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School Notes: Yale Divinity School
January/February 2022

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

Dean reappointed to third term

Gregory E. Sterling, the Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean of Yale Divinity School and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, has been reappointed dean for a third term, beginning in July 2022. The reappointment recognizes Sterling’s outstanding service over the past decade and the promise of continued exceptional leadership in the years ahead, Yale president Peter Salovey said. Salovey cited, among other accomplishments, Sterling’s leadership advancing the theological and moral imperative to address inequality and injustice in society, and Sterling’s and the Divinity School’s success in tripling the number of faculty from underrepresented groups and doubling the number of staff and students. In addition, Salovey hailed Sterling’s visionary leadership of a project to construct the Living Village, a student housing complex (tentatively slated for construction in early 2023) designed to meet the most stringent standard for green-building construction. “Dean Sterling has served Yale Divinity School with exemplary skill and dedication in the past decade,” Salovey said. “I thank him for his contributions and look forward to working with him in the years to come.”

High-profile lectures highlight Convocation 2021

Lectures by Duke faculty member Will Willimon ’71MDiv and Yale sociology professor Philip Gorski highlighted a mostly virtual alumni convocation over several weeks in September and October, bringing thousands to the YDS livestream and YouTube channels. Willimon, professor of the practice of Christian ministry and onetime bishop in the United Methodist Church, gave the Divinity School’s prestigious Beecher Lectures on preaching, focusing on the topic “Preachers Dare.” Gorski, the Frederick and Laura Goff Professor of Sociology and professor of religious studies at Yale, devoted his YDS Ensign Lecture to the topic of white Christian nationalism, also the subject of his forthcoming book. The lectures are available on the Divinity School’s YouTube page

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