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Deeper Dives

These learning opportunities provide more time to dig into a topic for learning and conversation. Most of the Deeper Dive options don't require pre-registration or an additional fee. Dives will additional fees and pre-registration are indicated with an "*".


Bible Stories as Middle Eastern Stories

How can we read and share Biblical stories not just as stories of humanity, but specifically as the stories of Middle Eastern people? With Middle Eastern and North African people underrepresented in popular culture, many young people in our congregations may only hear about MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) folks in the news. But in our churches we are often sharing stories of Middle Eastern folks to mostly non-Middle Eastern audiences. How can we view these stories through an inclusive lens and help deepen the understanding of the Bible and this region through our teaching? We will explore how we can tell stories through a Middle Eastern lens, discuss the importance of eliminating "white Jesus" imagery from churches, and dive into how we can tell stories of the Holy Land from a Palestinian perspective.

Dive Leader: Danielle Dadashi

Danielle Dadashi is a lifelong Lutheran who has served as the High School Ministries Director and Online Ministries Director at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland, WA for over a decade. As an Iranian American and a Lutheran, she feels called to tell Biblical stories in ways that are historically accurate and culturally-aware while creating a loving, safe, and welcoming faith community where teenagers can form relationships with each other and God. She loves traveling, reading, and telling jokes that make teenagers roll their eyes.

Faithification 2.0: Designing Faith Formation Games

This Deeper Dive follows up on the 2020 workshop introducing gamification in faith formation settings. We will begin with a refresher in some of the techniques for gamifying any sort of education, and connecting how gamification principles can enhance faith formation in your ministry setting. Then, we will dig into the details, and each participant will design their own game and learn the next steps in how to publish and bring your dream to fruition!

Dive Leader:  Rev. Stephanie Luedtke

Stephanie LuedkeStephanie a minister and teacher who is always looking for creative new ways to engage people in growing in their faith, and who likes to think outside the box. She has discovered a love for speculative and science fiction and likes to dream of the church of the future.

Art With Jesus*

This class is going to explore the concept of bible journaling as a faith practice. We will create our own journals and then in a fun and creative way, walk step by step through the creative process. In the time spent in this class you will learn how to creatively connect to your faith in a tangible and meaningful way. You will learn how God sees us as creative and artist even when we don’t think of ourselves that way, and will leave refreshed and renewed in the practice of documenting your faith.

Special Note: This Deeper Dive requires pre-registration and has a supply fee of $25 required at the time of registration.

Dive Leader: kELSEY vICKERY

Kelsey Vickery

Kelsey Vickery is excited to share her favorite faith practice with you! She is a mom, a wife, and a children’s ministry director from Houston TX, but in my spare time Kelsey loves to use Bible journaling as a way to document and express faith. She has been Bible journaling for more than 5 years now and it has totally changed her life. This practice allows a creative and fun place to look back on all the major life changes that have happened over the last few years from getting married, to moving away from home, having a baby, and even how she felt during the pandemic.

We Belong Together

As our youth networks grow and expand, we are compelled to  look at changing demographics, vulnerable populations, diverse needs, and social conditions of the communities we serve. This workshop will be a catalyst to create a more inclusive younger culture that will support belonging within youth ministry for everyone. Research indicates that participation in high quality activities and programs associated with improved and intentional social relationships is key and critical to assure equitable access and inclusive engagement. This deeper dive session brings the participant into focus for strategic development of a more inclusive, diverse, and accessible youth ministry.

Dive Leader: Rev. Lamont Wells

Rev. Lamont Anthony Wells is the Program Director for LuMin/ Campus Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LuMin is a network of over 240 colleges and universities. He is also the National President of the African Descent Lutheran Association. 

Pastor Wells is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Interdenominational Theological Center, both in Atlanta, Ga; and has studied at Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University.

As a dynamic speaker, Rev. Wells is frequently called to share prophetic messages of ecumenism and social justice which motivates him as a leader and community organizer.

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