Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation on Friday Nights

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

What is Spiritual Formation?
Spiritual Formation is the process that enables Christians to move from knowledge to thought, and from thought to practice as we seek to fully identify as Christ followers in the world.

What Does Rivendell Offer?
Our Spiritual Formation program is tailored to meet the unique spiritual needs of the academic community.
We focus on personal transformation and faith integration through:
· Spiritual Formation Scripture Studies
· Individual Mentoring
· First Fridays “Finding God at Yale” Faculty Lectures
· Visiting Author/Scholar Lecture Series
· Retreats

Who May Participate?
We welcome graduate and professional students and their spouses.
You will develop practices that serve to ground you in a greater sense of identity and purpose as a Christian––even through the enormous challenges of academic and professional life. You will also fellowship with colleagues cross-disciplines.

Spiritual Formation Scripture Studies on Friday Nights:

In our scripture studies we focus on understanding who God is, how God sees us, and how God empowers us . We learn how to see ourselves through the lens of Christ and to be intentional about living out a more faith integrated life.
Towards that end, the scripture studies emphasize practical ways to foster spiritual formation in our busy lives. Spiritual disciplines such as Contemplation and Lectio Divina are taught for those who would like to employ them as their own daily habits.
Following a meal and lecture on the evening’s scripture focus, time is spent in personal reflection and small group discussion.

First Friday 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.


We get away in the Fall for a Seaside Day Retreat and in the Spring for an Evening Prayer Retreat.

To find out more about the 2019 Fall Seaside Retreat click here.

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

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

The following map shows parking locations near Rivendell:


“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