Yolanda Y. Smith

Research Scholar and Lecturer in Christian Education

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Denomination: Baptist

Yolanda Y. Smith Research Scholar and Lecturer in Christian Education. Professor Smith’s teaching interests include the practice of Christian education with attention to the role of the arts, womanist theology, Christian education in the African American experience, and multicultural approaches to Christian education. She is the author of the book Reclaiming the Spirituals: New Possibilities for African American Christian Education and co-editor of Resources for Sacred Teaching with Mary Elizabeth Moore and Jeff Brockman. Her forthcoming book is titled Women’s Spirituality and Education in the Black Church. In addition, she has published a wide range of book chapters and articles in scholarly journals and church/denominational publications. Currently, she is engaged in a research and writing project, in collaboration with Moses N. Moore, Jr., titled “‘Been in the Storm So Long’: Yale Divinity School and the Black Ministry—One Hundred and Fifty Years of Black Theological Education.” In conjunction with this project, Smith and Moore have coauthored the articles “Solomon M. Coles: The First Black Student Officially Enrolled in Yale Divinity School,” “From the Archives: The Prophetic Ministry of Henry Hugh Proctor,” and “A West African at Yale Divinity School.” Professor Smith has served as a member of the Yale Divinity School Women’s Initiative on Gender, Faith, and Responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa and board member of the AIDS Interfaith Network, New Haven, Connecticut. She is a past member of the Religious Education/Scholars Subcommittee of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. She is currently serving as Program Chair and President-Elect of the Religious Education Association. An ordained Baptist minister, she has served as an associate minister and minister of evangelism and discipleship in the local church.


Education

B.A.E., Arizona State University
M.Ed., Arizona State University
M.Div., The School of Theology at Virginia Union University
M.A., Claremont School of Theology
Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology


Books

Reclaiming the Spirituals: New Possibilities for African American Christian Education (Pilgrim Press, 2004);

Resources for Sacred Teaching, co-edited with Mary Elizabeth Moore and Jeff Brockman (Allen J. Moore Multicultural Resource and Research Center, Claremont School of Theology, 1995); and

(In process), Women’s Spirituality and Education in the Black Church (forthcoming from Palgrave MacMillan)



Courses

Introduction to Christian Religious Education
Spirituality and Religious Education
Christian Education in the African American Experience
Black Women’s Spirituality and Christian Education
Preaching to the Whole Congregation through Multiple Ways of Knowing (co-taught with Thomas Troeger)
Women in Religious Education
Teaching the Bible in the Congregation
Youth, Culture, and Christian Education