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Psalm 77:11- “I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord; I will remember your wonders of old.” NRSV

We live in a world where we often Wonder about who God is and what God does in the world. Those questions about God are even louder for the youth that we walk alongside. Practice Discipleship 2016 draws us back into wondering.

This year’s curriculum invites us to wonder anew what the almighty can do and does through the gift of the Holy Spirit. We’ll wonder with children and youth about creation, creativity, confirmation, prayer, service learning, and the church. We’ll do this knowing that our God is calling us into relationship. Join us and be a part of this wonder.

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2016 Webinars

Wondering at Creation -- Rev. Dr. Brian Peterson, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Lenoir-Rhyne University)

Given the scientifically-oriented culture within which we live and engage in God’s mission, we have an obligation to help our young people understand that what science teaches us about the universe is not only comprehensible within the context of faith, but can also nurture a healthy and faithful wonder at what it means to be part of, and stewards of, God’s creation.

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Wondering Creatively – Stephanie Burke, writer, actor, drama director and performance artist

Virtually every one of us is creative as a child, but as we grow older we often lose a sense of that wonder and freedom that comes with creativity. In this session we will re-imagine the concept of creativity, and through hands-on explorations rediscover and reignite God's creative presence and vision for our lives.

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Resources mentioned during the webinar:

Walking on Water: Reflections on
Faith and Art  -
Madeleine L'Engle

Drawn In: A Creative Process for Artists, Activists, and Jesus Followers  
-Troy Bronsink

Heart Steps: Prayers and Declarations
for a Creative Life  -Julia Cameron


Your Elusive Creative Genius  
-Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Creative Life: A Workbook for Unearthing the Christian  
-Alice S Bass

The Artist Way -Julia Cameron

Wondering about the Church- Peggy Hahn, Director of LEAD, Gulf Coast Synod (TX, LA)

Wondering about the church in a time of cultural shift. We were born for this. This is our watch as leaders and we want more than survival for our congregations and especially for the children, youth, and families we serve. This session will focus on developing the courage and faith necessary to become to leaders we are called to be.

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Conversational Intelligence- Judith Glaser
The Vanishing Neighbor- Marc Dunkelman


Wondering through Service Learning – Mark Jackson, Professor & Chair of Children, Youth & Family Studies, Director, Center for Community Engagement, Trinity Lutheran College

Service learning moves service projects and mission trips from one-time events to experiences that open minds and hearts to new ways of thinking and acting. For example, youth might ponder tough questions about poverty in your hometown, notice the incredible artistry within God's creation, or glimpse the wisdom of a senior citizen in a simple conversation. By emphasizing adequate preparation, intentional reflection, and sharing stories with others, service experiences can be brought to life in profound, astonishing ways.

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Wondering with Children and Youth– Dr. Jeremy Myers, Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Augsburg College

One of the most important things we can do for the children, youth and families we serve is to help them think theologically. Thinking theologically is not the memorization and regurgitation of dogma or doctrine. Rather, it is the active and fluid reflection on God's current and ongoing activity in our lives and communities. It is not reserved for only pastors or adults, it is for all of us. This workshop will help you discover ways to help children, youth and families wonder together about God and reflect on God's redemptive action in our world.

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Christopraxis: A Practical Theology- Andrew Root
The Cross in our Context: Jesus and the Suffering World- Douglas John Hall
Sleeping With Bread: Holding what Gives you Life- Dennis Linn

Wondering about Confirmation – Dr. Terri Elton, Associate Professor of Leadership, Luther Seminary

Confirmation is a ministry with a long history, yet what is the place of confirmation today? Wondering about Confirmation will suggest ways confirmation can continue to be an adaptive and vital congregation ministry in the 21st century

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Wondering in Prayer– Dr. Mindy Makant, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Lenoir-Rhyne University

We teach children the Lord’s Prayer and prayers for meals and bedtimes, and we often teach children how to pray for friends and family.  We often stop there.  But we are called to worship God with all of heart and soul and mind.  So, in this session we will explore prayer forms that engage the senses and the imagination, opening a space for us both to dwell and to wonder in God. 

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