Notes from the Quad Summer 2004

Notes from the Quad



  • 15 Days to Go for Annual Fund
  • October Reunions
  • Pastors of Excellence
  • $10,000 Challenge



With 15 days to go until the end of the fiscal year June 30th , can we meet our annual fund goal for 2004 of $450,000? We need to raise a final $60,000 to meet our goal. This goal will support 65 students with partial scholarships.

This year we celebrated a “Season of Rededication’ with the renovation of the Sterling Divinity School Quadrangle. In this “Season” we are rededicating ourselves to supporting our students! Last year the Annual Fund supported 50 students with partial scholarships. Help us leap ahead in 2004 to support 65 students through your generous support.

100% of the Divinity School Annual Fund provides scholarships for our students and 90% of students require financial aid. The Annual Fund is an essential part of support for students of excellence. Help support a new generation of YDS students today with your gift.

Make your gift online or you may call 1-800-395-7646 to make your contribution over the phone.

The current campaign year ends on June 30th, so the time to act is now.


Reconnect with your fellow classmates, professors, and alumni/ae for a week of lectures, worship, conversation and celebration. Preachers during this year’s convocation worship include the Reverend Barbara Lundblad of Union Theological Seminary, the Reverend Steven Bauman of Christ Church , New York City, and Javier Viera

Fall 2004 highlights include Otis Moss, Jr., pastor of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church , Cleveland , Ohio , as the Lyman Beecher lecturer, and Bart D. Ehrman, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Shafer lecturer.

A special Jazz Vespers concert is being planned with alumnus Dwight Andrews (musical director for numerous Broadway and television shows, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Atlanta and professor of music at Emory) and the Atlanta Community Jazz Chorus.

Berkeley Divinity School at Yale will celebrate its 150th Anniversary with a service of Vespers with special preacher Peter Gomes and its annual dinner.


Ten “Pastors of Excellence” were selected to each receive a $1,000 YDS scholarship to participate in the new “Summer Term” program held on the newly renovated Sterling Divinity School Quadrangle during the month of June.

Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle offers to clergy and practitioners as well as church musicians and those with an interest in worship and the arts, a month-long series of short, non-credit courses, in subject areas ranging from history and biblical scholarship to literature and the arts. Presented jointly by the Yale Divinity School , the Yale Institute of Sacred Music , and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale , the courses of Summer Term 2004 are being taught by our faculty and several guest faculty.

The ten “Pastors of Excellence” were selected from nominations received from across the country. Dean Harold W. Attridge commented, “We were delighted with the dozens of nominations received. It was a great testimony to many significant ministries in communities across the country. The selection of ten ‘Pastors of Excellence’ was not easy, given the many worthy nominees. It is our privilege to recognize these outstanding pastors and to support their participation in this new Summer Term.”

This year’s Pastors of Excellence are:

Reverend Talitha Arnold is Pastor of the United Church of Sante Fe in Sante Fe , New Mexico.

Bishop Theodore L. Brooks Sr. serves as pastor of Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church in New Haven , Connecticut .

Reverend Canon Diane Jardine Bruce is the rector at St. Clements’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente , California.

Reverend William Calhoun is Co-Pastor at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver , Colorado.

Reverend Steven D. Crabtree is the pastor at First Church of Christ, Congregational in New Britain , Connecticut.

Kenneth Davis is Pastor at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Phoenix , Arizona.

Reverend Dr. Iris Farabee-Lewis serves as pastor of Centennial-Caroline United Methodist Church in Baltimore , Maryland.

Dr. Judith A. Gay currently is the interim minister at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Lynnwood , WA.

Reverend Jill K. McAllister serves as Senior Minister of People’s Church in Kalamazoo , Michigan.

The Rev. Mary Grace Williams is the Rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Wilton , Connecticut.

Look for an announcement in late fall 2004 of the process for nominations of  “Pastors of Excellence” for 2005 scholarships as well as details on the 2005 ‘Summer Term” program. Details will be posted on the web at .


Allentown , PA– J. Scott Pidcock ‘82 M.A.R. and a member of the Yale Divinity School Board of Advisors announced a $10,000 Challenge Gift for 100 new donors to the Annual Fund before June 30, 2004 .

In making his challenge Pidcock wrote; “It was a great joy to be in New Haven last September for the Sterling Divinity Quadrangle rededication ceremony.” Much has been accomplished at YDS in recent years, and it seems appropriate that as alumni we support our YDS students and mission. Recent world events continue to confirm the essential role YDS can play on the national and world stage as religious understanding and tolerance are tested.

“This year, I made the decision to support the School’s Annual Fund through a $10,000 challenge. The challenge is to assist the Divinity School in expanding its donor base by encouraging 100 other alumni to participate in the $450,000 Annual Fund goal by June 30th.”

Whether you are able to give $10, $100, or $1,000, your support is important! You may make your gift online or you may call 1-800-395-7646 to make your contribution over the phone.

The current campaign year ends on June 30th, so the time to act is now.

September 10, 2004