Christianity

The cross represents the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion. The cross was an instrument of torture and execution in ancient times. Jesus was sentenced to death and murdered by Roman authorities who convicted him of high treason. For many Christians, the cross represents the sacrificial death of Christ and is the most widely-recognized symbol of Christianity. 

People:

Dr. Rob Malcolm and Rev. Sarah Malcolm are the directors of Yale Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with them, please e-mail them at robert.malcolm@yale.edu and sarah.malcolm@yale.edu

Faith Community:

Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at Yale is a group of students earnestly following Jesus. Our name comes from the Greek for Christ’s Apostles though we’re not a frat….we’re a community of brothers and sisters living for Jesus at Yale. Our beliefs can be summarized simply: God is real. God has revealed Himself in Jesus. The Bible is God’s word. God is still moving today. God ought to be the most important thing in every person’s life.

These beliefs can be described as orthodox, Protestant, and Pentecostal. By orthodox, we mean that we affirm the historic declarations of the Christian faith: specifically the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. By Protestant, we mean that we believe the Bible is trustworthy and we believe that faith requires personal commitment – no one is born a Christian. By Pentecostal, we mean that we believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit includes miracles, and this is an important part of the life of the church. We’re sponsored by the Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination (although we welcome students from all backgrounds).

To learn more about our community, click here.

Programs:

Life Groups meet to talk about community, the story of Christ, and what this thing called “life” is all about.  It’s a great opportunity to dive deep into scripture and learn how we can love and live in a whole new way; of being with friends old and new; making a difference in the lives of those around us; and preparing to be a Jesus follower wherever we go in life! Life groups meet in colleges - email us to find out where and when. 

Retreats are offered each semester and allow you to get away, listen to God in stillness and solitude, and have others speak in to your lives. E-mail us for more details.

Mission Trips around the world allow participants to seek ways to minister to the people around us.We are always looking for ways to serve others locally and globally. 

Large Group Meeting - Please join us on Tuesday nights for “Tuesday Night Live” or TNL, our weekly large group gathering in Dwight Hall from 8 - 9 pm.  Coffee is served from 7 pm and then we gather for worship & teaching at 8:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome, we hope to see you there! 

People:

Pastor Matt Coburn and college minister Justin Hawkins are the Baptist Advisors affiliated with the Trinity Baptist Church. If you would like to visit with them and/or have any questions, please e-mail matthew.coburn@trinity-baptist.org or hawkins.justin.r@gmail.com

Faith Community:

Trinity Baptist Church exists to glorify God. We are a body of Christian believers, centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ, committed to the authority of the Bible, and shaped by our Reformation Baptist heritage. We aim to be authentic in our faith and life. We desire to love God and love our neighbor. We believe that as we faithfully teach and practice the Bible, God brings life and change – we have seen it happen! Our prayer is that as we continue to seek God, the hub city of New Haven would increasingly be a launching pad for world mission, a training place for Christian excellence and ministry, and a city of godliness. Come join us.

Worship Schedule:

Morning Worship (10:00 AM) - This is our largest gathering where you’ll find a mixture of traditional hymns and contemporary songs along with dynamic preaching and active fellowship.

Evening Worship (6:30 PM) - Prefer to come to church in the evening? Our evening service is also centered around teaching God’s word, but has a more laid-back and contemporary feel.

Transportation - Need a ride to church? No problem! We’ll make sure you can get here on Sunday. Students often walk over together from central campus, or we can arrange a ride if you live elsewhere. Contact Justin.

Programs:

Discipleship - Develop an on-going personal relationship with a member or pastor of Trinity who will encourage and equip you in the life of faith. Meeting times are flexible to work with your schedule.

College Lunches – Once a month during the academic year we organize a lunch for college students after the morning service. Come for good food & thought provoking conversation with students and other church members!

Service & Ministry - Whatever your gifts and talents, there is a place for you to serve at Trinity. Whether it’s our homeless outreach or children’s church, our youth group or music ministry, our hospitality teams or service crews, you can put your faith in action and see God at work.

Sunday School (9:00 AM) - Come to grow in your understanding of God and to be equipped to serve. We have multiple classes that you can choose from, covering a wide variety of topics, such as: Church History, Bible Overview, Theology, Prayer, Apologetics, and Evangelism.

