Religious Life

Religious and spiritual life at Yale University is lively and varied. Students, faculty, and staff practice many different religious traditions: Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Baha’i, Jain, Jewish, Christian, and others. There is a general attitude of religious tolerance and openness to the views and experience of others. At the same time, there is not widespread knowledge of religious traditions beyond one’s own, and many students practice no religion at all.

The Chaplain’s Office has as its mission to foster an understanding of and appreciation for the diverse religious and spiritual life of the University community. It does so by sponsoring programs that encourage learning about the various religious traditions and spiritual practices of members of the University community, by collaborating with Yale Religious Ministry (YRM), and by working with students, faculty and staff who express interest in the personal and social value and role of religion and spirituality. The Chaplain’s Office sponsors and supports a wide variety of worship opportunities, including ecumenical worship at the University Church each Sunday, daily prayer for Muslims, weekly services in various Christian traditions, and special multi-faith services throughout the year.

The Chaplain’s Office also provides services for the University community such as counseling, student program support, and pastoral care. It supports the University’s interest in the city of New Haven through its liaison work with the community and special service and outreach projects.

Yale Religious Ministry is an on-campus association of clergy and non-ordained representatives of various religious faiths. YRM meets bi-weekly to share information and to coordinate joint efforts, both among student groups served and within the larger University community. In addition, YRM meets with student, faculty, and administrative leaders to share information, better coordinate shared services, and broaden perspectives. The chaplains and staff of YRM groups are available for counseling, either in informal conversations or in more formal sessions regarding academic, personal, spiritual, and social concerns. All conversations are confidential.

Battell Chapel at the corner of College and Elm Streets is the Yale University chapel and each Sunday at 11:00am during the academic year, University public worship is conducted by the Chaplain’s Office and the Church of Christ in Yale.

Campus Life

Contact Information

Yale Chaplain's Office
Bingham Hall
lower level entry D
432-1128

Chaplain: Sharon Kugler
E-mail: sharon.kugler@yale.edu or chaplains.office@yale.edu

Religious Groups

Indigo Blue: a Center for Buddhist Life at Yale
Offi ce & Prayer Space:
Bingham Hall
Entryway D, 021C
432-8752
Buddhist Chaplain and Director:
Bruce P. Blair
Email: indigoblue@yale.edu

Yale Hillel
Jewish life is active, wildly diverse, and above all, welcoming and inclusive. Whether you want to express your Judaism through art, prayer, community service, music, politics, or parties, there’s a spot for you at Yale Hillel.www.yale.edu/hillel

Muslim Students’ Association
Provides a supportive Muslim environment for the Yale community and seeks to educate the Yale-New Haven communities about Islam.
www.yale.edu/msa