Wondering with Children and Youth
Dr. Jeremy Myers, Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wondering about the Church
Peggy Hahn, Director for Way To Lead in the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod
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 the leaders we are called to be.