INSPIRE Workshop Schedule:
Friday, February 23/2018
1:30 - 3:15 pm
1. Making Social Change 101: Christine Boyle
2. Talking to your Youth Group about Sex: Caleb Crainer
3. Confirming the Faith of Youth: Katherine Douglass
4. You know a great Story when you hear it: Rebecca Anderson
5. Gender Justice: Anna White
Friday, February 23/2018
1. Talking to your Youth Group about Sex: Caleb Crainer
2. Reviving Church Loudly: Jason Brian Santos
3. Reconciliation as a Spiritual Practice: Melanie Delva
4. Social Identity, Power and Difference: A Primer: Camille Dumond
5. Colonization and Hara (the gut): Tada Hozumi
6. Music that Makes Community
Saturday, February 24/2018
10:45 am - 12:30 pm
1. After Paradise: Jason Brian Santos
2. You know a great story when you hear it: Rebecca Anderson
3. Godly Play 101: Cathy Cryder
4. Youth Ministry 101/Best Practices: Karen Bridges
5. Reconciliation as a Spiritual Practice: Melanie Delva
Saturday, February 24/2018
3:45 - 5:30 pm
1. Imaging God in Ministry: Katherine Douglass
2. Practical Resources for Ministry with Children and Youth: Carol Cox
3. Christian Identity Politics: Carolina Glauster
4. Spirited Arts Movement/Let’s Create Together: Karen Bridges
5. Social Identity, Power and Difference: A Primer: Camille Dumond
JASON BRIAN SANTOS: Reviving Church Loudly:
How Intergenerational Spiritual Formation May Be Our Only Hope
Building on the argument presented in the Killing Church Softly keynote, this workshop addresses why intergenerational spiritual formation is necessary to revive the church in our current cultural contexts. By examining identity formation theories that shed light on the current religious malaise among young adults and offering insight toward a more communal understand of discipleship, the presenter will make a case for Intergenerationality and its capacity to reshape the future of the church.
JASON BRIAN SANTOS: After Paradise: Sustaining Spiritual Formation After Sabbath Encounters
Mission trips, conferences, camps and retreats all have one thing in common–they often send our young people home from “mountain top” Sabbath like experiences without the means to sustain their transformation in every day life. Based off a ten-year study on the pilgrims of Taizé, this workshop endeavors to uncover why sustaining formation is so difficult after experiencing spiritual transformation in episodic environments by reframing these places of transformation as “Sabbath Community.” In doing so, we’re able to see how sustaining spiritual practices after experiencing Sabbath, might really be possible.
See Jason's bio in the Keynote Section.
REBECCA ANDERSON: You know a great story when you hear it -- but what makes it work? In this workshop, you'll be introduced (or get to know better) the craft of storytelling, strengthen you style, and use structure intentionally and creatively for maximum impact. Offer and receive the kind of feedback that makes everyone's stories better.
In this active and interactive event, we’ll think outside our usual stories -- thinking beyond what "counts" as a story worth telling in a faith community. To that end, our storytelling session will help you
KATHERINE DOUGLASS: Imaging God in Ministry
This workshop will take ideas presented in Katherine's keynote and equip leaders to begin to develop a plan for using art in their ministry, specifically related to the unique contextual challenges of their setting.
KATHERINE DOUGLASS: Confirming the Faith of Youth
This workshop will share the findings of The Confirmation Project Research, which visited 24 congregations and camps and surveyed over 2000 congregations in the United States to understand confirmation. This workshop will focus on the role of parents in confirmation as well as teaching practices that are culturally responsive.
See Kathryn's bio in the keynote section.
CALEB CRAINER: Talking With Your Youth Group About Sex
Oh God, not the birds and the bees talk! What about the birds and birds and bees and bees? How do I talk to young adults about STI’s? What should parents know about dating? How do I council LGBTQ teens going through trouble at home or at school? Does religion have anything coherent to offer in an age of Tinder and Birth Control? What do I need to know? What is Netflix and Chill? The landscape of modern sexuality is probably very different than many of us experienced growing up. Many religious groups have responded with intensely sex-negative stances promoting “biblical mandates for abstinence” or other nonsense. These programs leave kids with more questions than answers and close off important dialogue that can help them cultivate meaningful and healthy relationships. In this workshop, out-gay-Lutheran, Pastor Caleb, will introduce some helpful ways to begin these conversations with youth groups, acknowledging that a big part of the awkwardness may be due to intergenerational-communication differences. We will talk about why Youth Group is a very important place for sex conversations and when outside expertise might be handy. Pastor Caleb will share some current resources and facilitate discussion so leaders can share ideas with each other.
CATHY CRYDER: Godly Play 101
This introductory workshop to Godly Play is just that...an introduction to the world of Godly Play. You will experience Godly Play as a learner, share in a biblical story and be introduced to the room and its design. You will learn about the various resources available to people looking to engage Godly Play in their own settings.
