“Leading with Love” - Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School’s 2022 Alumni/ae Convocation

Event time: 
Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School See map
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Online registration has closed for this event. 

You can join us online in real time for the Worship and Plenary at 9:30 am (EST) by following this link to the livestream.

Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School’s 2022 Alumni/ae Convocation will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2022. 

This day-long event will not only provide programming for alumni/ae that includes worship, shared meals, and workshops, but we will also be celebrating the fifth year of Andover Newton’s academic program at Yale Divinity School. This will be our first Alumni/ae Convocation in New Haven that will be held while classes are still in session, giving Andover Newton alumni/ae the opportunity to hear directly from current Andover Newton students about their experience of Andover Newton Seminary as they prepare for leadership in faith communities. (See the schedule for Alumni/ae Convocation 2022).

The theme for Alumni/ae Convocation will be “Leading with Love,” and the plenary speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, vice chair of Andover Newton’s Board of Trustees and Yale Divinity School alumnus (MDiv ‘88).

More about our speaker

The Rev. Dr. Haggray is an ordained American Baptist minister, and executive director of the American Baptist Churches Home Mission Society (ABHMS) based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In that capacity he also serves as CEO of Judson Press and director of Public Witness and Advocacy. He has previously served as executive director of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention and as pastor in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Georgia. Haggray holds a D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (‘88), and a B.A. from The University of Virginia.

Schedule for Alumni/ae Convocation 2022

Note: All locations are currently TBD and parts of this schedule are subject to change (Last updated: October 11, 2022)
8:00 am – Registration opens with tours of the quad available 
9:30 am – Convocation Worship and Plenary with the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray speaking (YDS alumnus and Andover Newton board member) - Marquand Chapel
10:45 am – Coffee break and fellowship
11:30 am – Marquand Chapel worship 
12:00 pm – Lunch, State of the School, Spirit of the Hill award, and recognition of the graduates of ’70-‘72 - Second Floor Common Room
1:30 pm – Andover Newton alums join YDS alums for the Beecher Lecture with Prof. Eunjoo Kim. - Marquand Chapel
2:30 pm – Jyrekis Collins (YDS MDiv and Andover Newton diploma recipient ‘22) will offer a workshop on Andover Newton alumnus George Washington Williams - Andover Newton’s first African American graduate - pastor, statesman, historian, and advocate for the freedom of all peoples. - Niebuhr Hall (N123)
3:30 pm –  “Future of Theological Education” panel discussion (Greenberg Conference Center Amphitheater). Alternately, coffee is available for those who want to fellowship.
  • “Future of Theological Education” panel details: In a year in which Yale Divinity School will be undergoing its decennial accreditation process, which includes the Partners on the Quad (ANS&BDS), a group of senior faculty will offer their insights into the challenges facing theological education in the decade ahead. The changing shape of religious denominations, sharp societal divisions, climate change, international turmoil and more will confront our graduates in the years ahead. What should be the priorities of Yale Divinity School and its Partners on the Quad for this challenging future?
4:30 pm – Workshops
  • Prof. Gregory Mobley: “Love in the Hebrew Bible” (Niebuhr Hall: N123)
    • Following on this year’s theme for Andover Newton, “Leading With Love,” Professor Mobley will sketch the manifold expressions of the supreme virtue, love, in its divine and human manifestations in the Hebrew Bible.
  • ​Prof. S. Mark Heim: “New Light on an Old Teaching” (ISM Great Hall: N100)
    • Drawing on his most recent book, Monotheism and Forgiveness, Professor Heim will share some perspectives on forgiveness arising from cognitive science and social thought.


5:30 pm – Light Supper - 2nd Floor Common Room
7:00 pm – Installation of the Rev. JaQuan Beachem**
**With reception to follow