Spiritual Formation Event Calendar

Fall 2021

All Graduate Fellowship Retreat
Saturday, September 25, 10-2 PM

Join us at beautiful Killam’s Point, 20 minutes away and right on the water with beautiful hiking trails. Enjoy a refreshing time of fellowship with the various graduate and professional groups and encouragement Pastor Matt Coburn of Trinity Baptist Church will be sharing about God’s larger view of your time at Yale. Breakfast, hot drinks, and lunch provided.

Fall 2021 Schedule

September 3, 2021, 5:30–8 pm –  Kick-Off Picnic for grads, post docs, faculty, and their spouse at the Rivendell House.  

September 9, 2021, 7 pm –  Spiritual Formation: Grad Panel “Keeping Faith First at Yale.”

September 17, 2021, 7 pm –  Spiritual Formation: “Christian Identity: Being and Becoming”, led by Karen Mahan

September 25, 2021, 10–2 pm –  All Graduate Fellowship Retreat at Killam’s Point, Branford. 

October 1, 2021, 7 pm –  Faculty Friday: James Choi, Yale SOM

October 8, 2021, 7 pm –  Spiritual Formation: “Experiencing God’s Love”, led by Elise Gaskell

October 15, 2021, 6-7:30 pm –  All Graduate Fellowship Revival Prayer Night, courtyard behind SSS

October 22, 2021, 7 pm –  Spiritual Formation: “Exploring God’s Peace in an Anxious World”, led by Alicia Petersen

October 29, 2021, 7 pm –  Spiritual Formation: “Hospitality and God’s Big Picture”, led by Elise Gaskell

November 5, 2021, 7 pm –  Faculty Friday: Fred Sigworth, Yale School of Medicine

November 12, 2021, 7 pm –  Spiritual Formation:  “Telling Your Story”, led by Karen Mahan

November 19, 2021, 7 pm –  Game Night

November 26, 2021 –  NO MEETING

December 3, 2021, 7 pm –  Faculty Friday: Awet Andemicael, Yale Divinity School

December 10, 2021, 7 pm –  Christmas Party

Please note, Spiritual Formation will be observing all Yale COVID policies at events.

Meet Our Faculty Speakers

James Choi, Professor of Finance, Yale SOM

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 investigated topics such as the influence of social identity on economic preferences and outcomes, investor ignorance of mutual fund fees, the effect of deadlines and peer information on savings choices, how retail investor sentiment in China affects stock returns, and the use of subtle planning prompts to increase preventive health behaviors.
Professor Choi is a two-time recipient of the TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award for outstanding scholarly writing on lifelong financial security. He is ​a Co-Director of the Retirement and Disability Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Associate Editor at the Journal of Finance, and a TIAA Institute Fellow. He has served on the FINRA Investor Issues Committee and a Technical Expert Panel for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Fred Sigworth, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale School of Medicine

Fred Sigworth studied applied physics at Caltech and was a graduate student at Yale, working in the neuroscience laboratory of Charles F. Stevens. He received the PhD in physiology from Yale in 1979 and was a postdoc in the laboratory of Erwin Neher in Göttingen, Germany where he was a co-developer of patch-clamp techniques for single-channel electrophysiology. He returned to Yale as a faculty member at Yale in 1984. His current research is in the structural biology of ion-channel proteins, making use of novel cryo-EM methods. “How do I see the scientific enterprise? An old book puts it this way: one generation commends God’s works to another. It is a great privilege to unravel the workings of ion channels, and to pass on the excitement about these molecular machines to students, colleagues and anyone else who will listen!”

Awet Andemicael, Associate Dean for Marquand Chapel and Assistant Professor of Theology (Adjunct), Yale Divinity School and the Yale ISM

Awet Andemicael completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, majoring in economics and music, after which she was awarded the Master of Fine Arts in Voice at the University of California, Irvine. Following two master’s degrees, at Yale Divinity School (M.A.R. in theology) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A. in historical theology), she is now completing a Ph.D. at Yale in theology.  During her doctoral work, she has taught several courses in Musical Skills and Vocal Development for Ministry, Theology through Music, Early African Theologies, and Black Theologies and the Early Church.

Throughout her theological academic training, Awet Andemicael has maintained an active career as a singer, appearing as a soloist with ensembles such as Bach Collegium Japan, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. Simultaneously, she has published in numerous peer-reviewed scholarly journals on topics ranging from patristic theology to the theologies of early Black gospel music. She has, among many other achievements, contributed book chapters to volumes on music and theology and on interfaith and cross-denominational dialogue and has been invited to contribute a chapter to the upcoming Oxford Handbook of Music and Christian Theology.