1:30 to 2:45
Your Prophetic Voice: Using Story to Build Relationship, Beloved Community and Create Change
Location: Charles Carroll B
Workshop Leader: The Rev. Isaish Shaneequa Brokenleg
We will explore the power of story, perspective, and story form. We will prepare a piece of our story to share and discuss who needs to hear our stories.
The Rev. Isaiah Shaneequa Brokenleg (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Nation). She is an Episcopal priest in the diocese of South Dakota. From a cultural perspective, she believes we are all related and, as such, we are all called to be good relatives to one another. As a winkt, Shaneequa is called to be a healer and move communities in the direction of positive change. Shaneequa is the Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation at the Episcopal Church and the Associate Rector at Church of the Good Shepherd. She is passionate about social justice, and working to end the structural oppression/violence that hurts us all. Shaneequa strives to live out her calling through her work, our church, her art, and in her life.
[Spiritual] Home Renovation
Location: Benj Banneker A
Workshop Leader: Jonathan Hobbs
What does it mean for a church to BE our spiritual home? What does it take to make a youth ministry environment into a place that feels truly like home? If the church is home, why are so many people not COMING home? Maybe we need to change some things? Make some updates? This will be interactive so please come ready to offer ideas and ask big questions!
Jonathan Hobbs has worked in professional ministry for over 20 years, including churches in New Jersey, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and now teaches at Eastern University where he serves as the Lecturer in Youth Ministry and leads the Youth Ministry and Ministry Leadership programs. He is also the Northeast Area Director for the Center for Youth Ministry Training (CYMT) which has a booth here at E.Y.E.
Joining with God: Building Community
Location: Benj Banneker B
Workshop Leaders: Tamara Plummer
In this session we will use the principles of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) to explore what God might already be doing in our communities to make us more equitable and more resilient. After many days in the EYE bubble, it can be overwhelming to think about what happens next. This workshop will help you think about some of the resources and gifts that are already present in your communities and congregations to help you respond to human needs. From climate change to natural and human made disasters, racial inequity to homelessness we are all overwhelmed by the work that God is calling us to do. By paying attention to what God might already be up to, we can do small things in our communities that can make a big difference. Let’s learn, explore and discern together!
Tamara Plummer is a Program Officer at Episcopal Relief & Development where she supports church leaders as they prepare for and respond to disasters. She is a passionate leader with more than 20 years of experience in training and facilitation, curriculum development and spiritual formation. Tamara holds an MA in practical theology from Union Theological Seminary.
Keeping Watch: Suicide, Christ, and Community
Location: Charles Carroll A
Workshop Leaders: Holle Tubbs
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens and young adults, and it’s past time for us to be part of the solution. Keep/Watch is a new suicide prevention resource created specifically for people in faith communities.
Our time together will focus on why suicide happens and how we can help. Please note: this session will contain discussions of suicide, self-harm, mental illness and distress, and other sensitive subjects. Although the content isn’t graphic, the subject may be overwhelming to some. Participants will be encouraged to practice self-care and take breaks as needed.
Holle Tubbs (she/her) is a writer, speaker, and ministry leader who has served in churches and nonprofit organizations across the country. After growing up in the Southern Baptist tradition and working in nondenominational pastoral ministry, she now serves as a lay leader in the Episcopal Church. After two decades of working with children, youth, young adults, and families, Holle remains passionate about spiritual formation, leadership development, and inclusivity in faith spaces. Her experiences with depression, anxiety, and suicide inform her suicide prevention work in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, where she is the Director of Diocesan Youth Ministries.
10 Things to Know Before Turning 18
Location: Margaret Brent B
Workshop Leaders: Kevin Matthews, Lydia Simmons, Blake Woods, Laurence Wainright-Maks
What happens after high school? We can’t say for sure, but we know many of the more common questions that come up for college students and young adult. This panel of present and former campus and young adult ministers has some insights about what’s next, and we’d love to share them with you.
