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2019-2020 Youth Ministry Institute Lunch & Lecture Series

Join us for a series of luncheons and lectures on the foundations of flourishing youth ministry.  The series begins on Wednesday, October 9.  Lunch served at 12:00pm, lectures begin at 12:30pm.  Our speakers include: Mark DeVries, Angel Gorrell, Skip Masback, William Mathis, Mary Clark Moschella and Andy Root.  As always, the lunch and lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP on EventBrite. Download the brochure here.


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January 2012

Dr. Andrew Root on Youth Ministry, The Church, and The Melting of Identity

January 17, 2012, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Andy Root

"Youth Ministry, The Church, and The Melting of Identity" Dr. Andrew Root delivers a lecture entitled, “Youth Ministry, The Church, and The Melting of Identity.” One of the greatest pursuits for late modern people (especially those of younger generations) is to construct an identity for themselves. But as we have seen recently, the fluidity of our culture does not allow for our identities to be carved in stone. Instead our identities are always transitioning, with new jobs, new marriages, and…

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Dr. Andrew Root on Relationships: Unfiltered

January 17, 2012, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Andy Root

"Relationships Unfiltered" Dr. Andrew Root delivers a lecture on “Relationships Unfiltered.” It seems that at its most basic youth ministry is about relationships. But relationships are anything but basic. So then what are relationships in youth ministry and what are they for? This workshop will explore relational youth ministry in order to uncover some of the blind spots in our contemporary understanding of relationships with young people. Relational ministry will be re-imagined NOT as seeking to influence kids toward some…

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Dr. Miroslav Volf on Youth and Human Flourishing

January 17, 2012, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Miroslav Volf

"Youth and Human Flourishing" Dr. Miroslav Volf delivers a lecture entitled, “Youth and Human Flourishing.” Among other things but centrally, the Christian faith is about human flourishing, flourishing of human beings as God’s creatures in a complex world. What does it mean to flourish? What are some of the forces at work in contemporary culture that undermine human flourishing? How do we counter these trends in our ministry to our youth? These are some of the questions we will explore together.  

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February 2012

Dr. Roland Martinson on Youth’s Questions, Faith’s Stories, Christ’s Claims

February 14, 2012, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

"Youth's Questions, Faith's Stories, Christ's Claims" Dr. Roland Martinson delivers a lecture entitled, “Youth’s Questions, Faith’s Stories, Christ’s Claims.” Adolescence and emerging adulthood are periods in the human journey when existential questions are at the center of the day to day interactions and the unfolding, developing self and community. We will examine the intersections of those vital questions with the work of God in Jesus Christ and these encounters of God and humans as fruitful material for generating faith as…

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March 2012

Dr. Rodger Nishioka on Beyond Soup Kitchens and Sardines

March 20, 2012, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

"Beyond Soup Kitchens and Sardines" Dr. Rodger Nishioka delivers a lecture entitled, “Beyond Soup Kitchens and Sardines.” Ultimately, ministry with young people must be about more than sporadic service projects and playing games. Ultimately, ministry with young people must be about enacting theology – the actual on the ground, lived experience that embodies what we believe about the nature of God and God’s call to human beings. We will explore ways that congregations are responding to God’s call on the…

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November 2012

Dr. Chap Clark on the Church and Today’s Adolescent

November 6, 2012, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Chap Clark headshot

"Sticky Faith: The Church and Today's Adolescent" Dr. Chap Clark delivers a lecture entitled, “Sticky Faith: The Church and Today’s Adolescent.” There is no question that life is changing, and changing rapidly. As a consequence, for lots of reasons, we live in an increasingly adult-centric society that without thinking, relentlessly subjects children and adolescents to the pressures of adult-driven agendas. Like no time in history, today’s youth grow up knowing that the only way to survive is as a tribe…

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December 2012

Dr. Rodger Nishioka on Bible Study That Transforms

December 4, 2012, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Rodger Nishioka

"Bible Study That Transforms" Dr. Rodger Nishioka delivers a lecture entitled, “Bible Study That Transforms." Information is important. We live, after all, in the so called “information age.” But ultimately, we engage young people with the Bible not simply for information but for transformation. This lecture will focus on practices of opening the Bible with young people in ways that change lives and liberate.  

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January 2013

Rev. Skip Masback on Transformation Through Pilgrimage

January 8, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Transformation Through Pilgrimage: Planning and Leading Mission Trips that Build More than Houses" Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, “Transformation Through Pilgrimage: Planning and Leading Mission Trips that Build More than Houses.” Youth long for experiences that will take them outside of their cramped, every day experience and connect them with something larger than themselves, with the transcendent love of God. In this session we’ll explore the theory and praxis of planning and leading mission trips as pilgrimages. We’ll…

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February 2013

Dr. Roland Martinson – Kids Need More than Each Other and a Pied Piper

February 5, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Roland Martinson

"Kids Need More than Each Other and a Pied Piper" Dr. Roland Martinson delivers a lecture entitled, “Kids Need More than Each Other and a Pied Piper.” At its best, youth ministry develops generative, intergenerational Christ communities that cultivate transformative faith and life in each other and make a difference in God’s beloved world. How do you create intergenerational practices that work? We’ll explore together how to bridge the generational divide in our ministry to our youth.  

