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Andover Newton, the oldest graduate school in the nation, formally affiliated with Yale Divinity School in 2017, though the mutual history of these two institutions can be traced back much farther. From the beginning, Andover Newton’s mission has been to educate learned clergy, particularly those who serve in the family of locally-governed, “small c” congregational traditions, such as the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches (USA).  Now that we have affiliated with Yale Divinity School, we are able to offer the unique benefits of a tradition-specific seminary with the unparalleled resources of a great university.

Andover Newton promotes love for congregations in the entire YDS community, provides specific programs for those exploring or living into such a call, and creates new knowledge about the art and craft of congregational ministry. Andover Newton Seminary’s programs and missional distinctiveness rely on faculty and staff who embrace the seminary’s commitment to educating clergy for pastoral leadership in locally-governed congregations. Staff and faculty employed by or affiliated with Andover Newton Seminary offer their gifts to the Seminary’s programs specifically, and they embody its values throughout Yale Divinity School.

Students enrolled at YDS through Andover Newton can now earn a diploma certifying their preparation for ministry in addition to their Yale degree. Through YDS, Andover Newton funds certain American Baptist and United Church of Christ faculty and programs and offers scholarship support to students. All admissions to Andover Newton are administered through YDS. Applicants interested in pursuing the program at Andover Newton Seminary should use a YDS application for admission, indicating their desire to enroll in the Andover Newton Seminary Program. 

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For over 200 years Andover Newton has educated clergy and other religious leaders dedicated to serving the church.

Andover Newton Seminary focuses on preparing religious leaders for service in locally-governed faith communities, including (but not limited to) United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches (USA) congregations.

Andover Newton remains rooted in its faithful devotion to the study and practice of worship as it has been passed down through local congregational communities.
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Andover Newton Seminary at Yale
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My sense of vocation is to combine ordained ministry and academic teaching. You would be hard pressed to find an Episcopal seminary in America which would provide better preparation for such a dual vocation at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale
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For over 200 years Andover Newton has educated clergy and other religious leaders dedicated to serving the church.

Andover Newton Seminary focuses on preparing religious leaders for service in locally-governed faith communities, including (but not limited to) United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches (USA) congregations.

Andover Newton integrates learning opportunities with spiritual growth for individuals and for the community. Worship and mission partnerships are integral to the growth of our students.
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The deadline to apply to program is Friday, Decemeber 16th.

Giving

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German mystic, Meister Eckhart, is credited with saying, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is, ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.” Another mystic, Gregory Mobley, is credited with saying, “Don’t just say prayers; be prayers. Be living prayers.” The faculty, staff, and students of Andover Newton are living prayers of gratitude for you. Thank you. Thank you for your devotion to the Christian gospel and to Andover Newton.

For more than 200 years Andover Newton has maintained its commitment to the future faith leaders of the world as the “School of the Church.” This commitment can only be fulfilled through the generosity of our alumni/ae, churches, and friends who partner with us in this sacred calling. Your support is essential if we are to remain at the cutting edge of theological education – now as Andover Newton Seminary.

Few gifts will have as much impact on the issues, congregations, and communities you care about as those you make to theological education. Andover Newton has formed generations of professional and lay leaders of churches, educational institutions, mission programs, and outreach agencies. Won’t you join us in helping them?

The Andover Newton Development Office is committed to:

  • Adopting a Faithful Devotion to Gratitude.
  • Nurturing Transformational Relationships, not Transactional Relationships.
  • Embracing Our Vulnerability as a Symbol of Sacred Humility.
  • Making Accessibility a Form of Outreach.
  • Communicating Clearly About Need.

Link to the Donor Bill of Rights

I gave to Andover Newton Seminary because I’m excited about the future of our beloved school.  We all know that we’re living during a time of seismic changes in the Church.  Andover Newton is responding to these changes head-on, ensuring that our donations help provide a quality education for future clergy.  Giving back to the Seminary that formed me so well for ministry is an honor.” Lauren Lorincz (MDiv ’10), pastor of Colchester Federated Church, Colchester, CT

Alumni/ae

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Since its founding, Andover Newton has seen alumni/ae make an impact throughout the world. Our current alumni/ae are no different. They serve churches, work for justice, run non-profits, wear uniforms, and sit in court rooms. Every single day we give thanks to God that we have alumni/ae who respond to God’s unceasing Call for peace and reconciliation in our world.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “The Kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you” (NRSV). Andover Newton alumni/ae have always seemed to recognize the need to do “Kingdom work” – the extraordinary work of building a Kingdom here on Earth, as we hope it is in Heaven.

Andover Newton alumni/ae can stay connected to the seminary and to each other by following us on social media and reading the alumni/ae newsletter, which comes out quarterly. If you have a milestone you would like to share with your colleagues, or you would like to start receiving the newsletter, please email Ned Allyn Parker (ned.parker@yale.edu).

Spiritual Community

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Andover Newton remains rooted in its faithful devotion to the study and practice of worship as it has been passed down through local congregational communities. Faculty, staff and students come together for the weekly Emmaus Gathering to learn, grow, eat, study, and worship. It is an integration of head and heart, body and soul. By modeling authentic faith practices and creating vulnerable space for members to be in communion, learning happens by being together.

