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School Notes: Yale Divinity School
September/October 2017

Gregory E. Sterling | http://divinity.yale.edu

New program at nexus of theology and medicine

A new course and continuing education program at Yale Divinity School explores the relationship between theology and medicine. One of the first offerings of the Lifelong Learning program at YDS, the program revolves around a new course on theology and medicine, developed and taught by S. Mark Heim, visiting professor at YDS and professor at Andover Newton Theological School, and Benjamin Doolittle ’94MDiv, ’97MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the internal medicine pediatrics residency program at the Yale School of Medicine. A cohort of area clergy will also take part, attending select course sessions and engaging in facilitated dialogue outside of class to consider implications of course content for their ministry work.

Religion-ecology scholar addresses international rainforest conference

Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and senior research scholar in religion and ecology at Yale Divinity School, was a speaker at an international rainforest-protection conference hosted by the King of Norway in June. The meeting of religious and indigenous leaders, interfaith advocates, and scientists addressed the worldwide crisis of deforestation and its relationship to climate change. Tucker, who has a joint appointment in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, was part of a group of leaders from 21 countries participating in the three-day conference, held at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and convened by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative and the United Nations Development Program, among other organizations. “The fact that the UN and a major government were open to hosting this and synergizing science, religion, ecology, and ethics made it an exciting moment,” said Tucker, who codirects Yale’s Forum on Religion and Ecology, which cosponsored the conference.

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