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School Notes: Yale Divinity School
September/October 2022

Gregory E. Sterling | http://divinity.yale.edu

Distinguished young scholars joining YDS faculty

The Divinity School announced the appointment of three new faculty members. Jamil Drake, assistant professor of African American religious history, specializes in American religious history with a particular interest in twentieth-century African American religion and politics. Kyama Mugambi, assistant professor of world Christianity with a focus on Africa, studies ecclesial, social, cultural, theological, and epistemological themes within African urban Christianity. Bo kyung Blenda Im ’12MAR, assistant professor of sacred music (with appointment at the Institute of Sacred Music as well as YDS), is a scholar of popular culture and Christianity in Korea and the Korean diaspora. A detailed announcement by Dean Greg Sterling on these faculty appointments and a series of promotions is available in the news section of the YDS website.

Liturgy scholar retires after fruitful 24-year career at Yale

Bryan Spinks, the Bishop F. Percy Goddard Professor of Liturgical Studies and Pastoral Theology, retired from Yale at the end of the 2021–22 academic year, after an enormously varied and fruitful career spanning four decades in the research and teaching of liturgical studies. In his 24 years at YDS, Berkeley Divinity School, and the Institute of Sacred Music, Spinks published 17 books and many more articles on English Reformation worship traditions, eucharistic prayer and theology, liturgy of the Eastern churches, and contemporary worship, among other subjects. An in-depth interview with Spinks is available on the YDS and ISM websites.

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