Last week we hopped on the fine letter from Yale Episcopal chaplain Bruce Shipman to the New York Times that offered the plain statement that Israeli’s carnage in Gaza and its unending occupation are part of the reason that anti-Semitism is growing in Europe. The letter sparked angry denunciations from the usual crowd; and Yale sought to distance itself in a statement that it sent to the Washington Post.
“Rev. Shipman is called to serve the Episcopal campus community at Yale, but is not employed by Yale or the Yale Chaplain’s Office.”
Well last night the Episcopal Church at Yale along with the Tree of Life Educational Fund helped to host a benefit concert for the Ahli Hospital in Gaza. The concert was originally scheduled to be held at Dwight Memorial Chapel on Yale’s campus. The venue was switched to a Lutheran church a block or so from the Divinity School in the last few days (as commenters on our site noted). I asked Shipman about the move and notioned that Yale might have asked for it. He said No–
The decision to not hold the concert on campus was made by the board of the Episcopal Church at Yale and me. In the current political climate resulting from backlash to my letter, we agreed on this decision. The university had nothing to do with this decision, and as far as I know the chapel is still booked in our name. The move to Bethesda Lutheran makes good sense, and the wife of the Bethesda pastor serves as the Lutheran chaplain at Yale. ECY and Luther House share many activities.