April Newsletter

April Newsletter

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News from the Center

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 services on Monday and Friday and daily community prayer. The Keynote Lecture with Dr. Joel Baden, How We Teach the Bible – and Why, will take place on Tuesday, June 7 from 7:30-8:45pm.

Participants receive a YDS Certificate of Completion at the end of the course week. For course descriptions, schedule and registration, go to summerstudy.yale.edu.

Passover and Easter Resources
We have an Easter and Passover Bible Study, which also includes the Conversations about Easter and Passover with YDS Professor Joel Baden and Berkeley Divinity School Dean Andrew McGowan event from April 13, 2021, which can be found here.

If you are looking for a Post-Easter Bible Study, explore the Book of Acts and continue the Easter story.

Chapter, Verse, and Season Podcast
Before holy week, we will have several episodes available on the appointed texts for Good Friday (April 8), Easter Vigil (April 10), and Easter Day (April 11). Be sure to check them out at Chapter, Verse, and Season podcast.

Upcoming Events

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Last Chance to Register – Empowering Young People Toward Beloved Community with Rev. Dr. Montaque Williams
April 6; 12 – 1:30 pm

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.

Register at: Empowering Young People Toward Beloved Community


Summer Symposium 2022

Why Ministries Innovate and How to Start: Knee Deep in Flotsam with the Rev. Matt Overton and the Rev. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean
Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, Yale Divinity School

In this in-person seminar, we’ll consider how the events of the past two years are changing how we think about ministry — and how it is surfacing new and long-forgotten possibilities for the work to which God calls us. 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.

While this is a Yale Youth Ministry Institute event, the material offered extends beyond the realm of youth ministry, and can be applied to various church innovation endeavors.

Preliminary Schedule 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
9:00 am:  Welcome
Morning:  Becoming a Christian Social Innovator, The Call to Innovate, Youth Ministry as Change-making
12:30 pm:  Lunch
Afternoon:  Getting Started in Your Context, Small Group Discussions, Closing Thoughts

We are excited to offer this event in-person on the YDS campus. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required. $25 per person registration fee includes lunch. If needed, scholarships are available. Please contact us at megan.lukens@yale.edu. Click here for more information or to register.

Past Events
If you missed our recent webinar, Borders and Walls in the New Jerusalem and American History with Dr. Yii-Jan Lin, you missed a fascinating look at the use of walls in the Book of Revelation and the use of borders in American History. You can watch it at Borders and Walls in the New Jerusalem and American History.

We also have recordings of our online Yale Bible Studies on Genesis, Exodus, Mark, John, Philippians and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Watch them here.

Want to sample a YDS Introductory course for free? In our Learning Beyond the Walls, we offer Hebrew Bible Interpretation 1 with Professor Joel Baden, History of Early Modern Christianity: Reformation to Enlightenment with Professor Bruce Gordon, and Old Testament Parts 1 and 2 with Professors Robert Wilson and John Collins.

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