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FORMA 2017

The Forma Conference in 2017 offered a wide variety of workshops: from ministry basics to social justice and beyond. The conference was also a wonderful time for networking and building relationships with colleagues. We worshiped together, we learned together, we grew together.

  1. Failure of the Imagination: Reviving the formation in Confirmation

    Lisa Kimball, Ph.D. & The Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons

    As The Confirmation Project national research has confirmed, there are effective and creative approaches to confirmation preparation. There are confirmation programs young people eagerly attend and through which their faith grows demonstrably. And, yes, there are confirmation services that do not resemble graduation! What makes confirmation “work”? What is being confirmed? Why does it matter? With solid data and rich storytelling, this workshop is designed to reinvigorate the practice of confirmation.

    Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning & Director of the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary, represents the Episcopal Church on the Lilly Endowment-funded Confirmation Project studying youth confirmation in five Protestant denominations.

    The Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons has served as a high school religion teacher and chaplain for 20 years. Her newest book, Teaching Faith with Harry Potter, includes a chapter on confirmation.

  2. Social Justice Panel Discussion

    Heidi Kim, Heidi Clark, Sharon Pearson, Eric Law, Eduardo Rivera, Malcolm McLaurin

    Our baptismal covenant calls for us to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being”. Our panel will discuss ways that we can do this in our communities and other current events.

  3. Dynamic and Missional Stewardship Formation - Eric Law

    18 minute talks

  4. Funeral Home Church - Andrea McKellar

    18 minute talks

  5. Reverend Nancy Frausto

    18 minute talks

  6. Reverend Lester MacKenzie

    18 minute talks