Non-Denominational

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:

Rev. Craig Luekens is the Coordinator of Athletes in Action at Yale. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with him, please e-mail him at craig.luekens@gmail.com

Tess Thompson is one of our student leaders and would love to connect with you if you have any questions or interest. You can email her at theresa.thompson@yale.edu.

Faith Community:

Athletes in Action (AIA) is a student-led sports ministry dedicated to building a community of fellowship founded in the loving character of Jesus Christ. We seek to reach out to students through large group meetings, fun activities, and individual connections. We welcome people of all backgrounds to explore the Christian faith. We meet weekly during the academic year and have Bible studies throughout the week, fellowship activities, and retreats throughout the year. To explore the national organization of AIA, please click here for lots of resources, info, and videos about programs. To be included on the email list so you can stay up-to-date on all our activities, please email Craig.

Programs:

Large Group – Joyful fellowship. Authentic relationships. Welcoming worship. Practical talks. Fun games. Those are the key aspects to our weekly time together, which always serves as an important hour of rest and encouragement. We meet Tuesday nights at 9pm, in the BK North Mendenhall Room (although confirm with Craig in case that changes)

Small Groups – Freshman, Men’s, and Women’s small groups meet each week to develop deeper relationships with God and with one another. There is always a welcoming spirit, an open discussion, and study of God’s Word.

Fellowship Activity – Varying from week to week, these include s’mores, bowling, game nights, movie nights and parties. All are welcome!

Retreats – Our regional retreat with AIA movements across the Northeast is in early February. Half of the years we also have a smaller Fall Retreat specifically for Yalies whose sport prevents them from going in February.

People:

Dr. OrLando Yarborough III is the pastor of the Black Church at Yale. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with him, please e-mail him at orlando.yarborough@yale.edu.

Faith Community:

Black Church at Yale (BCAY) is a student-run church with a diverse congregation consisting of a variety of backgrounds including diverse ethnicities, nationalities and denominations. Although our services are mostly attended by Yale undergrads, we are open to graduate students, professors, staff and community members joining our worship community. We are joined together by our love for Jesus Christ, not by the color of our skin, or our denominational affiliations. We express our love and devotion to God through songs of praise and worship. During our worship set, we stand on our feet, clap our hands, raise our arms and bow our heads in reverence and adoration of our God. Our musical style ranges from contemporary Christian to gospel praise and worship. We have a talented team of vocalists along with a full band that consists of a keyboardist, bassist and drummer.

Worship Schedule:

Sunday (10:00 a.m.) -Join us for worship services at the Afro-American Cultural Center, located at 211 Park St, New Haven, CT. Our worship format is very simple, without a long list of rituals and traditions. We believe that the most important components of a Sunday service are the worship and the Word, so we give priority to these two elements. We aim to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit, which means that sometimes we may deviate from our regular schedule to give way for an additional worship song or a special moment of prayer. Once a month we celebrate communion through the Lord’s Supper. Also, we get a special performance from the remarkable Yale Gospel Choir once a month.

Programs:

The Serve the Nations Team - Jesus was a servant leader and we will be a servant people (Luke 22:24-27). We aspire not only to serve inside the church with excellence, but to minister in the marketplace. This church will produce future problem solvers for the greatest global challenges, thus becoming the salt and light of the world. (Matthew 5:13:16; Matthew 28:18-20). Purpose: To equip the BCAY family to follow Christ in servant leadership, thus becoming salt and light in the world.

The Hospitality Team - The purpose of the Hospitality Team is: 1) to create an environment of warmth by welcoming and accepting individuals from any background into the BCAY community. 2) to make those who come to BCAY feel comfortable as they explore what God means in their lives. 3) to establish a community where they feel welcomed.

Breath of Life Worship Team - The purpose of our praise and worship team is to: 1) To invoke the presence of God through musical worship. 2) To lead and involve the congregation in praise, adoration, and thanksgiving. 3) To create an atmosphere most conducive to hearing from and connecting with God.

The Audio/Visual Team - “They’re pretty cool…just join them.” ~ Anonymous member of team, 2011. The purpose of the A/V Team is: 1) to fully engage the congregation with every aspect of Sunday service: praise & worship, the message, and announcements. 2) to oversee the technical setup and breakdown of the sanctuary. 3) to manage the audio and projector feeds during service. 4) to launch the “BCAY Presents” monthly news video series (anticipated launch date is November).

Marketing and Communications Team - A lot happens at BCAY, and the Communications team is responsible for keeping everyone informed and in the loop. This team coordinates all internal and external communications and marketing efforts.

The Finance and Development Ministry - The Finance and Development Ministry is the business department at BCAY. This team manages the collection and deposit of tithes and offerings on Sunday mornings. It is also responsible for keeping up-to-date books, making payments, acting as signatories on authorized checks and officiating finance meetings/reports with Student Staff. This team will also assist in seeking fundraising methods to increase church funds.

