In Search of a New Dean

—J. Terry Todd What qualities would you like to see in the next dean of the Theological School?  “A visionary,”  “someone who’s caring,” “a spiritual leader,” “someone who understands and promotes diversity in all its forms,” “somebody who gets budgets,” “committed to promoting an educated clergy,” “holy boldness,” “gotta have a sense of humor.”  These […]

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Greetings from the GDR Chair

Dear alumni/ae, current students, faculty, staff, and friends, This is my first opportunity to introduce myself to many of you. A member of the Theological School New Testament faculty for some fifteen years, I took over from Virginia Burrus last July as Chair of the Graduate Division of Religion. I previously had the privilege of […]

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Faculty Booknotes, 2008-2013

—Shelley Dennis, GDR Student Drew faculty have been exceedingly busy over the past several years.  Not only have they been facilitating ministerial formation of Theological School students and shaping the scholarship of the doctoral candidates in the Graduate Division of Religion, but they have been prolific in their own scholarship as well.  An exhaustive list […]

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Entangled Worlds: The Thirteenth Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium and You

—Shelley Dennis, GDR Student Since 2001 Drew University has hosted the Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium, a conference which gathers renowned scholars from a stunning breadth of scholarly disciplines to engage in theoretical conversation and theological construction which is at once self-deconstructive in its pluralism and constructive in its affirmations.  This conference epitomizes Drew’s unique approach to […]

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Course Spotlight

The Interdisciplinary Seminar in Women’s Studies: A Student Reflection —Peter McLellan, GDR Student   This past fall, my first as a PhD student in New Testament and Early Christianity at Drew Theological School, I took the Interdisciplinary Seminar in Women’s Studies, which was team-taught by Professors Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre and Traci West. I am not the […]

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GDR Student Christian Kakez-A-Kapend Receives Fellowship

Christian Kakez- A- Kapend is one of the students selected as the 2013-14 Dempster Graduate Scholars who will receive awards carrying a value of up to $10,000, to further pursuit theological studies. Christian is a full-time student entering into his second year of doctoral work in Systematic Theology at Drew University. He is an ordained […]

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Greetings from the Chair

Dear GDR Graduates, Students, Faculty, and Friends, A year ago in our summer newsletter, I wrote of transitions, and now, somewhat to my own surprise, I find myself turning to the same topic again. Of course, transitions are part of the rhythm of the academic year, and from that perspective it is no surprise that […]

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2013 GDR Prize Winners

Academic study at Drew is rigorous, to put it mildly.  Yet every year some students surpass the goals set for them and merit special recognition.  This year the GDR community gathered in the Ehinger Center on May 8, 2013, for the traditional Dean’s Reception, to celebrate the academic year’s end and to honor the achievements […]

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Course Spotlight: Africana Studies and Religion—A Student Reflection

I earned an M.A. in African and African American Studies from a rather well-known university in Ohio a few years ago.  With the exception of a class on African Literature, I spent most of my time in that program studying 20th-century African American history and literature.  Considering the title of my degree, I have inwardly […]

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