Arcus has awarded the Vanderbilt University Divinity School $85,000 for its Justice through Engagement program.
Relatedly, Lyndsey Godwin (pictured) has joined the Divinity School staff as assistant director for the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. Godwin, who earned a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt in 2008, will work with interns and others to develop educational materials for use by clergy and laity.
The Arcus funds will support five students in two-year internships at churches or nonprofit organizations whose leadership is committed to having open and supportive conversations about religion, sexuality and gender identity, particularly for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI).
"We are grateful to be able to provide our students superb out-of-the-classroom learning experiences that will lead to improved resources for religious and social justice leaders on issues related to sexuality," the Rev. Emilie M. Townes, dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair and professor of womanist ethics and society, said in a release. "We want to equip our current and future religious leaders and advocates for social justice with the tools needed to address these complex issues."
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