(Three-day course; 75 minutes each; select one)

Please see our schedule to get a sense for how each day flows, and don’t forget to reach out to our leaders individually if you want some one-on-one time to discuss your ministry and/or its areas of expertise!​

Leadership: Dr. Andrew Root

Description: Why is faith formation so hard? We’re confronted at every turn with the narrative of decline, the rise of the nones, the constant refrain to pastors and churches that “the world is changing.” But the most fundamental challenge facing the church today is that God is no longer an assumed reality. How might ministry, the church, and the role of the pastor need to shift when belief in God and transcendence is optional? What is faith in a secular age? And how can we help form it?

Location:  Stuart Hall

Leadership:  Rev. Erica Liu

 Faith in Jesus is faith in a flesh and blood body. Yet the Church’s relationship with flesh and blood bodies is complicated, to say the least. Young adults are often hyper-aware of the spoken and unspoken messages that churches give about bodies–around gender, sexuality, ability, race, ethnicity, size, health, power and more.

In this extended seminar, we will unpack the stories we tell about our bodies, the ones we are aware of and the ones we may not realize, so that we can more intentionally cultivate spaces for young adults to grow in faith. Some of the things we will explore include how our bodies interact with scripture, the ways we embody faith, and the power dynamics of bodies in various spaces.

Location: Stuart Hall

Leadership:  Rev. Dr. Christy Lang Hearlson

 In a world of consumer goods, it is easy to justify purchases by noting they are “cheap.” Yet so often, these goods are not at all cheap, but were produced at great costs by laborers elsewhere and at significant cost to the earth. How do we help young people today recognize their own immersion in consumer culture and respond to it faithfully, wisely, and with urgency? This extended seminar will introduce participants to various interpretations of consumer culture and help them understand their own involvement in consumerism. It will then offer insights from church history and theology, as well as from contemporary movements, into how we can move forward with youth into a new way of life

Location: Stuart Hall