Christianity

Christianity

For Christians, the cross represents God’s love for humanity and creation expressed in Jesus’ death and resurrection. The cross looks back to Jesus’ crucifixion in the first century C.E., but has also come to signify Christian identity, self-sacrifice and the victory of life over death.

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:

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:

Pastor Matt Coburn is the Baptist Advisor affiliated with the Trinity Baptist Church. If you would like to visit with him and/or have any questions, please e-mail matthew.coburn@trinity-baptist.org or call 203-789-4500.

Faith Community:

Trinity Baptist Church exists to glorify God. We are a body of Christian believers centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ and committed to the authority of the Bible. We aim to be authentic in our faith and life, and 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:

Sunday Morning Worship (9AM and 11AM)

Adult Education Hour at 10AM

In-person: Join us for service at our 630 State Street church. Masks are required. 

Virtual: Join us via our website at www.trinity-baptist.org or on YouTube by searching Trinity Baptist Church New Haven.

Saturday Afternoon Worship (4:30 PM)

In-person, outdoors, at North Haven Fairgrounds, 290 Washington Ave, North Haven, CT 06473. Socially distanced circles, no masks required. RSVP required at www.trinity-baptist.org.

Programs:

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 – 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. (Time and format TBA)

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.netor telephone them at 203-889-7837.

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 in Dwight Hall Chapel on Old Campus. The street address is 67 High Street, but the chapel is most easily accessed via the Phelps Gate arch on College 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:

Pastor Kari Henkelmann Keyl is the Pastor for LuMin at Yale.  Feel free to contact Pastor Kari at karihenkelmann.keyl@yale.edu or call/text 603-533-5274. Our Student Leaders are Patrick Chappel YC’23 (patrick.chappel@yale.edu) and Bella Back YC’21 (bella.back@yale.edu). Vicar Maeve Schurz (maeve.schurz@lstc.edu) is our Pastoral Intern, serving both LuMin and Bethesda Lutheran Church this year.

Faith Community:

LuMin Campus Ministry at Yale provdes community for college and graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff, and all who are seeking spiritual connection and discovery. While grounded in Lutheran understandings of God’s grace, the LuMin 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 of the ELCA (Ev. Lutheran Church in America). We gather for soul-nourishing worship, we have fun and build friendships, and we support one another as we grow in faith, self-understanding, and love for the world.

Worship Schedule:

All are welcome to our weekly Taizé Evening Prayer (followed by relaxed conversation) via Zoom starting Sept. 2, on Wednesdays 9pmET, 8pmCT, 7pmMT, 6pmPT). This half-hour time of centering prayer combines music, reading, candlelight and silence, opening our hearts to the presence and love of God. It’s the perfect midweek remedy for the too-busy-ness of our lives. When in-person gatherings resume at Yale, we will again be meeting at beautiful Battell Chapel on Old Campus (and we’ll resume sharing our famously awesome combo of healthy and decadent snacks). Email Pastor Kari for the zoom link, and see Taizé at Yale for weekly updates.

Programs:

Our biweekly Bible Study (meeting via Zoom for now) will take a deep dive into one current event or hot topic at a time, listening to each other and to words of Scripture, to find insight and meaning. Email Yale College Senior, Bella Back (bella.back@yale.edu) to find out more!

Story Hour with LuMin is our new program of service, justice-seeking, and joy. College and grad students will meet weekly via Zoom with children living at the Hillside Family Shelter of Christian Community Action. We’ll be reading storybooks all together and then going into breakout rooms for relationship-building (and fun!) learning activities. Email patrick.chappel@yale.edu to get started!

Pastoral care and connection for extra support, vocational searching, faith questions, or just for a chat over coffee or a walk around campus: Contact Pastor Kari or Vicar Maeve to set up a time.

Fun and faith with our ministry partners: We cherish our collaborative times of fun (like Apple Picking in the fall) and learning (like ocasional Study Bootcamps), and celebrating our faith (Advent Lessons & Carols and Holy Week gatherings) with our partner ministries: Episcopal Church at Yale, University Church in Yale, Bethesda Lutheran Church, and Yale Progressive Christian Students.

People:

Father Steven Voytovich is the Orthodox Christian Advisor.  If you would like to visit with him, please e-mail him at voyts90@gmail.com.

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:

Jon Hinkson and Anita Hinkson are the Directors of the Rivendell Student Fellows program;  Karen Mahan and Sue Smedley are the Directors of Spiritual Formation.  Soozie Schneider is the Director of the Faculty Roundtable. David Mahan, Donald Smedley, and Rick Schneider 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 Fellowship- A weekly opportunity for dinner/discussion to address core Christian values and practices of Christian Spiritual Formation and faith integration in the context of academic and professional life. The year begins with an all-programs cookout and coastal day retreat, and each semester features the monthly “First Friday Faculty” Series/colloquia. Mentoring is offered to graduate and professional students, postdocs and spouses. Meetings are 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 Karen at kmahan@gmail.com or Sue at Sue.smedley449@gmail.com
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

People:

Fr. Ryan Lerner is the Roman Catholic Chaplain; Sr. Jennifer Schaaf, Allan Esteron, Grace Carroll and David Rivera are the ​Assistant Roman Catholic Chaplains. Learn more about them at https://stm.yale.edu/chapel-leadership.

