Continuing Education for Pastors in Science

This August, join a cohort of clergy at the intersection of ministry and science! A program co-taught by Yale Divinity School and Yale Medical School professors.

The Office of Lifelong Learning at Yale Divinity School invites clergy to register and participate in Continuing Education for Pastors in Science. This program, which runs at Yale Divinity School from August 2018 through December 2018, integrates science into ministry context to help clergy increase their scientific fluency and empower engagement with congregations in matters of science and religion. Participating clergy will engage in lectures, events, and reflective discussions, while creating a learning and fellowshipping clergy community with cohort colleagues. Participants will attend selected lectures from the course Theology and Medicine, taught by Rev. S. Mark Heim, Ph.D. Visiting Professor at Yale Divinity School, and Rev. Ben Doolittle, M.D., Professor at Yale Medical School. The course explores the challenges of contemporary medicine from a theological perspective, and includes topics of traditional interest in both fields --- suffering, illness and healing--- set within the wide boundaries of human mortality and human flourishing. Outside of the classroom, participants will come together for reflection and discussion to consider the practical and contextual implications for the theoretical learning. Through this active engagement, theory and practice will be applied for ministry enrichment.

On program days, the cohort will meet at 12:00 pm for a gathering meal, attend a lecture from 1:30 – 4:30 pm, and conclude with a debrief session from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.

The plan for the program is as follows:
August 30, 2018 Initial Gathering
September 20, 2018 “What Kind of Religion is Good for your Health?”
October 4, 2018 Medicine, Faith, and Pain
November 8, 2018 The Health of Healers: Burnout and Coping among Physicians and Clergy
December 6, 2018 Closing Gathering Register now by completing the attached form.

A cohort of 15 clergy participants is being convened.
The cost of the program is $325.00.

Contact Rev. Debora Jackson, D.Min., Director, Lifelong Learning at Yale Divinity School by emailing or calling (203) 432-5330 for more information.

Applications are due on July 13, 2018.

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