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September 2021

25
September
10:00 am — 2:00 pm
@ Killam’s Point Conference Center
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All Graduate Fellowship Retreat at Killam’s Point, Branford

Rivendell Institute Spiritual Formation and All Fellowships All Graduate Fellowship Retreat at Killam’s Point, Branford

10
September
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation: Grad Panel “Keeping Faith First at Yale”

Spiritual Formation Grad Panel: “Keeping Faith First at Yale”

03
September
5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Kick-Off Picnic

Kick-Off Picnic All Faculty, Grads, Postdocs, and their families welcome to this catered picnic. Celebrate the start of another school year here at the Rivendell house. Come enjoy food, friends, and conversation.

April 2021

30
April
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: “Content in All Circumstances”

Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Content in All Circumstances” led by Elise Gaskell Hosted over Zoom. At the end of Paul’s letter we read that he is content in all circumstances, the highs and the lows. What does contentment look like for Christians in the academic world today? Our last Spiritual Formation session of the semester will examine this passage as we consider our own contentment.

23
April
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: “Finding Peace Like a River”

Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Finding Peace Like a River” led by Elise Gaskell Hosted over Zoom. As students, we face mounting obstacles. Projects, prospectuses, papers. It’s an overwhelming wave that threatens to drown us. What does it look like to find peace that surpasses all understanding? We will examine the first nine verses of chapter four of Paul’s letter to the Philippians for insight into this practice.

09
April
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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First Fridays Series: Faculty Lecture, Prof. Bruce Gordon

First Fridays Series: Faculty Lecture, “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share from their own faith journey and how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Prof. Bruce Gordon Yale Divinity School Join us for April’s First Friday event with Professor Gordon of Yale Divinity School! A native of Canada, Bruce Gordon taught at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland before coming to Yale in 2008. His research and…

March 2021

26
March
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: “Where Our Boast Is”

Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Where Our Boast Is: Privilege, Identity, and the Gospel” led by Pastor Matt Coburn Philippians 3:1-11 Hosted over Zoom. Credentials are often our keys to open doors, opportunities, and acceptance within the academy (and the world we live in more generally!). How do we think about what God has given us, our own achievements, and having a life that is formed and shaped by Christ more than…

19
March
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: “God’s Gym”

Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “God’s Gym” led by Sue Smedley Philippians 2:12-18 Hosted over Zoom. Join as we focus on learning the spiritual workouts that will give us the “weight of glory”. No spiritual-distancing required!

12
March
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: “Living Life Outside the Comfort Zone?”

Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Living Life Outside the Comfort Zone?” led by Sue Smedley Philippians 2:1-11 Hosted over Zoom. Join as we focus on understanding and applying Christ’s example of living out humility while living amidst a culture of pride and power.

05
March
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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First Fridays Series: Faculty Lecture, Dr. Dorothy Dunlop

First Fridays Series: Faculty Lecture, “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share from their own faith journey and how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Dr. Dorothy Dunlop Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Northwestern University Join us for our for our first First Friday event of the semester with Dr. Dorothy Dunlop, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Northwestern Medicine! Dr. Dunlop will sharing on the rarely discussed topic of failure, and…

February 2021

26
February
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: “Living with Purpose in the Hard Times”

Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Living with Purpose in the Hard Times” led by Karen Mahan Philippians 1:12-30 Hosted over Zoom. Knowing our purpose in life is key to weathering the hard times. Paul, writing from prison, radiates purpose and an unusual view of “deliverance”. Join us as we engage in contemplative reading and discussion, and continue to trace the thread of joy through this letter.

19
February
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: “Send Me a Letter! – Confidence, Partnership, & Joy”

Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Send Me a Letter! – Confidence, Partnership, & Joy” led by Karen Mahan Philippians 1:1-11 Hosted over Zoom. Join as we focus on Paul’s letter to the Philippians this semester. This Friday we’ll be thinking about Confidence, Partnership and Joy.

