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:

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 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:

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:

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).  Our Deacon is the Rev. Kyle Pedersen.  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 Jocelyn Wickersham, Nolan Crawford, Margo Williams and Tommy Schacht) organizes worship, service, and social events, along with Mary Beth Mills Curran, our Program Director. We invite any interested students to join the Council to share leadership of the church. Our Yale Divinity and Berkeley seminarians (Mary Beth Mills Curran and Rebecca Ogus) assist with worship, programs and serve as mentors.  David Simon is our Choir Director and Organist.  Soraya Socorro, our 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! Also join us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/EpiscopalChurchatYale/  and Instagram @episcopalchurchatyale 

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 undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty at Yale University. We seek to encourage transformation into lives of meaning, service and joy, by building an extravagantly welcoming and supportive community, inclusive of all gender expressions and religious backgrounds.  We meet you 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:

Holy Eucharist & 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 a delicious dinner following the service.

Contemplative & Taize Worship with Yale Lutheran Ministries and the University Church in Yale (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 & during Holy Week, we share worship services with our ecumenical partners on campus, including a beautiful Easter Vigil, shared with Trinity on the Green Episcopal Church, and other local parishes interested in confirmation.  Every December we join 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, as well as events during Alumni Weekends.

Programs:

Conversations on Difficult Questions:  From time to time, we schedule focused conversations on difficult questions students face, during our Sunday community dinner.  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 after Sunday worship in the Common Room of Dwight Chapel.

Bible Study (Tuesdays at 8:00 pm at Bass Library). A small group of students gather and reflect on the upcoming Sunday scripture readings and on their implications for our lives.

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 have a variety of service experiences throughout the year, including sharing worship and a meal with those without housing at Chapel on the Green, and enjoy festive social gatherings, such as Game Nights, and hikes with outdoor Eucharists.  We also offer several retreats each year, where we have a chance to reflect on and deepen our spiritual lives.

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 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. Pastor Kari’s office is located at 305 St. Ronan Street, basically next door to Yale Divinity School.

Faith Community:

Luther House Campus Ministry provdes community for students, faculty, and all who are 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 of the ELCA (Ev. Lutheran Church in America).

Programs:

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 and the University Church in 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.

Theological Coffeehouse: Throughout the year we invite guests 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 158 Davenport Ave in New Haven’s Hill neighborhood). Our tutoring program connects Yale Students with New Haven elementary school students, offering a weekly opportunity for learning, mentoring, and forming valuable relationships. It’s a great way to get outside the “Yale bubble” to serve in a way that makes a real difference in our community!

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:

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:

Fr. Ryan Lerner is the Roman Catholic Chaplain; Sr. Jennifer Schaaf, Fr. Karl Davis, Carlene Demiany, and Allan Esteron are the ​Assistant Roman Catholic Chaplains. If you have any questions and/or would like to visit with them, please e-mail them at ryan.lerner@yale.edu, jennifer.schaaf@yale.edu, karl.davis@yale.educarlene.demiany@yale.edu, and allan.esteron@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:

Summer Liturgical Schedule:

Sunday: 10am followed by brunch
Wednesday: 5:30pm followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Confession until 7pm
Thursday: 5:30pm

School Year:

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 (Yale, 1910), 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:

Ben Dormus YC ‘21 is the Campus Director of the Adventist Campus Fellowship at Yale. Feel free to contact him at ben.dormus@yale.edu or call/text 828-200-2256.

Faith Community:

Our mission is to inspire Seventh-day Adventist Christian students and faculty members to be disciples of Christ and empower them to share the everlasting gospel on campus.

Worship Schedule:

Weekly ACF Bible Study (Fridays, 6:30 pm, Dwight Chapel Library). Every Friday evening members (or visitors!) of the fellowship gather together at the end of a long school & work week to open the Sabbath in community. We dive into an organic group-circle discussion of a Biblical text lead by a fellowship member, we pray for each other, and we enjoy each other’s company. Dinner is provided!

Programs:

Monthly ACF Social (1st Saturday of every month). ACF hosts a social event on the first Saturday of every month during the semester. The social event usually occurs in the late afternoon/evening and ranges from picnics in local parks, group dinners at local pizzerias, movies nights, game nights, and more!

Monthly ACF Outreach (3rd Saturday of every month). ACF conducts a “Service Sabbath” on the third Saturday of every month during the semester. These are opportunities to minister for Christ through community service projects. We gather at a central location in the afternoon after church then go to that Sabbath’s project together. Previous projects have included hunger ministry on the New Haven Green, nursing home ministry in music, and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.

Semesterly Yale Sabbath (TBA). At least once a semester we host a “Yale Sabbath” at the New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church where ACF members conduct every part of the church service from scripture reading to special music, and we invite a guest speaker or have one of our own break the bread of life! All are welcome to worship with us on those Sabbath mornings (or any)!

Special Events (TBA). Every semester ACF orchestrates larger scale events to appeal to a broader audience, usually partnering with other campus and community groups. In the past we partnered with the Muslim Students Association and Yale Humanist Community to conduct an interfaith panel on the importance of religious liberty. Our sponsored panelist was Dr. Ganoune Diop, the Director of Religious Liberty and Public Affairs for the Worldwide Adventist Church. Stay tuned for more events like this!  

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:

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.