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Join Us for the Screening of a Must-Watch Film, “RACE To Be Human”

iNDIEFLIX Education has sparked a global conversation about racism through screenings of its documentary, “RACE To Be Human.” On February 6, the Yale Youth Ministry Institute will hold a special virtual screening of the documentary to open up a dialogue between individuals, community leaders, and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 46-minute…


Using Behavioral Activation to Fight Depression in Teens

When a teen is depressed, avoidance of activities they used to enjoy can be a warning sign. Withdrawing from activities that normally make them feel good reinforces their negative mood. One form of therapy that’s been found helpful in lessening depression is Behavioral Activation. In this article from the Child Mind Institute, you’ll learn what…


January Newsletter

We hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday and a happy new year, including some time for rest and relaxation. As you think about the year ahead, be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming offerings! We have several events coming in the next few months, including an 8-session Bible study on…


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February 2023

Screening of RACE To Be Human, a Documentary on Teens and Race

February 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online Event

YMI has partnered with IndieFlix to present a virtual film screening of RACE To Be Human, a 45-minute documentary that looks at race from teenagers' perspectives. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with some of those involved in the creation of the film, including YDS alum Jason Craige Harris '12' M.A.R.

Race to Be Human is a powerful doorway into a courageous conversation about something that impacts all of us––race. You will meet people of all ages––especially young people––from different regions who openly wrestle with how and why we are so separated from each other, the impact of those divisions, and what we can do to heal ourselves and others.

We have secured the rights for participants to further share the video and use the accompanying educational materials within their ministry contexts. These resources are limited to a select number of participants, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

March 2023

Tending the Adolescent Soul: Offering Hope in an Age of Despair

March 25
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
You are invited to our in-person workshop for story-telling with Mark Yaconelli. The pandemic, climate change disasters, racism, political vitriol, misogyny, the erosion of rights and mass death is taking an overwhelming toll on American families, churches, and communities. Recent studies reveal an unprecedented rate of adolescent depression, anxiety, and loneliness leading to high rates of suicide and substance abuse. How do we minister among young people (and families) who no longer experience God's peace in the world? How can we develop counter-cultural ministries that offer young people the rest and resiliency of Jesus? In a retreat-like atmosphere, author, youth worker, and community activist Mark Yaconelli will invite participants to recover the pure medicines of Christian formation: silence, story, and service.

Tentative Schedule
  • Registration: 8:30-9 am
  • Opening Session: 9-10:30 am: “Wonder, Fear, and Longing: The Spiritual Lives of Teens” Young people are trained to no longer see the presence of God in the world and within themselves. How do we awaken young people to their identity in God and the freedom of the Christian path?
  • Break: 10:30-10:45 am
  • Second Session: 10:45-12 pm: "A Ministry of Presence" Richard Rohr says that a Christian is a person who has met a Christian. In other words, faith is "caught not taught." How do we practice the presence of Jesus in a way that calls forth the Divine Image in the young people we serve? Through interactive exercises and discussion we will discover relational methods that cultivate life in the Spirit.
  • Lunch: 12-1pm *Lunch is provided
  • Third Session 1-2:30 pm: "Jailbreak" creative, countercultural, contemplative practices that provide young people with the tools, settings, and spiritual leisure necessary for following Jesus.
  • Break 2:30-2:45 pm
  • Closing 2:45-3:30 pm

April 2023

Internal Welcome and External Witness: LGBTQ Youth Ministry

April 19, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
In your local communities and congregations, 20% of GenZ now identify as part of the LGBTQ community. Therefore, it is important to know what are the particular nuances of youth ministry with and for LGBTQ youth. Deacon Murray will speak about LGBTQ inclusion in our youth ministries, and how to be specifically welcoming of those who are in the process of discovering their sexual and gender identities. We will also explore the theology and values that should undergird LGBTQ youth ministry, pushing us beyond our own congregational settings, out into the wider world.
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