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Yale Divinity School is that rare place in American society: one where we enthusiastically explore the questions and answers that lie between faith and intellect. We are a campus that not only dives into the gray spaces between the black and white that so often characterize public discourse. We thrive in them. 
 
From scholars and researchers to politicians and athletes, we have produced some of the world’s most influential leaders since the school’s inception in 1822. To date, we have put forward more presidents and deans of colleges, universities and seminaries, as well as heads of denominations, than any other divinity school or seminary in the United States. Our faculty, too, have been — and continue to be — among the most prominent religion scholars of their day.
 
With just a few steps onto campus, you’ll get the full sense of what we’re about. We are Christian in ethos and tradition, but open to others. We welcome the opportunity to have dialogues and learn from other faith traditions. And we have accepted the challenge of appropriately and adequately applying biblical principles and knowledge to critical issues of the day. Our students and faculty regularly engage in conversations and activism around issues of immigration, women’s and LGBTQ rights, health care and racial justice.
 
To prospective students: The professors you will learn from and be mentored by here will push the bounds of your current convictions, calling you into a deeper relationship not only with the Word, but also the world. If you are looking for a place where faith and intellectual inquiry are equally valued, where community is cherished and cultivated, and where the knowledge of God and service to humanity are seen as two sides of a single coin, then this is your community.
 
Welcome to Yale Divinity School.
 
Sincerely,
 
Gregory E. Sterling
 

Gregory E. Sterling

Dean of Yale Divinity School; The Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament
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Elaine Ranciato

Sr Exec Asst to the Dean
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Events Coordinator
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