Faith Community:

Saint Thomas More, the Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University serves the Catholic community at Yale University (STM) by helping Catholics serve God and humanity locally and globally. We are located at 268 Park Street, across from the Pierson College gate.

At STM, we strive to create a vibrant and welcoming Catholic community through study, prayer, and action. Visit our website at www.stm.yale.edu for more information about we do or come visit us!

Worship Schedule:

Daily Mass
Monday through Thursday at 5:30pm and Friday at 8am

Sunday Mass

10am (also livestreamed), Noon, 5pm & 10pm

o 20 attendees in the Chapel

o 20 attendees in the Lecture Hall

o Sign-ups are required for all Masses using Flocknote
(Sign up for Flocknote at https://stm.flocknote.com/)

Holy Hour, Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Wednesday from 7-8pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Monday through Thursday at 5pm to 5:25pm in the Chapel Sacristy

During the Wednesday Holy Hour from 7-8pm or by appointment by contacting Fr. Ryan directly at ryan.lerner@yale.edu or the Chaplaincy Services Coordinator at danielle.wilson@yale.edu.

Pastoral Appointments
The Chaplains are all available for individual appointments with all members of the STM community.

Golden Center Hours
As of August 29th, the Golden Center will be open for individual study, events, and small gatherings (limited to 20 attendees, and to members of the Yale community).

The Golden Center will be open at the following times:

• Monday through Friday: 9-10pm

• Saturday:10-6pm

• Sunday: 9am to Midnight

Programs:

STM’s ministry consists of three major components, each fostering faith development and belonging in a supportive community of faith.

Intellectual Life (STUDY) – Anchored by the Sunday night lectures which are livestreamed and in person over dinner for students; Theology on Tap, Reading Groups and other small group conversations provide a space for students to learn more about their faith. ESTEEM is a program for juniors and seniors to learn about Church leadership and how to transition into parish life after college.

Spiritual Life (PRAY) – In addition to attending Mass, there are many ways to be involved in the rhythms of the liturgical year, including serving as lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, acolytes and joining the choir as a singer or a musician. Prayer experiences are scheduled daily and spirituality groups are offered throughout the academic year. Each semester, retreats are also offered. Pastoral counseling or spiritual direction is available on request.

Service and Social Justice (ACT) – Volunteering in the Wednesday Soup Kitchen at STM, participating in local service projects and participating in Alternative Spring Break trips are some of the ways students engage in service and the social justice mission of the Church. The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Student Ambassador program is one way for students to engage in the global mission of the Church and local advocacy for those on the margins.

Community Life – Small Church Communities (SCC) meet weekly at STM and offer students lectionary-based scripture study and faith sharing. Social activities offer occasions to share refreshments, view and discuss a film, watch a sporting event on television or celebrate a holiday together. Events like apple picking, pumpkin carving and study breaks, are replenishing outlets for students in the midst of their academic stress. These programs are planned and coordinated by STM’s Undergraduate and Graduate Councils.

Sacred Space:

STM’s campus ministry is housed in two structures: The Chapel and The Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Center. The Chapel of Saint Thomas More was designed by William Douglas Orr ꞌ19 ꞌ27 M.Arch. It is a combination of Art Deco and traditional Catholic design and was dedicated on October 9, 1938. Further changes were made to the Chapel in 1970 as part of the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council. In 2008, George Knight ꞌ95 M.Arch. of Knight Architecture further renovated and preserved the space, including the original chandeliers.

The Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Center was designed by César Pelli, former Dean of Yale School of Architecture (1977-1984). Pelli worked with Rev. Robert Beloin (Yale’s 7th Catholic Chaplain) in creating a place for Catholic campus ministry that was welcoming and filled with light. The Golden Center opened in 2006 and offers a place for all students, faculty and staff on Yale’s campus to find community and experience a home away from home.

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:

The Rev. Paul J. Carling, Ph.D. is the Chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Yale, or ECY (paul.carling@yale.edu, by cell at 203-856-6399. The Chaplain is always avaialable to answer questions, or to meet informally for a chat, so simply schedule a convenient time at  https://episcopal-church-at-yale.appointlet.com/b/rev-paulOur Associate Chaplain is the Rev. Heidi Thorsen (hthorsen@trinitynewhaven.org) and our Deacon is the Rev. Kyle Pedersen (kyle.pederson@yale.edu)