People:

Revs. Joseph and Michele Cumming are Co-Pastors of the International Church at Yale. Rev. Andrew Cunningham is Director of the Yale International Christian Fellowship. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with them, please e-mail them at joseph.cumming@aya.yale.edu, michele.cumming@alumni.duke.edu, or cunningham.andrew@sbcglobal.net, or telephone them at +(1)(203)777-9977. 

Faith Community:

The International Church at Yale is an international, interdenominational community of followers of Jesus who gather for worship at Yale. Our vision is to encourage one another to grow in love and faith so that we may serve as a visible representation and witness to the Kingdom of God on the Yale campus and serve the university community, particularly its international students, scholars, faculty, and their families.

Worship Schedule:

Sunday (11:00 a.m.) -  Our weekly meeting takes place at OMSC, 490 Prospect St., New Haven. This is at the corner of Prospect and Canner Streets, across from Yale Divinity School and on the Yale Shuttle Blue Line.  There is a parking lot behind the building you see in the picture.  We meet in Great Commission Hall, the building at the back of the property.  An accessible entrance is on Mansfield Street. Anyone is welcome to attend our services, regardless of whether or not you have any religious background. You are welcome, no matter whether you consider yourself a believer in Jesus, or are curious to learn more about the Christian faith, or simply want to practice your English.

We hope that you will find us to be a warm and caring community that welcomes you in friendship and helps you to feel at home here at Yale. Our services are informal, and you are welcome to come wearing whatever clothing you wear every day. American students and scholars and their families are also welcome at our services – particularly if you would like to help international students feel at home in this country. 

Programs:

Chinese-Language and English-Language Home Bible Study Groups - Meet weekly during the academic year. Please contact Pastor Joseph or Michele Cumming (see above) for more information.

English-Language Conversation Class – Meets on Sunday mornings during the academic year. Contact Pastor Joseph or Michele Cumming (see above) for information.

International Christian Fellowship - Organizes hospitality dinners for international students and scholars, as well as an “Alpha Course” designed to help people explore questions they may have about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the meaning of the Bible or what it means to be a Christian. If you would like to know more about this Alpha Course, please contact Rev. Andrew Cunningham (see above).

People:

Karen Mahan and Sue Smedley are the Directors of Spiritual Formation. Anita and Jon Hinkson are the Directors of the Rivendell Student Fellows program; Soozie Schneider is the Director of the Faculty Roundtable. Donald Smedley, Rick Schneider, and David Mahan are Senior Fellows of the Institute. If you have any questions, please e-mail david.mahan@yale.edu. Complete staff bios can be found at www.rivendellinstitute.org.

Faith Community:

Our mission to explore the contribution of an historic Christian vision of life to the academy, human flourishing, and the common good brings into focus two vital considerations. How does Christian faith speak to the ideas, issues, and concerns of contemporary society as these are formulated in our colleges and universities? How can our academic institutions become places where voices of faith contribute as conversation partners in the formation of a new generation of scholars and leaders? The Rivendell Institute was created to take up these and other questions as servants to and within Yale University. 

Our lovely building at 291 Edwards St. is the physical center for our institute.

Programs:

Spiritual Formation Groups - Yale graduate students, and spouses are invited and we would love for you to join us! These studies use Spiritual Formation elements to grow our Christian Faith in the context of academic and professional lives. We also offer mentoring. Meets on Fridays 7:00-9:00pm at the Rivendell Institute 291 Edwards St. For more info/schedule: http://rivendellinstitute.org/programs/spiritual-formation/ or contact kmahan@gmail.com or smedleysusanp@sbcglobal.net.

Home Scripture Study – A biweekly opportunity to participate in thoughtful, practical discussion of the Scriptures in the comfortable home setting of a Yale professor. Each year features close study of one book of the Bible. Faculty, graduate students, spouses, and friends are welcome. For more info contact david.mahan@yale.edu.

Colloquia and Retreats – These events explore what it means to integrate one’s faith with careers and other roles, and offer practical ways to draw closer to God in the midst of the many pressures we face in our academic and professional lives. Dates are posted on our website during the academic calendar.

Student Fellows Program - This initiative, through means of biblical engagement, rigorous discussion and invited conversation partners aims to both clarify the nature of faithful missional presence and animate its varied expression especially in the academy. A series of 90 minute Thursday evening studies/discussions and a dinner colloquium occur each semester. The colloquia feature guest presenters of outstanding leaders in their fields. In addition, there is an overnight kick-off retreat to get acquainted, and a final weekend retreat on a Vermont farm. Contact jon.hinkson@yale.edu or anita.hinkson@yale.edu for more info.

People:

Jeff Kraines is the pastor for UCW and can be contacted either via email or phone calljkraines1@gmail.com860-604-3611

Faith Community:

UCW (United Church of Westville) is a student-led, pastor-resourced church.  We are a community whose aim is to know Christ and make him known.  We emphasize discipleship, prayer and depth in the Word, in  loving, grace and truth community.

