Lunch & Lecture Series

Lunch & Lecture Series

Not Your Mother’s Youth Group: Ministry to Youth in 2020
Lunch & Lecture Series

Join us for a series of lectures on the changes that the future holds as it relates to the youth today and how youth ministry has changed from COVID-19. We will hold all of the gatherings on Zoom. Our speakers include: Nathan Stucky, Laurie Santos, Jannah Scott, Andrew Wicks and Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer. As always, the lectures are free and open to the public. Additional details to follow shortly!

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September 2020

Nathan Stucky on Wrestling with Rest in a COVID World

September 9, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In all our time in life and ministry, have our calendars ever looked like they look amid pandemic? So much simply disappeared: coffee dates, graduations, youth group, and soccer. All gone. So much to grieve. Our rhythms of work and rest have been utterly discombobulated. Is this Sabbath? Who are we when our calendars turn upside down? We feel acutely the difficulty of this moment, but we also sense the gifts this moment brings. Will we learn what we need…

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October 2020

Just Breathe: Resilience Strategies for Today’s Youth & Youth Workers

October 14, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In the first six months of 2020, today’s children and youth have lived through so many soul-provoking experiences. With the advent of COVID-19 illness and death, quarantines, school closures, summers on hold, graphic depictions of violence, the prospect of not going back to school or going back in a socially distanced fashion, and difficult imagery and discussion around issues of race and justice, youth have a lot of questions—and some even have deep concerns and fears. Add this to the…

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November 2020

The Science of Well-Being

November 4, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The most popular course in the more than three-century history of Yale, “The Science of Well Being” highlights research that reveals misconceptions about what makes us happy — and the concrete steps we can take to live a more fulfilling life. Yale Professor Laurie Santos has taken this course and created a new version specifically for high school aged youth. Join us for a conversation about how youth (and youth workers) can improve their mental and physical health. To register…

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December 2020

A New Vision of Youth Ministry Beyond the Walls of the Church: Mission Work and Outdoor Ministry

December 2, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Andrew Wicks and the Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer will explore the ways in which outdoor ministry and mission work are evolving and engaging youth today. It will also provide tangible tools for youth ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic and more broadly in the 21st century. To register for this event click here.

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Video Archive

Lectures and interview clips from this program are archived here, for you to explore.

Dr. Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne

On Grace

Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo

Dr. Almeda Wright, Dr. Anne Wimberly, and Dr. Sarah Farmer

Memory and Joy

Almeda M. Wright, Anne E. Streaty Wimberly

Culture, Joy, Memory, Multi-Ethnic Contexts, Pastoral Care
Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Awe and Wonder

Abigail Visco Rusert, Kenda Creasy Dean

Faith Formation, Joy, Purpose, Vocation
Mary Elizabeth Moore and Yara Gonzalez-Justiniano


Mary Elizabeth Moore, Yara Gonzalez-Justiniano

Faith Formation, Pedagogy
Dr. Stephanie Paulsell and Vanessa Zoltan

Imagination & Creativity

Stephanie Paulsell, Vanessa Zoltan

Arts, Community, Imagination & Creativity, Joy, Ritual, Sacred Narrative, Spirituality
David Rahn

Sabbath Rest

Dave Rahn, Ebonie Davis

Joy, Sabbath Rest, Self-Care
Rev. Mike Park and Dr. Kara Powell


Kara Powell, Mike Park

Community, Joy, Youth Group
Robert Emmons and Marc Afshar


Marc Afshar, Robert Emmons

Gratitude, Relationship
Dr. Almeda Wright and Nyle Fort


Almeda M. Wright, Nyle Fort

Activism, Agency, Boundaries, Joy, Social Justice
Courtney Goto

Holding Lightly

Courtney Goto, Lakisha Lockhart

Imagination & Creativity, Joy
Kenda Creasy Dean


Kenda Creasy Dean, Wes Ellis

Boundaries, Friendship, Joy