When I was a kid, I liked to watch for pelicans at the beach, because my grandfather would recite a poem about them. “Oh what a bird is the pelican! His beak can hold more than his belly can!” (Same went for whenever the wind blew in the winter, at which time we were treated […]
The Society of Campus Ministers
As I said before, I don’t generally preach about the Pauline Epistles. This isn’t due to my ambivalence about Paul–it’s mostly due to the fact that Paul tends to preach fine on his own; he mostly doesn’t need my help. (In fact, he’d probably object to it.) Paul’s letters are essentially theological discourses connecting the […]
One of the reporters at the Hutto prayer service asked me, as serious as could be, “So, these large outdoor prayer meetings–I assume this is a weekly tradition for Episcopals?” Oh my sweet, summer child. “No,” I replied, quite emphatically. “We are an indoor people. My people do not venture forth out of doors. Do […]
Several things collided this week to create a sermon. One was the ever-wise Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney writing about David and Bathsheba. (If you don’t read her work, you should. Stop reading this and go read Dr. Gafney. Just go.) Ok, I am assuming if you’re reading this then you’ve already read what Dr. […]
I feel like I preach this gospel every time I return from vacation, but guys: Vacation is a WONDERFUL thing. This year, I broke my own precedent and took 6 days off of work after General Convention. 6 days where I could just sleep, knit, watch British murder mysteries, and sleep some more. (And also […]
I am well and truly back from General Convention now. I have taken enough naps, petted my cats enough, knit enough, and reflected enough to be back from the headspace of 10 frantic days in Austin. I always approach General Convention with the same sense of creeping dread. “Oh dear God, this will be awful. […]
Over 30 people representing more than fifteen communities visited St. Francis House this past Saturday for Thrive, an annual gathering of children’s, youth, and young adult ministry leaders from across the Diocese of Milwaukee. The goal of this summer gathering is to connect leaders, build bridges from our the areas where we spend our time (for example, junior high Sunday school) to consider where students come to us from and where they go next in order to be present to the whole of a student’s lifelong formation, and resource each other, firmly convinced that the wisdom is in the room.
This year’s guest speaker was Melissa Droessler, founding co-director at Isthmus Montessori Academy and Isthmus Montessori Academy Public. She engaged us with dynamic teaching and conversation around the four planes of human development and talked with us about preparation of environment and ourselves.
Wonderfully, we are developing a strong network of folks with a heart for children and youth and formation in the Church. If you would like to learn more or become a part of this network, please send me a note to let me know.
What follows are some photos from the day, a note from an attendee, and some resources that came up in the course of the afternoon session. I hope they are helpful to you! We are already making initial plans for next year’s gathering. If you would like to receive info about that event, send me a note at the above link.
Very best, and God’s good peace,
|The welcome table!|
|Deanna Clement leads the gathering in music at our opening worship.|
|Singing the psalms.|
|Melissa Droessler was a source of encouragement and challenge.|
|Among those folks who registered, we had 18 first-time
participants this year and 7 returning.
|Attendees were lay and clergy, volunteer and paid, representing
more than 15 different churches across southern Wisconsin.
|More of the gathering.|
|One of the attendees and I wore the same clothes, accidentally.
In such situations, I am told that a photo is required.
From an Attendee…
- One popular topic among attendees in our registration information was recruitment. Ruth Kearly shares this wonderful resource for recruiting (or not recruiting).
- Speaker Melissa Droessler talked about the importance of adults learning to be present without interfering in the learning processes of the children with whom we work. This short chapter gives some helpful examples of what this kind of presence might look like while describing a practice useful to classrooms and families alike.
- Herbie Hancock gives a very practical example of what it means not to judge an effort in a way that can destroy it but to receive offerings in ways that give life:
is, what happens when one has no more to write? Do I put the pen down or – and what is worse? -risk flagrant frivolity? Ten pages full of practice signatures anticipating future relevance. But what, in the absence of something clear to say, are the alt…