We understand that getting your youth together for all 3 days may be difficult. We have a new option for you! You and your youth can now join us for our daily online workshops and evening sessions! Email our registrar and we will send you the zoom event link to our HUB which houses all our online content so you can share it with your group. They can participate from home!
We have an AMAZING cast of presenters, speakers, and of course the MYJ Band! You don't want to miss this!. You will have a chance to meet other participants from around the ELCA.
The fee is only $30 for your group. Workshops happen LIVE each day from 12-12:45 p.m. CST.
[Please note this does not include T-shirts. If your group would like to receive MYJ T-shirts, you can follow the payment fees below and your shirts will arrive after MYJ week.]
ONLINE WORKSHOPS TEASERS:
Immigration and Faith with Rev. Ana Becerra [ Join Rev. Ana as she navigates a discussion on Immigration and Faith.]
Powerful YOU! with Rev. Jia Starr Brown [The world underestimates youth, but we know how powerful you are! Do you? We need your leadership…right now! In this workshop, we will discover how to find - and activate - the POWERFUL leader in powerful YOU!]
So You're Ready to Engage in Direct Action? with Rev. Abel Arroyo Traverso [Direct actions start with showing up and occupying a space so if you’re doing that, great job! That is the first step in a journey of identity, community, organizing and mutual support. There is no one way to do direct action right, but there are some ways to do it safely. Let’s talk about what the next steps can look like, some dos and don’ts, and how to keep yourself and the people around you safe.]
Telling our Cultural Biographies with Joe Davis and David Scherer [In this engaging workshop, we will learn how to tell our stories of race and culture and get a chance to share them with one another. We will also learn how to listen for God’s voice in the story of others and in our own stories as well. Writing, poetry and music will all be used as teaching tools.]
Direct Action Engagement: Keeping Teens Safe with Jessica Davis [Direct actions start with showing up and occupying a space so if you’re doing that, great job! That is the first step in a journey of identity, community, organizing and mutual support. There is no one way to do direct action right, but there are some ways to do it safely. Let’s talk about what the next steps can look like, some dos and don’ts, and how to keep yourself and the people around you safe.]
Finding Healing through Trauma with Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy [As we work together for a more just and loving world, Dr. Kelly will lead an interactive conversation and training about what it means to care for ourselves and those we walk alongside. This powerful workshop will show youth and adults how they can bring healing through intentional actions of understanding of place, story, and community. Participants will be guided through relevant healing practices that can be used in daily lives.]
Identity - Challenges of Presenting white/ "passing" with rev. Margarette Ouji [We will explore what scholar Dr. Neda Maghbouleh refers to as "the limits of whiteness". This workshop is designed for people of color who also move through the world and present/read as "white". We will discuss what it means to live in this paradox. We will also explore how it informs our faith and ask the question, "what does this mean for us?"]
Poetry/Writing Workshop with Joe Davis and David Scherer [This is a workshop offered by Joe Davis and David Scherer that is dynamic and engaging creative writing practices to help you express your story and how it connects to God's story.]
Coming Together: Food and Us with Rev. Jen Collins [In this workshop we will share stories and explore the interconnectedness and strength of food, us and faith. We all strive to bring ourselves wholly and fully into the communities we are a part of, how does food break down barriers and open possibilities?]
Faith-Centered Mental Health Management with Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson [ELCA youth and renewal pastor, The Rev. Carla Christopher, shares her experience as a trauma-informed caseworker and anger management trainer to address teens and mental health. As we transition from the pandemic and socio-political instability in isolation to processing these issues in communal spaces, learning the fundamentals of how trauma and long-term stress affect the mind and our behavior is essential. How can we use our faith and easy-to-understand science to support developing brains and build healthy communities that support processing, adolescent self-care, emotional regulation, and help and healing during and through trauma?]
Panel Conversation w/ Minnesota Teen Activists with Rev. Jenny Sung; Shari Seifert; and Teen activities Cori and Jai Thibodeaux [MN Teen Activists, a group that has organized student actions across Minnesota. In April, they led a statewide walkout involving over 100 schools to protest racial injustice in honor of Daunte Wright and George Floyd. How have these students organized such a large movement and developed such visibility? What are they working towards? Join this interactive panel discussion to learn about how these teens are changing the world.]
Queerly Beloved: Navigating Life and the Church at the Intersection of Race and LGBTQIA2S+ Identity Panel Discussion with Rev Dr. Yolanda Denson-Byers, Rev Abel Arroyo Traverso, Rev. Toni Rose Castaneda Carrera, Eddie A. Rosa Fuentes [This workshop will be a panel discussion and Q+A session with QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, and BIPOC) leaders in the ELCA. What do they believe about sexuality and faith? What types of ministry do they do? What tips and tricks to they have to share with young people navigating these intersecting identities? This workshop is exclusively for bipoc youth. No European descent youth or adult leaders will be admitted, and strict confidentiality standards will be maintained.]