Community Life Committee
The Community Life Committee (CLC) is a Standing Committee of the General Faculty of the Yale Divinity School. The mission of the CLC is to create a sense of belonging and cultivate community for the YDS students, staff and faculty. The CLC organizes monthly community events to create spaces for the YDS Community to gather and build relationships. In addition, the CLC is responsible for governing the Student Groups of the Yale Divinity School.
The CLC is comprised of faculty members, administrators, and student representatives. Faculty members and administrators are appointed by the Dean, with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs serving as Co-Chair of the CLC. The other Co-Chair position is held by the CLC Assistant Coordinator. There are six additional students serving on CLC: The Associate CLC Student Coordinator, The All School Conference Coordinator, The YDSG President and three members of elected YDSG representatives: A first-year student, a second-year student, and a third-year student.
CLC Leadership for 2021-2022
Committee Life Committee:
Faculty and Staff
YDSG Student Government President: Mary Inge MDiv ‘22
1st Year MAR Representatives:
2nd Year Representative:
3rd Year Representative:
The following are YDS recognized Students Groups for 2021-2022
Asian Students Association (ASA)
Coordinators: Jonathan Lee and Rikki Liu
Asian Students Association (ASA) provides a place for fellowship in the sharing of an ethnic bond and common faith. ASA is an inclusive space and community for students of Asian heritage, whether domestic or international students, along with fellow YDS students that are interested in advocacy of Asian/American issues. Frequent meetings roundtable discussions on current Asian/American theological issues, academic forums for the advancement of Asian-American theology, and fellowship gatherings.
Coordinators: Martine Bruno, Sarah Menard
Club Creole’s objective is to provide an inclusive space for those who want to learn, practice, the various creole dialect in the African Diaspora. Our mission is to promote African Diasporic culture (especially the Carribean Islands) in a positive way. There is a need to help those who are interested in missions in African Diasporic Culture. This club would provide space for cultural exchanges and speaking creole, pidgin or patois.
Common Ground (formerly known as FERNS) Coordinators: Caity Stuart and Clara Sims
Mission Statement: Common Ground is a student group at YDS that invites anyone and everyone to the shared work of caring for the earth, our common ground.
Description: Common Ground (formerly known as FERNS) is a faith-based, student-led group that aims to build community around caring for and celebrating our communal home. Through platforms of community building, education, and advocacy, Common Ground will provide a space for people to come together to respond to and reckon with environmental issues, giving particular attention to the climate emergency.
We seek to deepen our relationships to one another and the ground we share through exploring reparative work rooted in faith, community, diversity, and celebration. At the same time, we acknowledge the fraught and beautiful complexity of “shared ground,” and thus commit to grappling with and addressing the ongoing legacies of colonization, patriarchy, and racism.
We are guided and inspired by scientific and traditional knowledge, including the practices of Native Peoples who have stewarded these lands for millenia, which now comprise the city of New Haven, and the many saints, mystics, and practitioners of different faiths who have called on us to love and care for our one earth home.
Additionally, we aim to provide environmental visibility to issues on campus, holding YDS accountable to our unique calling as an institution: to put faith and scholarship into action for the common good of allpersons, beings, and ecosystems.
Disciples of Christ Student Group
Coordinator: Kelsey Creech, Mark Dingler
The UCC/DOC group gathers to share in times of fellowship over luncheon discussions, dinner socials, worship, and community service opportunities. All are welcome.
Coordinators: Ben Bond, Daryl Denelle
DivineAbilities is a student group that was created to advocate and support the rights of those with physical disabilities, mental illnesses, chronic illnesses, “invisible disabilities”, temporary disabilities and neurodiversity. This is a space for both fellowship and support for anyone who falls within the disability spectrum and our wonderful allies. We advocate on behalf of current and future students, faculty and staff; through work with YDS students, administration, Yale University, we work to implement policy changes and institutional compliance with said policies. DivineAbilities hopes to provide healing and reconciliation for disabled people who have experienced systemic discrimination within faith communities. We have courageous conversations about equity and the allocation of resources towards getting rid of the barriers that still exist at Yale. Our aim is to increase the visibility of our community, while also increasing the awareness of folks or feel (or are) invisibly disabled. We train allies to utilize their privilege to work toward alleviating the labor, pain, and stress involved in fighting for disability equity. Lastly, we work with faculty and staff to create academic programming that centers and uplifts disabilities and its many intersections.
Coordinators: Rikki Liu
Our mission is to provide a forum dedicated to the fostering of collective academic conversation at Yale Divinity School. The Divinity Colloquium seeks to offer monthly sessions with a semi-formal yet low-pressure environment, during which students may present their work to an audience of fellow students. The Colloquium might take a form suchas a discussion of a pre-circulated draft or a practice version of a conference talk. The ultimate aim of the Colloquium will be to provide a regularly convening venue wherein students may present their work to their peers while receiving suggestions, constructive criticisms, praise, and that overall collective academic experience that should define graduate school.
