A Beacon of Joy 2018

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Summer Symposium 2018

A Beacon of Joy in the Midst of Suffering

This weeklong course is designed for pastors, seminarians, lay leaders, and youth ministers. Each night from 6:00 to 9:00pm, we will gather for evening fellowship dinners, lectures, and workshop breakouts to name and discuss some of the adversities our youth face every day. Throughout the week, we will learn with and from one another some concrete ways combat these adversities to better nurture the foundations of joyful, flourishing lives.

Yale Divinity School’s standard charge for a Summer Study course is $450. The Youth Ministry Institute is providing each registrant for this program a $400 scholarship, reducing the tuition for each registrant to $50 for the entire weeklong program.

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June 2018

Dr. Allan Hugh Cole, Jr.  and Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel on Anxiety

June 4, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Allan ColePhilip Browning Helsel

Dr. Allan Hugh Cole, Jr.  and Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel deliver a lecture entitled, “Mentoring Youth for Joy in Anxious Times.” The lecture focuses on the pervasiveness of anxiety in the lives of adolescents, reasons for this trend, and ways for supporting adolescents, appealing to the practice of mentoring as a conduit for resilience and joy. Dr. Cole is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Undergraduate Programs, and Professor in the School of Social Work at the…

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Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier and Rev. Ruben Ortiz on Poverty

June 5, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Elizabeth Conde-FrazierRuben Ortiz

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier and Rev. Ruben Ortiz deliver a lecture entitled, “Thriving Grace: Hope’s Agenda Setting.” While practical theology has defined thriving in the language of scholars, what does thriving mean for young people and youth pastors living in urban poverty as the reality of their lives? Beginning with the description of the context of urban poverty, its problems and effects on youth, we will bring into conversation the voices and disciplines of youth, ministers, professors, theorists of urban…

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Dr. James K. A. Smith and Dr. Kyle David Bennett on Idolatry

June 6, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Jamie SmithKyle David Bennett

Dr. James K. A. Smith and Dr. Kyle David Bennett deliver a lecture entitled, “Looking for Joy in All the Wrong Places: An Augustinian Guide to our Anxieties.” This lecture considers how the duplex of anxiety and anger—fostered and fomented by the rituals of distraction—are both generators and fruit of idolatries. But we will also consider what it might look like to overcome these inhibitors, to find rest and arrive home to joy. Dr. Smith is professor of philosophy at…

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Dr. Michal Beth Dinkler and the Rev. Skip Masback on Belonging and Christian Freedom

June 7, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Michal Beth Dinkler HeadshotRev. Skip Masback headshot

"Paul's Not-So-Secret Secret: Belonging and Christian Freedom in the Midst of Affliction" Dr. Michal Beth Dinkler and the Rev. Skip Masback deliver a lecture entitled, "Paul's Not-so-Secret Secret: Belonging and Christian Freedom in the Midst of Affliction." Maya Angelou said once in an interview, "You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great." Paul traced the Christian path to this…

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Dr. Joyce Mercer and Rev. Charles Edward Atkins, Jr. on Substance Abuse

June 8, 2018, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
New Haven, CT 06511 US
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Charles AtkinsDr. Joyce Mercer

"Fake Joy: Substance Abuse and Young People's Thirst for Wholeness" Dr. Joyce Mercer and Rev. Charles Edward Atkins, Jr.  deliver a lecture entitled, “Fake Joy: Substance Abuse and Young People’s Thirst for Wholeness.” In this lecture, we look at substance abuse as offering false joy to youth. We share a strengths-based model for working with incarcerated youth that can be engaged with young people in other settings, that supports their genuine quest for joy against the seductive false joy of…

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