12
February
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Looking for Love, a Sacred Search

Looking for Love, a Sacred Search Featuring Matt Coburn Hosted over Zoom.

05
February
6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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All Grad Virtual Retreat on Contemplative Prayer

All Grad Virtual Retreat on Contemplative Prayer Featuring Bo Karen Lee, PhD, Yale alumna and associate professor of spiritual theology and Christian formation at Princeton Theological Seminary.   Hosted over Zoom. 6:30 pm – Welcome shuffle 7:00 pm – Main session with Dr. Lee Register by Wed., February 5 for a $15 GrubHub gift card:   Click here to register   Dr. Bo Karen Lee (Yale ’93) teaches classes on prayer for the Spirituality and Mission Program at Princeton Seminary, in addition…

November 2020

13
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation | “Telling Our Stories: A Chance to Share, Listen, & Ask Questions”

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Telling Our Stories: A Chance to Share, Listen, & Ask Questions” Hosted over Zoom.

06
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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First Fridays Series: Faculty Lecture, Dr. Barry Wu

First Fridays Series: Faculty Lecture, “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share from their own faith journey and how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Dr. Barry Wu, Yale School of Medicine Dr. Wu directs the recruitment and training of 200 faculty involved in the clinical skills training and interprofessional education in undergraduate medical education of medical, nurse practitioner and physician associate students. He also co-directs the Connecticut Older…

October 2020

30
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation | “Come to the Table: Going Out and Inviting Others In”

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Come to the Table: Going Out and Inviting Others In”Facilitated by Elise Gaskell Hosted over Zoom.

02
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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First Fridays Series: Faculty Lecture, “Finding God at Yale”

First Fridays Series: Faculty Lecture, “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share from their own faith journey and how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Professor Melanie Ross, Yale Divinity School

September 2020

23
September
8:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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18
September
7:00 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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All Grad Fellowship Virtual Fall Retreat

All Grad Fellowship Virtual Fall Retreat A Grander Story: You, Yale and God’s Calling Hear from Pastor Matt Coburn from Trinity Baptist Church for a short talk on the challenges of following Christ at Yale. Each fellowship will then meet in their own breakout room for discussion and prayer.

11
September
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: Community in the time of COVID

 Spiritual Formation:Community in the time of COVID Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Community in the time of COVID” Hosted over Zoom.

04
September
6:00 pm — 7:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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April 2020

24
April
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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All Rivendell Share & Prayer

All Rivendell Share & Prayer Hosted over Zoom.

17
April
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Zoom call
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Spiritual Formation: Identity in Christ

Spiritual Formation: Identity in Christ Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Identity in Christ.” Facilitated by Elise Bullock. Hosted over Zoom.

February 2020

09
February
1:00 pm — 3:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Women’s Luncheon: “Dear Younger Me…”

“Dear Younger Me…” Hearing from down the roadWomen’s Luncheon Graduate alumnae Michelle and Grace share their stories of navigating faith, academics, career, dating, marriage, and family Michelle (Harris) Ols, Ph.D.is an immunologist who has been working in the fields of autoimmune disease and immuno oncology research at biotechnology and small start-up companies in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2011. She is currently an Associate Director at Obsidian Therapeutics, and previously held positions at Padlock Therapeutics and Biogen. Dr. Ols holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular…

07
February
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Fridays Faculty Lecture Series: “Finding God at Yale”

 First Fridays Faculty Lecture Series: “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share from their own faith journey and how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Prof. James Choi, Yale School of Management Professor Choi’s research spans behavioral finance, behavioral economics, household finance, capital markets, health economics, and sociology. His work on automatic enrollment has led to changes in pension plan design around the world. In other papers, he has…

January 2020

31
January
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation: Intentional Rest – Jesus’ Rhythms of Prayer

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Intentional Rest – Jesus’ Rhythms of Prayer.” Facilitated by Sue Smedley.