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March 2013

Rev. Michael A. Bird on Nurturing Spiritual Habits with Youth

March 5, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Father Michael Bird

"Nurturing Spiritual Habits with Youth" The Rev. Michael A. Bird delivers a lecture entitled, “Nurturing Spiritual Habits with Youth.” Youth don’t so much want to be lectured about God as they want to experience God. This experience comes from walking with God each day, not just on Sunday mornings. What are the spiritual disciplines, practices and traditions that help bring us closer to God and how do they work for today’s youth? We’ll explore ways to support our youth in…

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April 2013

Dr. Andrew Root on Talking About Sin With Young People

April 2, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Andy Root

"Talking About Sin With Young People" Dr. Andrew Root delivers a lecture entitled, “Talking About Sin With Young People.” When ministries look at how they discuss sin with young people it frequently gets framed as “doing bad things.” When sin is framed in this way we try to bend their will and push them towards obedience turning youth ministry into sin management and an attempt to make young people be better. Andy Root encourages us to look at sin as…

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May 2013

Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Troeger on Preaching Across the Generations

May 7, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Tom Troeger

"Preaching Across the Generations" Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Troeger delivers a lecture entitled, “Preaching Across the Generations.” Good preaching is good preaching – to any age group, but bringing a message to young people requires particular attention to several fundamentals of effective communication. One of the nation’s leading preachers and teachers of preachers will help us reflect on the importance of crafting messages are fully embodied, that engage multiple intelligences and that are attentive to the different stages of cognitive…

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July 2013

Dr. Andrew Root on Ministering to Youth Growing up in a Screen-Based World

July 10, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Andy Root

"Ministering to Youth Growing Up in a Screen-Based World" Dr. Andrew Root delivers a lecture entitled, “Ministering to Youth Growing Up in a Screen-Based World.” The church is different for a generation of people raised in the digital age.  With so much time and attention focused on the computer, TV, iPad and cell phone, how do young people experience spiritual life in a “hyper-real” world and how can we minister to them?  

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October 2013

Dr. Chap on Sticky Faith and Other Ways to Love Kids

October 2, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Chap Clark headshot

"Beyond Hurt 2.0: Sticky Faith and Other Ways to Love Kids" Dr. Chap Clark delivers a lecture entitled, "Beyond Hurt 2.0: Sticky Faith and Other Ways to Love Kids."  For the past decade adults have wrestled with understanding and responding to the needs of Millennials. Labels abound, mostly blaming kids for being who they are: entitled, consumers, self-focused, even narcissistic. Yet we know that they are who we have made them to be, and they are only responding to the…

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November 2013

Rev. Skip Masback on The Arc of a Year: How Mission Drives a Youth Group Program Schedule

November 6, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"The Arc of a Year: How Mission Drives a Youth Group Program Schedule" Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "The Arc of a Year: How Mission Drives a Youth Group Program Schedule." Youth Ministry is more than wacky games and mission trips, and it’s even more than programs earnestly planned on the fly late Tuesday night after you’re done with the confirmation class and before you stagger home. Effective youth ministers work with their colleagues, youth group members and…

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December 2013

Dr. Andy Root on Interpreting the Experience of Divorce for Youth Ministry and the Church

December 4, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Andy Root

"The Children of Divorce: Interpreting the Experience of Divorce for Youth Ministry and the Church" Dr. Andy Root will deliver a lecture entitled, "The Children of Divorce: Interpreting the Experience of Divorce for Youth Ministry and the Church." This presentation will explore the impact of divorce on young people.  Usually (both in the church and culture) we have seen divorce as a painful occurrence that can nevertheless be overcome if the young person can be taught to think correctly about…

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January 2014

Dr. David White on Missional Practices for Youth Ministry

January 8, 2014, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. David White

"Participating with God: Missional Practices for Youth Ministry" Dr. David White delivers a lecture entitled, "Participating with God: Missional Practices for Youth Ministry." Mission encounters are a staple in youth ministry and constitute an essential practice of Christian faith.  This lecture will briefly survey the theological significance of mission, reveal the historical and developmental significance of missional activities for adolescents, and will suggest best practices for missional youth ministry.  

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March 2014

Dr. Rodger Nishioka on Youth Ministry and Technology

March 12, 2014, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Rodger Nishioka

"Youth Ministry and Technology" Dr. Rodger Nishioka delivers a lecture entitled, "Youth Ministry and Technology." 25 years ago we pretty much thought the only creature on the face of the earth that could legitimately create a “website” was a spider.  Six years ago we thought the only creature that could “tweet” was a bird.  Now we know differently.  There is no such thing as “high tech” with youth ministry.  Technology is the norm.  It is the standard.  So how do…

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April 2014

Rev. Mark DeVries on Sustainable Youth Ministry

April 2, 2014, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Mark DeVries

"Sustainable Youth Ministry" Rev. Mark DeVries delivers a lecture entitled, "Sustainable Youth Ministry." In the world of youth ministry, there are a handful of constant factors that thrive over the long haul.  This seminar introduces participants to those factors and offers a strategic design for instilling these foundational patterns into the fabric of any youth ministry, regardless of its model. Mark DeVries identifies patterns that persistently show up in “stuck” ministries and introduces proven principles for moving beyond stuck-ness and…

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May 2014

Dr. Yolanda Smith on Exploring the Bible with Contemporary Youth

May 7, 2014, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Yolanda Smith

"Exploring the Bible with Contemporary Youth" Dr. Yolanda Smith delivers a lecture entitled, "Exploring the Bible with Contemporary Youth." Many things capture the minds and imaginations of today’s youth—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, virtual games, flickr, tumblr, and so much more. In a media and technologically savvy world, how can today’s youth find time to explore the Word of God? This workshop will explore multiple ways of teaching the Bible with contemporary youth. Attention will be given to the nature…

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June 2014

Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly on Demands and Promises of Ministry with Black Youth

