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November Newsletter

Chapter, Verse, and Season. A New Podcast from Yale Bible Study We are pleased to announce the launch of “Chapter, Verse, and Season: A Lectionary Podcast from Yale Bible Study” on November 22, 2021. We are excited to open yet another avenue for communities, clergy, and laypeople to access the wide variety of expertise and…

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October Newsletter

Mark Your Calendar!  October offers several events including our upcoming YMI event on grief and loss, Center for Continuing Education events on topics like leading in a liminal season, contemplating a career of consequence, and welcoming the stranger: immigration and faith communities. Plus an upcoming Bible Study on the Dead Sea Scrolls this December that you…

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New to Working With Youth? See Our “Crash Course” for Beginners!

Whether you are clergy, staff or a volunteer jumping into youth ministry because you feel a call – or because your minister or a friend asked you to help – jumping into working with youth can feel overwhelming. Why is youth ministry important? When our Christian communities provide our young with the nurture and formation…

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December 2021

I Hear You: Creating Listening Spaces

December 1, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event

How well do you listen to youth's stories?

No, really.

And how well do your young people listen... really listen to one another, and to God's work in their midst?

Long-time youth ministry worker Mark Yaconelli has spent his career engaging in the quieter nature of youth ministry. Through the use of contemplation and compassionate exercises, Mark has fine-tuned the art of listening. By modeling this for youth, youth workers impart a valuable skill set to their young people: how to listen to one another, and how to be attentive for God's work in their lives.

February 2022

Connecting and Integrating Children’s and Youth Ministry Across the Church

February 2, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event

So often our churches segment children’s ministry and youth ministry as if they were unrelated efforts. This presentation aims to equip lay and clergy leaders to take a wholistic view and approach to ministry with young people. We will discuss ways to join the programming we do with children to those programs offered to older youth, locate ways to integrate both into the life of the church, and discern where God is moving our ministries as we continue to emerge from the pandemic.

March 2022

Talking about Race with Young People

March 2, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event
Talking about race with the young people you serve can be challenging. This workshop is for leaders, parents, and church members who want to have conversations about racism and prejudice. Also, for those who want to help young people faithfully explore issues that are important to God and relevant for one of our most racially and ethnically diverse generations yet. At times it can feel easier to shy away from complex topics and avoid highly charged conversations. In this workshop we will cover vocabulary to know, history to be mindful of and will end with practical next steps so that you can confidently engage teenagers in faithful and caring discussions about race.

April 2022

Empowering Young People Toward Beloved Community

April 6, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Online Event

This presentation will build upon the ethnographic and theological research in Church in Color to highlight practical steps congregations and other organizations can take to resist racism and embrace Beloved Community in the work of youth and young adult ministry. The practical theological framework is grounded in Kingian ethics that makes room for the particular stories, questions, and experiences of young people in distinct congregations or organizations.

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