25
January
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ mActivity
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Coffeehouse Open Mic Night

Coffeehouse Open Mic Night This is your night. Sign up for open mic, share your talent, inspire in worship or simply show up and enjoy! Come out and meet graduate and professional students from all of the Christian Fellowships and Rivendell Institute. Enjoy hot drinks, small bites and conversation in an amazing East Rock venue. Drinks and bites provided by the “Sitting Room Cafe” on site at mActivity.

December 2019

06
December
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Rivendell Institute Christmas Party

Rivendell Christmas Party! Come enjoy an evening of Christmas Carols and festive treats, celebrating the birth of Jesus!

November 2019

22
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Board Game Night at Rivendell! All Invited!

Board Game Night at Rivendell!All Invited! Bring your own game or just come! Food included

15
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation: Your Story – Connecting with Others workshop

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Your Story: Connecting with Others workshop”

08
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation: The Great Commission – Hospitality and the Gospel

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “The Great Commission: Hospitality and the Gospel”

01
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Fridays series: Faculty Lectures, “Finding God at Yale”

First Fridays Series: Faculty Lectures, “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share from their own faith journey and how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Dr. Barry Wu, Yale School of Medicine Catered dinner. Dr. Barry Wu directs the recruitment and training of 200 faculty involved in the clinical skills training and interprofessional education in undergraduate medical education of medical, nurse practitioner and physician associate students. He also co-directs…

October 2019

25
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation: Jesus – What Was He Thinking?

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Jesus: What Was He Thinking?”

18
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation: Doubt/The Opposite of Obedience

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Doubt/The Opposite of Obedience”

11
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation: Jesus’ Upside-Down Economy

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Jesus’ Upside-Down Economy”

04
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Fridays series: Faculty Lectures, “Finding God at Yale”

First Fridays Series: Faculty Lectures, “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share from their own faith journey and how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Prof. John Hare, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology

September 2019

27
September
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation: Images of Jesus

 Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Images of Jesus”

21
September
10:00 am — 2:00 pm
@ Killam’s Point Conference Center
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All graduate: Seaside Retreat

Rivendell Institute Spiritual Formation and All Fellowships Seaside Retreat A Grander Story: You, Yale and God’s Calling (Arrive by 9:00am for coffee, bagels, and donuts.) To register, navigate to tinyurl.com/rivgradretreat. Follow instructions in the form to register and process the $20 registration fee. You should receive a confirmation email. For more information, please email . Due to limited space please register by September 17. Contact your Fellowship or Rivendell leader to offer or request a ride. A light breakfast and…

13
September
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Spiritual Formation Group

Spiritual Formation Weekly scripture studies that incorporate spiritual formation elements. This week’s topic: “Jesus and the High Performer”

06
September
5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Fall Kick-off

Fall Kick-off Food truck catering Celebrate the start of another school year here at the Rivendell house. Come enjoy food, friends, and conversation. 

April 2019

05
April
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Fridays Series feat. Dr. Fred Sigworth

First Fridays Series: “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share from their own faith journey and how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Our final First Friday featuring Dr. Fred Sigworth, a recent inductee into the National Academy of Sciences Light dinner provided. Dr. Sigworth is a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Biomedical Engineering and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Fred Sigworth studied applied physics at Caltech…

March 2019

29
March
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation in the Psalms

Spiritual Formation in the Psalms Please join us as Karen Mahan leads a contemplative look at Psalm 103. Light dinner provided. Karen writes… In this Lenten season a comment by Eugene Peterson, translator of the “Message” Bible paraphrase, caught my eye. He writes, “The first step toward God is a step away from the lies of the world…the lies we have been told about ourselves, our neighbors and the universe. The biblical word for saying ‘no’ to lies and ‘yes’…

