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


Kristin Johnson
Program Coordinator, Youth in Mission


Jan Boden
Director of Communication and Marketing

The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

Back to top