Worship Schedule:

Weekly Sunday Worship at 1p.m, followed by lunch at our church in Westville (about 10 minutes from campus).  Rides leave from HGS at 12:20pm and 12:40.  During the week we have small groups meeting on campus and lots of opportunities to connect with one another.

Sacred Space:

New Haven Korean Methodist Church located at 34 Harrison St, New Haven, CT 06515.

People:

Staff/Advisor contact:

Pastor Josh Williams is the staff advisor and lead contact for Elm City Vineyard. He can be contacted via email, josh@elmcityvineyard.org

The Student Leader contacts are divided amongst undergrad and graduate and can also be contacted through email. The undergrad student leaders are: Hopewell RogersElizabeth.Rogers@yale.edu, and Moses Kitakule: moses.kitakule@yale.edu. The Graduate Student leaders are Daniel Songjoongyu.song@yale.edu, and Asia Brown: asia.brown@yale.edu.

Faith Community:

The Elm City Vineyard Church exists to call all people to revolutionary lives of action through Spirit-empowered communities that love and obey Jesus Christ in all things. Our mission is to form healing community and transform our city and our world. At ECV, we meet together at our Sunday gatherings, weekly home groups, and in all parts of New Haven as we work, play, and serve our city. Whether you are just asking questions about faith or whether you are a longtime churchgoer, you are welcome to join ECV as we do life together with a living and active God.

Worship Schedule:

Sundays at 4 p.m. is the regular worship meeting time and the first meeting of the semester usually occurs at the end of August.  

Sacred Space:

The ECV Church is located at 425 College St. which can be found at the corner of College and Elm Sts. The First and Summerfield Church building immediately diagonal from Battell Chapel. 

 

People:

Faith Community:

These fellowships are communities of Christians in the graduate and professional schools who meet regularly for prayer, fellowship, the study of scripture and discussions of how our faith intersects with our academic and professional callings.  We seek to discover how we can use our academic skills wisely, how we can connect our scholarship and our faith, and how we can love and serve Christ in our departments, our professions, and in all aspects of our lives. We are connected with a range of local churches and organizations within and beyond Yale, seeking to share the message of God’s love to our peers at Yale and the larger community of New Haven.

People:

Lara Takasugi (TC 09), Charmain Yun (BR 95), and Sang Yun (ES 93) are the directors of Yale Students for Christ.  If you have any questions and/or would like to meet up with them, you can reach them at lara.takasugi@yale.educharmain@aya.yale.edu or sang.yun@cru.org

Faith Community:

As Yale Students for Christ, we seek to grow in faith in Jesus for a lifetime and live it out together at Yale. We are a member organization of Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ). Please feel free to take a look around the website for more info (yalestudentsforchrist.org)!

Programs:

Small Groups - Our small groups–organized according to classes–are places where we have in-depth Bible study, fellowship, and ministry training. Please check out our website for times and locations.

TNT (Thursday Night Together) - Thursdays at 8 pm in Dwight Common Room (unless otherwise noted in the e-body announcements), TNT is our central large group time based on Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” We meet to worship and to share teaching, encouragement, and our lives with one another. All are welcome!

Special Events - Be it a Square Dance, a late night Denny’s run, BBQs on Old Campus, Christmas parties, or a very special Valentine’s Day dessert, we host various events throughout the year to bring people together from all over campus.

Lectures and Dialogues - We find it valuable to engage both the heart and mind in spiritual matters. For example, “Couch Conversations” on Beineke Plaza, a “Friendships at Yale” coffeehouse in Silliman Dining Hall or “Belief and Unbelief”, a dialogue about religious convictions co-sponsored by the Secular Student Alliance, Yale Hillel and the the Multifaith Council. “Saturday Morning Questions” in the Berkeley Common Room has been an open-ended context to discuss honest questions and doubts about the Christian faith.

People:

Ruth Onyirimba is the staff team leader for the Yale Chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with her, please e-mail her at RCOnyirimba@gmail.com.

Faith Community:

Yale Christian Fellowship (YCF) is a loving, Spirit-led community that invites the entire campus to question, experience and follow Jesus fully. We host spaces where we encounter God through scripture and prayer, hold campus-wide events that spark “changeful” faith conversations, cultivate a community centered on friendship and trust, and host invitational gatherings throughout the week.  We also aim to go beyond the campus and love our city through practical service and thoughtful collaboration. All are welcome to come and see no matter if God feels near, far, or unfamiliar.

Programs:

YCF has many ways to get involved, including a number of weekly community group meetings (e.g., a latino Bible study, a freshmen Bible study, an arts Bible study) as well as a number of Fellowship-wide gatherings throughout the academic school year. Feel free to reach out to Andrew if you’re interested in learning more!