INSPIRE 2019 Workshop Schedule:
Friday, May 3.2019
1:30 - 3:15 pm
1. Consent, Choice, and Autonomy in Youth Programs: Delaney Gunn
2. Finding Common Ground: Scott Reynolds
3. Music that Makes Community: Conie Borchardt
4. Passover Seder: An All Ages Interactive Experience: Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan
Friday, May 3.2019
1. Engaging Youth in Conversations of Sexuality: Kara Haug
2. Finding Common Ground: Scott Reynolds
3. Practical Resources for Children & Youth Ministry I: focus on games and drama: Carol Cox
Saturday, May 4.2019
10:45 am - 12:30 pm
1. What's your impact?: Monica Alas
2. Direct Action with Youth: Rachael Bullock & Laurel Dykstra
3. Empowering our Relationships with Internet Technology: Andrea McLaren
4. Contemplative Singing: Rachael Weasley
Saturday, May 4.2019
1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
1. Families and Church and their roles in the formation of our sexuality: Kara Haug
2. Practical Resources for Ministry with Children and Youth Ministry II: focus on art and cooking: Carol Cox
3. Queering Youth Programs: Delaney Gunn
4. Using Singing and Chants in Leadership: Rachael Weasley
DELANEY GUNN: Consent, Choice, and Autonomy in Youth Program
In light of the #metoo movement, many ask "what is consent?", "how do we learn and vocalize our own personal boundaries?" and "how do we facilitate youth in making healthy choices?". In this workshop we will explore how children and youth learn big and small moments of consent in childcare settings, how to incorporate informed consent into youth programs, and how decision-making creates responsibility and personal accountability in youth. This workshop will take place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples; the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
DELANEY GUNN: Queering Youth Program
One of the main reasons some queer, trans, and two-spirit youth will not attend many youth programs is because they are centered around cisgender identities. How can we change that? In what ways can our physical buildings, language, and attitudes change to celebrate queer, trans, and two-spirit youth? How can we support families with gender creative children? Together we will explore what we can shift on both personal and organizational levels. This workshop will take place on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples; the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
Delaney is a queer, non-binary, white settler from Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC). They have been making art since they could hold a crayon, and have been working with youth since 2009. First as a sexual and mental health peer educator with Island Health, then as a leader in many different organizations such as the Outdoor Adventure programs in the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria, support worker and facilitator for the Anti-Violence Project on the UVIC campus, touring three times with global non-profit Up with People, and they are now making community at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association, co-facilitating the out of school care youth program. Their favourite activities in youth work are playing with slime, finding beach glass, and eating snack.
SCOTT REYNOLDS: Finding Common Ground
For those who embrace a progressive theology it can be difficult to work with ecumenical partners who don’t share a progressive theological perspective. Yet in many instances finding ways to work together in the midst of these differences is fruitful, especially in rural communities where it’s often the only option for ecumenical or interfaith work. In this workshop we’ll learn together about how to establish common ground theologically, how to address important differences at the beginning of a new ecumenical relationship, and how to engage in conversation about important differences in ways that prioritize relationship-building as the ecumenical relationship matures.
SCOTT REYNOLDS: Ecumenical Youth Work
In many instances the number of children and youth in our congregations is quite small. This makes engaging in an ecumenical partnership to do this work appealing. But engaging ecumenically with children and youth is also particularly challenging. How do we discern whether or not an environment will be safe for all participants, especially when there may be significant differences between the ecumenical partners when it comes to understanding gender and sexuality. In this workshop we'll learn together about the ongoing discernment necessary to do ecumenical work with children and youth.
Scott Reynolds is a minister in rural Alberta for the Irma-Viking/Kinsella Pastoral Charge in the United Church of Canada. Scott has an MA in Public and Pastoral Leadership from Vancouver School of Theology and an MA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University. While living in British Columbia, Scott was involved in the Surrey Interfaith Council; he is now the Vice-Chair of the ministerial group in Viking and helps to organize ecumenical groups for children and youth in both Viking and Irma.
