YOUTH MINISTRY SYMPOSIUM & WORKSHOP
Teenagers make adults anxious. Adults make teenagers anxious. God makes everyone anxious. Maybe that’s why youth ministry suffers such high amounts of burnout? Based on ten years of research in the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project (and Mark’s book Contemplative Youth Ministry), this workshop engages participants in creative exercises, contemplative practices, teaching sessions, discussion, and tested strategies to help churches, parents, and youth workers develop ministries that transition from anxiety to love, isolation to community, passivity to compassionate action. The experience blends aspects of a personal spiritual retreat day with learning about child and youth spiritual development processes.
Who should come? Parents, youth ministers and volunteers, and clergy leaders who care about the spiritual lives of young people – and their own!
When: Saturday, March 17, 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
Where: Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Denniston Hall, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Cost: $25, including lunch, scholarships available here
Contact: Jennifer Snow, Director of Extended Learning & Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Link: Register Here
Creating a culture of peace: active nonviolence workshop in Jesus’ Third Way
In these divisive times in our country it can be difficult to live out the Baptismal Covenant. The promises to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves,” “striving for justice and peace among all people,” and “respecting the dignity of every human being” feel very difficult to live out at times.
This is a highly-interactive, introductory workshop, designed to give participants new tools for respectful engagement in a wide variety of sticky situations. This is great for church leaders, teens, anyone dealing with difficult relatives or a difficult work situation, or even confirmation or adult inquirers classes. Jesus does show us a different way of living in community. Come engage with these practices.
When: Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: St. Paul’s, 114 Montecito Ave, Oakland