Dr. Alemda Wright

Almeda M. Wright

Yale Divinity School

Professor Wright’s research focuses on African American religion, adolescent spiritual development, and the intersections of religion and public life. Prior to her arrival at Yale, she served for four years as assistant professor of religion and youth ministry at Pfeiffer University and, before that, from 2004 to 2009, was an adjunct faculty member and teaching assistant at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. At Candler, she also served as program director of the Wisdom of Youth Project for one year and in various positions over four years with the Youth Theological Initiative. She has served as a consultant to the Women’s Theological Center in Boston and has taught at several schools in the Greater Boston area, including Shady Hill School, the Young Achievers Science and Math Academy, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Open School. Professor Wright’s publications include a book she coedited with Mary Elizabeth Moore, Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World, and an issue of Practical Matters Journal that she edited. She has given presentations at a number of conferences, including the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, and delivered the keynote address at the Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity conference in Washington, D.C., in May 2012. Professor Wright is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches and has been on the ministerial staff of several churches, including Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Victory for the World United Church of Christ in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Fostering Vocational Discernment Fostering Vocational Discernment

Theologians and ministry practitioners discuss the spiritual practice of discernment and the importance of encouraging a sense of vocation in adolescents living in our modern world.

Spiritual Practices in Youth Ministry Spiritual Practices in Youth Ministry

Theologians, philosophers, and pastors examine the effects that habitual practices have on our lives and discuss the importance of prayer and spiritual practices as habits that orient us towards God. Various spiritual practices are explained, taught, and offered as potential ways to engage adolescents in experiential prayer.

Student Leadership Cultivating Student Leadership

This course explores the benefits and importance of providing leadership opportunities to students and empowering young people to take ownership of their youth programs.

Cultivating Worshipful Youth

This course explores the importance of worship for youth. Theologians and pastors explore different facets of worship, why we do these things in worship and how to best implement them in youth worship services.

Dismantling Racism with Youth Dismantling Racism with Youth

Leading theologians and pastors explore the importance of addressing race and racism as part of ministry to youth. The Institute is grateful for the contributions of the Rev. Sharell Shippen, who helped our office craft the questions for Black and racially mixed youth groups.

Yale Youth Ministry Institute