RABBI LAURA DUHAN-KAPLAN: Passover Seder: An All Ages Interactive Experience
The Passover Seder is an important annual home ritual in Jewish tradition. Because it’s done in small groups, everyone adapts it creatively for the interests and ages of their family and friends. After an introduction about the structure and possibilities, we’ll play with different roles and activities. Prepare for a fun, interactive, instructive, laughter-filled workshop.
KARA HAUG: Engaging Youth in conversations of sexuality
So often we recognize the need to talk about sex and sexuality, but do we know the difference? We feel ill-prepared and unequipped in knowing how to answer questions and what exactly we can say or not say to our youth. When the conversation of sex is brought up we too often equate that to our body parts, but there is more to sexual health and understanding sexuality then that. In this workshop we will distinguish the difference between sex and sexuality, learn how to start incorporating sexual health education within our church and youth programs, and learn how to engage and incorporate sexuality conversations into every day interactions.
KARA HAUG: Family and church and their roles in the formation of our sexuality
Our family of origin and the way we were socialized plays a key role in our sexuality and our understanding of relationships. In this workshop we will have the opportunity to explore those in an individualized way. We then will learn how the church can take on those same roles and either continue to lift us up or harm us. With this knowledge we will explore how we make a church a healing ground and innovator for healthy sexuality.
See Kara's bio in the keynote section.
Practical Resources for Children/Youth Ministry I : with a focus on games and drama
This hands on workshop will provide leaders with bible based games and activities for use on Sunday mornings or for mid week programs. It will also include tips on how to create your own games to suit any lesson.
Practical Resources for Children/Youth Ministry II : with a focus on art and cooking
This hands-on workshop will provide leaders with craft and cooking ideas that enable children and youth to explore bible stories in fun and creative ways.
Carol is a public school teacher, parent, tutor and has been an active volunteer in the United Church for over 30 years. She was instrumental in the formation, and running, of a Sunday morning children's program at Eagle Ridge United Church that has now grown to be one of the largest United Church Sunday School and Youth Programs in British Columbia. .
RACHAEL BULLOCK & LAUREL DYKSTRA: Direct Action with Youth
Young people want to “make a difference” “change things” “be taken seriously.” Try out skills and practices that support youth, young adults, families, elders and communities to be organizers, actors, and effective, accountable agents for change. How do we grow movements, practice non-violent direct action, share our message, stay accessible, sustain ourselves and one another for the long-haul? Come and find out.
Rachael Bullock currently spends most of her time at UBC studying the intersection of power, violence, and repair. Learning from grassroots communities pursuing holistic justice has deeply impacted her theological convictions and community involvement. One way Rachael has tried to engage with the quiet work of radical transformation is by staffing at various youth camps, including Salal + Cedar’s Sacred Earth Camp. When not busy with school or asking questions about human emotions and accountability, you can likely find her with friends, dog spotting, or in pursuit of a nap.
Laurel Dykstra, founder and gathering priest of Salal + Cedar an environmental justice ministry in the Diocese of New Westminster. I began my activism as a high school student in the anti-war and anti-apartheid movements in the 1980s and have experience in street theatre, popular education, program design, mentorship and community organizing for all ages. I spent more than a decade in Christian intentional communities including L’Arche and the Catholic Worker. I am an anti-racism trainer and served as the Anglican representative on the planning team for the BC Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event. I am a community-based popular educator and have written several books and many articles on the Bible justice. I have lived most of my life on Coast Salish territory and am an enthusiastic amateur naturalist and birder.
MONICA ALAS: What's Your Impact?
Are you passionate about social justice and making an impact in your community? This workshop will provide tools and resources on how to do community research and assess your impact. We will explore how our power and privilege intersects with our social justice efforts. We will also explore how to receive community feedback with an open mind, flexibility, and how to not take it personally. We will acknowledge that we are not perfect, we make mistakes and we learn everyday.
Monica came to Canada in 2015 from El Salvador. She is passionate about human rights and social justice. She supports the vision of social transformation for equity to every individual, making sure that no one is left behind in the process. She is still learning to explore the new world around her on her bike. Yes! her bike.
This workshop will be shared as one of our keynotes on Saturday.