Cathy works as Minister with Children, Youth and Families at Dunbar Ryerson United Church in Vancouver.
Cathy was introduced to Godly Play in 2003 and was certified as a Godly Play trainer in 2008. She continues to be moved and inspired by the ways Godly Play creates sacred space and time for children’s encounters with God.
MELANIE DELVA: Reconciliation as a spiritual practice
“Reconciliation” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous settler and newcomer Canadians has become a buzz-word in the last 3 years since the completion of the mandate of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the release of its report with the 94 Calls to Action. But what does reconciliation really mean, what does it look like in reality, and why should we care? Using as a foundation the assertion that reconciliation is a spiritual practice for Christians, this workshop will briefly look at the history of how we got to where we are, where we are as a church today in terms of reconciliation initiatives, ways reconciliation can be stunted and good intentions can go awry, and stories of reconciliation in action. Through communal questioning, conversation, and collage, together we will dream of what a continually reconciling Body of Christ can look like today and in the future!
Melanie is Reconciliation Animator for the Anglican Church of Canada. Born and raised on Treaty 4 Territory in Manitoba, she graduated with her Masters in Archival Studies in 2005 and was Archivist for the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster and Provincial Synod of BC & Yukon for 12 years. Through her close work with the Canadian Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Melanie underwent a personal and professional transformation with regards to her outlook and understanding of relationships with Indigenous peoples and reconciliation in Canada. She works in Vancouver BC on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations where she lives with her knitted mule, Jax and a variety of oft-neglected plants.
ANNA WHITE: Gender Justice
This is an opportunity to unpack our own experience of gender! Through group work, creative arts,
reflection and sharing we will learn about how sexism and cis-sexism hurt all of us, and identify ways our
faith communities can engage in consensual allyship.
Anna White lives on the unceded ancestral land of the Musqueam, Squamish, Sto:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. As the Camp Director for UBC's CampOUT!, her work is informed by 20 years of social justice leadership, facilitation, and program development in intergenerational settings. Her passion drives community development projects which: strive to embody radical welcome, create space for personal and group development, share tools for building inclusive communities, and spark positive and meaningful social change. You may also find her hiking in the forest with her pup or reading nerdy
science fiction to fuel her imagination.
CHRISTINE BOYLE: Making Social Change 101
Do you find yourself wondering 'how can I make a real difference on this issue'? Social change doesn't happen through brute effort alone - It requires organizing, strategy, timing, strong communication, and sometimes a little luck. Join us to explore different social change frameworks, tools, and theories that can help place your work within a larger context, and can help us see the value in different approaches to social change work.
Rev. Christine Boyle is a community organizer, communications strategist, and Minister of Community Life at Canadian Memorial United Church. She has an MA in ‘Religious Leadership for Social Change’ from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
CAMILLE DUMMOND: Social Identity, Power and Difference: A Primer
Focusing on similarities and shared experiences with youth groups is a great way to start building connections. An important next step is to explore differences and how they impact the lives of the youth we encounter. Many youth are coming with incredibly diverse experiences and identities that may or may not be reflected in the identities of the leadership team. These identities are often linked to differences in access to social power, and ability to define what is 'normal' and 'good'. It is essential that we are aware of how power and social identity are connected in our own lives if we wish to avoid reinforcing harmful messages and systemic barriers that limit, instead of support, the diverse youth we serve. This experiential, intro workshop will give you a starting map to understand and unpack power, social identity and difference in your own life, as well as in your work with children and youth.
Camille Dumond lives and works at the intersection of healing and social justice. She creates learning spaces where communities can make the workings of social power explicit, and to, as bell hooks says, "critically intervene in a way that challenges and changes". Camille holds graduate degrees in Counselling Psychology, Process Oriented Conflict Facilitation and Adult Education. When she lived on Mik'maq territories, she worked for many years supporting diverse communities to amplify youth voices to change the systems that impact their lives. She currently works as a trauma therapist at the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture, and as faculty at the InnerActivist project.
KAREN BRIDGES: Youth Ministry 101: Best Practices
Have you ever wondered what the difference between youth group and youth ministry is? Youth ministry is about planting seeds and feeding them while at the same time pulling weeds and getting dirty. Youth ministry is one of the most challenging and rewarding ministries to be involved in. Youth have the capacity to inspire you, make you want to pull your hair out all the while placing their lives in your hands asking you to care for and love them. When you create a safe space for the youth to ask questions, to share their joy and sorrows you will experience and witness God’s transforming power. So let’s share our stories, ask the hard questions, play, laugh and share our fears as we figure out where to begin and establish youth ministry in our various contexts.
