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William Barber to Speak at Fall Convocation on Sept. 2

(Winston-Salem, N.C., August 12, 2014) – The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, architect of North Carolina’s Moral Monday-Forward Together Movement, president of the North Carolina NAACP, and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, NC, will deliver Wake Forest University School of Divinity’s Fall Convocation address on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Barber’s address is also the inaugural event of the Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series. The Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series honors the late George McLeod “Mac” Bryan, Sr. who was professor of religion at Wake Forest University for 37 years. In addition to teaching courses on…

Read more August 12, 2014
Commencement celebrates the future ministries of the class of 2014

Commencement celebrates the future ministries of the class of 2014

Wake Forest University conferred Master of Divinity degrees upon twenty-six students at the university’s Commencement ceremony held May 19. Two students received degrees with concentrated studies through the School of Divinity’s Well-Being and Religious Leadership Program, one in Faith and Health of the Public and one in Food and Faith. The School of Divinity held two ceremonies honoring the twenty-six graduates, a hooding ceremony on Saturday May 17, and a diploma ceremony following Commencement on Monday. On Saturday, the graduating class gathered with faculty, family, friends, and mentors to receive their masters’ hoods. The ceremony, planned by members of the…

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School of Divinity Launches Two New Joint Degree Programs

Wake Forest University School of Divinity is launching two new joint degree programs for future religious leaders. The Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Sustainability is designed for students who seek careers in faith-based contexts where sustainability is an emerging emphasis. The Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Education is for students who are interested in bi-vocational career options that link public school teaching with religious leadership in congregational or non-profit settings. “Joint degrees are excellent vocational choices for students,” says Jill Crainshaw, associate dean for academic affairs and Blackburn professor of worship and liturgical theology. “Religious leaders are challenged…

Read more May 5, 2014
Michael “Mike” Aiken Receives Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award

Michael “Mike” Aiken Receives Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award

For his lifetime service to the community, Michael “Mike” Aiken (pictured left) will receive this year’s Bill J. Leonard Distinguished Service Award Pro Fide Et Humanitate from the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Aiken, who graduated from Wake Forest in 1971, has served as executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry, a non-profit organization that serves the Greater Greensboro area, for more than 25 years. The agency offers emergency financial assistance, food assistance, emergency and transitional shelter, and rapid re-housing. The award, established by James M. Dunn, Resident Professor of Christianity and Public Policy, and his wife, Marilyn, honors the…

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This Week: April 28 – May 2

This Week: April 28 – May 2

Congratulations Class of 2014! A thought from poet T.S. Eliot for the end of the Academic Year 2013-2014: With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling… We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. from Quartet No. 4: Little Gidding Little Gidding was first published in 1942. The last of Eliot’s poem series entitled Four Quartets, Little Gidding emphasizes the unity of past, present and future. Pentecostal fire is the primary image featured in the poem….

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This Week: April 21 – 25

This Week: April 21 – 25

Course Evaluations Course evaluations are very important to the work we do here at the School of Divinity. Faculty members use course evaluations to inform their teaching. Our assessment committee includes course evaluations in our ongoing efforts to assess curriculum and teaching.  We have used Qualtrics, a survey platform, to create evaluation forms for each spring 2014 course. On Monday, April 28, students will receive one email for each spring 2014 course in which they are currently enrolled. The email will include a link to a survey; this is the course evaluation survey. Many faculty members will allow time on the last day…

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This Week: April 14 – 18

This Week: April 14 – 18

Holy Week 2014 Sunday, April 13, was Palm/Passion Sunday, the start to Holy Week in the Christian tradition.  On Palm/Passion Sunday, Christian communities remember Jesus’ “triumphal entry into Jerusalem” just days before he is arrested and sentenced to death. As Jesus rode into the city on a donkey, crowds swarmed around him shouting “Hosanna” and singing part of Psalm 118—“Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord.” Palm/Passion Sunday celebrations commonly include processions of choirs and churchgoers waving palms and shouting “Hosanna.” This year, the church choir in which I sing has been learning the song,…

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This Week: April 7 – 11

This Week: April 7 – 11

An Integrative, Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Theological Education One of our curricular aims is to equip women and men to be public religious leaders. Several concentrations and one certificate program within the Master of Divinity degree emphasize skills and knowledge specific to particular fields of study and areas of religious leadership. While concentrations are not required, students can choose a concentration that allows them to explore in greater depth areas of particular interest. Each concentration includes at least one required foundational course along with related internship and capstone requirements. The curriculum for each concentration attends to the distinctive perspectives that faith…

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