Alumni Awards

Celebration of our 2020 honorees was postponed last fall due to strict Covid precautions. We had hoped then that an in-person gathering would be possible later in the year or in the fall of 2021. Yet we find ourselves in much the same situation now with respect to large events at Yale, and we do not want to wait any longer to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates selected for our Alumni Awards for 2020 and 2021. We will honor both groups virtually this fall.


2020 & 2021

Alumni/ae Award Honorees

Please join the YDS Community
as we honor the accomplishments of our
2020 and 2021 Alumni/ae Awards honorees.

Thursday, October 21 | 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
Hosted on Zoom: Register now

Following the presentation, guests will have opportunity to congratulate honorees in personal Zoom rooms.

2020 Awards Honorees

  • Distinction in Theological Education – Javier Viera ’00 S.T.M
  • Distinction in Congregational Ministry – Shelley Best ’00 M.Div.
  • William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace & Justice – David Dodson ’77 B.A. ’81 M.Div., ’81 M.P.P.M.
  • Lux et Veritas – Jerry Streets ’75 M.Div.

2021 Awards Honorees

  • Distinction in Theological Education – Robert Wilson ’67 B.D., ’72 Ph.D.
  • Distinction in Congregational Ministry - Jane Middleton ’78 M.Div.
  • William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice - Kaji Douša ’06 M.Div.
  • Lux et Veritas – Elijah Heyward III ’07 M.A.R.

Click to learn more about the YDS Alumni Awards.
Nominations for future Alumni/ae Awards may be submitted here.

For additional information, contact the YDS Office of Alumni/ae Engagement or (203) 432-5359.