Spiritual Formation Scripture Study

Friday nights, 7-9 PM

The Rivendell Spiritual Formation Track is designed for Yale graduate and professional students and spouses. This program explores core Christian values as identified in Scripture, using practices of spiritual formation in the context of our academic and professional lives. We meet weekly for group discussion, Colloquia featuring Yale faculty, a Contemplative Prayer retreat, special speakers and individual mentoring.

This semester, Spring 2018, we’re looking at “Spiritual Formation according to the Epistles – focusing on Paul’s letter to the Philippians“, facilitated by directors Sue Smedley and Karen Mahan.

We also host a monthly Special Seminar featuring Visiting Fellow Isaac Choi this year: “Philosophy of Religion for non-philosophers“.

To find out more about this semester’s schedule click HERE.

For more information contact Rivendell Spiritual Formation Directors:
Sue Smedley –
Karen Mahan – 

Location: 291 Edwards St, New Haven, CT 06511.

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“The spiritual formation program at Rivendell has kept me anchored and at peace amidst the challenges of graduate study. It has been a constant reminder that my identity and happiness are not found in what I do, but in Christ. Mentors are readily available to assist Yale students in their academic and spiritual journeys. Additionally, the sense of ‘community’ is authentic. The Rivendell Spiritual Formation program is not an opportunity to be passed up!”

– Jane Meditz, M.A.R. ’17, Yale Divinity School

Spiritual Formation Colloquium

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Rivendell hosts an annual spiritual formation colloquium for students in the graduate and professional schools, as well as their faculty and spouses. We feature panelists from a variety of professional and academic fields who share from their experience on various topics, primarily relating to how they have sought to follow Christ in the midst of academic, professional, and personal pursuits. This year, we plan to expand our colloquium to include men’s issues in our discussion of personal and vocational topics.

Past presenters include: Dr. Barry Wu, Yale Medical School; Esther Lam, PhD, United Nations Human Rights regional director; Mary Habeck, Ph.D., Strategic Studies, Georgetown; Dr. Amy Chai, Associate; and Chitra Kavoor, Marketing, Management and Education; Dr. Jean Koh Peters, Yale Law School; Dr. Margarita Mooney, Yale Sociology research fellow; Dr. Bo Karen Lee, Princeton Theological Seminary; Dr. Pam Haas Cochran, Sewanee University; Dr. Angeanette Roberts, virologist and apologist; Nancy Yao Maasbach, Yale China Center; Dr. Ellice Wong, Yale Medical School; and Dr. Linsey Courtney, Yale Oncology Pharmaceuticals.