People:

The Rev. Paul J. Carling, Ph.D. is the Episcopal Chaplain and Priest-in-Charge of the Episcopal Church at Yale (paul.carling@yale.edu or by cell at 203-856-6399).  If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with one of the Chaplains, please be in touch at any time.  Our Congregational Council (co-chaired by Anna Heckler, Micah Osler, Deborah York, and Marta Illuecaorganizes worship, service and social events, along with Erin Flinn, our Director of Programming.  We invite any interested students to join the Council to share leadership of the church.  Our Yale Divinity and Berkeley seminarians (Erin Flinn, Cheryl McFadden & Christopher Phillips) assist with worship, programs and serve as mentors, and Angela Wiggins serves as Verger.  David Simon is our Choir Director and Organist.  Soraya Socorro, Administrator, is available at the ECY Offices and Student Lounge (305 Crown Street, 203-432-5401 or at episcopal@yale.edu.  Check us out on http://campuspress.yale.edu/episcopalchurchatyale/, and sign up for weekly e-blasts on what’s going on!

Faith Community:

The Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY) is one of the oldest university Chaplaincies in the country (established on October 23, 1869).  ECY is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to students, staff and faculty at Yale University.  We seek to encourage transformation into lives of meaning, service and joy, by building an extravagantly welcoming, inclusive and supportive community, wherever you are on your spiritual journey.  Through beautiful worship, vital discussions, weekly community dinners, and fun social events, we seek to grow in faith, to build community and to work together to repair God’s world through justice – seeking and service.  To these ends, we join with multiple partners on campus, and in the greater New Haven community to support God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation.  

Worship Schedule:

Evening Mass & Community Dinner (Sundays 5:00 – 7:00 pm) - On Sundays during the academic year, we celebrate a service of Holy Eucharist at Dwight Memorial Chapel with music by our choir. All are invited to stay for dinner following the service. 

Contemplative & Taize Worship with Yale Lutheran Ministries (Wednesdays 9:00 pm) - A time of Prayer at Battell Chapel in the style of Taizé: candlelight, beautiful song, simple prayer and silence.

Special Services – On Ash Wednesday & Holy Week, we join with Yale Lutheran Ministries, including Maundy Thursday.   Then, on Good Friday, with University Church, in a series of beautiful services, including a late night Easter Vigil.  We also join with Slifka students to celebrate Passover Seders and Yom HaShoah (Remembrance of the Holocaust). Every December we join together with Luther House and the University Church for a beautiful service of nine Lessons and Carols, modeled on the service that originated at King’s College, Cambridge. During the year we offer Evensong services periodically, and service during Alumni Weekends.

 

Programs:

Pausing at the Crossroads- Conversations on difficult questions (Sundays at 6:00 pm). We begin with food, followed by an open and informal discussion of student generated topics. Come with a hungry stomach and a hungry mind. Occurs periodically at our weekly Sunday dinner after worship in the Common Room of Dwight Chapel.

Theological Coffeehouse - Several times over the course of the semester we invite a guest speaker to lead a discussion on an interesting or controversial topic which connects to the Christian faith.  Done in conjunction with Luther House and the University Church.

Chaplain Chats- During reading and exam weeks, chaplains set up a cookie and chat table in Bass Library from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Trips, Retreats, and Service Opportunities – We lead a variety of service experiences throughout the year, including Chapel on the Green, as well as retreats, and festive social gatherings. 

People:

Pastor Kari Henkelmann Keyl is the Campus Pastor and Director of Luther House at Yale.  Feel free to contact her at karihenkelmann.keyl@yale.edu or call/text 603-533-5274. Jon Lavin is our ministry intern from the Divinity School, and Stevie Roets leads our student organization.

The Social Justice Community at Luther House is an intentional residential community of college and graduate students committed to social justice, living in the top two floors of the Luther House building.

Faith Community:

Luther House is a community, a home, and a center for students, faculty, and community members seeking spiritual connection and discovery. While grounded in Lutheran understandings of God’s grace, the Luther House community is made up of people of many faith backgrounds or none at all. Celebrating diversity, we welcome people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and are recognized as a “Reconciling in Christ” community.

Worship Schedule:

House Church Worship (Monday, 6:00 pm). Each Sunday during the academic year, we gather in our living room to pray, read and reflect on scripture, receive communion and sing! Our table fellowship continues after worship with a home-cooked meal which includes vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Taizé Evening Prayer (Wednesdays, 9 pm, Battell Chapel). Meeting on Old Campus, Taizé prayer combines music, reading, candlelight and silence, opening our hearts to the presence and love of God.  It’s the perfect mid-week remedy for the too-busy-ness of our lives. Cosponsored with the Episcopal Church at Yale.

Festival Worship (Lessons and Carols, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter). Together with the Episcopal Church at Yale and the University Church in Yale, we celebrate the Christian holy days, hearing the great stories of faith –  of the incarnation, suffering, death and resurrection of God-with-us.

