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Archive for June , 2013

TWO GRADUATES BEGIN PASTORAL RESIDENCIES

Posted on June 26, 2013

TWO GRADUATES BEGIN PASTORAL RESIDENCIES

Cheryl Russell and Katie Russell, both 2013 MDiv graduates of Vanderbilt Divinity School, will begin “pastoral residencies” in two Disciples of Christ congregations this summer, through the Congregational Immersion Project at Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt. Each will serve a two-year term as full-time associate pastors following a model like a medical residency. They will make up the sixth class of residents since the program began placing graduates in 2008.

Katie will serve at First Christian Church of Falls Church, Virginia and work with Rev. Kathleen Kline Moore as her mentor. Katie came into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from the ELCA. She will be ordained this fall at her home congregation, Norwalk Christian Church, Norwalk, Iowa,…

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NEW DIVINITY DEAN BEGINS JULY 1

Posted on June 25, 2013

NEW DIVINITY DEAN BEGINS JULY 1

Emilie M. Townes will begin her tenure as the 16th dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School on July 1, 2013. Townes has been appointed to a five-year term and will also hold an endowed chair as a tenured faculty member. She succeeds James Hudnut-Beumler, who will return to the faculty after serving as the school’s dean since 2000. Townes will be the first African American woman to lead one of the four ecumenical university based divinity schools in the United States. Vanderbilt Divinity School is related to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) through the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt, our church’s partner institution that supports Disciples preparing for ministries at Vanderbilt.

“Emilie Townes is an amazing scholar, a…

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GRADUATION 2013 AT DISCIPLES HOUSE AND VANDERBILT

Posted on June 10, 2013

GRADUATION 2013 AT DISCIPLES HOUSE AND VANDERBILT

GRADUATION 2013 AT DISCIPLES HOUSE AND VANDERBILT

The Disciples Divinity House celebrated with nine freshly-minted Masters degree recipients on May 9 and 10.
Six Disciple students received their Masters of Divinity and one her Masters of Theological Studies in ceremonies at Vanderbilt. Two other cherished residents of the House and members of the House community also received MDivs.

Commencement was moved to Memorial Gym because of weather, but Divinity Graduation went on as planned in Benton Chapel.

Katie Russell was one of three students speakers at Divinity Baccalaureate Thursday, May 9. The Disciples House graduation Celebration Dinner followed that service, at which House graduates and their families and some members of the House board enjoyed…

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WISE PRACTICE 2013

Posted on June 10, 2013

WISE PRACTICE 2013

This May, “Wise Practice” at Disciples Divinity House focused on the practical requirements of leading weddings and funerals in the context of a Disciples of Christ congregation. 

The full-day event featured leadership from practicing Disciple pastors Kara Foster (Rockville, Tn), Judy Cummings (Nashville), Nathan Brown (Hopkinsville, Ky), and Megan Huston (Bowling Green, Ky). The leaders shared stories, explored the sometimes-surprising challenges, detailed their best practices, and led case discussions. It was eye-opening, enlightening, and helpful to have the chance to hear and ask questions of smart, savvy pastors.

In addition, the two recent graduates returned to discuss insights from the experiences of their first years in ministry after graduating from Vanderbilt. Jackie Twedell of Hopkinsville and Andrew Shepherd…

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