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Calvin Institute of Christian Worship features School’s grant project

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship features School’s grant project

In 2013, the School of Divinity received a worship renewal grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The grant made possible a series of courses to provide students hands-on experience in worship leadership. Interviews with Sally Morris, School of Divinity chapel musician, and Kenneth Pettigrew, second-year Master of Divinity student, were recently featured on the Calvin Institute’s website. Students at the School of Divinity took a variety of courses on topics such as The Art of Praying in Public, Worship and Music for Pastoral Leaders, Public Reading of Scripture, Worshipping with Children and Youth,…

Read more September 19, 2014
Fall Convocation Calls for Re-centering of Moral Compass

Fall Convocation Calls for Re-centering of Moral Compass

Nearly 400 students students, faculty and community members gathered on September 2 for the School of Divinity’s fall convocation. The event marked the beginning of the new academic year and the inauguration of the Mac Bryan Prophetic Preaching Series. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II urged those in attendance to re-center their moral compasses to find the higher ground and reject indifference and division. “The true representation of the kind of deep love that Jesus calls us to makes it our burden, our calling, to be mindful of the poor, the weak, and those on the sidelines of life,”…

Read more September 5, 2014
New Students Invited to ‘Come to the Table’ During Orientation

New Students Invited to ‘Come to the Table’ During Orientation

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity welcomed 44 new students at New Student Orientation, held August 20-22, 2014. This year’s theme, Coming to the Table, was inspired by the words and deeds of Christ that depict the table as an expansive and revolutionary place around which religious leaders are called to gather and grow as disciples of hospitality and grace. The incoming class received an invitation to come sharing their stories, receiving and extending grace, and willing to risk being transformed through life at the table. This year’s incoming class, ranging in age from 21 to 62, comes from 17…

Read more August 29, 2014

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…

Read more May 29, 2014

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…

Read more May 1, 2014
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….

Read more April 27, 2014