Generous Orthodoxy: Hans Frei and the Future of Theology

Yale Divinity School - October 27-28, 2022

Drew Collins and Ben Fulford, co-chairs 

Registration is now closed for this event.

In celebration of the bicentenary of Yale Divinity School and the centenary of Hans Frei’s birth, this conference will explore the nature and purpose of academic theology today through the lens of Frei’s work, reflecting on the past, present and future practice of theology at Yale in conversation with one of its most influential theologians and a range of leading contemporary thinkers who have been influenced by him. Together we will consider the contemporary significance of Frei’s central theological concerns and contributions, examining the agenda, configuration and future of theology as an academic discipline and formational ecclesial practice in the twenty-first century.

Yale’s current COVID policy requires that all visitors to campus are able to show proof of vaccination. Visit the University’s visitors policy page for more details and check periodically for updates.

Keynote speakers include:

  • David Kelsey
  • Mike Higton
  • Rachel Muers
  • George Hunsinger
  • Katherine Sonderegger
  • Victor Ezigbo

Full Schedule

Day 1 - Thursday, October 27, 2022

11:30: Service in Marquand Chapel

12:30: Lunch 

13:30: Welcome and Keynote 1: Frei’s Christology with David Kelsey, Mike Higton, and Victor Ezigbo

15:30: Coffee

16:15: Discussion Panel 1: Reading After Frei

  • Drew Collins, Ellen Davis, David Ford, Rachel Muers, R. Kendall Soulen

17:45: Reception 

18:30: Dinner 

19:30: Keynote 2: Types of Theology for the 21st Century with Rachel Muers George Hunsinger

Day 2 - Friday, October 28, 2022

8:00: Breakfast

9:00: Discussion Panel 2: Faith and Philosophy

  • Susannah Ticciati, Peter Ochs, Katherine Sonderegger, David Ford

10:30: Coffee

11:00: Discussion Panel 3: Politics and Theology

  • Ben Fulford, Andrea White, Serene Jones, Vincent Lloyd, Susannah Ticciati

12:30: Lunch

13:30: Discussion Panel 4: Theology, the Church and the University

  •  Kathryn Tanner, Serene Jones, David Kamitsuka, Mike Higton

15:00: Coffee

15:30: Keynote 3: Katherine Sonderegger, “Natural religion and Divine Providence in the theologies of H. Richard Niebuhr and Hans Frei”

  • Response Edward Watson, ‘25 Religious Studies

17:00: Closing Remarks - Greg Sterling

YDS acknowledges the generous support of the conference by Wipf & Stock Publishers.

Arriving on Campus and Parking


The Yale Divinity School street address is 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT.

  1. From I-95 North or South, take I-91 towards New Haven.
  2. Take Exit #3, Trumbull Street. 
  3. At the end of the ramp, continue straight on Trumbull Street for four blocks.
  4. Turn right onto Prospect Street.
  5. The Divinity School is about three-quarters of a mile on the right.
  6. Turn into the driveway between the two stone columns to drive to the main entrance which faces Parking Lot 11. You may drop off guests at the main entrance.


On-street parking can be found on Prospect Street in front of the Celantano Elementary School, and on Division and Canner Streets. Pay attention to signs indicating parking rules and street sweeping. 
After 4:00 p.m. (16:00) you may park in the YDS Lot 11, turn right into the driveway (between the two stone columns) and continue a few yards up the embankment.  The gated parking lot will be on your left across from the main entrance to YDS on your right. 

Available street parking is indicated in yellow on the map below. Driveway entrances and exits are indicated by red arrows. Click on the map to open a larger image.

YDS Parking Map guide

Parking map is adapted from Google Maps.


April 4, 2022