June 2, 2014, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Anne Wimberly

"Keep It Real: Demands and Promises of Ministry with Black Youth" Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly delivers a lecture entitled, "Keep It Real: Demands and Promises of Ministry with Black Youth." Assuring relevant and transforming ministry with today’s youth is one of the most important and difficult tasks of the Christian church.  To accomplish this task with black youth, leaders must convey the promise of Christian living in tandem with working to counter negative messages these youth receive from a…

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Dr. Evelyn L. Parker on Tending the Sacred Souls of Teenage Girls

June 3, 2014, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Evelyn Parker

"Tending the Sacred Souls of Teenage Girls" Dr. Evelyn Parker delivers a lecture entitled, "Tending the Sacred Souls of Teenage Girls." Lives of young adolescent girls are plagued with struggles of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism and many other –isms. How does an adolescent girl foster her personal spirituality in the face of such beasts? Dr. Parker proposes that there are four essential components for nurturing a wholesome spirituality in adolescent girls: realization, resistance, resilience, and ritual. These four concepts and…

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Dr. Mark R. Gornik, Dr. Janice A. McLean-Farrell, and Dean Maria Liu Wong on Practicing Youth Ministry in the Global City

June 4, 2014, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Mark GornikMaria Liu WongDr. Janice McLean-Farrell

"The Next Generation: Practicing Youth Ministry in the Global City" Dr. Mark R. Gornik, Dr. Janice A. McLean Farrell, and Dean Maria Liu Wong deliver a lecture entitled, "The Next Generation: Practicing Youth Ministry in the Global City." This session will examine the practices of youth ministry in the global city, especially among African, Asian, West Indian, and Latin America churches.  As new and globally linked churches in the United States are established, the transmission of faith between generations is…

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Pastors Rebecca and Jorge Gonzales on Mining Potential in Latino Youth

June 5, 2014, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Mining Potential in Latino Youth: Lessons Learned From Serving Youth in an Urban, Cultural Context" Pastors Rebecca and Jorge Gonzales will deliver a lecture entitled, "Mining Potential in Latino Youth: Lessons Learned From Serving Youth in an Urban, Cultural Context." Regardless of the economic, cultural, and language barriers our youth face, they have the God-given potential to succeed in life.  A listening heart, unconditional love, and safe-spaces instill confidence that transforms. We’ll share stories from our life’s work – “nuggets”…

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Dr. Gregory C. Ellison on Caring for African American Young Men

June 6, 2014, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Greg Ellison

"Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men" Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, III delivers a lecture entitled, "Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men." To cut dead means to refuse to acknowledge another with the intent to punish. Dr. Ellison says this is the plight of many African American young men. They are stigmatized with limited opportunity, silenced, rarely seen, and made vulnerable by a lack of sustained introspection. In this lecture, we will…

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October 2014

Dr. Christian Smith on Parents: The REAL Pastors

October 22, 2014, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Christian Smith

"Parents, the REAL Pastors: The Absolute Centrality of Parenting in Passion on Religious Faith and Practice to the Next Generation" Professor Christian Smith delivers this year's Yale Divinity School Ensign Lecture, entitled, "Parents, the REAL Pastors: The Absolute Centrality of Parenting in Passing on Religious Faith and Practice to the Next Generation."  

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November 2014

The Rev. Dr. David C. Mahan on Youth Ministry and Contemporary Culture

November 5, 2014, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dave Mahan

"The Youth Minister as Diagnostician" The Rev. Dr. David C. Mahan delivers a lecture entitled, "The Youth Minister as Diagnostician." The difficulties of connecting young people with faith requires every minister to become an able diagnostician of contemporary culture. With the glut of generational profiles, however, we often strain to figure out how to make that connection with the individuals in our churches and ministries. This talk will offer a different model, called “Faultlines,” that will help us not only to make faith…

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December 2014

Tim Walsh on Awareness, Prevention and Empowerment

December 3, 2014, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Tim Walsh

"Awareness, Prevention and Empowerment: A Discussion on the Role of Ministry & Teenage Substance Abuse" Tim Walsh delivers a lecture entitled, "Awareness, Prevention and Empowerment: A Discussion on the Role of Ministry & Teenage Substance Abuse." In a time when substance abuse is being declared an “epidemic,” let us gather to learn more about the facts, the fallacies, and most importantly, the role youth ministry plays as a part of the solution.  

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January 2015

Dr. Matt Croasmun on Engaging Music in Youth Ministry

January 7, 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Matt Croasmun

"Engaging Music in Youth Ministry" Dr. Matt Croasmun delivers a lecture entitled, "Engaging Music in Youth Ministry." Music is an important component of the lives of our youth and of our congregations. And yet, music is often a point of disconnect for youth in our churches. Matt Croasmun describes practical ways that music can become a powerful nexus of connection through corporate worship, songwriting, and mentorship. The lecture will involve examples of music created in a modest, local youth ministry,…

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February 2015

The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel on Rigorous, Reasonable and Real Youth Ministry

February 4, 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Rev. Lillian Daniel

"Rigorous, Reasonable, and Real: Youth Ministry" The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel delivers a lecture entitled, "Rigorous, Reasonable, and Real: Youth Ministry." With the rise of the “nones” and the “spiritual but not religious,” it often seems that the church is answering questions no one is asking.  Many churches are still defining themselves in terms of what they are not (“We’re not like those other Christians who….”) in a world where people don’t know or care who those “other Christians” are.…

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March 2015

Dr. Nadja Reilly and Kate Hyde on Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Adolescents

March 4, 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Kate HydeDr. Nadja Reilly

"Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Adolescents: Identifying and Ministering to Youth at Risk for Depression" Dr. Nadja Reilly and Kate Hyde deliver a lecture entitled,"Nurturing the Emotional Lives of Adolescents: Identifying and Ministering to Youth at Risk for Depression." Approximately 1 out of 5 adolescents will struggle with depression before the age of 24. Youth ministers are critical sources of early identification and support for adolescents dealing with mental illness. During this lecture, participants will learn about adolescent depression, how…

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April 2015

The Rev. Dr. Tony Jones on Teaching Atonement to Teens

April 1, 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Courtney Perry

"Teaching Atonement to Teens" The Rev. Dr. Tony Jones delivers a lecture entitled, "Teaching Atonement to Teens." Middle school and high school kids want to know why Jesus died - what his death accomplished, and how exactly his death atones for our sin. Join Tony Jones, author of Did God Kill Jesus?, to explore some fresh perspectives on the atonement, and just in time for Holy Week.  

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May 2015

Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly on The Church’s Role in Reaching Disconnected Black Youth

May 6, 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Anne Wimberly

"The Church's Role in Reaching Disconnected Black Youth" Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly delivers a lecture entitled, "The Church’s Role in Reaching Disconnected Black Youth." This session will include an overview of meanings assigned to the term “disconnected youth,” also called “unchurched youth,” and will highlight profiles of disconnected youth, internal and external relational challenges churches face in reaching these youth, and examples of effective ministry paradigms that build bridges of connection between these youth and churches.   The lecture will…

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June 2015

Rev. Skip Masback on Sustainable Leadership for Youth Ministry

June 1, 2015, 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Live, Love, Learn...Lead: Sustainable Leadership for Youth Ministry" Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "Live, Love, Learn...Lead: Sustainable Leadership for Youth Ministry."

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Rev. Skip Masback on Discerning and Communicating Vision and Mission

June 1, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Discerning and Communicating Vision and Mission" Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "Discerning and Communicating Vision and Mission"

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Rev. Skip Masback on Aligning Weekly Programming with Mission and Vision

June 1, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Aligning Weekly Programming with Mission and Vision" Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "Aligning Weekly Programming with Mission and Vision."

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Rev. Keith King on Developing Congregational Support

June 2, 2015, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Rev. Keith King

"Developing Congregational Support" Rev. Keith King delivers a lecture entitled, "Developing Congregational Support"

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Rev. Skip Masback on Developing Budgets and Raising Funds

June 2, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Developing Budgets and Raising Funds" Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "Developing Budgets and Raising Funds."

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Rev. Aracelis Vazquez-Haye on Attracting and Training Lay Volunteers and Adopting Safe Church Practices

June 2, 2015, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Aracelis Vazquez Haye

"Attracting and Training Lay Volunteers and Adopting Safe Church Practices" Rev. Aracelis Vazquez Haye delivers a lecture entitled, "Attracting and Training Lay Volunteers and Adopting Safe Church Practices."

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Rev. Skip Masback on Nurturing Relational Bonds

June 3, 2015, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Nurturing Relational Bonds" Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "Nurturing Relational Bonds."

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Rev. Aracelis Vazquez-Haye on Cultivating Student Leadership

June 3, 2015, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Aracelis Vazquez Haye

"Cultivating Student Leadership" Rev. Aracelis Vazquez Haye delivers a lecture entitled, "Cultivating Student Leadership."

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Rev. Keith King on Offering Effective Pastoral Care

June 3, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Rev. Keith King

"Offering Effective Pastoral Care" Rev. Keith King delivers a lecture entitled, "Offering Effective Pastoral Care."

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Rev. Keith King on Leading Experiential Bible Study

June 4, 2015, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Rev. Keith King

"Leading Experiential Bible Study" Rev. Keith King delivers a lecture entitled, "Leading Experiential Bible Study."

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Rev. Skip Masback on Leading Transformative Service Days and Mission Trips

June 4, 2015, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Leading Transformative Service Days and Mission Trips" Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "Leading Transformative Service Days and Mission Trips."

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Rev. Keith King on Integrating Youth Ministry into the Wider Congregation

June 5, 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Rev. Keith King

"Integrating Youth Ministry into the Wider Congregation" Rev. Keith King delivers a lecture entitled, "Integrating Youth Ministry into the Wider Congregation."

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Rev. Aracelis Vazquez-Haye on Ministering Effectively in Multi-Ethnic Contexts

June 5, 2015, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Aracelis Vazquez Haye

"Ministering Effectively in Multi-Ethnic Contexts" Rev. Aracelis Vazquez Haye delivers a lecture entitled, "Ministering Effectively in Multi-Ethnic Contexts."

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October 2015

Dr. Evelyn Parker on Conversations about Race with Youth

October 1, 2015, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dr. Evelyn Parker

"The Elephant in the Room: Conversations about Race with Youth" Dr. Evelyn Parker delivers a lecture entitled, "The Elephant in the Room: Conversations about Race with Youth." What’s on a youth pastor’s list of tough topics to talk about with teenagers? Teen suicide? Sex? Violence in dating relationships? While pastors struggle to find words for these tough topics with teens, occasionally race and racism surface when youth speak about interracial dating, hate crimes at schools, and growing up biracial. What…

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January 2016

Dr. Amanda Drury and Rev. Matthew Beck on Testimony

January 6, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Amanda Drury

"Inside Jokes in an Outside World: Helping Adolescents Lead Joyful Lives Through the Practice of Testimony" Dr. Amanda Drury and Rev. Matthew Beck deliver a lecture entitled, “Inside Jokes in an Outside World: Helping Adolescents Lead Joyful Lives Through the Practice of Testimony.” They speak on the importance of Testimony: cultivating community and individual flourishing through telling our stories and listening to the stories of others.  

