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Historic Black Churches

At any given time, there is significant representation by Black students at Yale Divinity School, some of whom come from the historic African American churches such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the National Baptist Conventions, and United Free Will Baptist. The Black student presence, along with a strong core group of African American faculty members, contributes greatly to the diverse faith traditions at YDS and to the mutual sharing of worship styles and theological insight that contribute to the rich fabric of spiritual life on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle.

The Yale Black Seminarians, a standing “constituency group” recognized by YDS’s Community Life Committee, has a particularly vital presence on campus as it seeks to support sound theological education that includes a relationship to the Black experience. Activities have included the Martin Luther King Day Memorial Worship Service, the Angel Tree Project at Christmas, and the Parks-King Lecture in the spring.

“YDS proved to be an environment comprised of diverse groups of people, creating multiple atmospheres for learning that are exciting, greatly challenging, and given over to tremendous self reflection.”

-Kathleen Turner 08 M.Div., African Methodist Episcopal Church