The Progressive Youth Ministry Conference: Fresh Voices, Radical Ideas
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Thursday, March 19 - Saturday, March 21, 2015
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago

It can be difficult for a youth worker who identifies as “progressive” or “liberal” to find a tribe. Most events, conferences, camps, and curricula cater to evangelicals. But as progressive theology gains more of a foothold in the church, we need a place to gather as well -- a tribe to meet with, and new ideas to stoke our imaginations.

For that reason, The JoPa Group and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago are hosting the second annual Progressive Youth Ministry Conference. [[ Read more...]]

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Thursday, March 19

8:00     Registration Open (Coffee’s on!)

9:00     Welcome and Introduction

9:30    Opening Worship

10:30    Open Source Time

11:30    Lunch Break

1:00    Plenary 1

3:00    Break

3:30    Seminars and Talk-Back Sessions with Speakers

5:00     Dinner Break

7:00     Plenary 2

Friday, March 20

9:00    Plenary 3

10:30     Break

11:00     Open Source

12:00     Lunch Break

2:00     Plenary 4

3:30     Break

4:00     Seminars and Talk-Back Sessions with Speakers


Saturday, March 21

9:00:    Plenary 5

11:00     Closing Worship


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Reggie Williams

REGGIE WILLIAMS is an Assistant Professor of Christianity at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is a former professional athlete, youth pastor, and college residence life staff. Williams is currently researching the interaction between race and religion on our understanding of what it means to be human and Christian in the Western world. Williams…

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Peter Rollins

PETER ROLLINS is a provocative writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion and forming “churches” that preach the Good News that we can’t be satisfied, that life is difficult, and that we don’t know the secret. Challenging the idea that faith concerns questions relating to belief…

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Mandy Meisenheimer

MANDY MEISENHEIMER is the Director of Children and Youth at West End Collegiate Church in Manhattan. Mandy has undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Secondary Education from Wheaton College and is studying for her Masters of Divinity with the Newbigin House of Studies through Western Theological Seminary. She also writes curriculum and reflection guides for books…

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Debbie Blue

DEBBIE BLUE (MA, Yale Divinity School) is one of the founding pastors of House of Mercy, a church in St. Paul, Minnesota, that was once named “the Best Church for Non-Church Goers.” Rev. Blue’s sermon podcasts are listened to by subscribers around the world. She is the author of Sensual Orthodoxy, From Stone to Living…

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John Vest

Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry, Fourth Church

JOHN VEST has been in youth ministry for 12 years, the last seven of which as the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church where he explores the cutting edge of post-Christendom urban ministry. While he considers northwest Florida his home, he has lived in Chicago longer than anywhere else in his life….

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