Karl Barth (1886-1968), the Swiss-German professor and pastor, is regarded by many as a modern day "Church Father." The Center for Barth Studies was established in 1997. Administered by a board of seminary faculty, the Center sponsors conferences, research opportunities, discussion groups, and publications.
The Betsey Stockton Center for Black Church Studies exists to highlight the theological and religious witness, which arises out of the African American and African Diaspora Christian experience. The center helps to prepare men and women for vocational ministry or scholarly pursuits shaped by a wider knowledge and deeper appreciation of black life within American and global Christianity.
The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender (CTWG) was established to address issues related to the intersections of race, class, gender identity, and sexuality in church and society. Through conferences, coursework, and events, the Center shapes students, alumni, and church leaders to be change agents regarding the pressing issues of inequality facing our world. The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender is also home to the Women in Ministry Initiative (WIM) and two student groups—the Women’s Center, and BGLASS (Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Supporters).
OMSC was founded in 1922 as the Houses of Fellowship in Ventnor-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, as a place for North American Protestant missionaries on furlough to recover their health, and to have their spirits lifted through fellowship, before returning to their mission fields abroad. OMSC moved to New Haven in 1987, where its reputation as a unique ecumenical hub for global missional engagement and research has continued to grow. In recent years, OMSC’s program residents have come almost exclusively from the majority world’s churches in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
“What I like about working in an international church is that I’m always reminded that I’m a foreigner, that the land is not mine and I’m just a passenger on this journey.”