"Keep It Real: Demands and Promises of Ministry with Black Youth"
Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly delivers a lecture entitled, "Keep It Real: Demands and Promises of Ministry with Black Youth." Assuring relevant and transforming ministry with today’s youth is one of the most important and difficult tasks of the Christian church. To accomplish this task with black youth, leaders must convey the promise of Christian living in tandem with working to counter negative messages these youth receive from a dominant and often racially unfriendly culture, personal crises, and generational separation. Dr. Wimberly will explore youth ministry leaders’ imperative attention to 3 Cs of urban youth ministry – Context, Critical Content, and Connection – that enables these leaders to ‘keep it real.’
"Tending the Sacred Souls of Teenage Girls"
Dr. Evelyn Parker delivers a lecture entitled, "Tending the Sacred Souls of Teenage Girls." Lives of young adolescent girls are plagued with struggles of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism and many other –isms. How does an adolescent girl foster her personal spirituality in the face of such beasts? Dr. Parker proposes that there are four essential components for nurturing a wholesome spirituality in adolescent girls: realization, resistance, resilience, and ritual. These four concepts and the practical ways in which they can be applied to the lives of young girls to help foster that strong sense of spirituality will be the cornerstone of this session.
"The Next Generation: Practicing Youth Ministry in the Global City"
Dr. Mark R. Gornik, Dr. Janice A. McLean Farrell, and Dean Maria Liu Wong deliver a lecture entitled, "The Next Generation: Practicing Youth Ministry in the Global City." This session will examine the practices of youth ministry in the global city, especially among African, Asian, West Indian, and Latin America churches. As new and globally linked churches in the United States are established, the transmission of faith between generations is a primary concern for parents and church leaders. Given this concern and the context of urban life, what are the opportunities and challenges for youth ministry in the city? This session will be based on the findings and ongoing activities of the Next Generation Project conducted by City Seminary of New York.
"Mining Potential in Latino Youth: Lessons Learned From Serving Youth in an Urban, Cultural Context"
Pastors Rebecca and Jorge Gonzales will deliver a lecture entitled, "Mining Potential in Latino Youth: Lessons Learned From Serving Youth in an Urban, Cultural Context." Regardless of the economic, cultural, and language barriers our youth face, they have the God-given potential to succeed in life. A listening heart, unconditional love, and safe-spaces instill confidence that transforms. We’ll share stories from our life’s work – “nuggets” found in the midst of poverty, abuse, violence and apathy.
"Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men"
Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, III delivers a lecture entitled, "Cut Dead but Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men." To cut dead means to refuse to acknowledge another with the intent to punish. Dr. Ellison says this is the plight of many African American young men. They are stigmatized with limited opportunity, silenced, rarely seen, and made vulnerable by a lack of sustained introspection. In this lecture, we will explore ways in which caregivers can sow seeds of life into the minds of young African American men that can lead to a flourishing life.
"Live, Love, Learn...Lead: Sustainable Leadership for Youth Ministry"
Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "Live, Love, Learn...Lead: Sustainable Leadership for Youth Ministry."
"Discerning and Communicating Vision and Mission"
Rev. Skip Masback delivers a lecture entitled, "Discerning and Communicating Vision and Mission"
"Social Media: What You Need to Know (Part I)"
Dr. Angela Gorrell delivesr a lecture entitled, “Social Media: What You Need to Know (Part I): Addressing the Negative Effects of Social Media with Youth Struggling with Bullying, Marginalization, Anxiety and Low Self-Esteem.”
"Social Media: What You Need to Know (Part II)"
Dr. Angela Gorrell delivers a lecture entitled, “Social Media: What You Need to Know (Part II): Using the Positive Potential of Social Media to Engage and Build Community with Youth Struggling with Isolation and Alienation.”
"Burnout in the Gap: Youth Ministry in the Midst of Adversity"
Dr. Sarah F. Farmer and Dr. Angela Gorrell deliver a lecture entitled, “Burnout in the Gap: Youth Ministry in the Midst of Adversity.”
"Youth on Lockdown: Ministry to Youth on the Pipeline to Prison"
Dr. Sarah F. Farmer delivers a lecture entitled,”Youth on Lockdown: Ministry to Youth on the Pipeline to Prison.”
"Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts: Using Art to Heal the Effects of Trauma"
Dr. Sarah F. Farmer delivers a lecture entitled,”Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts: Using Art to Heal the Effects of Trauma.”
"Incubators for Joy"
Dr. Clark and Dr. Ketcham deliver a lecture entitled, “Incubators for Joy.” God created us to flourish. Yet family instability can rob many young people of joy-filled lives when unattended painful experiences give rise to sorrow-filled lives. We explain how family instability disrupts adolescent joy and empower youth ministers to care for hurting teenagers by creating communities that act as “incubators” for the joy God intends.