Programs:

Bible Study with Episcopal Church at Yale (Mondays, time  and place TBA). The Bible is an important conversation partner in our journey to know and learn about God, ourselves, and each other.  We begin with a light meal and invite each participant to bring their questions and perspectives.  No experience necessary!

Community Meals: Every Sunday following worship and every Monday before Bible Study.  All are welcome!

Community Garden: Our backyard garden of fruits and vegetables is harvested, consumed, and shared with our neighbors in the early fall. There’s nothing quite like a home-grown tomato…

Theological Coffeehouse: Several times each semester we invite a guest to reflect and lead a discussion on the intersections of Christian faith and life. Cosponsored by the Episcopal Church at Yale and the University Church in Yale,

Tutoring (Thursdays, 6:00pm, at Resurrection in the Hill neighborhood). Our tutoring program for New Haven elementary school students offers opportunities for learning, mentoring, and forming valuable relationships. 

People:

Father Michael Westerberg is the Orthodox Christian Advisor.  If you would like to visit with him, please e-mail him at frwesterberg@sbcglobal.net

Faith Community:

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Yale meet for vespers (evening prayer) in the Lovett Room of Battell Chapel every Thursday at 5:00 p.m. during the academic year. For more info, click here.

People:

Rev. Craig Luekens is the Undergraduate Presbyterian Life Advisor, and Rev. Kevin Nelson is the Graduate and Professional Presbyterian Life Advisor. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with them, please e-mail them at craig.luekens@gmail.com and kevin.nelson@cpcnewhaven.org

Faith Community:

Christ Presbyterian Church, New Haven is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). As one of many communions in the church universal, the PCA may be distinguished by its affirmation of what has been described as the “Reformed system of faith” as reflected in the Westminster Confession of Faith. The PCA is characterized by its emphasis on both personal revival and theological reformation. Without revival, reformation can become “dead orthodoxy.” Without reformation, revival can result in shallow experientialism and misinformed zeal. By promoting reformation and revival, we seek to carry out the Great Commission with Biblical integrity and personal authenticity unto the glory of God.

Worship Schedule:

Sundays (10 am) - In the morning service, we continually strive to find a balance between longstanding hymn favorites and songs that reflect a more contemporary musical language, yet meet the standards of theological richness found in the older hymns. We blend these two elements in our worship and seek to conscientiously foster an atmosphere of grace as related to different musical preferences.

After worship stay for sermon discussion or other Sunday studies opportunities followed by a catered lunch. Click here for more on worship and the full Sunday experienceFor more on our theology of worship, see handout from our Theology class. For recent sermons and bulletins click here.

Programs:

Going Deep -A pastor-led lecture with Q&A to serve college students who want a more in-depth study of the whole Bible. We meet the first six weeks of each semester. 

Bridging the Church-Campus GapThis is our internship program for college students interested in learning more, investing more, being more knit in to the family of God. It is a great opportunity to serve, receive valuable theological training, and have practical experiences and opportunities within the church. 

People:

Fr. Bob Beloin is the Roman Catholic Chaplain. Sr. Jennifer SchaafFr. Karl Davis and Carlene Demiany are the ​Assistant Roman Catholic Chaplains. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with them, please e-mail them at robert.beloin@yale.edu, jennifer.schaaf@yale.edukarl.davis@yale.edu, and carlene.demiany@yale.edu 

Faith Community:

Saint Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University serves the Catholic community at Yale University by:

* Creating a vibrant and welcoming community through worship and service

* Cultivating informed faith and spirituality

* Engaging in reflective discourse on faith and culture

* Advancing the Church’s mission of promoting social justice

* Participating in the global Church’s life and witness

Worship Schedule:

Monday (5 pm) – Evening Prayer in the Mediation Room, open to Everyone

Tuesday - Friday (5 pm) - Daily Mass at the Chapel, open to Everyone.

Sunday (10 am, 5 pm, and 10 pm) - Sunday Mass at the Chapel, open to Everyone.

Programs:

Our comprehensive ministry consists of three major components, each fostering leadership development in a supportive community of faith.

Spiritual Life – During the academic year, Masses are on Sunday at 10am, 5pm & 10pm and Tuesday through Friday at 5pm. On Mondays, Evening Prayer is held at 5pm in the Meditation Room. There are many ways to be involved, including as lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, acolytes and as a member of the choir. Spirituality groups are offered for students, retreats are offered each semester, and prayer experiences are scheduled daily.

