Candler has new Baptist Studies head
The Rev. David Key has been named director of the Baptist Studies Program at the Candler School. He will be responsible for administering a set of courses, helping to arrange fieldwork and jobs for Baptist students, developing Baptist-related continuing education opportunities, and maintaining ties among current students and alumni. He will also help advance the program by recruiting students and obtaining financial support. "The program intrigues me because it trains Baptist ministers in ecumenical settings," said Key, who is the first Baptist minister to direct the program. A part-time employee, Key will continue as pastor of First Baptist Church in Union Point, Ga.
Fenton Lecture scheduled
David Haberman of Indiana University's Religious Studies department will give this year's John Y. Fenton Lecture in the Comparative Study of Religion on April 16. Haberman, an internationally recognized scholar of the medieval North Indian devotional tradition centered in Braj, will gave a talk titled "Religious Goddess, Polluted River: Environmental Ethics and Natural Theology in India."
His lecture will focus on the Yamuna as both goddess and river and will examine the contemporary conflict between religious sensibilities associated with the river and the increasing pollution of its waters.
The lecture is sponsored by the Asian Studies Program and the Department of Religion and will be held in 101 White Hall at 4 p.m.
SCHOLARSHIP & RESEARCH
Fifth annual Ethics seminar held in May
The Center for Ethics will hold its fifth annual seminar, "Comparative Ethics in Theory and Practice," from May 13-22. The seminar will include reading of texts from Buddhist and Christian traditions, such as Shantideva's eighth century The Way of the Bodhisattva and Dorotheus of Gaza's sixth century Discourses and Sayings. Religion's Wendy Farley will lead a discussion of the works' moral psychologies. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in experimental learning about the role of meditation and service in the understanding of these texts.
Scheduled seminar hours are 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday though Friday the week of May 13 and Monday through Friday the second week. In addition, evening sessions will be held Thursday, May 14 and 21. Faculty receive a $400 stipend for their participation. To register, submit a brief letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to the Center for Ethics by April 10. For more information call Kathy Kinlaw at 404-727-2201.