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YDS presents youth ministry program for local churches


Yale Divinity School offers expanded resources for New Haven clergy with a specialized summer course on youth ministry in cities. The program supports commitments by Yale Divinity School, Dean Gregory E. Sterling, and the Yale Center for Faith and Culture to strengthen relationships between YDS and New Haven churches, and increase access to critical discussions and develop resources for revitalization of Christian churches.

Watch Commencement Online


The 2014 Commencement Ceremony celebrating the graduates of Yale Divinity School, Berkeley Divinity School, and the Institute of Sacred Music is availble on the YDS Livestream channel if you missed the event or just want to relive your experience!

William Banner '38 B.D. dies peacefully in Washington, D.C.


William Augustus Banner '38 B.D. died October 14, 2013. After graduating from YDS he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard. He returned to YDS to teach in 1954 and continued his career at Howard University, where he was professor emeritus. Dr. Banner was one of the first alums to be interviewed for "Been in the Storm So Long," a project to document the history of black students at YDS.

Jim Hackney: empowering YDS to fulfill its 21st century ambitions


The math can look daunting: Launch out into the competitive world of charity fund-raising in an unpredictable economy and bring back millions of dollars for Yale Divinity School. That's the task of Jim Hackney '79 M.A.R. as Senior Director of Development at YDS, a position newly created to intensify fundraising for student aid and new projects that extend the school's far-reaching mission and profile. It is, he says, the best job in the world.

Barbara Brown Taylor explores the dark, on the cover of TIME


Barbara Brown Taylor '76 M.Div. has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people, appearing in the May 5 issue, and was featured in the cover story of TIME's April 28 issue, "Finding God in the Dark." TIME praises her as a writer of spiritual non-fiction that rivals Frederick Buechner and C.S. Lewis.