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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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January 2012

Dr. Andrew Root on Youth Ministry, The Church, and The Melting of Identity

January 17, 2012, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Youth Ministry, The Church, and The Melting of Identity"

Dr. Andrew Root delivers a lecture entitled, “Youth Ministry, The Church, and The Melting of Identity.” One of the greatest pursuits for late modern people (especially those of younger generations) is to construct an identity for themselves. But as we have seen recently, the fluidity of our culture does not allow for our identities to be carved in stone. Instead our identities are always transitioning, with new jobs, new marriages, and new ideas. The cultural necessity of identity transition can be painful and difficult; it is easy to feel lost within the transition. What then should the church do?  

Dr. Andrew Root on Relationships: Unfiltered

January 17, 2012, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Relationships Unfiltered"

Dr. Andrew Root delivers a lecture on “Relationships Unfiltered.” It seems that at its most basic youth ministry is about relationships. But relationships are anything but basic. So then what are relationships in youth ministry and what are they for? This workshop will explore relational youth ministry in order to uncover some of the blind spots in our contemporary understanding of relationships with young people. Relational ministry will be re-imagined NOT as seeking to influence kids toward some end (to accept Jesus/to avoid immoral behavior) but rather, seeing it as place-sharing.  
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Dr. Miroslav Volf on Youth and Human Flourishing

January 17, 2012, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Youth and Human Flourishing"

Dr. Miroslav Volf delivers a lecture entitled, “Youth and Human Flourishing.” Among other things but centrally, the Christian faith is about human flourishing, flourishing of human beings as God’s creatures in a complex world. What does it mean to flourish? What are some of the forces at work in contemporary culture that undermine human flourishing? How do we counter these trends in our ministry to our youth? These are some of the questions we will explore together.  
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February 2012

Dr. Roland Martinson on Youth’s Questions, Faith’s Stories, Christ’s Claims

February 14, 2012, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

"Youth's Questions, Faith's Stories, Christ's Claims"

Dr. Roland Martinson delivers a lecture entitled, “Youth’s Questions, Faith’s Stories, Christ’s Claims.” Adolescence and emerging adulthood are periods in the human journey when existential questions are at the center of the day to day interactions and the unfolding, developing self and community. We will examine the intersections of those vital questions with the work of God in Jesus Christ and these encounters of God and humans as fruitful material for generating faith as well as effective Christian witness and apologetics.  

March 2012

Dr. Rodger Nishioka on Beyond Soup Kitchens and Sardines

March 20, 2012, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

"Beyond Soup Kitchens and Sardines"

Dr. Rodger Nishioka delivers a lecture entitled, “Beyond Soup Kitchens and Sardines.” Ultimately, ministry with young people must be about more than sporadic service projects and playing games. Ultimately, ministry with young people must be about enacting theology – the actual on the ground, lived experience that embodies what we believe about the nature of God and God’s call to human beings. We will explore ways that congregations are responding to God’s call on the lives of young people and the adults who journey with them.  

November 2012

Dr. Chap Clark on the Church and Today’s Adolescent

November 6, 2012, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Sticky Faith: The Church and Today's Adolescent"

Dr. Chap Clark delivers a lecture entitled, “Sticky Faith: The Church and Today’s Adolescent.” There is no question that life is changing, and changing rapidly. As a consequence, for lots of reasons, we live in an increasingly adult-centric society that without thinking, relentlessly subjects children and adolescents to the pressures of adult-driven agendas. Like no time in history, today’s youth grow up knowing that the only way to survive is as a tribe apart – and it’s our systems and structure, even in the church, that contributes to this increasing isolation. In this lecture, we’ll discuss the ways that we can connect with our youth and provide the foundational support they need to reflect on their dreams, their relationships and their lives.  
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December 2012

Dr. Rodger Nishioka on Bible Study That Transforms

December 4, 2012, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Bible Study That Transforms"

Dr. Rodger Nishioka delivers a lecture entitled, “Bible Study That Transforms." Information is important. We live, after all, in the so called “information age.” But ultimately, we engage young people with the Bible not simply for information but for transformation. This lecture will focus on practices of opening the Bible with young people in ways that change lives and liberate.  
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January 2013

Rev. Skip Masback on Transformation Through Pilgrimage

January 8, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Transformation Through Pilgrimage: Planning and Leading Mission Trips that Build More than Houses"

Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, “Transformation Through Pilgrimage: Planning and Leading Mission Trips that Build More than Houses.” Youth long for experiences that will take them outside of their cramped, every day experience and connect them with something larger than themselves, with the transcendent love of God. In this session we’ll explore the theory and praxis of planning and leading mission trips as pilgrimages. We’ll explore the nuts and bolts “best practices” that prepare the ground for mission trips in which our young people are “pilgrims not tourists, learners not teachers, listeners not talkers and receivers not givers.”  
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February 2013

Dr. Roland Martinson – Kids Need More than Each Other and a Pied Piper

February 5, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Kids Need More than Each Other and a Pied Piper"

Dr. Roland Martinson delivers a lecture entitled, “Kids Need More than Each Other and a Pied Piper.” At its best, youth ministry develops generative, intergenerational Christ communities that cultivate transformative faith and life in each other and make a difference in God’s beloved world. How do you create intergenerational practices that work? We’ll explore together how to bridge the generational divide in our ministry to our youth.  
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March 2013

Rev. Michael A. Bird on Nurturing Spiritual Habits with Youth

March 5, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Nurturing Spiritual Habits with Youth"

The Rev. Michael A. Bird delivers a lecture entitled, “Nurturing Spiritual Habits with Youth.” Youth don’t so much want to be lectured about God as they want to experience God. This experience comes from walking with God each day, not just on Sunday mornings. What are the spiritual disciplines, practices and traditions that help bring us closer to God and how do they work for today’s youth? We’ll explore ways to support our youth in developing and following their own “rule of life.”  
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