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February 2016

Dr. Rodger Nishioka and Rev. Dominique Robinson on Resilience

February 3, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Rodger NishiokaRev. Dominique Robinson

"Resilience & Joy: Helping Adolescents Bounce Back in the Face of Adversity" Dr. Rodger Nishioka and Rev. Dominique Robinson deliver a lecture entitled, “Resilience & Joy: Helping Adolescents Bounce Back in the Face of Adversity.” They speak on Resilience: nurturing attitudes, practices, and virtues, which facilitate recovery from - even flourishing in the midst of - mistakes and misfortunes.  

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March 2016

Dr. Frederick Edie and Ms. Alaina Kleinbeck on Worship

March 2, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Frederick EdieAlaina Kleinbeck

"Youth, Christian Worship and Joy: Deeper Soundings" Dr. Frederick Edie and Ms. Alaina Kleinbeck deliver a lecture entitled, “Youth, Christian Worship and Joy: Deeper Soundings.” They speak on Worship: forming individuals through Eucharist, song, praise, and other liturgical practices through which they connect with transcendent reality.  

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April 2016

Dr. David White and Rev. John Leedy on Beauty

April 6, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. David WhiteRev. John Leedy

"The Fire That Burns at the Heart of Creation: Joy and Beauty as Foundations for Youth Ministry" Dr. David White and Rev. John Leedy deliver a lecture entitled, “The Fire that Burns at the Heart of Creation: Joy and Beauty as Foundations for Youth Ministry.” They  speak on Beauty: inspiring engagement with the transcendent through attention to and creation of beauty; illuminating the beautiful in the ordinary.  

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May 2016

Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Dr. Sarah F. Farmer on Hope

May 4, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Anne WimberlyDr. Sarah Farmer

"The Courage to Hope: Empowering Adolescent Joy Amidst the Challenges of Life" Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Dr. Sarah F. Farmer deliver a lecture entitled, “The Courage to Hope: Empowering Adolescent Joy Amidst the Challenges of Life.” They speak on Hope: grounding a sense of the possibility and reality of joy and flourishing in the midst of the challenges of this life, as well as in the life to come.  

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June 2016

Dr. Angela Gorrell on Social Media (Pt. 1)

June 6, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Angela Gorrell

"Social Media: What You Need to  Know (Part I)" Dr. Angela Gorrell delivesr a lecture entitled, “Social Media: What You Need to Know (Part I): Addressing the Negative Effects of Social Media with Youth Struggling with Bullying, Marginalization, Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem.”  

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Dr. Angela Gorrell on Social Media (Pt. 2)

June 7, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Social Media: What You Need to Know (Part II)" Dr. Angela Gorrell delivers a lecture entitled, “Social Media: What You Need to Know (Part II): Using the Positive Potential of Social Media to Engage and Build Community with Youth Struggling with Isolation and Alienation.”  

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Dr. Sarah F. Farmer and Dr. Angela Gorrell on Burnout in Youth Ministry

June 8, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Sarah FarmerDr. Angela Gorrell

"Burnout in the Gap: Youth Ministry in the Midst of Adversity" Dr. Sarah F. Farmer and Dr. Angela Gorrell deliver a lecture entitled, “Burnout in the Gap: Youth Ministry in the Midst of Adversity.”  

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Dr. Sarah F. Farmer on Incarcerated Youth

June 9, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Sarah Farmer

"Youth on Lockdown: Ministry to Youth on the Pipeline to Prison" Dr. Sarah F. Farmer delivers a lecture entitled,”Youth on Lockdown: Ministry to Youth on the Pipeline to Prison.”  

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Dr. Sarah F. Farmer on Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts

June 10, 2016, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Sarah Farmer

"Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts: Using Art to Heal the Effects of Trauma" Dr. Sarah F. Farmer delivers a lecture entitled,”Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts: Using Art to Heal the Effects of Trauma.”  

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October 2016

Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King and Dr. Steven Argue on Vocation

October 5, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Pamela KingSteven Argue

"Joy on Purpose" Joy vs. Happiness. Given that feelings of happiness are fleeting and the complexities of youth culture today, joy does not happen on accident. Dr. Pamela King and Dr. Steven Argue contend it occurs on purpose. Joy is dependent on knowing what matters most in life and making a meaningful contribution to something beyond the self. Purpose is forged through encountering God’s grace and discovering one’s role in God’s ongoing work in this world. Stories define us. When…

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November 2016

Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and Mr. Wesley Ellis on Friendship

November 2, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Kenda Creasy DeanWes Ellis

"The Joy of Untamed Friendship:  Rescuing Youth Ministry from The Little Prince" Youth ministers have long placed the practice of friendship at the center of youth ministry. But what makes our relationships with young people in church any different from their relationships anywhere else? In this session, Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and Mr. Wesley Ellis dive headlong into the practice of holy friendship with teenagers, and whether being “tamed” by another is what Jesus had in mind. Is joy the…

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December 2016

Dr. Mark Gornik and Miriam Acevedo on Sacred Narrative

December 7, 2016, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Mark GornikMiriam Acevedo

"Sing for the Joy of the City" In this presentation, Mark Gornik and Miriam Acevedo discuss the role of “singing the sacred story” in learning and transmitting Christian faith across generations and cultures. To make their case for the sacred story of Christian Faith through the practice of singing, as well as reading Scripture, praying, dancing and testifying in a church community, they will share stories from New York City and of the Taizé Community in Europe.  

