November Newsletter

November Newsletter

Yale Bible Study Podcast

Chapter, Verse, and Season

Chapter, Verse, and Season. A New Podcast from Yale Bible Study
We are pleased to announce the launch of “Chapter, Verse, and Season: A Lectionary Podcast from Yale Bible Study” on November 22, 2021. We are excited to open yet another avenue for communities, clergy, and laypeople to access the wide variety of expertise and creative thinking that the faculty of the Yale Divinity School has to offer.

According to Center for Continuing Education Director Joel Baden, “We wanted to give listeners an opportunity to overhear the kinds of conversations that take place in the halls of YDS – faculty from different theological disciplines discussing biblical texts in an informal setting, bringing their own interests and ideas to the table, and, hopefully, sparking new understandings and insights into these passages. Speaking for myself, these podcasts are enormously fun and gratifying to record. Talking about the Bible with colleagues from entirely different fields – but with the same dedication to the central questions of interpretation and faith – allowed me, and I hope those listening as well, to see the text through a new, ever-changing lens. We hope you enjoy diving into these discussions, week after week, as much as we enjoyed creating them.”

Listen to the trailer here and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or at Episodes will drop each Monday beginning November 22nd.

Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and Faith Communities

Last Chance to Register! Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and Faith Communities
Zoom | Saturday, November 6 | 9:30am – 12:30 pm Eastern

“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” – Leviticus 19:34

From the Bible’s instructions to present-day laws and walls, the status of the stranger—the immigrant—has been central to faith communities. What is the role of faith in caring for the strangers in our midst, and what have migrant communities taught us about how to have thriving ministries in today’s world? We’ll approach these questions from both academic and practical perspectives in this colloquium featuring short lectures from faculty and a panel discussion with those working with immigrants in our communities.

Register at: Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration and Faith Communities

Welcoming the Stranger Presenters

Presenters include: Dr. Joel Baden (Yale Divinity School), Rev. Dr. Joyce Mercer (Yale Divinity School), Dr. Grace Yukich (Quinnipiac University), Ashley Makar (IRIS), Rev. Kaji Dousa (Park Avenue Christian Church), Rev. David Reed-Brown (First Baptist Church in New Haven), and Rev. Alan Gibbons (First Baptist Church in New Haven).

For more information on our presenters, please visit our webpage here.



Last Chance to Register! Belonging with Dr. Margaret Clark
November 3; 12 – 1:30 pm Eastern
We all want to belong to a community and that sense of belonging is elemental to our well-being. Join Dr. Margaret Clark for a conversation about just how much young people want to belong, how they strive to belong and what really makes people feel that they belong.

Register at: Belonging


Resources on Gratitude for Youth Leaders
As we approach Thanksgiving, YMI offers curriculum, readings, videos and more to help you focus on gratitude with your youth. Find them here on gratitude.

Professor Willie Jennings in The Christian Century
YDS Professor Willie Jennings discusses Christianity’s role in the formation of race in The Christian Century article “Whiteness Rooted in Place.” The article can be found here.

Additional Upcoming Events

A Conversation with Pastors, for Pastors
Zoom | Wednesday, November 10 | 12 – 1:30 pm Eastern

Please join fellow clergy members to talk about what ministry looks like in a world where we are being allowed to gather again, but the pandemic is still very much a concern. During our time together, we’ll focus on the following questions:

  • How have your various ministries survived this time and what do they look like this fall?

  • What do you see as your most immediate challenge?

  • What have you learned from the pivots required to minister to your congregation over the past 18 months?

  • How can the Center for Continuing Education support you, either in terms of resources, informational/educational opportunities and/or connection to other clergy?

Register at: A Conversation with Pastors, for Pastors

I hear You: Creating Listening Spaces The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Light They Shed on Judaism and Christianity
I Hear You: Creating Listening Spaces with Youth with Mark Yaconelli
December 1; 12 – 1:30 pm Eastern
Through contemplative practice, personal storytelling, and compassionate listening exercises, veteran youth worker Mark Yaconelli will invite participants to explore creative ways to help young people feel heard and healed into the Presence of God.

Register at: I Hear You: Creating Listening Spaces with Youth

The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Light They Shed on Judaism and Christianity with Dr. John Collins
December 6 & 13; 8 pm Eastern
The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls is widely regarded as the most important contribution of archeology to Biblical Studies in the twentieth century. The two lectures will ask what are the Dead Sea Scrolls, who collected them, and will consider some texts that are special interest for Christianity.

Register at: The Dead Sea Scrolls

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