Empowering Children and Youth in Faith Communities
Deborah Streicher, President, Lutheran Association of Christian Educators
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 noon
Location: Ehinger Center, Room 109
What would it take for your faith community to become a place young people described as essential, exciting, inspiring, and empowering? How do we create relevant, meaningful, and engaging spiritual experiences with children and youth? This course explores these questions and possibilities for partnering in ministry with young people. Together learners will explore practices for recognizing and nurturing children’s innate spiritual gifts, listening to and learning from the wisdom of children, and reflectively introducing children to sacred texts. Using discussions and experiential group encounters, this course is designed to explore spirituality from the perspective of children and youth and to reawaken our own inner childlike spirituality of creativity, awe, and wonder.