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January 2017

Dr. David Rahn and Ms. Ebonie Davis on Sabbath Rest

January 4, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
David RahnEbonie Davis

"Gritty Sabbath Rest: Shaping a Keystone Habit for Adolescent Faith & Joy" When our experience of joy is tethered to an identity-centering relationship with Jesus Christ its promise is assured by Christ’s resurrection. Learning how to live more fully in the presence of Jesus helps us to experience resilient joy, inextinguishable in the face of untimely or chronic adversity. As Brother Lawrence taught in the 17th century, joy from the ever present Christ is accessible even amidst life’s tedious tasks,…

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February 2017

Dr. Courtney T. Goto and Ms. Lakisha Lockhart on Playfulness

February 1, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Courtney GotoLakisha Lockhart

"Holding Lightly: Cultivating Playfulness in Youth" In this presentation, Dr. Courtney Goto and Lakisha Lockhart explore playfulness as holding lightly, a spiritual practice that is both purposeful and necessary for the faith and flourishing of adolescents. We investigate what playfulness means and how the practice can help young people cope with everyday challenges and reflect deeply on questions such as: who am I, what are my gifts and passions, who has God created me to be, and what is my…

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March 2017

Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and Ms. Abigail Visco Rusert on Purpose

March 1, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Kenda Creasy DeanAbigail Visco Rusert

"Moved to Joy: Purpose, Awe & Wonder" To live the life of a young person is to live a life in motion. Propelled by a frenzy of activities, the young people in our care long to be “moved” beyond their selves and situations. Every day, the lure of achievement and the spectacle of entertainment promise to elevate them to new levels of joy and importance. Meanwhile, Christian theology promises a different kind of movement—the movement of God towards us, revealed…

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April 2017

Dr. Andrew Root and Mr. Christian Gonzalez on Self-Sacrificial Love

April 5, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Andy RootChristian Gonzalez

"Nurturing Relationships that Truly Transform: Self-Empowering Love and Adolescent Joy" In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Root and Mr. Christian Gonzalez explore how faith is passed on and what, if anything, this has to do with theology. We’ll ask specifically, what exactly does it mean to take a theological turn in youth ministry? Looking at the biblical theme of kenosis, we’ll turn away from a technological perspective that sees youth ministry as providing solutions, or faith-formation as getting the knowledge of…

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May 2017

Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Dr. Almeda M. Wright on Memory

May 3, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Alemda WrightDr. Anne Wimberly

"Memory and Joy" The lecture by Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Dr. Almeda Wright provides historical material and pedagogical perspectives on nourishing youths’ joy by connecting them with the past in ways that foster truth-telling, communal and personal identity formation, agency, lament, and a vital life of faith and hope. The lecture draws on findings from research undertaken by the lecturers entitled “Finding Joy in Adolescence: African-American Stories from the Past for the Present.”  

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June 2017

Dr. Chap Clark and Dr. Sharon Galgay Ketcham on Family Instability

June 5, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Chap Clark headshotSharon Ketcham

"Incubators for Joy" Dr. Clark and Dr. Ketcham deliver a lecture entitled, “Incubators for Joy.” God created us to flourish. Yet family instability can rob many young people of joy-filled lives when unattended painful experiences give rise to sorrow-filled lives. We explain how family instability disrupts adolescent joy and empower youth ministers to care for hurting teenagers by creating communities that act as “incubators” for the joy God intends.  

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Rev. Dr. Gregory Ellison and Ms. Georgette Ledgister on Fear

June 6, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Greg EllisonGeorgette Ledgister

"Forging Fearless Communities: Seeing and Hearing to Overcome Fear" The Rev. Dr. Ellison and Georgette Ledgister deliver a lecture entitled, “Forging Fearless Communities: Seeing and Hearing to Overcome Fear.” Fear undercuts one’s ability to fully experience or express joy by muting and rendering one invisible. This session explores the four fundamental fears that inform generational divides and acts of exclusion. Participants learn strategies to see every member of our communities of faith as whole persons.  

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Dr. Nadja Reilly, Dr. Sarah Farmer and Ms. Kate Hyde on Depression and Suicide

June 7, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Nadja ReillyDr. Sarah FarmerKate Hyde

Nurturing Joy: Supporting the Emotional Lives of Adolescents" Dr. Reilly, Dr. Farmer & Ms. Hyde deliver a lecture entitled, “Nurturing Joy: Supporting the Emotional Lives of Adolescents.” Youth ministers are critical sources of early identification and support for adolescents dealing with mental illness. Participants learn about adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicidality along with concrete ways that a theological community might offer assistance.  

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Dr. Kate Ott and Ms. Lorien Carter on Sexual Dimensions

June 8, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Kate OttLorien Carter

"ReVisoning Teen Sexuality or Addressing Sexuality: Relational Joy and Embodied Flourishing" Dr. Ott and Ms. Carter deliver a lecture entitled, “ReVisioning Teen Sexuality or Addressing Sexuality: Relational Joy and Embodied Flourishing.” Sexuality and relationships are a major aspect of teen development. Instead of embracing the joy that healthy, holistic and ethically and developmentally appropriate sexuality can manifest in our lives, many youth ministry programs treat any expression of sexuality as a risk to be suppressed. Together, we address why and…

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Rev. Dr. Dori Baker and Dr. Patrick B. Reyes on Violence

June 9, 2017, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dori BakerPatrick Reyes

"Joy in the Aftermath of Violence" The Rev. Dr. Baker and Dr. Reyes deliver a lecture entitled, “Joy in the Aftermath of Violence.” Like the writers of Lamentations and Psalms, adolescents cry out to God and to the leaders of the community to deliver them from interpersonal and structural violence. Using an interdisciplinary framework to understand how violence affects youth psycho-spiritually, we offer practices that promote flourishing for youth pastors, community workers, and youth themselves.  