Andover Newton Seminary integrates learning opportunities with spiritual growth for individuals and for the community. Worship and mission partnerships are integral to the growth of our students.

Education & Preparation

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Andover Newton Seminary focuses on preparing religious leaders for service in locally-governed faith communities, including (but not limited to) United Church of Christ and American Baptist Churches (USA) congregations. Andover Newton promotes love for congregations in the entire YDS community, provides specific programs for those exploring or living into such a call, and creates new knowledge about the art and craft of congregational ministry.

Admissions & Aid

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Many of the programs Andover Newton Seminary offers are open to all members of the Yale Divinity School community, and still others are available to Andover Newton’s friends, alumni/ae, pastors, church leaders and members, and the wider public.
 
Andover Newton’s first financial aid priority is for students participating in its credentialing program. Most students in that program are concurrently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program, although some who are transitioning into a congregational tradition might pursue the program through the Master of Sacred Theology (STM). Andover Newton also provides scholarship funding to other YDS students with demonstrated need as available. 
 

Faculty & Staff

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Andover Newton Seminary’s programs and missional distinctiveness rely on faculty and staff who embrace the seminary’s commitment to educating clergy for pastoral leadership in locally-governed congregations. Staff and faculty employed by or affiliated with Andover Newton Seminary offer their gifts to the Seminary’s programs specifically, and they embody its values throughout Yale Divinity School.
Faculty and Staff list: 

Staff

Martin B. Copenhaver

President, Andover Newton Theological School; Associate Dean, Yale Divinity School

Sarah B. Drummond

Visiting Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Assistant Dean
(203) 436-9954

Ned Allyn Parker

Ned Allyn Parker
Alumni/ae and Development Officer

Kathleen Hamilton

Senior Executive Assistant
(203) 436-9970

Affiliate Faculty

Benjamin Rolin Doolittle, MD, MA Div

Benjamin Rolin Doolittle, MD, MA Div
Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Pediatrics; Director, Int Med-Pediatrics Residency Program; Associate Professor, Religion and Health, Yale Divinity School
203.785.7941

Brita Gill-Austern

Brita Gill-Austern
Distinguished Austin Philip Guiles Professor of Psychology and Religion, Emerita, Andover Newton, and Visiting Professor at YDS

Stephen Mark Heim

S. Mark Heim
Visiting Professor

Willie Jennings

Willie Jennings
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies

Gregory Mobley

Gregory Mobley
Visiting Professor

Mary Clark Moschella

Mary Clark Moschella
Roger J. Squire Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Robert Pazmiño

Robert Pazmino
Distinguished Valeria Stone Professor of Christian Education, Emeritus, Andover Newton, and Visiting Professor at YDS

Carolyn Roberts

Carolyn Roberts
Postdoctoral Associate (Assistant Professor starting Fall 2018)
Rm 303--81 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511-6606
203-436-1047

Benjamin Valentin

Benjamin Valentin
Associate Professor of Latinx Christianity

Tisa Wenger

Tisa Wenger
Associate Professor of American Religious History

About

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For over 200 years Andover Newton has educated clergy and other religious leaders dedicated to serving the church. Its theological commitment to educating toward transformative involvement in society, rather than setting the church apart from society, has led Andover Newton to take bold stances in the past against slavery, in favor of women’s ordination, toward full inclusion of LGBTQ candidates for ministry, and in the interest of promoting interfaith understanding.

Andover Newton Theological School, a historic seminary in the congregational traditions, had a visiting presence at Yale Divinity School in the 2016-17 academic year. During that visiting season, leaders from the two schools continued progress toward formal affiliation.

On July 20, 2017, those negotiations reached their fruition as the schools signed a historic agreement to formally affiliate. The pact put in place a structure by which Andover Newton—now to be known as Andover Newton Seminary—has relocated to Yale Divinity School, while continuing to offer classes for students in the Boston area during the 2017-2018 academic year.

As the visiting year ended and the formal affiliation was signed, Andover Newton commenced a Visioning Year. Thanks in part to an Innovations Grant from the Association of Theological Schools, members of the Andover Newton faculty and staff have spent this Visioning Year creating an educational program in congregational ministry. The program design process includes pilot initiatives that provide opportunities for current Yale Divinity School students to become prepared to lead in locally-governed and theologically inclusive Christian faith communities.

Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School is a family to me and many students that are part of it. The kind of community that Andover Newton offers is one of welcome and hospitality. There is no doubt that it has brought its unique flavor – a flavor of welcoming, love, and joy.” ~Abner Cotto-Bonilla, MDiv ‘18

Open, Welcoming and Affirming Statement 

We declare ourselves to be an Open, Welcoming and Affirming seminary, welcoming into the full academic, business and community life of our school persons of every race, culture, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ability, economic status, and faith tradition. We are committed to modeling Christian faith that works toward openness and understanding, offering justice, healing, and wholeness for all people. We believe that through our embrace of diversity and meaningful engagement of the other we can all grow in our self-understanding as children of God. From this place we believe we will be better able to practice our faith and fulfill our mission to empower church leaders as transformative witnesses of God’s abundant grace and love for a broken world. 
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