Intellectual Life – Anchored by the More House Lecture, intellectual programming has expanded to include three day-long fellowships:

           The Fay Vincent, Jr. Fellowship in Faith & Culture

           The Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Fellowship in Faith & Science

          The Judge Guido Calabresi Fellowship in Religion & Law

Other lectures held throughout the year include:  Chaplain’s Teas, the Catholic Faculty Series, Mary Field and Vincent deP Goubeau Lecture on Women’s Contribution to Church and Society, the Reverend Michael Gosselin Lecture in Poetry and Faith and Theology on Tap to name a few.

Community Life – Small Church Communities (SCC) meet weekly and offer students lectionary-based scripture study and faith sharing. Tutoring; Alternative Spring Breaks and the weekly Soup Kitchen are some of the ways students engage in the social justice mission of the Church. Pastoral counseling is available at the students’ request. Social activities offer occasions to share refreshments, view and discuss a film, or enjoy watching a sporting event on television. Events like apple picking, pumpkin carving, study breaks, and bowling nights are replenishing outlets for students in the midst of their academic stress. These programs are all planned and coordinated by STM’s Undergraduate and Graduate Councils.

Sacred Space:

The Chapel of Saint Thomas More was dedicated on October 9, 1938 and renovated in 2008. The architect worked closely with the chapel’s founder and first chaplain, Reverend T. Lawrason Riggs ‘10, who had long hoped and planned for such a place of worship. It was renovated in 1970 as part of the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council.

The Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Center opened in 2006, and offers hospitality to all students on the Yale campus. With places to serve, study and pray, these are award-winning, magnificent spaces that exemplify our ministry’s commitment to excellence. As you participate in the activities of this place, may you feel welcomed and inspired to explore all that we offer.

People:

Randy LaRose is the director of the New Haven Institute of Religion for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with him, please e-mail him at LaRoseRA@ldschurch.org

Faith Community:

Our purpose is to help young adults understand and rely on the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven

*The New Haven Institute is open for students and young adults of all faiths around the New Haven area.

The Latter-day Saint Student Association (LDSSA) provides Yale students with the opportunity to come together in a supportive Mormon environment and seeks to educate and raise awareness about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Yale and New Haven communities.

Worship Schedule:

Sunday (1:00 p.m.) - Worship service is held on the first floor of the Institute building.

Programs:

Family Home Evening: Monday evenings at 7pm. Students gather for food, short spiritual thoughts, and games.

Tuesdays: Class is held consistently every Tuesday evening throughout the year unless a holiday falls on that day. There are refreshments and mingling from 7-7:30 pm and then class from 7:30-8:45 pm.

Married Student Date Nights – The second Friday of each month. We start at 6 pm with dinner and then have a short lesson and fun activity afterwards. Babysitting is provided.

Other classes: Additional classes are offered on different days of the week. This schedule sometimes changes according to the needs of the students each semester. Check our Facebook page for the latest schedule (New Haven LDS Institute of Religion).

Sacred Space:

The LDS Institute of Religion is located on 84 Trumbull St. and was dedicated in 1997 by Yale alumnus Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. Classes are held on the fourth floor.

People:

Dr. Bonnie Scott is the Transitional Senior Pastor of the United Church on the Green.   If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with her, please e-mail her at Dr.bonnie.scott@gmail.com.

Faith Community:

The United Church on the Green (UCG) is a progressive Protestant Christian church that is a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC). We were established 1742 and had our Meetinghouse built in 1815. We believe God is still speaking to the world today… and we’re trying to listen. We are not a “The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.” kind of church. Questions are encouraged. We have also been ”Open and Affirming” of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons since 1989. We are working with God to build a better future and trying to “connect the dots” to grow peace, justice, and compassion in the world. We are not interested in “saving souls” or “converting the heathen.” God’s love is for all.

Worship Schedule:

Sunday (10:30 a.m.) - We gather to sing, pray, hear the message, and live out community.  We welcome all people as an open and affirming congregation. Following worship we share our welcome with one another at coffee hour complete with a real feast, and round tables to sit at.  Often we have a “Second Hour” where we discuss an important topic, have a book study, or a sermon talk-back. Usually the first Sunday of the month we celebrate communion (also called “Eucharist” or “the Lord’s Supper”). All present, including children and guests, baptized or not, are invited to share the bread and cup. We always use grape juice instead of wine, out of respect for those persons who are striving to live in recovery. Also, there are gluten-free crackers available for those who need them. One can receive communion by either sitting in your pew or coming forward.

Programs:

Abraham’s Tent – every year we participate in inviting 10 homeless residents of Columbus House to live in our lower level of our meeting House for a week and  share meals and time with them. 

