New College in The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most renowned centres for graduate studies in Theology and Religious Studies in the UK, with students in M. A. M. Th. and Ph. D. degree programmes coming from over 30 countries. There are now nearly 40 full-time members of the academic staff, they include internationally respected scholars in various specialities. New College opened its doors in 1846 as a college of the Free Church of Scotland of the United Free Church of Scotland, from the 1930s has been the home of the School of Divinity of the University of Edinburgh; as "New College" it continues the historic commitment to offer a programme of academic preparation for ministry in the Church of Scotland made use of by ministerial candidates from other churches. In the 1970s the Faculty of Divinity began offering undergraduate degrees in Theology and Religious Studies, students in these programmes now make up the majority of the nearly 300 undergraduates enrolled in any given year.
The founding of New College came as a result of a religious conflict that emerged out of the Disruption of 1843 in which clergy and laity left the established Church of Scotland to establish the Free Church of Scotland – free from state connections and submitting only to the authority of Christ. New College was established as an institution to educate future ministers and the Scottish leadership, who would in turn guide the moral and religious lives of the Scottish people. New College opened its doors to 168 students in November 1843 and, under the guidance of its first principal Thomas Chalmers, oversaw the construction of the current building in 1846. Prior to the 1929 reunion of the Church of Scotland, candidates for the ministry in the United Free Church studied at New College, whilst candidates for the old Church of Scotland studied in the Divinity Faculty of the University of Edinburgh. During the 1930s the two institutions came together. "New College" can designate the site itself, or the legal entity that continues to function in an official relationship with the Church of Scotland, the Principal of New College appointed by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and responsible for Church of Scotland candidates for ministry.
The current principal is the Reverend Professor Susan Hardman Moore. As the "School of Divinity," however, it is a unit in the University of Edinburgh with a much wider remit, is led by the Head of the School of Divinity, appointed by the University, who oversees the larger academic and financial operation. Over the years, a number of notable figures have been among its academic staff, including Robert Rainy, Thomas Chalmers, Hugh Ross Mackintosh, James Barr, Thomas F. Torrance, James S. Stewart, John Baillie, John McIntyre, Ruth Page, Norman Porteous, Marcella Althaus-Reid, Andrew F. Walls, David Fergusson and others. Members of academic staff are all employees of the University of Edinburgh, are today an international body of scholars of various persuasions in religious matters. New College is rated among the best schools of theology, philosophical theology, religious studies in the UK, according to the most recent national Research Excellence Framework; the School of Divinity offers six different undergraduate degrees.
The MA Theology allows students to focus on traditional areas of Christian studies. The MA Religious Studies introduces students to the methods of the study of religion and a variety of religious traditions such as indigenous religions, Judaism, Christianity and Hindu traditions; the Bachelor of Divinity prepares candidates for the ministry. The MA Religious Studies and English/Scottish Literature, the MA Philosophy and Theology, the MA Divinity and Classics allow students to work cross-disciplinary; the School offers several M. Th. M. Sc. and M. Res. degree programmes, is an internationally known centre for PhD studies in a broad spectrum of specialities. There is no confessional test for staff or students. Only a portion of the undergraduate students are ministerial candidates, the majority enter a variety of careers after studies. New College is home to several research centres: the Centre for the Study of World Christianity. New College is located in the city centre on Mound Place, overlooking Princes Street Gardens, the National Gallery of Art, Princes Street.
