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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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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February 2021

A Journey with LGBTQ+ and Immigrant Youth

February 3, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The journey of LGBTQ+ and immigrant youth are both beautiful and complex. In this presentation, Yadi Martinez-Reyna shares a glimpse into their various journeys and the worlds they navigate and negotiate with as they try to find a sense of belonging. Yadi will provide resources and ideas on how to create a safe and brace space for them and all young people. Through lecture, dialogue, and open conversation, Yadi will invite you to reflect on the following questions: How do we create space for young people who are…

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March 2021

Innovation, Imagination, and Frustration: New Directions for Youth Ministry

March 3, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Everyone knows that existing models for caring for teens (especially in ecclesial contexts) are pretty tired. The problem is that the church in North America often struggles to do excellent and compelling work. It also struggles to innovate. This webinar will explore some basic ideas to stimulate your imagination about how to impact teens/young adults in your community through innovative thinking. We will look at an innovative model of ministry that has been developed in the Pacific Northwest and it’s…

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April 2021

Adventures in Space-Making with the Rev. Phiwa Langeni

April 7, 2021, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

If you've ever wondered about ways to better engage with LGBTQ+ youth in your setting, you'll want to join this webinar as the Rev. Phiwa Langeni shares about their experiences in youth ministry and, most recently, founding Salus Center, Lansing, Michigan's only LGBTQ+ resource and community center. In addition to learning practical tips on language, pronouns, and other queer-related issues, you'll gain insights on simple changes you can make in your own practices to create space for LGBTQ+ youth and…

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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