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Mental Health Month May is Mental Health Month. YMI offers a wealth of resources on the mental health issues most impacting youth today. We also have resources for youth leaders and churches to support youth in navigating these challenges. Team training modules: Tending to the Mental Health of Adolescents Mental Health Curriculum, Articles, and Research Best Practice…

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Summer Study – Classes are Filling Fast! YDS Summer Study offers those interested in theological enrichment to take a class taught by renowned YDS faculty. Classes are small in size, run Monday-Friday, June 6-10, and feature various topics designed to enlighten and educate. Spots are filling up fast so register soon! Summer Study includes opening and closing…

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The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project

The Child Mind Institute has created The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project to provide students, leaders and parents with free, research-based videos and print resources to help youth learn critical mental health and coping skills. Focusing on five primary categories, the short videos are tailored to each audience and provide options for middle school…

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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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April 2013

Dr. Andrew Root on Talking About Sin With Young People

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

"Talking About Sin With Young People"

Dr. Andrew Root delivers a lecture entitled, “Talking About Sin With Young People.” When ministries look at how they discuss sin with young people it frequently gets framed as “doing bad things.” When sin is framed in this way we try to bend their will and push them towards obedience turning youth ministry into sin management and an attempt to make young people be better. Andy Root encourages us to look at sin as a state of brokenness and isolation rather than just “bad things”. Sin is a state of being and loss of relationship whereas sinning is the bad things that we do.  
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May 2013

Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Troeger on Preaching Across the Generations

May 7, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Preaching Across the Generations"

Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Troeger delivers a lecture entitled, “Preaching Across the Generations.” Good preaching is good preaching – to any age group, but bringing a message to young people requires particular attention to several fundamentals of effective communication. One of the nation’s leading preachers and teachers of preachers will help us reflect on the importance of crafting messages are fully embodied, that engage multiple intelligences and that are attentive to the different stages of cognitive development among our listeners.  
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July 2013

Dr. Andrew Root on Ministering to Youth Growing up in a Screen-Based World

July 10, 2013, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US

"Ministering to Youth Growing Up in a Screen-Based World"

Dr. Andrew Root delivers a lecture entitled, “Ministering to Youth Growing Up in a Screen-Based World.” The church is different for a generation of people raised in the digital age.  With so much time and attention focused on the computer, TV, iPad and cell phone, how do young people experience spiritual life in a “hyper-real” world and how can we minister to them?  
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October 2013

Dr. Chap on Sticky Faith and Other Ways to Love Kids

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

"Beyond Hurt 2.0: Sticky Faith and Other Ways to Love Kids"

Dr. Chap Clark delivers a lecture entitled, "Beyond Hurt 2.0: Sticky Faith and Other Ways to Love Kids."  For the past decade adults have wrestled with understanding and responding to the needs of Millennials. Labels abound, mostly blaming kids for being who they are: entitled, consumers, self-focused, even narcissistic. Yet we know that they are who we have made them to be, and they are only responding to the world we have handed them. Our kids are not the problem, how we think about them, encourage them, lead them and love them is what matters. This session will focus on what is good and powerful about the emerging generation, and what adults – and especially those in the church – can do to celebrate, encourage and help to guide our young into becoming strong leaders for the future.  
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