “Hildegard of Bingen: Worship and Preaching, the Arts and the Life of Community” will be offered on Friday, Oct. 16. Participants will explore Hildegard’s sermons, drama, music, art and theology.

The seminar will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Institute of Sacred Music, 409 Prospect St. A separate registration fee of $35 includes lunch. For further information, including registration, phone 764-9300.

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