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Archive for May , 2012

Baccalaureate and Graduation 2012 at Disciples Divinity House

Posted on May 14, 2012

Baccalaureate and Graduation 2012 at Disciples Divinity House

On Thursday, May 10, Disciples House rejoiced with students graduating from Vanderbilt Divinity School, two Disciples receiving their Masters of Divinity. The House holds a Graduation Celebration Dinner after the Divinity School’s Baccalaureate on the Thursday night before Friday’s Commencement. Families of the graduates attend. Everyone enjoys a send-off that includes dinner, roasting by House-mates, concluding remarks by the Dean, and a blessing and benediction. Winners of the Chalice Press Book Awards for 2012 were Eli Rolon and Andrew Shepherd. Andrew also was the recipient of the Divinity School Student Association Service Award, as voted by his student classmates from Vanderbilt Divinity School, during Commencement on Friday, May 11, in Benton Chapel.

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Wise Practice at Disciples House

Posted on May 14, 2012

Wise Practice at Disciples House

This year’s “Wise Practice,” May 6 and 7, focused on conflict management in congregations. Disciples House worked with Campbell-Stone movement partners from the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University in Nashville to examine conflict and its levels, individual participants’ conflict profiles, and conflict management styles. Current students, as well as several alumni and members of the House’s board, took part in this all-day workshop.


The event’s first session Sunday night featured recent graduates and Pastoral Residents Steve Mason and Jackie Twedell, who spoke to the process of transitioning from divinity school into a 21st century church. Steve is completing his second year as “Pastoral Resident” at Country Club Christian Church. Jackie Twedell has completed her…

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Disciples House receives renewal grant from Lilly Endowment

Posted on May 8, 2012

Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt has received a five-year, $456,000 renewal grant from Lilly Endowment for the “Congregational Immersion Project.” The program, part of the Endowment’s Transition-into-Ministry initiative, is designed to enhance graduates’ long-term success in congregations by focusing on the critical transition from School to first full-time ministry.

The project began in 2006. Two “pastoral residents” are selected each year for two years of full-time work in healthy congregations with excellent pastors as mentors. They are immersed in the work of ministry across a broad range of pastoral tasks. Residents meet weekly with their pastor/mentor for reflection about their work and the learning it brings. Each church puts together a Lay Feedback Committee to provide the resident…

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House Newsletter April 2012

Posted on May 1, 2012

In this issue: Talent 4 the House, Alumni News, House Scholars, Window Replacement

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