01
March
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Fridays Series feat. Lydia Dugdale

First Fridays Series: “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Tonight featuring Lydia Dugdale, Yale School of Medicine Light dinner provided. Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR, is the co-director of the Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality and Religion, and the Associate Director of Yale’s Program for Biomedical Ethics.  She is the author of “Dying in the 21st Century: Toward a New Ethical Framework for…

February 2019

22
February
6:30 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Winter Dinner and Contemplative Prayer Workshop

Winter Dinner and Contemplative Prayer Workshop featuring alumna Professor Bo Karen Lee, Princeton Theological Seminary Light dinner provided. Dr. Lee (Yale ’93) teaches classes on prayer for the Spirituality and Mission Program at Princeton Seminary, in addition to taking students on retreats and hosting meditative walks along nature trails. She is the author of “Sacrifice and Delight in the Mystical Theologies of Anna Maria von Schurman and Madame Jeanne Guyon.” She earned her BA in religious studies from Yale University,…

09
February
10:30 am — 12:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Annual Women Only Brunch

Annual Women Only Brunch “Dear Younger Me…” Hearing from down the road Graduate alumnae Heather and Michelle share their stories of navigating faith, academics, career, dating, marriage, and family Heather Varguese John, M.D., Ph.D. Heather’s interest in learning about people from as many perspectives as possible has led her to study Human Biology (B.A., Stanford), medicine (M.D., U. Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio; internal medicine internship, Northwestern University), psychiatry (residency, UCLA), and the history of science and medicine…

08
February
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Special Speaker Event with Michèle Sigg

Special Speaker Event with Michèle Sigg Please join us for this special opportunity to hear Dr. Sigg address the topic: “The Dodo Bird’s Last Stand: What the Continental Shift in World Christianity Means for Africa, the Rest, and the West”   In 1997, sociologist Peter Berger publicly recanted his belief in the theory of secularization. After thirty years, he had recognized that “Most of the world today is certainly not secular. It is very religious.” Berger’s comment was informed by…

01
February
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Fridays Series feat. Prof. James Choi

First Fridays Series: “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Tonight featuring Professor James Choi, Yale School of Management

January 2019

25
January
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation “Spiritual Formation According to the Psalms” Sue Smedley will lead lead a study of Psalm 139.

18
January
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Spiritual Formation Semester Series Begins

Spiritual Formation Semester Series Begins “Spiritual Formation According to the Psalms” Matt Coburn will lead lead a study of Psalm 90: “Looking to the new year—Living wisely as we number our days”.

December 2018

07
December
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Rivendell Institute Christmas Party

Fun, food, festivities, singing and fellowship! Bring your friends!

November 2018

30
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Women’s Spiritual Formation: Telling Your Story

Women’s Spiritual Formation “Telling Your Story”

16
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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A Grander Story: Staying the Course

A Grander Story: Staying the Course with retreat speaker Pastor Matt Coburn

09
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Women’s Spiritual Formation: Resources for change – Spiritual Power

Women’s Spiritual Formation “Resources for change: Spiritual Power”

02
November
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Fridays series: “Finding God at Yale”

First Fridays series: “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Tonight featuring Kyle Dugdale, Yale School of Architecture Kyle Dugdale is Critic in Architecture at Yale School of Architecture. A graduate of Oxford, Harvard and Yale, he is interested both in the philosophical pretexts of architecture and in the architectural presumptions of philosophy. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Architecture After the Death of God”…

October 2018

26
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Women’s Spiritual Formation: Anxiety and Fear

Women’s Spiritual Formation “Anxiety and Fear”

12
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Women’s Spiritual Formation: Personal Identity as a Christian

Women’s Spiritual Formation “Personal Identity as a Christian”

05
October
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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First Fridays series: “Finding God at Yale”

First Fridays series: “Finding God at Yale” Faculty from the various graduate and professional schools share how their faith has affected their work and life here at Yale. Tonight featuring Professor John Hare, Yale Divinity School and Philosophy Department

