Yale Divinity School
|Yale Divinity School|
Marquand Chapel at the school
|Motto||Faith and Intellect: Preparing Leaders for Church and World|
|Parent institution||Yale University|
|Dean||Gregory E. Sterling|
|Location||New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Yale Divinity School is the divinity school of Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, preparing students for ordained or lay ministry, or for scholarly vocations. The school grants the Master of Divinity (M.DIV.) degree to graduates pursuing ordination, and the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degrees for graduates preparing for academic careers.
Theological education was the earliest academic purpose of Yale University. When Yale College was founded in 1701, it was as a college of religious training for Congregationalist ministers in Connecticut Colony, designated in its charter as a school "wherein Youth may be instructed in the Arts & Sciences who through the blessing of Almighty God may be fitted for Publick employment both in Church & Civil State." A professorship of divinity was established in 1746, and in 1822, a separate Theological Department developed, later known as the Yale Divinity School. The first Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) was conferred in 1867. In 1971 the Yale Corporation replaced the B.D. with the Master of Divinity degree.
Berkeley Divinity School affiliated with Yale Divinity School in 1971. While Berkeley retains its Episcopal Church connection, its students are admitted by and fully enrolled as members of Yale Divinity School. The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, a division of the Divinity School, maintains a large collection of primary source materials about Jonathan Edwards, a 1720 Yale alumnus. The Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) is jointly-affiliated with the Divinity School and School of Music. It offers programs in choral conducting, organ performance, voice, and church music studies, and in liturgical studies and religion and the arts.
The Georgian style campus, The Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, designed by Delano & Aldrich, was built in 1932, modeled, in part, on the University of Virginia. It was named after Yale Law alumnus and benefactor John William Sterling, name partner at the New York law firm Shearman & Sterling. The school formerly occupied East and West Divinity Hall (1870–1931) designed by Richard Morris Hunt. Since razed, this site is now occupied by Calhoun College. A $49 million renovation of Sterling Divinity Quadrangle was completed in 2003.
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- Diogenes Allen
- Ian Barbour
- Gregory A. Boyd
- Frederick Buechner
- Will D. Campbell
- William Ragsdale Cannon (Bachelor of Divinity, 1940; Ph.D., 1942), Professor and Dean, Candler School of Theology, Emory University; Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- Donald Eric Capps, (B.D., 1963; S.T.M., 1965), scholar of Pastoral Theology
- Roy Clyde Clark, a Bishop of the United Methodist Church
- William Sloane Coffin
- Chris Coons, United States Senator from Delaware
- John Danforth
- Walter Fauntroy, Founding Member - Congressional Black Caucus
- David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge since 1991
- Paul Vernon Galloway, a Bishop of The Methodist Church
- Leroy Gilbert
- Gary Hart
- Stanley Hauerwas
- Richard B. Hays
- Sen Katayama
- Ernest W. Lefever (1919–2009), foreign affairs expert and founder of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
- Candida Moss
- Otis Moss III Pastor of Trinity Church, Chicago
- Richard T. Nolan
- Douglas Oldenburg, President Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary and the former moderator of the 210th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
- William H. Poteat
- Clark V. Poling
- Peter L. Pond (1933–2000), human rights activist and philanthropist who adopted 16 Cambodian orphans.
- Adam Clayton Powell, Sr.
- George Rupp
- Father V.C. Samuel
- Ron Sider
- John Silber
- John Shelby Spong
- Amos Alonzo Stagg
- Barbara Brown Taylor
- Roy M. Terry
- Krista Tippett
- R. A. Torrey
- John W. Traphagan, professor of Religious Studies and Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
- Chester Wickwire
- Parker T. Williamson
- William Willimon
- Lyman Beecher
- Rebecca Chopp (Dean)
- Jerome Davis
- Margaret Farley
- Hans Wilhelm Frei
- Serene Jones
- David Kelsey
- Kenneth Scott Latourette
- George Lindbeck
- Sallie McFague
- Douglas Clyde Macintosh
- Reinhold Niebuhr
- H. Richard Niebuhr
- Henri Nouwen, 1971–1981
- Liston Pope (Dean)
- Miroslav Volf
- Cornel West
- John J. Collins, 2000–
- Adela Yarbro Collins, 2000–
- Harold W. Attridge, Dean, 2002–2012
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