The comprehensive and vibrant Lutheran Studies Program at Yale Divinity School assures Lutheran Master of Divinity students a nurturing and highly relevant experience over the course of their stay in New Haven. On the academic side, aside from specific courses covering Lutheran subjects, the school offers a series of colloquia on call, vocation, ordination and the practice of ministry in the Lutheran tradition. Each spring a visiting professor of Lutheran studies holds a colloquium on practical dimensions of the ordained ministry. The visiting professor is usually a professor at a Lutheran seminary or a retired bishop, someone familiar with ordination requirements in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The formation program also includes regular worship leadership. Lutherans lead Evening Prayer weekly and assist with other services, especially regular Eucharistic services. To fulfill the ELCA requirement of a year’s residence at a Lutheran seminary, YDS has established a partnership with the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries permitting Yale students to take up to two terms at one of the Cluster seminaries as part of their Yale program. The Lutheran Student Organization coordinates service and social events. Both ELCA students and those from the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod take part in academic, worship and social events.

“With every ‘Alleluia’ sung, every loaf of bread broken, and every sermon passionately preached, my faith was strengthened, stretched, and challenged.  Daily worship sustained me and endowed me with a deep sense of gratefulness for the grace and love of God.”

-Elizabeth Lerohl 06 M.Div., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America