Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn., established a diploma program in Lutheran studies to begin this fall. The program will be administered by a committee authorized by Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, a seminary of the Episcopal Church.
"I'm pleased that the new program can build on the Yale-Berkeley partnership and the increasing cooperation between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church," says Yale Divinity School Dean Richard J. Wood.
"This program will offer candidates for Lutheran ordination or lay leadership a depth of study in their tradition within the rich, ecumenical, university context of the Yale Divinity School," Wood adds.
The program doesn't yet have official approval from the ELCA. But Michael Merkel, former bishop of the ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and chair of the new program's oversight committee, says the course of study is expected to be considered favorably by the committees that approve candidates for ordination.
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