Parents, clergy, and lay leaders are invited to the fifth annual CDSP Youth Ministry Symposium with keynote speaker Leslie A. Choplin, D.Ed.Min., co-author of "These Are Our Bodies: Talking Faith and Sexuality at Church and at Home," a new curriculum from Church Publishing. Choplin received her doctor of educational ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary and spent a decade as a director of Christian education, sexual misconduct prevention trainer, facilitator, and speaker in Episcopal congregations across the United States. She currently serves in the Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.
In addition to the keynote address, the day will include opportunities for training and certification in safe church practices according to the national Safeguarding Church standards. The Diocese of California and the Diocese of Northern California will accept certified participation in this training to enable volunteers, clergy, and leaders to work with children (see more details below). For those who are not part of the Diocese of California or Northern California, please check with your diocesan requirements if you have questions about this certification.
The Youth Ministry Symposium is co-sponsored by Church Divinity School of the Pacific, the Diocese of California, the Diocese of Northern California, and Province VIII of The Episcopal Church.
Scholarship and travel funding is available from the Diocese of California, Diocese of Northern California, and Province VIII.
When: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; those participating in “train the trainer” program will continue to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2450 Le Conte, Berkeley
Cost: $25 for Youth Ministry Symposium, including standard Safeguarding certification; $75 for Youth Ministry Symposium plus Train the Trainer certification (see below for details).
SAFEGUARDING CERTIFICATION DETAILS
Diocese of California:
Diocese of Northern California: Safeguarding God’s Children is required for many congregational leaders and all those who work with children in congregations: Sunday School Teachers, Youth Group leaders, and Vestry Members. You can visit http://www.norcalepiscopal.org/safechurch for more details.