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School Notes: Yale Divinity School
November/December 2022

Gregory E. Sterling | http://divinity.yale.edu

President’s keynote marks launch of bicentennial year

At an opening convocation showcasing a keynote address by President Peter Salovey, the Divinity School launched its year-long observance and celebration of the 200th anniversary of its founding as a distinct school at Yale. The opening ceremony featured the premiere of a new hymn commissioned for the bicentennial, titled “We Are Grounded in the Daring.” Also planned during the bicentennial year are the release of a YDS history book, This Grand Errand; a special bicentennial-themed issue of the school’s theological journal, Reflections; exhibits on YDS history; a conference on theology at YDS past and present; and a special fall convocation, among other events.

Business training for seminarians

Although business electives are not uncommon in theological schools, Andover Newton at YDS is the country’s first seminary to require all MDiv candidates to take classes in business administration. The requirement sends divinity students into what for many is the alien culture of the School of Management, where the MDiv students both encounter and bring a different perspective. Divinity students, SOM professor Judy Chevalier ’89 says, are “very good at crystalizing questions around organizational mission: ‘Are we making the human condition better?’” The nexus between ANS and SOM is the work of Andover Newton dean Sarah Drummond ’93. Andover Newton affiliated with YDS in 2017.

Alum appointed associate dean for student affairs

The Rev. Vicki Flippin ’08MDiv has been appointed the Divinity School’s new associate dean for student affairs. Flippin comes to YDS from First & Summerfield United Methodist Church in New Haven. She served as pastor of the multiracial, justice-seeking congregation since 2018, following pastorships at two congregations in New York. Flippin had been the part-time director of the Divinity School’s Methodist Studies certificate program since 2018 while advising Yale’s Progressive Christian Students group.

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