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October 2017

Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and Mr. Justin Forbes on Belonging

October 4, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Kenda Creasy DeanJustin Forbes

"Trace My Hand: Joy and Belonging in Youth Ministry" Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and Mr. Justin Forbes deliver a lecture entitled, “Trace My Hand: Joy and Belonging in Youth Ministry.”  

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November 2017

Dr. Robert Emmons and Mr. Marc Afshar on God, Grace, Gifts & Gratitude

November 1, 2017, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Robert EmmonsMarc Afshar

"God, Grace, Gifts & Gratitude" Gratitude comes from the recognition that gifts are not rights, privileges, or accidental outcomes but emerge when the mind is turned toward contemplation of God's incomprehensible goodness. Dr. Robert Emmons and Mr. Marc Afshar talk about how youth ministry contexts can actualize gratitude’s role as a social glue that binds people together, boosting joy in settings where flourishing often remains a potentiality rather than a reality.  

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December 2017

Dr. Kara Powell and Mr. Mike Park on How Your Church Can Grow Young

December 6, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Kara PowellMike Park

"How Your Church Can Grow Young" Dr. Kara Powell and Mr. Mike Park deliver a lecture entitled, “How Your Church Can Grow Young.” Based on a landmark investigation on congregations who love and are loved by young people, this lecture will explore community’s relationship to joy, and offer a host of practical ideas to help our young people grow, and our church to “Grow Young”.  

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January 2018

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore and Yara Gonzalez-Justiniano on the Wisdom of Youth

January 10, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Mary Elizabeth MooreYara Gonzalez Justiniano

"Youth Speaking to Joy" Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore and Ms. Yara Gonzalez-Justiniano deliver a lecture entitled, "Youth Speaking to Joy: Fiesta, Resilience, and the Wisdom of Youth." The lecture draws from 70 youth interviews, exploring portraits of joy in young people and analyzing the relationship between celebration and resilience in their stories. Their narratives are placed in dialogue with traditions of fiesta in Latinx communities and theologies of hope.

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February 2018

Dr. David F. Ford and Rev. Canon Chris Russell on Praise

February 7, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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David Ford headshotRev. Canon Chris Russell

"Praise: Being Transformed in Joy" Dr. David F. Ford and Rev. Canon Chris Russell present a lecture on what it means to live a life of joyful praise today, drawing on many sources and personal experiences, and facing some of the challenges to wholehearted praise that young people meet in our culture.

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April 2018

Dr. Tony Campolo & Shane Claiborne on Grace

April 4, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Tony CampoloShane Claiborne

"Abounding Joy: Grace and Its Consequences" Dr. Tony Campolo and Mr. Shane Claiborne deliver a lecture entitled, “Abounding Joy: Grace and Its Consequences.” This lecture explores how grace not only creates joy through mystical conversion experiences but also examines the joy that arises when young people engage in evangelism and social justice efforts.

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Dr. Stephanie Paulsell and Ms. Vanessa Zoltan on Imagination & Creativity

April 11, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Dr. Stephanie PaulsellVanessa Zoltan

"Matches Struck in the Dark: Imagination and the Joyful Life” Dr. Stephanie Paulsell and Ms. Vanessa Zoltan, MDiv deliver a lecture called “Matches Struck in the Dark: Imagination and the Joyful Life.” Drawing on a range of religious and literary resources, this lecture explores the creativity at the heart of the life of faith as well as practices that help us cultivate it.

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May 2018

Dr. Almeda M. Wright and Nyle Fort on Agency

May 2, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Dr. Alemda WrightNyle Fort

"Young, Active & Faithful: Exploring Joy and Agency in Adolescence” Dr. Almeda M. Wright and Mr. Nyle Fort will deliver a lecture entitled, "Young, Active & Faithful: Exploring Joy and Agency in Adolescence." This lecture explores both the necessity of empowering youth to be active agents in their own lives and communities, as well as examples of how to promote this type of active faith.  

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June 2018

Dr. Allan Hugh Cole, Jr.  and Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel on Anxiety

June 4, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Allan ColePhilip Browning Helsel

Dr. Allan Hugh Cole, Jr.  and Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel deliver a lecture entitled, “Mentoring Youth for Joy in Anxious Times.” The lecture focuses on the pervasiveness of anxiety in the lives of adolescents, reasons for this trend, and ways for supporting adolescents, appealing to the practice of mentoring as a conduit for resilience and joy. Dr. Cole is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Undergraduate Programs, and Professor in the School of Social Work at the…

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Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier and Rev. Ruben Ortiz on Poverty

June 5, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Elizabeth Conde-FrazierRuben Ortiz

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier and Rev. Ruben Ortiz deliver a lecture entitled, “Thriving Grace: Hope’s Agenda Setting.” While practical theology has defined thriving in the language of scholars, what does thriving mean for young people and youth pastors living in urban poverty as the reality of their lives? Beginning with the description of the context of urban poverty, its problems and effects on youth, we will bring into conversation the voices and disciplines of youth, ministers, professors, theorists of urban…

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Dr. James K. A. Smith and Dr. Kyle David Bennett on Idolatry

June 6, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Jamie SmithKyle David Bennett

Dr. James K. A. Smith and Dr. Kyle David Bennett deliver a lecture entitled, “Looking for Joy in All the Wrong Places: An Augustinian Guide to our Anxieties.” This lecture considers how the duplex of anxiety and anger—fostered and fomented by the rituals of distraction—are both generators and fruit of idolatries. But we will also consider what it might look like to overcome these inhibitors, to find rest and arrive home to joy. Dr. Smith is professor of philosophy at…

