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Lunch & Lecture Series 2017-2018

Nurturing Joy in an Uncertain Age

The mission of the Yale Youth Ministry Institute at Yale Divinity School is to promote adolescent faith and flourishing in a diverse and changing world by conducting scholarship, equipping leaders, and resourcing collaborative communities in and beyond Christian churches.

The Yale Youth Ministry Institute is pleased to announce the schedule of free lectures with leading practical theologians and youth ministers presenting on belonging, gratitude, community, wisdom, praise, imagination and creativity, grace and agency.

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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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