September 2018

21
September
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Women’s Spiritual Formation

Women’s Spiritual Formation “Experiencing Authenticity in your Relationship with God”

16
September
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ John Hare’s home
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Scripture Study: Colossians

Scripture Study: Colossians Hosted by Professor John Hare Sundays (bi-weekly) beginning Sept. 16, 7–9 pm

16
September
2:00 pm — 4:00 pm
@ Phelps Gate
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Walking tour: “For God, for Country, and for Yale”

“For God, for Country, and for Yale” A walking tour of Yale’s Christian history Departing from Phelp’s Gate on College St. Contact Jon Hinkson: 

15
September
10:00 am — 2:00 pm
@ Killam’s Point Conference Center
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All graduate: Seaside Retreat

Rivendell Institute Spiritual Formation and All Fellowships Seaside Retreat A Grander Story: You, Yale and God’s Calling (Arrive by 9:00am for coffee, bagels, and donuts.) How to Register: Navigate to www.rivendellinstitute.org and click the “Donate” button. Enter registration amount of $25.00. Schedule donation to occur “One time (Single gift)”. Under “Apply my gift to:” select “Spiritual Formation”. In the comments box, include any dietary restrictions. Due to limited space please register by September 9. Contact your Fellowship or Rivendell leader…

07
September
5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Kick-off Cook-out

Kick-off Cook-out Celebrate the start of another school year here at the Rivendell house. Come enjoy food, friends, and conversation.

April 2018

27
April
5:30 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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End of Year Cookout

End of Year Cookout Celebrate the close of another school year here at the Rivendell house. Come enjoy food, friends, and conversation.

17
April
6:00 pm — 7:30 pm
@ Battell Chapel
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Veritas Forum: Laurie Santos & Jennifer Frey

Veritas Forum: Laurie Santos & Jennifer Frey #GOALS: Life Hacks, Moral Virtues, and the Desire for Happiness This is a free event. Tickets may be reserved at www.veritas.org.   Yale’s most popular class to date, “Psychology and the Good Life,” has captured the attention of not only the Yale campus, but also of the nation. And yet we cannot be surprised at the interest in this class on happiness, not when the 50%+ of Yale students seeking treatment for mental…

13
April
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Seminar 6: “The Problems of Evil and Hiddeness” with Isaac Choi

Seminar 6: “The Problems of Evil and Hiddeness” with Isaac Choi, Rivendell Visiting Fellow additional details TBA

March 2018

02
March
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Seminar 2: “Arguments from Morality and Reason for God’s Existence” with Isaac Choi

Seminar 2: “Arguments from Morality and Reason for God’s Existence” with Isaac Choi, Rivendell Visiting Fellow additional details TBA

February 2018

23
February
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Visiting Author Series: “So You Want to Change the World?” featuring Yale Alumna Sarah Thebarge

Visiting Author Series: “So You Want to Change the World?” featuring Yale Alumna Sarah Thebarge International speaker, author, and blogger Sarah Thebarge will share her own story of serving without pay in a mission hospital in Togo, where she grappled with the intersection of faith and medicine in her quest to help make the world “well”, and reach personal wellness along the way. But that was just the beginning of Sarah’s journey to discover what it means, and what it…

16
February
7:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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“More than Performance” with Beth Negash

“More than Performance” facilitated by Beth Negash A performance driven mindset dominates our culture and this thinking can have a destructive effect on the way we think about our relationship with God. A performance driven spirituality is not new to the modern world, but was something the Apostle Paul dealt with as well. This semester we continue our Spiritual Formation studies using Lectio Divina in the book of Philippians. This method of Bible Study invites readers to slow down, read…

09
February
7:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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“A New Way of Thinking” with Karen Mahan

“A New Way of Thinking” facilitated by Karen Mahan, Spiritual Formation Director Living the Christian life is more than amending old habits. More than a reformation of lifestyle, it’s a transformation of mind. Christ turns the worlds’ value system on its head. How does this involve a change in our way of thinking? This semester we continue our Spiritual Formation studies using Lectio Divina in the book of Philippians. This method of Bible Study invites readers to slow down, read Scripture, meditate…

