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Discover new resources for ministry at “Sacred Stories: Youth Faith Formation in an Interfaith World” conference

Posted Feb 25, 2010

Connect with other youth ministry workers and gain new interfaith youth ministry resources April 12-14, 2010, at “Sacred Stories: Youth Faith Formation in an Interfaith World,” Youth in Mission’s second annual youth ministry conference at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. 

Hannah McConnaughay of the Interfaith Youth Core, will present “Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Navigating Religious Diversity and Identity.” 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 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. McConnaughay is a Christian committed to the call to work for justice. 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.

Workshops and large group activities include:

  • “Sharing and Extending ‘Sacred Stories’ to Your Ministry and Community,” led by

Kristen Glass, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Katy Resop, Program Assistant for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, both of the ELCA’s Vocation and Education unit

  • “The Living Fire: Practical Tips for Organizing Faith Communities and Youth to Meet the Environmental Challenge,” presented by Jon Magnuson, Lutheran Campus Pastor at Northern Michigan University and Director of the Cedar Tree Institute
  • “Common Action for the Common Good: How to Organize an Interfaith Service-Learning Event,” led by Hannah McConnaughay, Program Associate in the Outreach Education and Training Department of Interfaith Youth Core
  • Interfaith Panel Discussion

Conference registration is $90/per person plus housing and transportation costs. The registration deadline is March 12, 2010. For more information on YIM’s youth ministry workers’ conference, including registration, please visit the conference website: http://yim.lstc.edu/conference/index.php or call us at 800-635-1116, ext. 725.

In connection with the youth ministry conference, Youth in Mission will host its second annual Silent Auction and Benefit Dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, April 13, with all proceeds benefiting Youth in Mission’s ministry at LSTC.

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 forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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