We are a community of Christians who encourage one another in developing our gifts, education and passions to glorify God in our current scholarship and future professions. We seek to engage other graduate students and the broader Yale and New Haven communities with Christ’s message of God’s love that renews and redeems the world.
Jesus Christ is Lord of all creation. As a group of His followers, we affirm historic, orthodox Christian faith and practice expressed in the common confession of the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox churches through the ages, as evidenced in the Nicene Creed; and we worship Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God. We hold to these truths:
- The Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ;
- The necessity and efficacy of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world, and the historic fact of His bodily resurrection;
- The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration;
- The unique Divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness, and authority of the Bible;
- The expectation of the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As Christian scholars at Yale, we find ourselves in an environment in which the life of faith is usually divorced from the life of the mind. Often, relational and spiritual needs are ignored and the possibility of community is unexplored. The joy of learning suffers as it is divorced from the love of wisdom and the desire to bring about a just and merciful social order. The relentless quest for specialization in the academy suppresses wider questioning and learning about the created order and its functioning.
In this context, we affirm the validity of the vocation of Christian scholar as one called and commissioned by Jesus Christ. Furthermore, we affirm the need to be in community with those of like mind and heart who similarly seek to serve Christ in the academy, the church, and our society. Our mission as a fellowship focuses on the challenges and needs of those called by Christ to scholarship. At the same time we affirm the importance of active involvement in local churches, and we expect such involvement of ourselves and those who join us.