Do’s and Don’ts of Indigenous Justice & Right Relationship work for Settlers
Are you a non-Indigenous person wanting to be involved in Indigenous justice, reconciliation and right relationship work but are afraid of flubbing it up? This workshop is for you! Come and discuss your fears, learn some basic "do's" and "don'ts", understand better what white privilege means in the context of this work, and be encouraged and inspired to take the first, second, third steps and beyond!
CONIE BORCHARDT: Music That Makes Community
Can singing foster engaging worship experiences that recognize our humanity and our possibility? In this workshop, we'll sing and experience songs led paperlessly and learn about a practice of song leading grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity that anyone can learn to enrich and enliven the life of their worship and community.
Conie Borchardt is a Listener + Vibration = Heart Artist interested in supporting the growth, transformation, and liberation of others through the sound and movement of their bodies individually and communally. A Luth-palian Sufi Dancer, she has served as Music Director in a couple of liturgical contexts, studied other religions thru the Dances of Universal Peace, and integrates these experiences as a spiritual director, a Full Voice coach (TM), a presenter with Music that Makes Community, and enthusiast of Interplay. Born with Korean and Germanic heritage on the ancestral lands of the Dakota people, in the state now known as Minnesota, Conie wanders about from St. Paul, about a mile's walk from the Bdote, the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. www.pointsoflightmusic.net
MUSIC THAT MAKES COMMUNITY
We are a non-profit organization working with ecumenical communities and leaders to empower and liberate communities’ spiritual life through singing.
Music that Makes Community mission is to help people connect and learn through singing. We do that by developing and teaching a practice of paperless song leading grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity for the benefit of musicians, clergy, congregants, students and lay leaders who want to use the practice to enrich and enliven their worship and community life.
ANDREA MCLAREN: Empowering our Relationships with Internet Technology
Did you know that the internet has been around for 25 years? Our use of internet technology has impacted so many aspects of our lives. How we use it can have negative and positive impacts on our ability to be present, our relationships, our well-being and bigger systems like the church and politics. At times it may feel like our use of tech is off balance. For those of us working with young people we see changes in and read research on the potential effects of technology use on young peoples’ development. It can feel daunting. What is our role in this? What can we do? This workshop will explore our relationship with internet technology through the lens of empowerment so that we can live and mentor more balanced empowered relationships with technology.
Andrea McLaren has a passion for people and connections that she brings to her work as a registered clinical counsellor, facilitator and researcher. She has worked and volunteered in the United Church for over 25 years and has focussed much of this time with youth and young adults. It was through her own experience as well as observations from working with younger people that Andrea first became curious about the impact of technology on well-being. She completed her thesis on this topic. In addition to her work, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing improv singing, experiencing the arts, reading, being in nature, travelling and meeting new people.
RACHAEL WEASLEY: Contemplative Singing
Worship together with gender-inclusive, grassroots-theology Taize-style chants written to sustain activists and connect us with a divine presence who is angry alongside us about poverty, racism, and gender oppression; a God who loves ambiguity, impurity, and embodied life. This mini contemplative retreat will include lots of singing together with guitar, some silence, and space for journaling or drawing.
RACHAEL WEASLEY: Using Singing and Chants in Leadership
Practice ways to incorporate chants and other short songs into your facilitation and leadership! We will experience various options, practice them a bit, and reflect with some discussion. Activities include using lectio divina on song lyrics, reading a passage out loud during instrumental accompaniment, and teaching songs non-verbally mid-worship.
Rachael Weasley (http://www.rachaelweasley.com) grew up in California, then studied music at Oberlin College (2005) and theology at Chicago Theological Seminary (2014). While grassroots-organizing in Chicago for economic and racial justice, she wrote her first book of centering meditation music, Songs of Contemplation for Activists and Christians. Rooted in incarnational process theology, these songs address a divine presence who walks alongside us and sustains our work of love and justice. Sheet music for her new album, Songs of Contemplation for Travelers and Troublemakers, was released in June 2018; and a recording of the new album is planned for 2019. Rachael, her partner David, and their new baby live in Bellingham, WA.