May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Pulpit Bible



Last chance to sign up for this free webinar!

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.


YDS Faculty & Alumni Sermon Collection

The Yale Bible Study now features a robust collection of sermons by Yale Divinity School faculty and alumni to enrich your studies and bring you different perspectives on scripture. This project will be updated regularly in order to bring you a variety of voices from the wider YDS family.

Sermons are available in manuscript, video or audio format on the Yale Bible Study website here. Sermons can also be found in individual Yale Bible Studies based on focal scripture.

Thank you to all those who have contributed to this wonderful resource!


Vacation Bible School Top Picks
Building Faith, a ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary, has compiled a list of the top Vacation Bible School picks for 2021. They have been reviewing VBS curriculum for over 15 years and have selected resources that align with various theologies – some are familiar favorites and some are new. If you are trying to decide if and how to hold VBS in 2021, this link is a good place to start.


YDS Summer Study – Online in 2021 – Limited Space Left
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.


2021 Upcoming Events and Offerings


Paul’s Letter to the Philippians – An Online Study
Save the date! The Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton returns for a four-week online study of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, Wednesdays on July 14, 21, 28 and August 4 at 8:00pm ET. Registration and additional details will be available shortly!

YDS News From OASIS
by Emily McKenna

One of life’s greatest joys is overwhelming laughter. The kind that makes you fold in half or shed a tear, the kind that takes you a minute to come back from.

Hear how OASIS has found one way to laugh together by clicking here.

Yale Youth Ministry Institute