Coordinators: Elisabeth Gray, Emily Kvalheim, John Willis
Divinnovation (a linguistic braiding of “Divinity” and “innovation”) is a YDS student-led partnership with the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (“Tsai CITY”). At Divinnovation, we believe that theology and faith-based imaginations are relevant to non-religious social and business practices. Conversely, we also believe that business mechanisms are relevant to the theological space and the broader world of ministry. Divinnovation seeks to develop alumni and cross-campus ecosystems to support the faith-based projects and social impact work of future leaders emerging from YDS. We also offer an interdisciplinary space where students can explore the intersections of theology and social entrepreneurship, law, business, and other non-traditional ministries.
Coordinator: Kevin Marsh
DivOut is a fellowship of Yale Divinity School students, faculty, and staff of all sexual orientations and gender identities dedicated to the full and equal participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, queer, transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people in faith communities and society. We are committed to care for one another, to seek justice for those who have been oppressed, and to work for the full inclusion of all people in the family of God. We provide materials on LGBTQIA issues and information to members of the community dealing with related topics. In addition to ongoing discussion groups, DivOut sponsors lectures, panels, worship services, and other educational, social, and cultural events.
Coordinator: Phil Antinone
The Evangelical Fellowship strives to nurture spiritual disciplines, fellowship, and Spirit-led worship among the entire YDS community. Weekly meetings include prayer and intercession, contemporary worship, and brief reflections from students. We invite the YDS community to join us as we seek to encounter the presence of God in our daily lives.
International Student Fellowship
The International Student Fellowship at Yale seeks to create both a sense of welcome for international students studying at Yale as well as a space for the faith of religiously-minded students to be cultivated and deepened. ISF is committed to providing support for the personal and academic needs of international students while creating an inclusive community and a sense of belonging.
Korean Evangelical Student Group
Coordinator: Eun Young Choi
The Korean Evangelical Student Group consists of both Koreans and Evangelical students at YDS including Korean-American, Korean-Korean, and those who identify themselves as Evangelical. This group has two purposes in its foundation: To encourage and help the Korean students, so-called ‘minority group’ in YDS community, to grow and sustain their identities by the means of prayers, worship and fellowship. Also, to contribute to the YDS community, the group will present its own ethnicity and religious identity with an open mind.
Coordinator: Edwin Perez
La Comunidad, the YDS Latinx Student Group, is dedicated to creating spaces for Latinx voices and bodies at YDS to gather and build community of solidarity and support. La Comunidad also seeks to provide resources to promote theological and cultural education for an entire YDS student body preparing for service to the church and the world. La Comunidad hopes to foster comunidad Latina: an open, welcoming place to learn, struggle, and celebrate.
Lutheran Student Organization
Coordinator: Natalie Benson
Through worship, retreats, barbecues, and informal gatherings, the Lutheran Student Organization (LSO) provides fellowship for all students involved in the Lutheran traditions. Functioning within YDS’s Lutheran Studies Program, students plan Tuesday evening Vespers in the Henri Nouwen Chapel, joint Eucharist services with Berkeley Divinity School, and morning school-wide services in Marquand. The LSO also sponsors guest speakers and discussion forums for issues pertinent to the YDS community.
The Methodist Society is a network of YDS students, alumni, and colleagues who share in the Methodist tradition in its many diverse manifestations such as AME, Korean Methodists, and United Methodists. We welcome all who identify with the Weslyan heritage as well as new seekers searching for a circle of friends in faith. The Methodist Society provides a forum for mutual upbuilding, spiritual formation, doctrinal and polity concerns, and contact with local Methodist clergy. The Methodist Society meets regularly for fellowship, worship, guest speakers, community service, and other activities.
Coordinators: Kelsey Creech, Tori Crook
Movements exists to provide opportunities for movement to Yale students. These opportunities will range from performance pieces, to structured classes, to guided meditations or prayers assisted by movement. Our objectives are to bring a sense of physicality to the spirituality of YDS students, an awareness and experience of artistic expressions of theology and religious ideas through movement, and to improve YDS students’ relationships to and understanding of their bodies.
Coordinator: I’noli Hall
Native Crossroads celebrates and elevates Native presence, scholarship and lifeways as Yale Divinity School. As relatives from many tribes and nations, we come together to affirm and encourage each other as we undertake diverse programs of theological and religious study. As scholars and community leaders, we open up conversations that explore the complex relationship between Native traditions and Christian faith. As teachers, healers and advocates, we seek to bring the power of Native voices into the institutional and ceremonial life of the YDS community. Overall, we seek to weave the vibrant patterns of indigenous knowledge-sharing, feasting and storytelling into the academic, liturgical and social fabric of the divinity school and the university.
