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Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation


"To understand God truly"

The integration of academic learning, practical know-how, and spiritual insight is a central characteristic of Berkeley's educational program. In this respect, spiritual formation takes place in every part of the seminary's life, yet particular attention is given to the spiritual life through an emphasis on daily worship, individual and small group spiritual direction, retreats and quiet days, and class pilgrimages.

The goal, as described by Professor Emeritus David Kelsey, is "to understand God truly," and it has long been the ethos of the entire Yale Divinity School to foster such a knowledge and love of God as its core institutional mission.

Annand Program

Berkeley offers the James E. Annand Program for Spiritual Formation to the whole YDS community so that students can discover the fundamentals of prayer and Christian discipleship from seasoned clergy and lay teachers.


Daily worship is central to the formation of Berkeley students, both in an Episcopal and ecumenical context.

Retreats and Pilgrimmages

Students take annual class retreats and quiet days for reflection and prayer, culminating in the senior pilgrimage to Canterbury.