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January Newsletter

Chapter, Verse, and Season Our podcast, “Chapter, Verse, and Season: A Lectionary Podcast from Yale Bible Study” gives listeners the opportunity to overhear the kinds of conversations that take place in the halls of Yale Divinity School. It is a new avenue for communities, clergy, and laypeople to access the Yale Divinity School faculty’s wide-ranging…

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The Importance of Storytelling in Youth Ministry

If you missed the YMI Lunch & Lecture webinar, I Hear You: Creating Listening Spaces with Youth with Mark Yaconelli on December 1st, you missed a great session on the art of listening in providing care for and creating connection with youth. You can view the lecture, and Mark’s responses to a number of questions…

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December Newsletter

This December, we have resources to help you celebrate Advent, a new YBS podcast with episodes that come out every Monday, and information on new Bible Studies and upcoming YMI Lunch & Lectures for 2022. All of our offerings are free and will be held virtually through the start of 2022. Be sure to register…

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February 2022

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

February 2, 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, 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, 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.

May 2022

Knee Deep in Flotsam – Why Churches Innovate and How to Start

May 7
We’re all innovators now. Only a year ago, “sustainability” and “innovation” described extracurricular activities for churches – mostly niche projects that had minimal impact on the daily work of ministry. Suddenly, in 2020, innovation is what we all do--ready or not. We’re exhausted and disoriented by this newness, not just because innovation is unfamiliar to us, but because the shackles of normalcy are off, allowing us to hear God in new ways. Mere months ago, heeding these holy hunches would have been unthinkable. As our institutions, practices, and assumptions about ministry (and ourselves) shed unnecessary weight in order to stay afloat, we're suddenly a much more nimble church than we were a year ago. We are awash in more possibilities than we can process. In this lecture, we’ll consider how is 2020 changing how we think about the church—and how it is surfacing new and long-forgotten possibilities for the work God calls us to. Come explore compelling stories of innovation, new tangible experiences from around the church, and the theology that undergirds healthy and passionate praxis in this new frontier!

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