June Newsletter

June Newsletter

Ministering for Racial Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation

What’s Happening in June?

We continue to expand the resources and materials on our YMI website. Read more to find out what’s new and how they can support your ministry during this time.

Faculty Panel on Dismantling Racism
This Thursday at 5:30 pm EDT, join Dean Greg Sterling and a panel of YDS faculty members for an exploration of the action needed to confront and undo racism in America. The panel, titled “From Works to Work: Dismantling Racism,” will be broadcast and available for replay on the Divinity School’s YouTube page.

The panel will also explore issues including racism in policing, the responsibility of white people to dismantle racism, the double oppression faced by women of color, and theological dimensions of anger and indignation.

Resources for Ministering for Racial Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation with Youth

We have compiled resources on racial justice, peace, and reconciliation with youth. You can access these resources at Ministering for Racial Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation with Youth.

Online Learning
Great News! We have expanded our offerings on the Center of Continuing Education Online Learning page. You can now find YDS Old Testament introductory lectures, YDS public lectures, and Yale University online courses, all available for no cost at Online Learning. We will continue to provide links to helpful resources, so check back often.

Save the Date:
Wrestling with Rest in a COVID World with Nathan Stucky
September 9th from 12-1:30 pm

In all our time in life and ministry, have our calendars ever looked like they look amid pandemic? So much simply disappeared: coffee dates, graduations, youth group, and soccer. All gone. So much to grieve. Our rhythms of work and rest have been utterly discombobulated. Is this Sabbath? Who are we when our calendars turn upside down? We feel acutely the difficulty of this moment, but we also sense the gifts this moment brings. Will we learn what we need to learn? Join the conversation as we wrestle together with work, rest, ministry, and pandemic, and as we imagine together the future to which God is calling us. Registration for this online forum is now open at Wrestling with Rest in a COVID World with Nathan Stucky!

Nathan Stucky, MDiv ’10, PhD ’13, serves as director of The Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary. Read more here.

Spiritual Starters

During this difficult time, we have a series called “Spiritual Starters”. It’s a great way to connect with other spiritual leaders through discussion questions and videos, prayers, or poetry. We post a new one every Monday. We already have have six posted with more to come.

Your participation will help leaders looking for advice in ministering to youth. Check them out at Spiritual Starters. You can click through our forum to find more.

Our most recent Spiritual Starters:
Read the text from Isaiah 40: 28-31 (NRSV): “28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
30 Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.”

1. In this exhausting time, when we are supposed to hold hope for so many, where is our hope?


Oasis Multi-Church Youth Sunday Worship
Recently the Oasis Multi-Church Youth experienced a historic first when all four churches joined together to create their first multi-church Youth Sunday worship service. Over 50 children and youth from the Spring Glen Church, First Presbyterian, United Church on the Green, and North Haven Congregational participated in over 100 video submissions, which included song, prayer, story, silliness, reflection, protest, and praise. Watch the video Multi-Church Youth Sunday Worship here.

Did you know that the Yale Youth Ministry Institute and Yale Bible Study are on social media? Stay connected to us by your favorite social media and never miss a thing! Don’t forget to invite your friends or colleagues.

Yale Youth Ministry Institute