Continuing Education Event Information

Upcoming Events

Leadership and Hybrid Ministry in the New Media Landscape with the Rev. Dr. Angela Gorrell
Location: Zoom
Date: January 8, 15, 22, and 29; 11 am - 1 pm Eastern

There Living in a new media landscape is as daunting as it is exhausting. You may be feeling fresh out of resilience, creativity, and agility. This course will help you to lean into your expertise while attending to what matters most for ministry in a new media landscape. This course is based on my book, always on: practicing faith in a new media landscape, which draws on the research of media scholars (e.g. Jenkins, Campbell, Rheingold, Baym), religious scholars (e.g. Volf, Tanner, Smith, Bass), and educators (e.g. Palmer, Freire, Brookfield) to equip people like you to lead communities toward flourishing in a new media landscape. Participants completing this course will gain:

  • Deeper understanding of the new media landscape, especially its theological and cultural implications
  • Space to explore, imagine, and reflect on hybrid ministry (online + in-person ministry)
  • Practical ways to do hybrid ministry well
  • Concrete actions to help others flourish in a new media landscape

Register at: Leadership & Hybrid Ministry in the New Media Landscape*

*The cost of this class is on a sliding scale at $75, $125, and $175. There is a limited number of full scholarships available. Contact Brandon Nappi here regarding scholarships.

The Sequel: Jesus Continued in the Book of Acts
Location: Zoom
Date: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; 7:30 pm

Luke’s intro to the Book of Acts summarizes his whole 24-chapter Gospel — Jesus’ birth, childhood, teaching, preaching, wonder-working, passion, death, and resurrection — as “all that Jesus began to do and teach.” (Acts 1.1) To our author, the brilliant life and ministry of Jesus was just the beginning — a start that the church would continue as Christ’s body in the world. The well-told stories of Acts recount the ways a small group of Jewish men and women in Jerusalem grew and expanded to move the Way of Jesus into cities around the Mediterranean Sea and, ultimately, beyond. This class will offer a close reading of this fascinating and faith-forward account.

The eight sessions will occur on January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. After attending all eight sessions, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Register at: The Sequel: Jesus Continued in the Book of Acts

Developing Your Praxis for Building Diverse Youth Communities
Location: Zoom
Date: February 7; 12 - 1:30 pm

In this interactive presentation and dialogue, we explore youth identity development from understanding the synergies between holding multiple identities, for example, Black, neurodivergent, LGBTQIA. Geared toward youth leaders, layperson, and youth ministers we develop approaches of how oppression, power, and privilege may operate across systems. The overall goal is to develop approaches of how to create safer spaces for youth in their relationships and community building efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the relationship between oppression, power, and privilege
  • Review key findings from State of Mental Health of Youth of Color - Aakoma Project
  • Assess and understand developmental challenges of identity development in today’s social political climate
  • Understand role of active listening and emotional intelligence skills

Register at: Developing Your Praxis for Building Diverse Youth Communities

Teaching Holy Troublemaking: Resources for Progressive Christian Formation
Location: Zoom
Date: March 6; 12 - 1:30 pm

These are holy troublemaking times, and our youth want to grapple with life’s big questions. Catching courage and hope from the stories we tell of beloved saints—both conventional and unconventional—who have faced challenges and managed to stay rooted in joy, justice, and the beloved community is enormously helpful. Stories are how we and the young people in our lives imagine how things could be, and discover what it takes to make positive change.

Join author Daneen Akers and Christian educator Wendy Claire Barrie as they talk about progressive faith formation especially through the lens of the middle-grades anthology Holy Troublemakers & Unconventional Saints and its companion curriculum. Hear ideas for how the stories of people like Bayard Rustin, Wangari Maathai, Thich Nhat Hahn, Mr. Rogers, Valarie Kaur, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Rev. Gafney, Rumi, and more can connect with adolescents. There will be time for break-out sessions and sample curriculum. Bring your questions!

Register at: Teaching Holy Troublemaking

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