News from EDS

Text of Board Resolution to Cease Degree Granting at Episcopal Divinity School

The following resolution was voted on by the EDS Board of Trustees on July 21.

Whereas the Board of Trustees of Episcopal Divinity School is committed to serve and advance God’s mission of justice, compassion and reconciliation; and

Whereas the Board of Trustees established a Futures Committee to reimagine how Episcopal Divinity School might continue to serve and advance that mission sustainably given the resources it has at its disposal; and

EDS to Cease Granting Degrees at End of 2016-17 Academic Year

Cambridge, MA, July 21—Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminary’s board of trustees decided today on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDS’s future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to make plans for EDS’s future.

Statement by EDS Board Chairman Gary Hall

I want to begin by acknowledging all the feelings swirling around in the room. The extended EDS community has gone through a lot of change in recent years, and before I say anything else I want to express my deep thanks to Frank Fornaro, the administration, the faculty, and the staff and students for the ways they have come together to heal and stabilize the school.

EDS Board of Trustees Meet to Consider Futures Task Force Proposals

From July 19 to 21, Episcopal Divinity School’s board of trustees will meet to take the next decisive step in a two-year process to determine the seminary’s future.

In Remembrance of the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning

The Episcopal Divinity School community mourns the death of the Rt. Rev. Edmond Lee Browning, the 24th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Bishop Browning’s prophetic actions in embracing outcasts and the “other” during his leadership guided The Episcopal Church towards a path of progressive inclusion.

Statement by Interim President and Dean Francis Fornaro on Recent National Events

This past week the EDS community has despaired for the victims of renewed violence, racism, and hate in the United States. The senseless killing by police officers of two black men, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN, followed by the senseless killing of five police officers in Dallas, TX, by a man deluded by hate and fear and determined to extract revenge, is yet another national tragedy for which we all must bear some share of responsibility. Our country is hurting and we hurt along with it.

Janine Dailey Named Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Janine DaileyEpiscopal Divinity School announces the recent appointment of Janine Dailey as the school’s vice president of institutional advancement. Dailey began her appointment in May 2016.

Statement of Interim President and Dean Francis Fornaro on the Orlando Shooting

Sunday’s murderous events in Orlando have left us saddened and frustrated, shocked and angry, in despair for our world and in a loss for words. This mass shooting becomes “yet another” tragedy in a long and tired series of tragedies in America, and we are left with a profound sense of loss—loss of people we love, loss of a communal sense of safety, a loss of our power as citizens in a democratic society. We struggle to find ways to respond to this violence, and to not get lost in the maze of the sadness, distress, and grief that surrounds us.

Ask, Seek, and Knock: Matriculation Address by the Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher

The Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher

The following text is from the address delivered by the Rev. Dr. BK Hipsher (EDS ’04, ’06, ’12) at the June Matriculation service, an occasion when new students are welcomed and recognized as members of the school with the signing of the Matriculation Book.