The neo-gothic building was designed by the respected 19th century architect William Henry Playfair. The New College library was founded in 1843 as the Library of the Free Church College, it is the largest single-site theological library in the United Kingdom, holding a large collection of manuscripts, including the papers of Thomas Chalmers, John Baillie, J. H. Oldham and James S. Stewart; the library is situated in the eastern wing of New College, its splendid reading hall was built as the sanctuary of the Free High Kirk. Rainy Hall is a gothic revival featuring a hammerbeam roof, it is at the centre of college life, used by students and faculty for
Rafael "Rafa" Navarro Rivas is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a winger, is a manager. Born in Córdoba, Navarro joined Sevilla FC's youth setup at the age of 17, from Córdoba CF. In 1991, after finishing his formation, he returned to his previous club and was assigned to the main squad in Segunda División B. For the 1995–96 campaign, Navarro moved straight to La Liga, joining Sporting de Gijón after a one-year spell at Real Jaén in the third division. However, he only featured in two Copa del Rey matches for the side before being loaned to Segunda División side Villarreal CF. After featuring sparingly, Navarro left the Rojiblancos and moved to Recreativo de Huelva in the third division, in 1997; the following year, he rejoined his first club Córdoba and helping in the club's promotion to the second level in 1999. In December 2002, after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Blanquiverdes, Navarro joined AD Ceuta in the third tier, he went on to resume his career in that division in the following years, representing CD Linares, CD Villanueva, Lucena CF and CD Iliturgi.
In 2008, shortly after his retirement, Navarro worked as an assistant coach of Córdoba's B and first teams. He returned in the following year as manager of the youth categories. In 2013, Navarro took over CA Espeleño in the regional leagues, achieving promotion to Tercera División with the club in 2016, he left the club in June 2018, subsequently returning to Córdoba on 28 September of that year as a director of the youth setup. On 25 February 2019, Navarro was appointed at the helm of the Blanquiverdes' first team, replacing sacked Curro Torres, he left at the end of the season following their relegation to Segunda B, but remained employed by the club. As of match played 8 June 2019 Rafa Navarro at BDFutbol Rafa Navarro at La Preferente
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is a global network of historic sites and memorials, dedicated to promote and protect human rights in different regions of the world. The Coalition is registered as a non-profit association in the United States; the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is an affiliated organization of the International Council of Museums and maintains consultative status in the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience was founded in 1999 by Ruth Abram, was an initiative that took place in the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, under the consideration of incorporating current social issues in museums, relating the past to the present and its human rights challenges; the Coalition supports its member sites through funding and training pilot programs to address human rights. It provides consulting services to museums and cultural institutions in the areas of public dialogue programming, strategic planning, interpretative planning, exhibition design.
The Coalition has over 200 member sites. The Coalition won the 2009 ICOM-US International Service Citation; the ICOM-US International Service Citation was introduced in 1999 and is presented when a person, museum, or other organization is nominated whose work has promoted international relations and has had a significant impact within the museum field. The 9 founding members are The Tenement Museum, The Gulag Museum at Perm-36, House of Slaves known as Maison des Esclaves, The Workhouse, Memoria Abierta, District Six Museum, National Park Service, Terezin Memorial, the Liberation War Museum The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience has over 250 members; the Coalition organizes its members into seven regions: Africa. Members create exhibits; the North American region has collaborated on projects that focus on immigration and the school to prison pipeline. They hosted intergenerational dialogue forum, coordinated with 11 cultural centers in the United States; this program was funded by the Institute of Library Services.
The National Dialogues on Immigration was a coordinated initiative that involves twenty museums and historic sites to host programming about historical and present-day immigration. The Coalition participated analyzing the display and interpretation of the slave auction block in the town; the Coalition hosted a number of public dialogues where the Fredericksburg community talked about the auction block and the history of slavery to determine whether the auction block should be moved to a location where the history of slavery can be more told or if it should stay at its location. The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience leads the Global Initiative for Justice and Reconciliation, a consortium of nine international organizations that respond in multi-disciplinary ways to the transitional justice needs of societies emerging from conflict or periods of authoritarian rule. GIJTR helps facilitate community-based programs such as violence prevention workshops, art therapy, psychosocial support, community-based memorialization initiatives, dialogue facilitation for local civil society organizations that seek to help communities heal from recent or ongoing conflict.
The GIJTR initiative developed from studies that analyzed connections between memorials, civic engagement, transitional justice mechanisms through youth engagement programs hosted by Sites of Conscience members. Through all of its programs, including GIJTR, the Coalition aims to use collective memory and local history. Transitional justice