Alumni/ae Convocation (Andover Newton at Yale Divinity School)


Healthy Transitions: Leadership for Hope and Change

Andover Newton at Yale Divinity School: Alumni/ae Convocation 

October 17 & 18, 2017

You are invited to join Andover Newton for our first Alumni/ae Convocation as new partners on the Sterling Quadrangle!

Registration opens the third week in August. The cost of registration is $25. Register online.

There is more information about local accommodations, travel, and parking available on the registration site.


Events kick off with a Worship and Convocation Ceremony featuring guest speaker and Andover Newton alumna Carolyn Roberts (ANTS MA '08). 

Tuesday afternoon workshops will include:

  • Refugee Resettlement Engagement: Discerning Your Congregation’s Entry Point” – Ashley Makar and Ann O’Brien from Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, New Haven
  • Transitions in Fundraising: Raising More Money for your Church or Non-profit” – James Hackney, Senior Director of Development, YDS
  • Just Enough Knowledge About Change Theory to Make You Dangerous” – Sarah Drummond, Dean of the Faculty, Andover Newton
  • Leadership Lessons for the Good: Transforming Oppression into Organizational Transformation” – Debora Jackson, Director of Lifelong Learning, YDS
  • The Long Sabbath: The Art of Transitioning into Retirement from Pastoral Ministry” – Patricia and Kenneth Parker, retired ministers, American Baptist Churches of Maine
  • Still Crazy After All these Years: The Preacher and the Old Testament” – Gregory Mobley, Visiting Professor, YDS

Following the Andover Newton events, which end on Wednesday, Andover Newton alumni/ae are invited to attend the rest of the convocation events for YDS, which include the historic Beecher Lecture Series. The combined schedule will be updated regularly on the Yale Divinity School website.


For everything there is a season… Are you celebrating a milestone year of your graduation?

On Wednesday, alumni/ae from celebrating milestone class years are invited to attend a lunch with President Martin Copenhaver and Dean Gregory Sterling, as well as alumni/ae of YDS and Berkeley Divinity School.

Keynote Speaker

Carolyn Roberts is a proud graduate of Andover Newton Theological School. She received an M.A. in Theological Research in 2008. Currently, she is completing her PhD at Harvard University in the Department of African and African American Studies. Her dissertation, "To Heal and to Harm: Medicine, Knowledge, and Power in the Atlantic Slave Trade," is the first full-length study of the history of medicine in the British slave trade. Carolyn’s journey now brings her to Yale along with her beloved alma mater Andover Newton. Carolyn was recently appointed to a joint faculty position in the History Department’s Program in the History of Science and Medicine and African American Studies. The daughter of pastor Dr. Wesley A. Roberts, Carolyn’s home church is Peoples Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to returning to graduate school, Carolyn worked as an actor in New York City and nationally.

Andover Newton Reunion: UCC General Synod


Andover Newton will be on hand for this year's General Synod of the United Church of Christ, June 30 - July 4 in Baltimore.

Join us for lunch with President Martin B. Copenhaver, Dean Sarah B. Drummond, and YDS Dean Greg Sterling on Saturday, July 1. Direct registration through the UCC has closed for Sponsored Meals such as ours, but if you would like to attend or have other questions about the event, please contact the Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree.

Andover Newton Reunion: American Baptist biennial


Andover Newton will be on hand for the American Baptist Churches USA's biennial Mission Summit, June 30 - July 2 in Portland, OR.

Join the Rev. Dr. Ned Allyn Parker (’10), Andover Newton’s Alumni/ae and Development Officer, for a reunion breakfast on Saturday, July 1, at 7 a.m. The breakfast is $24 per person, and you must register for it when completing your registration for the Mission Summit programming. Contact Ned with questions.

Andover Newton Reunion: UUA General Assembly


Andover Newton will participate at this year's Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (June 21-25 in New Orleans).

Join President Martin B. Copenhaver, and Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom, chair of the Andover Newton board of trustees, for dinner at Café Adelaide on Saturday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person, not including your beverages. You must RSVP for one of the 30 seats available at this dinner by emailing Ned Allyn Parker


Learn about the Regenerative Village at YDS


Andover Newton and Yale Divinity School alumni/ae and friends are invited to Old South Church on Sunday, April 30.