Kevin Matthews is a priest and campus minister at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where he has heard students say “I wish somebody had told me that!” for the last 18 years. He is assisted in ministry by a 75-pound Golden Doodle named Merlin, who is a very good listener.
Laurence Wainwright-Maks has been a university campus chaplain for 8 years, serving both Mississippi State and Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. He continues to serve in Young Adult ministry in his new role as Priest for Outreach at Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas.
Belief Boost: Defining and Defending What It Means to Be An Episcopal Christian
Workshop Leaders: The Rev. Dr. Tricia Lyons
This will be an energetic and collaborative session to boost your confidence in the theology of the Episcopal Church. COME GET SMART WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT! You will leave this workshop with answers or responses to questions like these: What do we believe about the Bible? What do Sacraments actually do? Does prayer work? Is there a heaven and a hell? Does God want everyone to be Christian? Why do we love and rejoice in LGBTQ+ lives? Who needs priests? Are people good or evil by nature? Are miracles real? How will the world end? Come with your own questions. You will leave the room a theologian.
The Rev. Dr. Tricia Lyons currently teaches evangelism and serves as the Senior Advisor to the Dean for Evangelism at Virginia Theological Seminary. Tricia was a lay chaplain and teacher of religion in Episcopal Schools for 20 years before being ordained a priest and serving parishes in Washington, DC, and eventually serving as Canon for Evangelism in the Diocese of Washington. Tricia is a member of the Presiding Bishop’s Strategic Cabinet on Evangelism and one of the original writers of the ‘Way of Love.’ She is an honors graduate from Harvard College, the Harvard Divinity School and received her doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary. She is the author of five books on faith formation, ‚”The Soul of Adolescence,” “Teaching Faith with Harry Potter,” “What is Evangelism?‚” “The Evangelist’s Breviary,” and her most recent, “Thirty Days: A Daily Devotional for Life with God, Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Black Panther.” Her next publication will be “From Rome to Home: A Daily Devotional for Those Traveled or Traveling from Catholicism to the Episcopal Church.”
Location: Thurgood Marshall Room
Workshop Leaders: Patrick Kangrga
Have you always wanted to be a writer and to be published? Did you know that writing can also be an act of prayer? In this workshop, we will be able to tie writing and prayer together through a tool for spiritual reflection called d365.org. d365.org provides daily devotionals. Devotionals are pieces of writing in which the writer connects their life experiences to God or faith. In small groups, you will work collaboratively to write a devotional. One of the groups may have their devotional published by d365.org. Ultimately, the hope is that you will have time to write and reflect on how God has and is working in your life and explore if writing is a prayer practice that works for you.
Patrick Kangrga has published writing in various church resources and publications such as Forward Day by Day and d365.org. He was born and raised in Arkansas. He has worked with youth, children, and young adults at the parish and diocesan levels in New York, New Jersey, California, Mississippi, and Massachusetts. He began ministry by serving two years as a member of the Episcopal Service Corps in Maryland and Massachusetts.
Claiming Your Power: Helping Your Community Through Political Advocacy
Location: Hoff Theater
Workshop Leader: Alan Yarborough and Susie Faria
How can you use your personal power to influence laws and public policies on social issues that matter to you, and how is this work an expression of carrying out our faith? How are advocacy and activism complementary but different? What does it mean political… but without being partisan?
Alan Yarborough is the Church Relations Officer for The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, where he helps oversee the Episcopal Public Policy Network and develops policy advocacy, dialogue, and civic engagement resources. Prior to this, he spent three years working in Haiti through the Young Adult Service Corps. He holds a BS in economics from Clemson University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason.
Susie Faria is a policy analyst focusing on environmental policies for The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations in Washington DC. She obtained her B.A. in Global Studies with minors in International Relations and Arts and Communications, while traveling the world with Long Island University Global, studying in Central America, Europe, and Australia. In 2021, she attended the UN Conference of Parties (COP26) as a part of the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s virtual delegation.