Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

Fall 2019 | Resistance and Blessing: Women, Ministry, and YDS

This is a special year at Yale. We are celebrating the 50th year of co-education at Yale College and the 150th year of women in the graduate and professional schools at Yale University. One way to celebrate is to remember and retell the story of women at Yale Divinity School, and also own our institutional failures to treat women as full equals.  - Gregory E. Sterling

As I write this, people across the country are rallying in protest against the latest attacks on women’s reproductive rights, the so-called “fetal heartbeat” laws that now plague the states...

1907 – Lottie Genevieve Bishop and Ethel Zivley Rather are the first women to register for YDS classes, according to the 1922 centennial catalogue. Both...

At a recent meeting of the largest academic organization in my field, the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), another scholar told me God would bless me if I teach “from behind a lectern” but...