December Newsletter

December Newsletter

December Newsletter 2020

What’s Happening at the Center for Continuing Education

Now Available – Women in the Bible Study
YMI now has an 8-session youth Bible study on Women in the Bible. Each session focuses on a particular woman’s story and provides a discussion outline and activities designed to help youth engage and reflect on the scripture in new and different ways.

Start with lesson 1 at the Women in the Bible – Lesson 1: Sarah and Hagar.

New Training Module Now Available – Sabbath Rest
YMI now has a training module on Sabbath Rest. Leading theologians and youth practitioners explore the importance of sabbath-keeping for both youth and youth workers. You can find the Sabbath Rest Training Module here.


The Science of Well-Being Videos and Clips
Last month, Dr. Laurie Santos gave a presentation on The Science of Well-Being, where she explained the top 10 insights that are necessary to change your habits & to help youth incorporate wellness activities into their own lives. View the video and clips here.

In the following clip, Dr. Santos talks about happiness in hard circumstances, where everyone needs techniques to get through emotional moments as well as using the RAIN Method, which is a meditation practice that helps you work through your emotions. View the clip here.


Holiday Resources
In this season where we are all looking for resources and hope to help navigate us through the Pandemic and upcoming holidays, we have provided below some resources and reflections.


Sign Up for the INCARNATION Bible Study
This Friday is the last day to register for our free, online 4-week study with the Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton, which will explore how the Gospels approach the nativity story on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 12. Register at INCARNATION — Fleshing Out the Bible’s Christmas Stories.


Join Dr. Joel Baden for a free 8-week study on the Book of Genesis starting on January 18th. We’ll examine where these stories come from, how they relate to similar traditions from Israel’s neighboring cultures, and how they have grown over time until reaching the version we have them now. Participants who attend all 8 sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Register here: The Book of Genesis: An Online Bible Study.

Prof. Joel Baden, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Yale Divinity School, is a specialist in the Pentateuch, Biblical Hebrew, and disability theory in biblical studies as well the co-creator of the YBS on Genesis. Read more here.


2021 Upcoming Events and Offerings


Please join us for the YMI 2020-2021 Lunch & Lecture series, Not Your Mother’s Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020-2021. Our presenters will address the changing nature of youth ministry, the impact of COVID-19 on our youth and how we can walk with them in these turbulent times.

Upcoming Lunch & Lecture Webinars 
(Click the Lunch & Lecture title for more information)

February 3; 12 – 1:30pm: A Journey with LGBTQ+ and Immigrant Youth with Yadi Martínez-Reyna

March 3; 12 – 1:30pm: Innovation, Imagination, and Frustration with Rev. Matt Overton

April 7; 12 – 1:30pm: Adventures in Space-Making with the Rev. Phiwa Langeni


YDS Summer Study 2021
Summer Study 2021 will take place June 7-11 as an online format. We will continue to offer a small, but high-quality program of varied seminars by renowned faculty.  Courses will meet Monday – Friday, either 9:00-11:30 am or 1:30-4 pm. More information can be found here.


Upcoming Events for this Season


YDS News From OASIS
An OASIS Multi-Church Reflection: Soil & Fishermen
What does this pandemic era youth ministry look like? Are we Soil or are we Fishermen? Read what Rev. Jack Davidson has to say about being Soil and/or Fishermen as you navigate your youth through this difficult time. This article can be found here.


Missed an Event?
If you have missed one of our events, please visit us on our Events page, where you will find more information and videos. Plus, don’t forget to sign up for our next event.

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