Worship, Spiritual Life, and Ministry
The YDS community enjoys daily and weekly worship in the three worship spaces: Marquand Chapel, Nouwen Chapel, and St. Luke’s Chapel.
Marquand Chapel is at the heart of Yale Divinity School. Worship is planned and led by students, faculty, and staff of both Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, under the leadership of the Dean of Chapel, Maggi Dawn, and a team of staff and students.
Worship in Marquand often draws on a wide variety of inherited Christian traditions, with the worship of many denominations being represented. Beyond that, though, we also pay attention to the rising number of people in Western society who have a lively interest in spirituality, but feel no connection to traditional forms of church and worship. So Marquand is also actively engaged in original, creative, and experimental forms of worship, both for committed Christians and for those exploring the faith.
Attend Marquand five days in a row, and you may encounter an orthodox liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, a Mardi Gras worship party, a service of silent Lenten contemplation, a chapel converted into one of Dante’s spheres of heaven, or a worship café. As a student at Yale Divinity School, you may well have taken part in designing one of these services.
From traditional worship to brave experiment, from ancient liturgy to post-modern praise, from the heart of America to global worship, Marquand’s mission is to be worshipful, educational, and ecumenical, and we look forward to welcoming you here.
Services take place in Marquand every weekday at 11:30 a.m., followed by fellowship and coffee hour in the Common Room. There are no classes held during this time each morning.
Marquand Chapel is also the home of the Berkeley Divinity School Community Eucharist in the Episcopal tradition on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m., followed by community dinner at the Berkeley Center.
The Nouwen Prayer Chapel is located on the ground floor of the Divinity Library, amidst the stacks and study carrels. This space is open during the day and evening for student prayer and meditation. Lutheran prayer services are held in Nouwen Chapel each Tuesday at 5:15pm. These services are put together through the Lutheran Student Organization and are open to everyone. The Roman Catholic Fellowship also holds occasional prayer services in Nouwen. Nouwen Chapel is also regularly used for special prayer events, such as vigils, Advent services, and Lenten reflections organized by Yale Divinity School student groups.
Learn more about the Nouwen Chapel in this “15 Religion Treasures at Yale” feature.
St. Luke’s Chapel is located in the Berkeley Center, one block from Sterling Divinity Quadrangle at 363 St. Ronan Street, and is the home of most Berkeley Divinity School worship services. When classes are in session, the Berkeley Center hosts Morning Prayer in the Episcopal tradition at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Holy Eucharist follows Morning Prayer on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
All Yale Divinity School worship services are open to the community.