Yale Divinity School teems with diverse ideas and interests, offering resources for people on many varied paths. Here at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, the richness of students’ experience and opportunity is enhanced by the robust presence of Berkeley Divinity School, the Institute of Sacred Music, and Andover Newton Seminary, as well as ongoing research and engagement resources and programs including the Divinity Library, the Center for Faith and Culture, and the Jonathan Edwards Center.
At the heart of it all is YDS, for which Yale constructed the Quad in the 1930s when the Divinity School needed a home larger than what could be accommodated on the “downtown” campus where it had been located. All students on the Quad are YDS students. Many pursue additional certification, and the strong support that goes with it, from either Berkeley, ISM, or both.
Berkeley, the Episcopal seminary at Yale, is essentially part of YDS, albeit with distinct aspects of its identity and mission. Much the same is true of Andover Newton, which provides students preparation for leadership in locally governed, historically congregational religious organizations and faith communities while they earn their YDS degrees. The ISM is an interdisciplinary graduate center whose students enroll in and receive their degrees from either YDS or the Yale School of Music while engaging deeply with sacred music, worship, and the arts.
How does it work in practice?
One example is the collaboration between YDS and ISM that brings worship to life for students every morning in Marquand Chapel. Here, music, liturgical practices and arts, and theological knowledge come together to create an experience that many students describe as inspiring and transformative.
Another example is Berkeley, which affords Episcopal students the chance to practice their faith and prepare for ordination in the Episcopal Church while receiving the world-class education of YDS and Yale University more broadly.
Yet another example is the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, a research and public-engagement project at YDS that affords still more opportunities for students to develop their skills, knowledge, and experience.
Each partner enriches the experience of all students on the Quad, and each contributes to the creation of a community where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.