Yale Divinity School to Sign Partnership with Lutheran Seminaries

Yale Divinity School and the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries will celebrate the signing of an official partnership agreement on Wednesday, May 1, at 2 p.m. in the Niebuhr Lecture Hall, Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street.

The Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries is comprised of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

The agreement will improve support for students at Yale Divinity School who plan to be ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The partnership grows out of the Cluster’s mandate to cooperate with ecumenical divinity schools and out of Yale’s commitment to provide inter-traditional theological education in an ecumenical setting. Under the terms of the agreement, students enrolled at Yale will be able to take courses at one of the Eastern Cluster schools as a part of their Yale program, and students at Eastern Cluster schools will be able to take an “ecumenical year” at Yale. The agreement also invites Eastern Cluster schools to help identify visiting professors of Lutheran studies for Yale’s Lutheran Studies Program.

William Rusch, visiting professor of Lutheran studies at Yale Divinity School, will be the keynote speaker. Philip Krey, president of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries and of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia; and Rebecca Chopp, dean of Yale Divinity School, will sign the partnership agreement on behalf of their institutions. Other participants will include George Lindbeck, the Pitkin Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology; Gene Outka, the Dwight Professor of Philosophy and Christian Ethics; Michael G. Merkel, pastor of Bethesda Lutheran Church and chair of the Lutheran Studies Committee; Paul F. Stuehrenberg, Divinity School librarian and director of the Lutheran Studies Program; and Margaret Payne, bishop of the New England Synod, ELCA.

The Lutheran Studies Program at Yale, established in 1995, is jointly based on the Yale Divinity School curriculum and the requirements of ELCA seminaries.

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