The Episcopal Church at Yale is one of the oldest university Chaplaincies in the country (established on October 23, 1869). ECY is a ministry of the Episcopal Church to students, staff and faculty at Yale University. We seek to encourage and nurture members of the Yale community in the faith of Jesus Christ and to communicate in the academy of higher learning that the religious quest is relevant and essential to the educated mind. We do this by exploring both ancient and contemporary forms of prayer and common worship, facilitating stimulating discussions of the scriptures, and fostering a common life of fellowship and service.
A Message From Our Chaplain, The Rev. Bruce Shipman:
As the new academic year gets underway and we welcome the new freshmen to our first service on August 25, I want to say how happy I am to be starting as your Priest-in-Charge. In a sense I am freshman too, and this year will offer life changing experiences to us all. It is a great gift, ECY, and one which I believe you will come to treasure as much as I. It is a living thing that requires care and attention. It is an offering of our best to each other and to the glory of the Most High. It is community that will both challenge and renew us, and it is a meeting place where we make connections that will be underpinnings of our lives. As Doris Betts wrote, it will be a community that helps strengthen muscle and bone while stimulating the imagination and informing the moral sense; a community of prayer; a community of joy that casts out fear and welcomes the light. The Episcopal Church at Yale is a great gift, and all of you who become part of our community are part of that gift.
Bruce Shipman, Chaplain