The Dean of Yale Divinity School, Gregory E. Sterling, will preach at both services (9 and 11 a.m.) and offer a presentation on the Regenerative Village at Yale Divinity School in between the services at 10 a.m.

Andover Newton @ YDS Discussions at Old South


Join Yale Divinity School and Andover Newton alumni/ae and friends for a reception to hear about plans for Andover Newton at Yale, featuring a discussion with President Martin B. Copenhaver and Dean Gregory E. Sterling. Dean Sterling will also present information about plans for the YDS Regnerative Village. The reception will be held in Mary Norton Hall on the 2nd floor at Old South Church.

Andover Newton Fall Reunion 2016


Andover Newton’s Fall 2016 Reunion is coming right up -- a great time for alumni/ae to see old friends, connect with former professors and staff, and revisit our campus. We anticipate 48 hours of poignant reflection on all that this campus has given us, and a strong sense of blessing in the midst of our grieving for the change that is coming. 

The Reunion event itself begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, with opportunities for class/cohort photos. There is an exciting pre-Reunion event that begins that morning, and registrants for Reunion have free admission: the capstone event for Andover Newton’s project in the Science for Seminaries grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Believing that the true legacy of the Hill is less about place and more about people, the Reunion Committee has invited nine alumni/ae or other ANTS-associated individuals to offer short reflections and dialogue on a topic of their interest and expertise on Friday. This is a great way to see how colleagues have lived out all they’ve learned! (Like us on Facebook to read more about these speakers.)

We’ll share in opening Convocation, hear updates on Andover Newton’s future, reflect together, enjoy one another, revisit special places on campus, eat and party (including dancing and a coffee house!). A very special service of worship related to the campus is planned for Friday late afternoon. Do join us!

Registration has closed. Please contact us by email with any questions.

Registration Fees

$150 per person
Entire Event Registration
Includes all Thursday, Friday, and Saturday activities and meals
$80 per person
One-Day Registration (Thursday or Friday)
Includes meals and programming
$25 per person
Only AAAS Conference
Thursday events before 5 p.m.
Free Only AAAS Conference (Students and Alumni/ae only)
Please contact

A PDF schedule is available for download if you'd like to register by postal mail or just have a paper copy.

Fall Reunion 2016 Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 22
1-3 p.m.
Registration Opens
Location: Quadrangle
3-4 p.m.
Reunion Begins; Class Year Gatherings and Class Photos
Location: Davis Hall
4-5 p.m.
AAAS Reception for all AAAS Conference and Reunion Attendees
Location: Quadrangle
5-6:30 p.m.
Location: Quadrangle
7 p.m.
Opening Worship
Location: Wilson Chapel
9 p.m.
Coffee House (Sponsored by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation to CIRCLE)
Location: Meeting House
Friday, Sept. 23
8 a.m.
Registration, Check-in, Continental Breakfast
Location: Wilson Chapel
9-10 a.m.
Session I (The Rev. Rahsaan Hall ’12, The Rev. Paul Langston-Daley ’97)
Location: Wilson Chapel
10-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Session II (The Rev. Jeffrey Brown ’87, The Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk ’63, former professor The Hon. Emily C. Hewitt)
Location: Wilson Chapel
12-12:30 p.m. Break
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Quadrangle
2-3:30 p.m.
Session III (The Rev. Elizabeth Aguilar ’97, The Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson ’06 & ’12, The Rev. Julie Peeples ’83)
Location: Wilson Chapel
4 p.m.
Closing Worship
Location: Wilson Chapel
6-10 p.m.
Dinner & Party
Location: Quadrangle
Saturday, Sept. 24
9:30-11 a.m.
Location: Berkeley Room

Accommodation Recommendations

Andover Newton at UU General Assembly


Are you attending the Unitarian Universalist Association's 2016 General Assembly?

Join other members of the Andover Newton community at noon on Saturday, June 25, for lunch and fellowship! You'll have a chance to reconnect with fellow alumni/ae, meet current students, and hear from the chair of the Board of Trustees, the Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom, with an official update about the future of the school.

Seating is limited and registration is required, so please contact Ruth Edens to make your reservation today!

(Registration deadline: End of business on Wednesday, June 22.)

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