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Explore youth ministry in an interfaith world at Youth in Mission's 2nd annual Youth Ministry Workers' Conference

Posted Dec 1, 2009

In an increasingly interfaith world, how can youth experience other religions and connect more deeply with their own spiritual and faith traditions?

"Sacred Stories: Youth Faith Formation in an Interfaith World," Youth in Mission's second annual youth ministry workers' conference, on April 12-14, 2010, at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will help youth ministry workers find and develop new approaches to interfaith issues facing our youth. The conference's keynote speaker will be Hannah McConnaughay, Program Associate in the Outreach Education and Training Department of the Interfaith Youth Core.

Conference registration is open from November 16, 2009 - March 12, 2010. Fees are $80/person until January 15th and $90/person beginning January 16th, plus housing and transportation costs.

More information including workshop options, leaders, and the conference schedule will be announced at a later date on the conference website: http://yim.lstc.edu/conference/index.php.

For more information on YIM's youth ministry workers conference, including registration, please consult our website at http://yim.lstc.edu/ or call us at 800-635-1116, ext. 725.

"Through the Interfaith Youth Core, I was able to learn about the many different belief systems that exist, ideologies and philosophies people have that are absolutely amazing…It has changed me completely, it made me much more open-minded and accepting at others' beliefs and traditions, teaching me to accept and embrace diversity in its fullest," says Interfaith Youth Core program participant, Silvia, 17.

Interfaith Youth Core's programs help form relationships of mutual respect and dialogue among youth of different faiths. They focus on how youth can live out shared values of hospitality and caring for the Earth for the betterment of our communities.

Hannah McConnaughay's work in the Outreach Education and Training Department of the Interfaith Youth Core takes her to college campuses and conferences to promote religious pluralism and offer skills trainings. She has worked with interfaith leaders and service programs in cities around the world and at colleges, including Yale University, Berea College, and the University of Illinois. Hannah is developing a nationwide interfaith curriculum for youth in the Unitarian Universalist Association and is a former site coordinator of Inspired to Serve, the first federally funded interfaith service program. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and Economics from the University of Chicago and has worked in the fields of rape crisis, social work, and educational enrichment programming. Hannah is a Christian, committed to the call to work for justice and commune with all people that her faith has taught her.

Youth in Mission was originally funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., for the purpose of encouraging young people to explore their gifts for ministry and to consider a profession of serving others through the church. Lilly continues to fund the YIM programs through a matching grant, and LSTC continues to seek individuals or congregations who wish to partner with us in this ministry. To invest in the future of YIM programs please contact Jessica Nipp at jnipp@lstc.edu.

Contact:

Kristin Johnson
Program Coordinator, Youth in Mission
773-256-0754
kjohnson@lstc.edu

 

Jan Boden
Director of Communications
773-256-0744
jboden@lstc.edu

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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