KAREN BRIDGES: Spirited Arts Movement: Let’s Create Together
Art is the common language between the sacred and the secular. The arts which includes all forms from dance, writing, drama, visual and digital arts, and music are the form through which we build community, and explore life’s difficult questions. In this workshop we will create together (no skill required). We will explore artistic techniques that can be used with all ages, in worship, and as a form of outreach to the community. Let’s engage our faith creatively with one another and unleash the Spirit in our midst. Come and be part of the Spirited Arts Movement.
Karen began her vocation in Youth Ministry back in 1994 and has been in congregational youth ministry as well as conference and national youth ministry in The United Church of Canada ever since. Karen is presently in a team ministry as the Congregation and Community Development Minister at Robertson-Wesley United Church in Edmonton, where she has been serving for the past 7 years. She has a passion for the arts specifically drama, storytelling and music which inspired her to establish and create an Arts Ministry at Robertson-Wesley, which also serves as an outreach ministry at the church.
CAROL COX: Practical Resources for Ministry with Children and Youth
This hands-on workshop will provide leaders with bible based games and activities for children and youth for use on Sunday mornings or for midweek programs. We will discuss creative and engaging ideas for use with ministry with children, preteens and youth.
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.
CAROLINA GLAUSTER: Christian Identity Politics: Encountering our Roots to Become Better Allies
Our Christian lineage is full of compassion and grace as well as violence and suffering. Sorting through the complexity of our tradition and its history, it can be difficult to discern the baby from the bathwater. As we navigate multiple professional relationships--with youth and families, with allies & ministry partners, in and outside the church--we strive to hold the many facets of our Christian identity with grace and authenticity. In this workshop we will look at our individual and collective roots and encounter the wisdom available through our multiple lineages. We will also explore how distancing ourselves from the oppressive acts committed in the name of Christianity can be not only unhelpful, but actually harmful for those to whom we seek to be allies. If you have ever said, “I’m not one of those Christians!” or not really known which type of Christian you are, this workshop is for you.
Carolina is on the planning team for INSPIRE.2018 and is the Pastor at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in North Vancouver.
TADA HOZUMI: Colonization and Hara (the gut)
This workshop looks out how the work of healing from colonization can start in our bodies. Colonization impacts every member of our community regardless of race, gender identity or age. When working with diverse groups of children and youth, it is important understand some of the ways colonization shapes their lived experiences. This workshop looks at how the work of healing from colonization can start in our bodies. We will be working with Hara, the concept within Japanese culture that refers to the lower belly as the seat of the true self. It is also referred to by other names in many traditions, Lower Dantian in Qigong, Kath in Sufism, the Cauldron of Warming in Celtic shamanism, Yesod in Kabbalah, and so on. Modern neuroscience is catching up to ancient wisdom and learning the gut has a brain of its own. Its healthy functioning is intimately connected to emotional and physical well-being. Poor gut health has major impact on our mood and immune system. Not only that, more and more research is coming out that the health of our gut can be permanently impacted by trauma and that this can be passed down through generations. In this experiential workshop we will explore how colonization has impacted Hara and how we can restore its health.
Amongst many things Tada Hozumi is a POC (Japanese), genderqueer masculine person, body-centred therapist (certified as an Expressive Arts Therapist), big thinker, and radical entrepreneur. Their passion is helping social justice communities cultivate allyships founded in the principles of healthy relating: mutual nourishment, emotional self-responsibility, and wholehearted consent. Currently, Tada facilitates an online support group for white people committed to doing inner work around racism and colonialism, The Authentic Allyship Coaching Group, and writing a body-centered guide for building healthier relationships in social justice community, The Selfish Activist’ Guide to Allyship.
MUSIC THAT MAKES COMMUNITY: Paperless Music - A Strategy for Enriching and Enlivening Worship
Explore the ancient and new practice of paperless music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down. Experience how singing without hymnals or screens invites group learning, deepens connection to others, and helps us rediscover our innate musicality. Notice how singing by ear and by heart strengthens our ability to sing together with paper, and can become a powerful tool to empower and awaken congregational voices.
Paul Vasile is an interim/transitional church musician, consultant, and composer based in New York City. As the Executive Director of Music that Makes Community, Paul is passionate about modeling and sharing leadership practices that sustain the musical and spiritual life of faith communities. He provides support and resources to an international network of leaders committed to a practice of paperless singing, grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity. Additionally, he serves as Director of Music at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he directs the Seminary Choir, collaborates with faculty and student worship leaders, and serves as a resource to the wider faith community.
Kerri Meyer serves St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California, as Lay Associate Minister and is a postulant to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of California. Her paperless liturgical music has been published by the World Council of Churches and Augsburg Fortress. She especially enjoys the folk music traditions of the Balkans and Eastern Europe and is the former Executive Director of Mila Vocal Ensemble based in Minnesota.