Our student-led ministry is overseen by our Congregational Council, which consists of three Co-Chairs (Andrew Mertz BF ‘22 [andrew.mertz@yale.edu], Brandon Chambers PM ‘22 [brandon.chambers@yale.edu], and Kai Shulman BR ‘22 [kai.shulman@yale.edu]) and members representing undergradautes, graduate & professional students, and young adults. As a church which helps priests-in-training work effectively with young adults, we have a number of seminarians from Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary at Yale, either attend worship and/or serve in various roles at ECY. These include Mentors, interns, a Program Director, and Theologians in Residence. This year our Program Director is Matt Roberts,DIV ‘21 (matt.roberts@yale.edu), and our Intern is Maria Hackett DIV ‘22 (maria.hackett@yale.edu). Our Music Director is Aaron Tan MM ‘20, MMA ‘21 (aaron.tan@yale.edu), our Administrator is Soraya Socorro (episcopalchurch@yale.edu), and our Office Assistant is David Rivera (david.rivera.ecy@gmail.com). ECY’s Offices and Student Lounge are located at 305 Crown St. (between High and York Streets), and the office number is 203-432-5401. Our two church dogs are Paddy (St. Padraigh of Ireland) and Maisie (St. Margaret of Scotland). Neither have e-mail addresses at present. For bio sketches of all staff (and dogs), see http://episcopalyale.org/whoweare/.

Check us out on http://episcopalyale.org/  and sign up for weekly e-blasts on what’s going on! And join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalChurchatYale/ and Instagram @episcopalchurchyale.

Faith Community:

The Episcopal Church at Yale (ECY) — 150 Years of Knowing, Loving & Service.  ECY is a student-led organization that offers inspiring worship and music, a transforming community, and a passion for justice for undergraduates, graduate & professional students, international students, and young adults in the greater New Haven area between 21 and 35 years old.  We are ancient and modern; offering beautiful liturgy and music; fully inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations; and continuously responding to emerging undergrad, grad and professional student, and community needs. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome just as you are.  

Please note that, due to the pandemic, all ECY worship, formation, and social/fellowship opportunities are virtual for the Fall 2020 semester, and are available to students on and off campus, including those on leave from Yale.

Worship Schedule:

Sunday 5PM: A Liturgy of the Word with Sacred Music

A time for quiet contemplation, resting into a beloved community, beautiful music, inspiring sermons, and small group reflection. Join us at http://us02web.zoom.us/j/82546384431

Daily Worship: Noonday Prayer, Compline

Each year, student leaders plan a series of non-Sunday worship opportunities drawn from the “Daily Office,” the manner of prayer practiced by monastic commnunities for many centuries. Look for announcements about offerings this year at http://episcopalyale.org.

Programs:

PLEASE NOTE: All ECY programs will be virtual for the Fall 2020 semester.

Social & Fellowship Events: We have a variety of opportunities to engage in fellowship with one another and with God through apple picking, game nights, graduate student dinners, hikes with outdoor Eucharists, and exam week study halls.

Spiritual Formation: ECY offers periodic study sessions and small group experiences to deepen your understanding of your spiritual identity, of scripture, and of how to discern how you wish to live out your faith in your daily life.

Fellowship & Retreats: We also offer several retreats each year, one at a monastery in Cambridge, MA, and one with Episcopal student groups at other local universities, where we have a chance to reflect on an deepen our spiritual lives. Finally, in the past, we have offered international retreats during Spring Break. All retreats are being adapted to a virtual platform for the remainder of 2020.

Mentor Program: Through our partnership with Berkeley Divinity School, we offer mentors to all interested undergraduates and graduate/professional students. These take the form of a mix of spiritual director/big brother/big sister relationship. Contact matt.roberts@yale.edu if you want to explore this kind of companionship on your journey at Yale.

Bible Study, Fellowhsip Events for those 21-35 (Young Adult Episcopalians): For more information on Young Adult Episcopalians (YAE) programs email yaeforjesus@gmail.com.

Service & Justice Activities: While ECY membership represents broad diversity of political and social beliefs, as a larger Episcopal church and as an intentional community in the Anglican/Episcopalian tradition, we are often described as “progressive” because of our deep gospel-based commitment to social justice. As such, ECY is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization, and we invite you to join our Undoing Racism team. We are also fully inclusive and welcoming of the queer community. Periodically, ECY invites members to join in various advocacy activities that express concern for the lives of those on the margins of our society, including immigrants, persecuted religious minorities, women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Please see our website (https://episcopalyale.org) for our values and current activities in these areas.

Chat with the Chaplain
The Rev. Paul J. Carling, Ph.D. 
For a Zoom Appointment: https://episcopal-church-at-yale.appointlet.com/b/rev-paul
Chaplain Cell: (203) 856-6399
Chaplain E-Mail: paul.carling@yale.edu

Mailing List: To receive weekly e-blasts on upcoming programs, events, and service opportunities, ask our Administrator to put you on our mailing list at episcopalchurch@yale.edu, or call Soraya at 203-432-5401.

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:

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:

Rev. Ian Oliver is the Pastor, and Rev. Jenny Peek is the Associate Pastor of the University Church in Yale. Catherine Amy Kropp is our Liturgical Assistant, Chase Loomer is our Organist, and Hannah Goodwillie and Jasmine Gelber are our 2018-19 Choir Directors. If you have a question and/or would like to meet, please e-mail ian.oliver@yale.edu and jennifer.peek@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

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. 

 

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.