Annual Ministries in Christian Education
Virtual Learning and Planning Gathering
April 8-10, 2021
COVID-19 and Black Men’s Mental Health
Vacation Bible School 2021
BECOMING Opening Plenary & Bible Study with Dr. Mikie Roberts, Becoming: Acts 10:1–23, Apr 8, 2021
BECOMING Plenary & Tribute to Bishop David R. Daniels, Christian Education Chair, 2016-2021, Apr 8, 2021
BECOMING Plenary Black Youth, Spiritual Coping Skills during COVID-19, Dr Janise Parker, Apr 8, 2021
Dr. Parker has conducted a study to understand how Black youth are coping with COVID-19 through their use of general coping strategies and religious/spiritual activities in particular (i.e., prayer, scripture reading, youth activities, etc.). She comes to share the learnings from that study as we as leaders in Christian education and youth faith formation look to how we may better engage in ministry with young people in the months and years following what has been a traumatic experience for so many globally.
Dr. Janise Parker is Assistant Professor of School Psychology, School Psychology Program Practicum Coordinator, and the Co-Director of the Social Justice & Diversity Research Fellows Program at William & Mary University in Williamsburg, VA.
BECOMING Plenary COVID-19 Youth Learning Deficits & Possible Christian Education Partnerships Dr John Jackson Apr 9 2021
Education has been a part of the church’s mission since its inception. This is particularly true of the Black Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Church and true of the Department of Christian Education as well. Many of our congregations own and operate schools from the preschool level upward. The denomination has founded and continues to support institutions of higher learning. Congregations have sustained after-school, tutorial, and summer enrichment programs. Early research is already showing that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been traumas, interruptions, and adjustments that have had a negative impact on young people’s learning.
Dr. John Jackson, President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, helps leaders in Christian education understand more about this learning deficit brought on by the pandemic, and what we should consider as we plan our work to advocate and partner in addressing these concerns through our various ministries in practical ways in the months and years ahead.
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