Yale Divinity School Certificate in Youth Ministry Leadership
We are pleased to announce the Yale Divinity School Certificate in Youth Ministry Leadership! This nine-month, digital, cohort-based non-degree program will launch in Fall 2024. Participants will learn from faculty and staff of YDS and other learning institutions and the Yale Youth Ministry Institute network of experts and practitioners.
The new online certificate program will launch in September 2024. Applications will open February 15, 2024 and will close May 15, 2024. Visit this page for additional information on the program and the application process.
February is Black History Month. YMI offers resources for your ministry on confronting racism and anti-racism work. Find available resources here.
From the YMI Director: Developing Your Praxis for Building Diverse Youth Communities
The concept of intersectionality—first coined by Dr. Kimberlé W. Crenshaw—is an approach that has, in my mind, a great deal to say to those in youth ministry.
Our newest Yale Bible Study discusses Ruth, Lamentations, Song of Songs and Esther. Though the Hebrew Bible tends to focus on its male heroes – Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David – four smaller books are distinctly female-oriented. Each brings a unique perspective to the question of gender and gender roles in the Bible and in ancient Israel. Explore this 8-part self-guided study with YDS Professors Dr. Jacqueline Vayntrub and Dr. Joel S. Baden for this 8-part here.
Mark Your Calendar!
The new year will bring new and exciting offerings! Scroll down to see some of what is coming in the new year.
Last Chance to Register! – Developing Your Praxis for Building Diverse Youth Communities with Dr. Brian Ragsdale, Ph.D.
In this interactive presentation and dialogue, we explore youth identity development from understanding the synergies between holding multiple identities, for example, Black, neurodivergent, LGBTQIA. Geared toward youth leaders, layperson, and youth ministers we develop approaches of how oppression, power, and privilege may operate across systems. The overall goal is to develop approaches of how to create safer spaces for youth in their relationships and community building efforts.
Teaching Holy Troublemaking: Resources for Progressive Christian Formation with Daneen Akers and Wendy Claire Barrie
Join author Daneen Akers and Christian educator Wendy Claire Barrie as they talk about progressive faith formation especially through the lens of the middle-grades anthology Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints and its companion curriculum. Hear ideas for how the stories of people like Bayard Rustin, Wangari Maathai, Thich Nhat Hahn, Mr. Rogers, Valarie Kaur, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Rev. Gafney, Rumi, and more can connect with adolescents.
Register at: Teaching Holy Troublemaking
In-Person at YDS – Breaking the Silence About Mental Health Challenges with Children and Teens with the Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund
YDS | April 6 | Full Day Workshop
Join Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund, pastor, author, and advocate, for conversations about the growing mental health crisis facing children and teens. Through storytelling and resource sharing, participants will be inspired and equipped to join the movement for mental health with hope for our collective healing. More information to come soon.
Summer Study 2024
Save the date! Yale Divinity School Summer Study will take place June 3-7, 2024 online. Courses are now listed on the website! If you have not signed up for updates on Summer Study, you can do so by entering in your email address at summerstudy.yale.edu. Click in the box on the right hand side of the page.
Workshop: Ministering to Those Impacted by Suicide
The word suicide is scary for some, heart-wrenching for others and all too familiar for too many. It is estimated that 50% of individuals in any congregation have been impacted by suicide in some way. Many in ministry feel in over their heads when called upon to respond to any suicide-related crisis, whether acute or chronic. This training will take a deep dive into the topic; it will increase awareness of the impacts of suicide, teach practical tools for responding appropriately and sufficiently in times of suicidal need, and expand the thinking of leaders about how churches and organizations can proactively address the hopelessness and isolation that contribute to suicidality.
Register at: Ministering to Those Impacted by Suicide
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