02
February
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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“Triumph Through Adversity” with Laura Choi

“Triumph Through Adversity” with Laura Choi Bad things happen to good people…to all people. How does Paul gain a bigger vision of life and maintain his confidence in God’s power to bring triumph from adversity? This semester we continue our Spiritual Formation studies using Lectio Divina in the book of Philippians. This method of Bible Study invites readers to slow down, read Scripture, meditate upon it, and prayerfully respond to God’s Word, allowing our hearts to form towards God’s truths.…

January 2018

26
January
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Seminar 1: “Cosmological and Fine Tuning Arguments” with Isaac Choi

Seminar 1: “Cosmological and Fine Tuning Arguments” with Isaac Choi, Rivendell Visiting Fellow additional details TBA

19
January
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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“Never Alone in the Journey” with Sue Smedley

“Never Alone in the Journey” with Sue Smedley, Spiritual Formation Director This semester we continue our Spiritual Formation studies using Lectio Divina in the book of Philippians. This method of Bible Study invites readers to slow down, read Scripture, meditate upon it, and prayerfully respond to God’s Word, allowing our hearts to form towards God’s truths. For this study we will be considering Philippians 1:1—11.

December 2017

08
December
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Rivendell Institute Christmas Party (Cancelled)

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our Christmas party this year. Have a blessed Advent. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

01
December
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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“Ambition, Vocation, and the Call of Christ” with Dr. Esther Lam

“Ambition, Vocation, and the Call of Christ” with Dr. Esther Lam, Ph.D. Visiting Fellow in Asian Studies Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Northeast Asia Team Leader Refreshments provided. Esther Lam leads the Northeast Asia Team within the Asia-Pacific Section of the United Nations Human Rights Office. Prior to her current role, she acted as the Office’s Migration Advisor and then focal point on anti-corruption, governance and human rights issues. In 2011, she established the Office’s presence…

November 2017

17
November
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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“Our Stories” with Sue Smedley

“Our Stories” with Sue Smedley, Spiritual Formation Director Additional details TBA.

10
November
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Seminar 3: “Prayer and the Resurrection” with Isaac Choi

Seminar 3: “Prayer and the Resurrection” with Isaac Choi, Rivendell Visiting Fellow Both the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus and present day answered prayers can significantly strengthen the Christian’s faith in God. The evidence for the former is more public, while the latter is more private and local. But we can understand the impact of the evidence in each case in similar ways, including using similar Bayesian probabilistic considerations (a gentle, non-overly mathematical introduction to Bayesian confirmation theory…

September 2017

08
September
5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Kick-off Cook-out

Kick-off Cook-out Celebrate the start of another school year here at the Rivendell house. Come enjoy food, friends, and conversation.

April 2017

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April
5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
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End of Year Cookout

End of Year Cookout Celebrate the end of another school year here at the Rivendell house. Come enjoy food, friends, and conversation.

March 2017

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March
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
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Veritas Forum: Tim Keller & Anthony Kronman

Veritas Forum: Tim Keller & Anthony Kronman Disenchanted? Reimagining Belief and Identity This is a free event. Tickets may be reserved at www.veritas.org. () Tim Keller: New York Times Best-Selling Author & Pastor Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over…

February 2017

17
February
All Day
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Tessa Afshar, Author: “Experiencing the Love of Jesus”

Tessa Afshar, Author “Experiencing the Love of Jesus” Start time TBA

10
February
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ Rivendell Institute
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Rivendell Mini Spiritual Formation Prayer Retreat: “Near to God in a Busy World”