"Forging Fearless Communities: Seeing and Hearing to Overcome Fear"
The Rev. Dr. Ellison and Georgette Ledgister deliver a lecture entitled, “Forging Fearless Communities: Seeing and Hearing to Overcome Fear.” Fear undercuts one’s ability to fully experience or express joy by muting and rendering one invisible. This session explores the four fundamental fears that inform generational divides and acts of exclusion. Participants learn strategies to see every member of our communities of faith as whole persons.
Nurturing Joy: Supporting the Emotional Lives of Adolescents"
Dr. Reilly, Dr. Farmer & Ms. Hyde deliver a lecture entitled, “Nurturing Joy: Supporting the Emotional Lives of Adolescents.” Youth ministers are critical sources of early identification and support for adolescents dealing with mental illness. Participants learn about adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicidality along with concrete ways that a theological community might offer assistance.
"ReVisoning Teen Sexuality or Addressing Sexuality: Relational Joy and Embodied Flourishing"
Dr. Ott and Ms. Carter deliver a lecture entitled, “ReVisioning Teen Sexuality or Addressing Sexuality: Relational Joy and Embodied Flourishing.” Sexuality and relationships are a major aspect of teen development. Instead of embracing the joy that healthy, holistic and ethically and developmentally appropriate sexuality can manifest in our lives, many youth ministry programs treat any expression of sexuality as a risk to be suppressed. Together, we address why and how to integrate sexuality education throughout the faith formation experiences of teens.
"Joy in the Aftermath of Violence"
The Rev. Dr. Baker and Dr. Reyes deliver a lecture entitled, “Joy in the Aftermath of Violence.” Like the writers of Lamentations and Psalms, adolescents cry out to God and to the leaders of the community to deliver them from interpersonal and structural violence. Using an interdisciplinary framework to understand how violence affects youth psycho-spiritually, we offer practices that promote flourishing for youth pastors, community workers, and youth themselves.
Dr. Allan Hugh Cole, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel deliver a lecture entitled, “Mentoring Youth for Joy in Anxious Times.” The lecture focuses on the pervasiveness of anxiety in the lives of adolescents, reasons for this trend, and ways for supporting adolescents, appealing to the practice of mentoring as a conduit for resilience and joy. Dr. Cole is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Undergraduate Programs, and Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously he served for eleven years on the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX, the last four as Academic Dean. Rev. Dr. Philip Browning Helsel, is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier and Rev. Ruben Ortiz deliver a lecture entitled, “Thriving Grace: Hope’s Agenda Setting.” While practical theology has defined thriving in the language of scholars, what does thriving mean for young people and youth pastors living in urban poverty as the reality of their lives? Beginning with the description of the context of urban poverty, its problems and effects on youth, we will bring into conversation the voices and disciplines of youth, ministers, professors, theorists of urban studies and theologians. Rev. Dr.Conde-Frazier is Academic Dean and Vice President of Education at Esperanza College of Eastern University. Rev. Ortiz has served in urban ministry for 30 years and is Director of National Programs at Esperanza.
Dr. James K. A. Smith and Dr. Kyle David Bennett deliver a lecture entitled, “Looking for Joy in All the Wrong Places: An Augustinian Guide to our Anxieties.” This lecture considers how the duplex of anxiety and anger—fostered and fomented by the rituals of distraction—are both generators and fruit of idolatries. But we will also consider what it might look like to overcome these inhibitors, to find rest and arrive home to joy. Dr. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Dr. Bennett is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Spirituality and Leadership Institute at Caldwell University.
"Paul's Not-So-Secret Secret: Belonging and Christian Freedom in the Midst of Affliction"
Dr. Michal Beth Dinkler and the Rev. Skip Masback deliver a lecture entitled, "Paul's Not-so-Secret Secret: Belonging and Christian Freedom in the Midst of Affliction." Maya Angelou said once in an interview, "You are only free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great." Paul traced the Christian path to this freedom with a secret he blabbed from one end of the ancient world to the other. As he framed his secret in his letter to the Philippians: "I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me." (4:12-13). This lecture explores how our youth might claim this freedom Paul calls them to and offer youth workers practical suggestions for helping individuals and youth open their lives to "him who strengthens" us.
"Fake Joy: Substance Abuse and Young People's Thirst for Wholeness"
Dr. Joyce Mercer and Rev. Charles Edward Atkins, Jr. deliver a lecture entitled, “Fake Joy: Substance Abuse and Young People’s Thirst for Wholeness.” In this lecture, we look at substance abuse as offering false joy to youth. We share a strengths-based model for working with incarcerated youth that can be engaged with young people in other settings, that supports their genuine quest for joy against the seductive false joy of substance abuse. Dr. Mercer is a scholar-researcher, teacher, writer, retreat leader, and professor of Pastoral Care and Practical Theology at Yale Divinity School. Charles Edward Atkins, Jr.’s work focuses on religious practice in incarcerated communities. Charles is an ordained minister who currently works as a full-time Chaplain with the N.J. Department of Corrections at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility.