Yale Divinity School
|Yale Divinity School|
|Location||New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.|
|Dean||Gregory E. Sterling|
Yale Divinity School is a professional school at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, preparing students for ordained or lay ministry, or for the academy. The school grants the Master of Divinity (M.DIV.), Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.), and Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degrees.
The Yale College was founded in 1701 for religious training, serving the Congregationalist churches of Connecticut. In its charter, it was designed 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 department developed, later known as the Yale Divinity School.
The 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.
Recent years have seen the Divinity School develop a specialty in various aspects of narrative theology, or postliberalism. Many if not most leaders of this movement are YDS graduates.
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.
Notable alumni 
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- Diogenes Allen
- Ian Barbour
- Lyman Beecher
- 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
- Hans Wilhelm Frei
- Paul Vernon Galloway, a Bishop of The Methodist Church
- Leroy Gilbert
- Gary Hart
- Stanley Hauerwas
- Richard B. Hays
- Arthur Higgins and Anne Hall Higgins
- 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
- Helmut Richard Niebuhr
- Reinhold Niebuhr
- H. Richard Niebuhr
- Richard T. Nolan
- William C. Placher, author and professor at Wabash College.
- 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, PhD (Yale U), Post Doctoral Research Fellow (U Chicago)- Indian Orthodox Church, Professor and Dean Haili Salasi University, Addis Ababa, Serampore College, Serampore India, United Theological College, Bangalore, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam, India
- Ron Sider
- John Silber
- 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
Yale's Initiative in Religion, Science & Technology (IRST) has been an ongoing interdisciplinary program of the Yale Divinity School whose mission is to explore how religion and spirituality encounters and interacts with science and technology. IRST was co-founded in 2003 by Harold Attridge, the School's dean from 2002-2012, along with former dean Rebecca Chopp and then-professor of communication Wes Avram. Since then its programming, including nearly a hundred lectures and three international conferences, has been coordinated by James Clement van Pelt, a 2003 graduate of the School. Its programs and courses have been funded by Yale, the Metanexus Institute, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and co-sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. IRST has hosted a weekly Science and Religion in Dialogue working group since 2004 and maintains an ongoing discussion of science-religion studies and issues via a Yahoo email group. IRST also co-directs research working groups such as the Synchro Project, which conducted research concerning the phenomenon of meaningful coincidence from both spiritual and scientific perspectives.
- Yale's Lost Landmarks: Divinity Hall, Yale Alumni Magazine
- "Faculty Members: Professor David Ford". University of Cambridge. 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
- Bernstein, Adam. "Ernest W. Lefever dies at 89; founder of conservative public policy organization", Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2009. Accessed August 3, 2009.
- Mooney, Tom, "Peter Pond's War," Providence Journal, Oct 15, 1989 p. M-06.