List of workshops:
Cody Nielsen, “Development 101: The Campus Ministry Lifeline”
With the changing dynamics in campus ministry, the need for more development work is ever present. This workshop introduces people to the core principles of development work including the creating of a strong mission and vision for ministry as well as how to move your donor base from nonexistent to extensive. Additionally, participants will learn about how to help move individuals to become donors of records and to systematically increase their gifts, including through scheduled monthly giving.
Cody Nielsen, “Reclaiming our Original Mission: Campus Ministry as Mission to Campus”
One of the greatest challenges of our field is that many have decided that it is all about students: it is not. In fact, the field itself was designed to serve as a mission to the larger campus, including serving staff, faculty, and others. This has sense been lost in the fight for monies and the changing campus cultures. This session brings back the historical narrative and attempts to help practitioners reframe their ministry to the larger campus context, along the way helping to build a stronger case for fundraising that goes beyond simply the student engagement piece as well as anchoring our work with that of student affairs and equity and diversity professionals on campus.
Michael Iafrate, “The Telling Takes Us Home: Encouraging Ecological Conversion in Anxious Times”
While the feeling of homesickness is familiar to many of our students, the “homesickness” linked to ecological anxiety seems to growing on many of our campuses among students and administrators alike. Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ and other writings stress the need for “ecological conversion” on both personal and communal levels, as well as the building of a “culture of encounter” among diverse people, as the keys to fostering hope in anxious times. Since 1970, the Catholic Committee of Appalachia has been active in advocating for ecological and economic justice in the region and is responsible for the publication of the two Appalachian bishops’ pastoral letters, This Land is Home to Me (1975) and At Home in the Web of Life (1995). CCA’s 2015 “people’s pastoral letter,” The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking Our Place in the Stories that Shape Us, lifts up the authority of the stories of the land and people of Appalachia as the “magisterium of the poor and of Earth” and urges people of faith to respond. As a localized version of the impulse present in Laudato Si’, both documents have much to teach campus ministers as they seek to encourage ecological conversion among college students. This session presents the theological and biblical vision of these documents with emphasis on implications for higher education ministry. We will also discuss ways that the pastoral and its “see, judge, act” method has been used in conjunction with service/immersion trips to ecologically wounded places like southern Appalachia, helping students center their reflections around the profound question “What is it like to be you in this place?” It would be helpful, though not necessary, to read The Telling Takes Us Home prior to the conference. A PDF and physical copies of the pastoral are available here.
Vince Tango and Laura Ralston, “Trends in Theological Education: The Campus Minister’s Role in Students’ Discernment
Join Iliff’s admissions team and a current theology student for conversation about the role of theological education in campus ministry and how you can be a resource to your students in their vocational exploration.
Ben Wideman, “Receiving with Thanksgiving: Launching an LGBTQ Christian Network at Penn State”
Despite being the home to dozens of Christian campus ministries, until very recently Penn State University lacked an affirming safe space for LGBTQ Christian students on campus. Three students and a campus pastor decided to do something about that. This seminar will explore the joys and challenges of taking this dream and making it a reality in creating Receiving with Thanksgiving, Penn State’s first LGBTQ Christian Network
Jason Whitehead, “Fear, Faith, and the Formation of Resistance”
It is hard to let go of our fears today. Everywhere we turn there are headlines and stories that activate threats and create imagined terrors. This workshop sets the stage of a culture of fear in relationship with our biological capacities to be afraid; furthermore, it will offer an alternative to the spiritual messages that often scold us for being afraid. We will end with a discussion about how to move along the continuum of fear and hope to create resistance and resilience in persons we work with and care for.
Katie Gordon, “Responding to National Crises and Campus Climate with Interfaith Action”
An increasingly frequent reality of higher education includes responding to national events and crises in a way that promotes more inclusive climates on our own campuses. From hate crimes committed against religious minorities to immigrants and refugees being discriminated against based on religious identity, these national and international headlines affect students on campuses in deeply personal ways. What models of interfaith action can be used to help respond to national crises while benefiting campus climate? How can we both respond to immediate needs while playing the long game of creating an inclusive environment for all? This session will share promising practices and provide space to explore various models of response.
Jasmine Pulce, “Campus Ministry Partnerships: Engaging Multicultural Affairs”
Looking to strengthen the relationship between your campus ministry office and the multicultural office? Interested in engaging more underrepresented students in your campus ministry programs? Join this session to explore a variety of collaborative initiatives and promising practices. There will also be a small group discussion, covering such topics as: Interfaith/affinity group retreats; coalition building/support; Heritage & History Month event/program collaboration; and Advocacy/Social Justice. We may also touch on such promising practices as: adding campus ministry to the same unit as Multicultural Affairs; peer advocate positions; and funding support for religious affinity groups.