Rivendell Mini Spiritual Formation Prayer Retreat For Graduate/Post-Doc Students and Spouses “Near to God in a Busy World” Featuring Dr. Bo Karen Lee This year the much loved Dr. Bo Karen Lee from Princeton Theological Seminary will be returning as our featured speaker. She is Associate Professor of Spirituality and Historical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and author of Sacrifice and Delight in the Mystical Theologies of Anna Maria van Schurman and Madame Jeanne Guyon (Notre Dame). Dr. Lee has…

January 2017

28
January
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ mActivity
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Coffee House Open Mic Night

Coffee House Open Mic Night This is your night. Come out and meet graduate and professional students from all of the campus ministries and local churches. Enjoy a coffee smoothie bar, small bites from Tikkaway and conversation in an amazing East Rock venue. Sign up for open mic and share your talent, or simply show up and enjoy. We have a sound system. Let us know what you need. We will have a prayer wall. Post what is on your…

December 2016

09
December
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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Rivendell Institute Christmas Party

Fun, food, festivities, singing and fellowship! Bring your friends!

November 2016

18
November
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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Rivendell Spiritual Formation Colloquium

Please join us for our Rivendell Spiritual Formation Colloquium “Ambition, Vocation, and the Call of Christ” You are invited to a colloquium featuring panelists discussing the challenges of following Christ in the midst of professional and personal pursuits. Dinner provided. Gluten free and vegetarian options available. RSVP by November 15, 2016 using the contact form below. Seating limited to 40. Bios Barry J. Wu, MD, FACP is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. He is the…

September 2016

16
September
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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09
September
5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
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02
September
8:00 am — 5:00 pm
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May 2016

07
May
5:30 pm — 7:30 pm
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05
May
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
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Dr. Isaac Choi: “Is Petitionary Prayer Superfluous?”

We are pleased to announce that our Visiting Fellow, Dr. Isaac Choi, will be presenting his work to us. Dr. Choi is an exceptional philosopher with degrees in science (AB in chemistry from Harvard), philosophical theology (M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Seminary), and in philosophy (Ph.D. from Notre Dame, focusing on epistemology). (You can see his complete bio and CV at https://www.rivendellinstitute.org/about/people/isaac-choi/). He has devoted his time with us this year to this area of research, and we are thrilled…

03
May
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
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April 2016

29
April
5:30 pm — 8:00 pm
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February 2016

25
February
8:00 am — 9:30 am
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24
February
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
@ TBA
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24
February
12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
@ Yale Medical School – Harkness Mezzanine
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YHPCF & Rivendell Institute

For Graduate Students, Residents, Health Care Professionals, Spouses, Faculty, Doctors. “Failing Families, Failing Science: Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science.” – presented by Dr. Elaine Ecklund. Scientists struggle with balancing work and family life like everyone else while simultaneously trying to meet a nearly impossible professional “ideal.” This talk will explore how the “greedy institution” of academic science is uniquely challenging and demanding, how gender and institutional structure shape science careers, and how science careers, in turn, shape family life.

20
February
9:00 am — 3:00 pm
@ Mercy by the Sea
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Women’s Seaside Getaway

$35 registration for graduate students/$65 registration for non-students, buffet lunch included In this series of reflections Dr. Lee will explore practical ways to draw closer to God in the midst of the many pressures we face in our academic and professional lives. Bo Karen Lee, beloved speaker from the Rivendell Women’s Colloquium last March, will be returning this February as our featured speaker.  She is Associate Professor of Spirituality and Historical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary and author of the recently…

05
February
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
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Special Event: Sarah Thebarge

Sarah Thebarge is a speaker and author who earned a master’s degree in Medical Science from Yale and was earning a master’s in Journalism at Columbia University when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. The details of Sarah and the Somali girls’ story of survival, recovery and redemption are recorded in her memoir  The Invisible Girls (Jericho Books, 2013).  All of the proceeds from the book are going into a college fund for the Somali girls. Additionally, Sarah’s blog was featured…

January 2016

26
January
6:00 pm — 7:00 pm
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