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Dr. Michal Beth Dinkler and the Rev. Skip Masback on Belonging and Christian Freedom

June 7, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Michal Beth Dinkler HeadshotRev. Skip Masback headshot

"Paul's Not-So-Secret Secret: Belonging and Christian Freedom in the Midst of Affliction" Dr. Michal Beth Dinkler and the Rev. Skip Masback deliver a lecture entitled, "Paul's Not-so-Secret Secret: Belonging and Christian Freedom in the Midst of Affliction." Maya Angelou said once in an interview, "You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great." Paul traced the Christian path to this…

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Dr. Joyce Mercer and Rev. Charles Edward Atkins, Jr. on Substance Abuse

June 8, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Charles AtkinsDr. Joyce Mercer

"Fake Joy: Substance Abuse and Young People's Thirst for Wholeness" Dr. Joyce Mercer and Rev. Charles Edward Atkins, Jr.  deliver a lecture entitled, “Fake Joy: Substance Abuse and Young People’s Thirst for Wholeness.” In this lecture, we look at substance abuse as offering false joy to youth. We share a strengths-based model for working with incarcerated youth that can be engaged with young people in other settings, that supports their genuine quest for joy against the seductive false joy of…

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October 2018

Frank Rogers, Christopher Carter and Seth Schoen on Compassion and Race

October 3, 2018, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Frank RogersChristopher CarterSeth Schoen

"Compassion-Based Approaches for Facilitating Difficult Conversations about Race and Racial Identity" In this lecture, Dr. Frank Rogers, Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter and Dr. Seth Schoen describe the good life as both grounded empowerment in one’s racial identity, and relationships across racial identities of mutual respect, understanding, and commitment to a world where flourishing is not denied anyone by virtue of race. This lecture will introduce practices that are designed to facilitate compassion-based approaches to difficult conversations around race.  

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November 2018

David Anderson Hooker and Elizabeth Corrie on Peace-Making & Reconciliation

November 7, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Dr. David Anderson HookerDr. Elizabeth Corrie

"Eight bowls, Four weeks, One RADICAL World" In this lecture, Drs. Hooker and Corrie argue that peace, reconciliation, and, by extension, joy and the good life are communal achievements and not individual pursuits or possessions.  

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December 2018

Miroslav Volf and Paul Gorrell on Forgiveness

December 5, 2018, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Miroslav VolfPaul Gorrell

“Forgiveness and Joy” Professor Miroslav Volf and Mr. Paul Gorrrell  deliver a lecture entitled, "Forgiveness and Joy." If you have seriously wronged someone, it is a joyous thing to be told: “It’s OK. I don’t count it against you!” But is there joy in offering apology and in restoring a measure of what your wrongdoing has taken away? And if you yourself have been wronged, is there joy in forgiving? Is not revenge – “sweet revenge” – more joyful than…

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February 2019

Dr. Matthew Croasmun on What’s Worth Wanting?

February 6, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Matt Croasmun

"What's Worth Wanting?" Dr. Matthew Croasmun, Associate Research Scholar and Director of the Life Worth Living Program at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and Lecturer of Divinity & Humanities at Yale University delivers a lecture entitled, "What's Worth Wanting?"  

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March 2019

Dr. Sarah F. Farmer, Dr. Nadja Reilly and Ms. Kate Hyde on Community

March 6, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Nadja ReillyKate HydeDr. Sarah Farmer

"Community" Dr. Sarah F. Farmer, Dr. Nadja Reilly and Ms. Kate Hyde deliver a lecture on Community.  

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April 2019

Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson on Seeking Sanctuary

April 3, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Debora Jackson

Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson presents on Realizing Effectiveness and Well-being by Seeking Sanctuary. This is an important topic for all who serve within their context, especially youth workers. It has been said that youth ministry is “burned out ministry.” Youth workers are always eager to learn how to help young people cope with stress, depression, anxiety, etc. However, how are we as leaders and ministers coping and caring for ourselves?

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October 2019

Rev. Skip Masback on Planning and Leading Retreats that Transform

October 9, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Rev. Skip Masback headshot

Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture on, "Planning and Leading Retreats that Transform." Youth long for experiences that will take them outside of the cramped, everyday patterns of their daily lives and connect them with something larger than themselves, with the unconditional love of God and neighbor. In this session, we explore how the Christian tradition of pilgrimage can inform a vision of youth retreats that change lives.

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November 2019

Rev. William Mathis on Creating a Nurturing Community for Youth

November 6, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Rev. William Mathis Headshot

"Project Next Generation: Creating A Nurturing Community Space for Youth Empowerment" Rev. William Mathis delivers a lecture entitled, "Project New Generation: Creating a Nurturing Community Space for Youth Engagement."  Sunday School...What is that? Youth Department...Where is that? Youth Ministry...When does that happen? Youth Engagement...How can we when they're not here? If there is going to be "the church of tomorrow" it will be one that is a living and moving organism that encounters, experiences, and engages the realities of the present…

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December 2019

Dr. Andrew Root on Youth Ministry in an Era of Over-Parenting

December 4, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
Dr. Andy Root

Dr. Andrew Root will deliver a lecture entitled, "Youth Ministry in an Era of Over-Parenting: Moving from the Thing to the Story." Lecture synopsis: Youth workers know what it is to watch parents and youth participate in  multiple other activities.  Most families have limited time and space for youth ministry activities or youth group. Often parent(s) (and youth) express desire to participate, but say they have no time. A parent might even say, "Sorry we haven't gotten to youth group…

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