As someone who’s passionate about teaching, the arts, and social justice, Yale Divinity School is the perfect place to prepare for the future as I explore how my passions intersect with my faith.
I am a candidate for the Master of Divinity and the Graduate Certificate in International Security Studies. I believe Christians have an important role to play in transforming conflicts around the world, and a desire to be thus engaged led me to Yale Divinity School. My goal in coming to YDS was to gain a deeper understanding of the way theology and scriptures can influence human ethics and decisions. Furthermore, I was interested in learning more about the positions churches have taken in regard to issues of peace and conflict.
YDS as a whole is keen about social justice, and this served as a draw for me. Prior to coming to YDS, I practiced law in Kenya, and the interaction of religion and law in the field of peace and conflict is very important. YDS has faculty interested in reconciliation efforts, and the fact that one can take classes within the broader Yale University adds another dimension. A number of conferences are organized annually that bring in different leaders in various fields, providing a chance to learn from those outside of the Institution and to make connections. Through both the Master of Divinity and the Certificate in Security Studies programs I have been able to examine causes of conflict—religious and political—and ways different factions constituting the International community have been trying to resolve conflict.
YDS also has opportunities for Internships with organizations in social justice, and this can be especially useful to those interested in lay ministries outside of the church, as I am. The beauty of YDS is that it offers a myriad of opportunities to pursue your objectives, especially if you are focused and keen on what you want to pursue. In the future, I hope to work with organizations involved in issues of transitional justice anywhere in Africa.