February Newsletter

February Newsletter

Borders and Walls in the New Jerusalem and American History

News from the Center

Anti-Racism Curriculum and ResourcesFebruary is Black History Month. YMI offers resources for your ministry with a specific eye towards racial injustices imposed upon the Black community in the United States:


Experience a YDS Introductory Course!

Want to see what it’s like to be a YDS student in the lecture hall? You can view our latest recorded YDS introductory course – History of Early Modern Christianity: Reformation to Enlightenment with Professor Dr. Bruce Gordon – at no cost!

Early Modern Christianity introduces students to the rapidly changing world of early modern Christianity, a period that ranges from the Reformation to the Enlightenment and the Trans-Atlantic worlds of the eighteenth century. This course  engages in conversations about the complex relationships between legacies of the Early Modern Period and contemporary events. Watch History of Early Modern Christianity: Reformation to Enlightenment here.

Connecting and Integrating Children's and Youth Ministry Across the Church


Last Day to Register – Connecting and Integrating Children’s and Youth Ministry Across the Church with the Rev. Caroline Ainsworth Hughes
February 2; 12 – 1:30 pm Eastern

We will discuss ways to join the programming we do with children to those programs offered to older youth, locate ways to integrate both into the life of the church, and discern where God is moving our ministries as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. Register here.


2022 Upcoming Events and Offerings

Borders and Walls in the New Jerusalem and American History

Borders and Walls in the New Jerusalem and American History with Dr. Yii-Jan Lin
March 5th; 10 – 11 am Eastern

America’s apocalyptic self-identification with the New Jerusalem has, in part, led to a national focus on borders and walls in reaction to immigration and “foreigners.” This talk will explore that connection in U.S. history and the implications of an apocalyptic theology of nationhood. Register here.



Lunch & Lecture Series 2021 - 2022

Upcoming Lunch & Lecture Webinars
Please join us for the YMI 2021-2022 Lunch & Lecture series, Thriving, Not Surviving: Building a Toolkit for a Flourishing Youth Ministry in 2021-2022. Our spring series remains virtual and our presenters will cover topics on race, empowerment, and connecting youth. See information on our upcoming YMI Lunch & Lecture webinars below.

If you missed a webinar, you can watch them here.

Talking about Race with Young People Empowering Young People Toward Beloved Community
Talking about Race with Young People with Ahren Samuel, Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana, and Kat Armas
March 2nd; 12 – 1:30 pm Eastern
We will cover vocabulary to know, history to be mindful of and will end with practical next steps so that you can confidently engage teenagers in faithful and caring discussions about race, whether you are a leader, parent, and/or church member. Register here.

Empowering Young People Toward Beloved Community with Rev. Dr. Montaque Williams
April 6th; 12 – 1:30 pm Eastern

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 here.

Save the Dates

Re-innovation in Churches: A Conference with Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean and Rev. Matt Overton
Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 9 am – 3:30 pm Eastern (location TBD)
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. More information here.

Summer Study
YDS Summer Study will be online once again this year, June 6-10, 2022. As always, we’ll have thought-provoking lectures, Marquand Chapel services, workshops and more. This year’s faculty line up includes: Michal Beth Dinkler, John Hare, Bruce Gordon, John Collins, Omer Bajwa, Allen Hilton and more. Registration opens March 1. Go here and enter your email to receive updates.

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