"Speaking of Faith" Host To Be Among Divinity Convocation Speakers

Krista Tippett, creator and host of public radio’s “Speaking of Faith” program, will be among the noted scholars and theogians who will give free public lectures during the Yale Divinity School’s Convocation and Reunions 2008 program, to be held Monday-Thursday, Oct. 13-16.

In addition to Tippet, the other speakers will be biblical scholar and “Something Within” faith blogger Renita Weems, Oxford University theologian Christopher Rowland and Oriental churches scholar Robert Taft. All lectures will take place at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, 409 Prospect St. The public is invited.

Tippett will deliver the Francis X. Cheney Lecture on the topic “Religion, Media and Public Life in the 21st Century” at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 15, in Marquand Chapel. Tippet is the author of “Speaking of Faith — Why Religion Matters and How to Talk About It.” She has hosted her Peabody Award-winning radio program at American Public Media since its inception as an occasional series in 2000. In the 1980s, Tippett reported for international media in divided Berlin in the 1980s and was later special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to West Germany. Her Cheney Lecture is sponsored by Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.

Weems will present three Beecher Lectures on the topic “Preaching Against the Grain: Recovering the Voices of Those from the Underside of History.” The lectures will be held Oct. 13, 14 and 15, all at 4 p.m. in Marquand Chapel. A widely sought-after lecturer, Weems was on the divinity faculty at Vanderbilt University as professor of the Hebrew Bible 1987-2004 and was the Camille Cosby Visiting Professor of Humanities at Spelman College in Atlanta 2003-2005. She writes a bi-monthly e-column for Beliefnet and has a blog at www.somethingwithin.com/blog.

Rowland will focus his three Kent Shaffer Lectures on the topic “From Impulse Not from Rules: the Life, Character and Teachings of Jesus in the Light of the Prophecy, Poetry and Art of William Blake.” The lectures will be held Oct. 14, 15 and 16, at 10:30 a.m. in Marquand Chapel. Rowland is Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture in the University of Oxford and a fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford. His research and writing has been concerned with the history of apocalypticism, and he has a longstanding interest in Latin American Liberation theology.

Taft will give the Aidan J. Kavanagh Lecture, titled “Mrs. Murphy Goes to Moscow: Kavanagh, Schmemann and the Byzantine Synthesis,” on Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Institute of Sacred Music’s Great Hall, 409 Prospect St. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute of Sacred Music. A Jesuit priest ordained in the Byzantine Slavonic Rite, Taft is founder and editor-in-chief of Anaphorae Orientales. He is professor emeritus of Oriental liturgy at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he served as vice rector 1995-2001.The author of over 800 works in English, French and Italian, he serves as consultor for liturgy of the Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

For further information, visit the Convocation website at www.yale.edu/divinity/convocation.

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