April Newsletter

April Newsletter

April Newsletter 2021

YDS Summer Study – Online in 2021
The Center for Continuing Education is pleased to announce that the YDS Summer Study program will be online this year! Taught by renowned YDS faculty, Summer Study offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in courses essential to practical church ministry and personal enrichment. Courses will meet Monday – Friday via Zoom, at either 9:00-11:30am or 1:30-4:00pm. This program is open to the public.

Optional activities include daily worship; a keynote address – Five Decades of YDS, by David Kelsey, Luther A. Weigle Professor Emeritus of Theology, on Tuesday, June 8; and Andover Newton at Yale Founding Dean Sarah Drummond will offer a workshop, Leading Change – Three Schools of Thought, on Wednesday, June 9.

Find information on all classes and registration here. Participants receive a Yale Certificate of Completion at the end of the week.

The Book of Genesis with Dr. Joel Baden

“I absolutely loved the course. I would sign up for any offered. Great format, excellent professor.”

Did you miss the online study of the Book of Genesis with Dr. Joel Baden? Watch the videos or listen to the podcast.

And Save the Date! Sterling Professor of Divinity and former YDS Dean Harold Attridge will offer a 6-session study on the Gospel of John beginning September 21, 2021. Details to follow!

2021 Upcoming Events and Offerings


April 13; 12pm: A Conversation About Easter and Passover with YDS Professor Joel Baden and Berkeley Divinity School Dean Andrew McGowan

The spring holidays of Passover and Easter have been intertwined since the earliest periods of Christianity. Each represents the defining event of Judaism and Christianity, respectively: the Exodus from Egypt and the resurrection of Jesus.YDS Professor Joel Baden and Berkeley Divinity School Dean the Rev. Dr. Andrew McGowan have created a 4-week Yale Bible Study on the biblical origins of the two holidays. We encourage you to take advantage of this free study in the weeks approaching Passover and Easter, and then join them for a webinar on Tuesday, April 13 at 12:00pm where they will discuss how Easter grew out of Passover and how these observances have changed over the centuries. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the experts your questions about the relationship between these ancient holidays. This webinar is free of charge and questions can be submitted in advance by clicking this link.

Register for this webinar at A Conversation About Easter and Passover.


Rev. Phiwa Langeni shares their experiences in youth ministry and, most recently, founding Salus Center, Lansing, Michigan’s only LGBTQ+ resource and community center. In addition to learning practical tips regarding language, pronouns, and other queer-related issues, you’ll gain insights on simple changes you can make in your own practices to create space for LGBTQ+ youth and others you intend to serve.


The Rev. Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families, joins us to present the fundamentals of developing faithful family practices and outline the role that ministry leaders play in encouraging and supporting families. Discover how to help parents feel confident and well equipped as they nurture their children’s faith development, at every age. We’ll also spend time in an “Idea Lab” learning and sharing in small groups and we’ll wrap up the webinar with Q&A. Webinar participants will also receive links to several short videos and outlines of spiritual practices that you can share with your congregation.


Yale Youth Ministry Institute