About UCY

Who We Are: 

The University Church in Yale is a student-focused church welcoming Christian students of all backgrounds, as well as staff, faculty, post-docs, parents, alumnus/a, parents, and our New Haven neighbors.  

Our church life is centered around Sunday worship in Yale’s historic Battell Chapel, which features beautiful music, thoughtful preaching, and the prayer of a diverse, faithful community. Outside of Sunday mornings, we have lots of fun together with retreats, study groups, meals, concerts, lectures and other events. 

UCY is an open and affirming congregation; we welcome persons of any denominational background (or none), race, ethnicity, age, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or physial or mental ability. Whether you are a life-long Christian, a questioning Christian, or new to Christianity, we hope that you feel at home with us.

Our History

In 2005, following a study of Yale’s religious life program by the University Council and leading university chaplains, Yale created a new, ecumenical (multi-denominational) church on campus, renaming it the University Church in Yale.  The goal was to respond to the great changes in the make-up of Yale’s student body, and to make the Church more student-focused.  For many years, the campus church had been connected to the United Church of Christ in Connecticut, as well as part of Yale. A full history can be found here!

At the same time, a new liturgy for the Church was created by Siobhán Garrigan and Patrick Evans, faculty at the Yale Divinity School.  The new liturgy was creative, participatory, multi-denominational and international in its emphases.

The Church also became a teaching church for the Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, bringing exciting young graduate students in ministry, choral conducting and organ to the church to lead worship, as well as to learn. Moreover, the Student Deacons group, who had been student leaders in the Church since the 1920’s, was re-started as a diverse group of active undergraduate and graduate students.