Lent Speakers – Presented by CYF Ministries
Wednesdays, March 1 – 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
You are invited on Wednesdays for a series of amazing speakers aimed at middle school, senior high, parents/guardians, and other adults in the congregation/community.
- March 1 – Safe and Healthy Relationships
Speaker: Cherish All Children
Cherish All Children partners with churches and communities to prevent child sexual exploitation and trafficking. While Cherish All Children is based in Minnesota, many of their resources are available nationwide. Cherish All Children is a service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. Cherish All Children’s newest resource is their Safe & Healthy Relationships Youth Guide to give youth the knowledge and skills to stay safe in online and in-person relationships.
- March 8 – Speaker: Nicholas Tangen
Nicholas Tangen is the Director of Faith Practices & Neighboring Practices at the Minneapolis Area Synod. He also writes about the church and community engagement at www.nicholastangen.com and hosts a podcast on the same topic called “At the Table: Christian Community for the Common Good”. He and his spouse, Kristin, have lived in NE Minneapolis for over a decade and are members at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church. Nick will invite confirmation students into a conversation about the spiritual practice of neighboring and making space in Lent to encounter Christ our neighbor. What does it look like to take the two greatest commandments, to love God and neighbor, seriously in the places where we live and worship?
- March 15 – Ending the Silence
Speaker: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. For over 40 years, NAMI Minnesota has worked to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery. In “Ending the Silence”, learn about mental illnesses and the signs and symptoms. Also hear the personal story of a young adult who is doing well in recovery. Students receive resources to get help for themselves or for a friend and information on how to end the silence around mental illness in their school.
- March 22 – Speaker: Danielle Tiejten
Danielle speaks under the belief that she, along with all people, is a work in progress. She is authentic and transparent in her communication on scripture and social and racial justice issues. Danielle’s goal for her audience is that they would enter into a long-term conversation on faith, love, service through compassion, and God; that they would be inspired to embrace the risks and full life that God desires for them. Beyond speaking, Danielle works as a community organizer decentralizing power and working towards equity and equality. She spends her time in her neighborhood community garden growing food and relationships. Dani’s work is centered around creative problem solving and community empowerment. She also loves to read, write, bike, and sit around a bonfire.
- March 29 – Speakers: Dave Scherer & Joe Davis
Joe Davis and David Scherer are both artists and educators who bring 30+ years of experience between the two of them in facilitating intercultural bridge building and personal growth. They have worked with individuals and organizations across the country to “move the needle” toward cultural humility and awareness. They are both Qualified Administrators of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Joe and David will be bringing a message to us about Holy Spirit Dreaming. You won’t want to miss it!