News from EDS

Dean Ragsdale, National Religious Leaders Affirm Access to Birth Control in Advance of SCOTUS Hearing

MARCH 18, 2014, (CAMBRIDGE, MA) -- forty-five nationally recognized religious leaders, including Episcopal Divinity School President and Dean, Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, released a joint statement supporting universal access to contraception, and affirming that equal access to contraceptives through insurance coverage is a moral good. The statement comes one week before the US Supreme Court hears two cases by private companies to deny women birth control coverage in their employee health insurance, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

Frank Fornaro ’96 Joins Episcopal Divinity School as Interim Director of Theological Field Education

By Sam Humphrey, Staff Writer

The Rev. Frank Fornaro ’96 returns to EDS this month as Interim Director of Theological Field Education—but then again, you might say he never really left.

EDS Mourns the Death of Former President and Dean The Rt. Rev. E. Otis Charles

The Rt. Rev. E. Otis Charles, former President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School, former Bishop of the Diocese of Utah, and founder of Oasis California, a gay and lesbian ministry, died on December 26 in a San Francisco hospice at the age of 87.

Episcopal Divinity School Announces Departure of the Rev. Cn. Dr. Kapya Kaoma as International Ministries and Pastoral Care Associate

Priest, activist, and mentor to African clergy and students to remain in consulting role

Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng to Chair AAR LGBTIQ Committee

The American Academy of Religion announced that The Rev. Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, associate professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), will chair the Academy’s Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Persons in the Profession Committee in 2014.

Episcopal Divinity School and Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries Announce Expansion of Innovative Doctor of Ministry Program with Asian Church Focus

Cambridge, MA (December 5, 2013)--Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries (EAM) and Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) announced an expansion of the EAM Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at EDS, a low-residency Distributive Learning program for Asian American clergy and ordained church leaders from Asia. The program, which was launched in 2012 and is the only DMin program tailored to the interests and experiences of Asian and Asian American Episcopal clergy, prepares students for leadership roles in the church both in the US and abroad.

EDS Awarded Lilly Endowment Grant to Improve Economic Well-Being of Future Ministers

CAMBRIDGE, MA (December 2, 2013)—The Lilly Endowment has awarded Episcopal Divinity School a $250,000 grant to support the school’s efforts to improve the economic well-being of future ministers.

 Funds from the grant will be used to examine and strengthen financial and educational practices at EDS with the goal of improving the economic well-being of future church leaders, and with a particular focus on reducing student loan debt.

Sarah Monroe '13 Receives EES Morgan Award

The Board of Directors of the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church (EES) honored the outstanding work of the Rev. Sarah Monroe (Episcopal Divinity School ’13, Diocese of Olympia) with the Morgan Directors’ Award. The EES Board met November 5-7, 2013 at the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee.

Episcopal Divinity School Names the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Bishop of Southern Malawi, A Presidential Fellow

Cambridge, MA (November 15, 2013)—Citing a strong record of human rights activism and pastoral leadership, Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) announced today that the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Bishop of Southern Malawi (Anglican Communion), will serve as a Presidential Fellow for six months beginning January 2014. The fellowship was made possible with the support of the Episcopal Dioceses of Connecticut and Massachusetts.