PAGOD - Pilinix Association of Graduate Students of Divinity
Coordinators: Chris Gregorio
PAGOD is a community and space specifically to members of the Pilipinx/Pilipinx American experience at the intersection of theology and religious studies, and provide fellowship and contextualized communal support for Pilipinx students at YDS.
Reformed Students Group
Coordinators: Sophie Beal, Nathan Leach
The Reformed Student Group hosts weekly student-led worship services intended to make room for non-academic spiritual reflection and building meaningful community. Created by students in the Reformed Studies Program, the services are often led by students belonging to Reformed and Reformed-adjacent traditions and borrow from Presbyterian (PCUSA) liturgies. However, the services are broadly ecumenical and open to all. The Reformed Student Group provides a space to explore what it means to be Reformed in the 21st century. In addition to our weekly worship, the group meets for more traditional PCUSA communion services on the first Sunday evening of each month. These services include a student-led homily and are presided over by an ordained minister in the Reformed tradition.
Roman Catholic Fellowship
Coordinators: Katie Rich, Julian Sieber
The Catholic Fellowship is an open and welcoming student organization that fosters community and shares Catholic traditions at YDS through fellowship, liturgical celebration, and service, oftentimes in collaboration with Yale’s Catholic Center, Saint Thomas More. We host a variety of events each semester, including a student-faculty dinner, movie nights, Eucharistic adoration, celebration of Mass, reading groups, lunch with the chaplains, discussions with visiting Catholic scholars, and communal prayer. RCF helps Catholic students at YDS bring together their studies and their faith, providing a place for friendship and discernment.
The Word at Yale
Coordinator: Christy Stang
The goal of this preaching group is for students to learn from each other and to think about the process of preaching outside an academic context. It is challenging to get into the intro preaching class, and there are not many preaching opportunities for students who are not third-year MDivs, so this group aims to fill the gap by expanding preaching opportunities and opportunities to talk about preaching at Yale. YDS has a rich abundance of individuals passionate about preaching the Word from a wide array of different Christian traditions, and this groups taps into that by providing a space for preachers to collaborate. The primary event of this group during the 2020-2021 season has been our Word at Nine podcast, which provides YDS students with opportunities to preach a sermon on an episode of the show. The previous year, the group primarily consisted of an event called Preacher’s Hour, which is essentially office hours with fellow students to talk about preaching, either through workshopping sermons that people are currently working on or through discussing topics relevant to preaching in general. Preacher’s Hour has been on pause during the pandemic, but may resume in the future.
Unitarian Univeralist Student Group
Coordinators: Tara Humphries
The Unitarian Universalists Student Group provides support, denominational fellowship, and opportunities for education and theological reflection for Unitarian Universalist students at YDS, as well as Unitarian Universalist workship for the wider YDS community.
YDS Anglican Fellowship
Coordinators: Phoebe Oler
YDS Anglican Fellowship seeks to live out the unity of the Church while recognizing and examining its divisions, especially those in the Anglican tradition. We seek to be the Church in its humble brokenness rather than win over fellow Christians to our own theological positions.
We seek to listen, learn and pray together, thereby witnessing to the YDS community what reconciliation can look like in local communities. All Christians interested in learning to navigate theological difference are welcome.
YDS Women’s Center
Coordinator: Alexis Cash
The central mission of the YDS Women’s Center is to provide a safe, supportive community for discussion and reflection on experiences in ministry, academia, related fields, and our personal lives. All cis women, trans women, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming individuals are welcome in our safe space. The YDS Women’s Center also hosts events open to the entire divinity school community, typically with the focus on raising awareness about the persistence of gender-based discrimination and injustice against women. We aim to empower students to stand together in the work towards gender equity in their relationships, academic and sacred spaces, work places, and the wider world.
See our website for additional information.
Yale Adventist Campus Fellowship
The Yale Adventist Campus Fellowship inspires Seventh-Day Adventist Christian students and faculty members to be disciples of Christ and empower them to share the everlasting gospel on campus. The group provides fellowship, spiritual guidance, and relationship-building as well as service opportunities for the YDS community. Activities include: bible studies, worship services, Community service and socials.
Yale Black Seminarians
Coordinator: Jalen Parks
Yale Black Seminarians is a faith-based, student-led organization committed to enhancing the lives of black students at Yale Divinity School. The mission of the Yale Black Seminarians serves the entire Yale Divinity School community with a committed focus on mobilizing the presence of black students through advocacy, faith and the pursuit of justice. Activities have included the Fall Revival, the Martin Luther King Day Worship Service, the Angel Tree Project at Christmas, and the Parks-King Lecture in the Spring. As an integral part of the YDS Community, the Yale Black Seminarians remain committed to diversity among both students and faculty.
Yale Divinity Drama
Coordinators: Cecelia Bellomy
Yale Divinity Drama is intended to act as a forum for new writers, actors, directors, producers and drama enthusiasts. YDD is committed to bringing performances of new dramatic and poetic works by students to the larger YDS community.