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August Newsletter

“So… the fall is coming. What do I do now??”As you look towards this coming calendar year, what are the steps you can take to ensure a proactively thoughtful, thriving, faith-filled offering for your youth? We are here to help! See YMI Director Jill Old’s message below to get started.     2022 Upcoming Events…

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July Newsletter

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”  -Isaiah 43:19 Last month, I wrote in this space about the event that the Youth Ministry Institute hosted about innovation. The Rev. Dr. Kenda…

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June Newsletter

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month Youth ministers and youth workers strive to create safe, welcoming spaces for all youth. We have compiled tools to help you accompany and support LGBTQ+ young people. YMI works with leading theologians and practitioners to create resources, some of which can be found below: Accompanying LGBTQ+ Youth Curriculum Books, Websites and Podcasts…

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September 2022

The Storm Isn’t Over: Ways to Support the Social Emotional Needs of Youth

September 7, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Online Event
While everyone is eager to get “back to normal”, the social emotional needs of our youth tells us we must recalibrate our expectations. In this presentation, we will discuss the key social emotional impacts of the public health pandemic and social cultural epidemic we’ve all been experiencing and witnessing. Concrete strategies to foster resilience and help our youth thrive in the current climate will be presented. Following the presentation, participants will engage in an interactive learning opportunity to put skills into immediate practice in their work with youth.

This event will be held in-person and online.

October 2022

Talking about Sex, Tech, and Faith with Teens

October 5, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Online Event
Digital innovation has rapidly changed the landscape of sexual experience in the twenty-first century. Moral mandates, uncomfortable avoidance, or simple silence by faith communities on these issues leave teens ill equipped to bring their faith values to sexual and digital decision-making. This event will provide a nuanced approach that prioritizes honesty and discernment over fear and judgment. In addition to raising participants digital and sexual literacy, faith leaders/youth ministers will be resourced with curricular practices that draw on core values of the Christian tradition to help teens develop a just and flourishing sexuality in the digital age.

This event will be held in-person and online.

November 2022

Creating Communities of Belonging for Youth With and Without Disabilities

November 2, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Online Event
Many faith communities still struggle to welcome and weave youth with disabilities into the ministries and relationships that make up the life of their congregation. Yet we are called to be communities without asterisks. Dr. Carter will share a powerful framework for reflecting upon and fostering belonging within youth and other congregational ministries. Together, we will explore the implications of this work on the ways we support youth with disabilities and on the ways we spur our own churches to be more inclusive and welcoming.

This event will be held in-person and online.
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