November Newsletter

November Newsletter

November Newsletter 2021

What’s Happening at the Center for Continuing Education

Now Available – YMI Genesis Bible Study for Youth
YMI now has a free, 8-week study on The Book of Genesis for youth based on the Yale Bible Study series. Use with youth in person or online! Start with Lesson 1: Genesis 1 and 2, where youth learn how to tell stories from different perspectives and what that may tell us. Check out the study of Genesis here.

We’ve added offerings to our Center of Continuing Education Learning Beyond the Walls page. You can now find Yale Coursera Courses. Coursea offers free, world-class courses online. Below are links to just a sampling of the Yale courses available on their site:

Andover Newton Convocation Lifelong Learning Offerings
Watch Andover Newton Seminary’s workshop offerings by Andover Newton faculty members during Alumni/ae Convocation 2020.

We also offer YDS Old Testament introductory lectures, YDS public lectures, and Yale University online courses, all available for no cost. We will continue to provide links to helpful resources, so check back often.


Explore the ways in which outdoor ministry and mission work are evolving and engaging youth today (in person and virtually) as well as providing tangible tools for youth ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register here: A New Vision of Youth Ministry Beyond the Walls of the Church

Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer joined Silver Lake in 2016, coming from more than seven years of ministry as Associate Pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC of Essex, Vermont. Read more here.

Andrew Wicks is the founder of Incredible Days, an organization which provides experiential learning programs and leadership training. Read more here.

Join the Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton four a free, online 4-week study this Advent exploring how the Gospels approach the nativity story:

  • November 30 — According to Matthew: Joseph’s Dilemma, Magi’s Gifts, and Herod’s Inhumanity
  • December 7 — According to Luke: Small Child in a Big World
  • December 14 — According to John: Word Made Flesh
  • December 21 — Love Came Down — The YBS Christmas Episode

Register here: INCARNATION — Fleshing Out the Bible’s Christmas Stories

2021 Upcoming Events and Offerings

Yale Bible Study on The Book of Genesis with Dr. Joel Baden

In January, Dr. Joel S. Baden, YDS Professor of Old Testament and co-creator of the Yale Bible Study on Genesis will host a free 8-week, online Bible Study on The Book of Genesis. From the magisterial six-day creation through Adam and Eve, the flood, the sacrifice of Isaac, and the Joseph story, Genesis contains many of the most well-known and beloved passages in the whole Bible. Join Dr. Joel Baden in exploring the most popular Yale Bible Study! 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.

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

The eight sessions will occur on Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, and March 8. After attending all eight sessions, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.

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

We now have a NEW Facebook page for the Center for Continuing Education at YDS! We are so excited to share more resources, news, and offer more events to you! Simply go to our new FB page at  and be sure to “like” our page. Invite your friends and colleagues to our page!

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