Bible Study - Meets weekly on Mondays at 7:00 pm, at the home of Deacon Mike Waterson. All are welcome no matter how familiar you are with the Bible. Facilitated by Vickey Allen, a United Church member who is studying at Hartford Seminary. We have informal discussions based on suggested readings in the Revised Common Lectionary. For more information, contact Mike at michael.waterson@yale.edu.

Chapel on the Green - At least once every year we make sandwiches for the homeless on the Green and share communion with them.  

Dinner & Discussion - Every other week at 5:30 on Sundays we have pot luck dinners and discussion around interesting topics. We also have these kinds of discussions at our Second Hour, following coffee hours at noon, such as guests talking about our ministry with Incarceration, racial tensions, tips for Allies of transgender people, Interdependence with our sister UCC churches in new Haven, etc. Book groups also are held several times a year. 

5-on-5 Craft Group - Meets on some Thursdays at 11:30am at the Parish House. Join us to do handwork in good company as we enjoy far-ranging, interesting conversation. Bring your own knitting, sewing, mending, embroidery, quilting or any handwork. If you want lunch, bring a brown bag lunch. New folks are always welcome. If you have questions, speak to DeeDee, Cynthia, Ruth Anne, Vickey or Jean Blue at jeanandjon71@gmail.com.

The UCG Yard Birds - Our “Gardening Ministry” Group consists of people who love to landscape and garden. For more information, contact Roger Adams at roger_adams@comcast.net .

People:

Rev. Ian Oliver is the Pastor, and Rev. Candice Provey is the Associate Pastor of the University Church in Yale. Emilie Casey is our Liturgical Assistant, Gabriel Benton is our Organist, and Hannah Carr and Jacob Swindells are our 2016-17 Choir Directors. If you have a question and/or would like to meet, please e-mail ian.oliver@yale.edu and candice.provey@yale.edu.

Faith Community:

The University Church (UCY) is the historic student church at Yale, tracing its ancestry back to the original student church founded in 1757.   Today, we are a Christian congregation of Yale students, faculty, staff, and many friends from the New Haven area.   We come from many Christian and non-Christian backgrounds.  We have wonderful traditional and contemporary music, a global Christian worship style, preaching fit for an academic community, lots of service in New Haven, and, we hope, a warm and truly welcoming community.

Our Mission Statement says:

God calls us together be an ecumenical Christian community in the midst of Yale University, extending an authentic and inclusive welcome to all Yale students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and all of the New Haven community.   We are called to worship the Triune God with joy and in beauty, to bring together lived faith, moral perspective and critical thought, and to serve our neighbors in the New Haven area and around the world.   As we remind ourselves each week, we are being formed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ into leaders and disciples who will do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.

Worship Schedule:

Sunday (10:30 a.m.) – Worship service held in Battell Chapel.

Wednesday (6:00 p.m.) – Katekesis dinner and discussion on tough questions of faith in the Chaplain’s Office lounge. 

Programs:

Student Deacons - The UCY Student Deacons at the Yale church date back to the 1920’s, when becoming a deacon was senior honor.  Today, the student deacons are both undergrad and grad students.  They serve the church by being its “eyes and ears” on campus, helping the church understand how best to serve Yale students today.  Deacons also take leadership roles in worship, community service, and all UCY programs.  Student Deacons are selected through a process of prayerful discernment each Fall Semester and serve renewable one-year terms from January-January.

Liturgical Ministries Group (LMG) - The LMG was founded by YDS Intern Emily Scott in 2005 as a way for UCY members to get more involved in worship.  LMG members sign up and are assigned specific Sundays when they will come early and help prepare the chapel and lead parts of the service.  The LMG also meets for dinner once a month to learn about liturgy and discuss creative plans for future services. Contact the Rev. Ian Oliver for more information.

University Church in Yale Choir – The UCY Choir is an auditioned ensemble of Yale undergraduates, School of Music, Institute of Sacred Music, and other graduate school students, as well as other singers from the area.  The choir is a key part of the educational mission of the University Church, leading our congregation in a broad exposure to the very best Christian music from across the globe and across the centuries.  The University Church Choir is led by Choral Conducting graduate students of Marguerite Brooks at the Institute of Sacred Music.   

Church Council – The University is governed on behalf of the university by a Church Council made up of the Secretary of the University, the Deans of the Divinity School and the School of Music, the Director of the Institute of Sacred Music, a Head of College, faculty members, student deacons, and representatives of the church’s congregation.  

You can learn more on the Church in Yale Website