A Decade of Firsts
- Ministry leaders request to be formally recognized by the University as the Religious Ministry to Yale University in 1947. This was a group “composed of persons appointed to devote a major part of their time to a ministry to students and faculty, and [requesting] the extension of University courtesies and facilities to such persons,” consisting of the University Chaplain, five Protestant pastors from the University Christian Association (now Dwight Hall), the rabbi from the University Hillel Foundation and the Roman Catholic chaplain from St. Thomas More Chapel.
- First self-identified Muslim student matriculates at Yale College in 1940
- First self-identified Baha’i student matriculates at Yale College in 1944
- Yale Hillel Foundation is established in 1941. Hillel was housed in Durfee Hall, along with the Chaplain’s Office.
- The National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC) is founded at Yale by Professor Clarence Prouty Shedd in 1948, with the help of University Chaplain, Sidney Lovett. This association still exists today.
- Rev. Burton McLean (below) serves as the first Associate Chaplain, a position is created in 1949. The position also serves as the General Secretary of the Yale University Christian Association (Dwight Hall, YMCA) and the Associate Minister of the Church of Christ in Yale