1. Living in the Space Between Welcome and Rejection
An Immigrant's Story
In this presentation participants will hear the moving story of an Immigrant who fled to the United States for safety and has struggled to find the path out of the shadows. Participants will come to a greater understanding and appreciation for those who are walking through "No Man's Land" and living between fear and hope.
2. Connecting for Life and Wholeness
In this workshop, participants will explore creative ways to make surprising human connections. En Inglés y Español
Leader: After 10 years of work in the
international non-profit sector, as
founder of Into Your Hands-Africa,
Maria Rosa Galter is a core-owner of
Walk2Connect - Caminar Para
Connectar, and is founder of Walking
Inspiritus. Passionate about walking
as a way to connect with others.
Maria is fluent in both English
3. Hospitality: How a Local Campus Ministry Practices Kindness and Advocacy to Welcome Their Neighbor
Come hear how a new campus ministry on an urban commuter campus creates safe space for people of color, immigrants or children of immigrants, and students from all walks of life. Auraria Campus Ministry was born out of the need for sacred place to cultivate authentic community and to empower young adults; also, given that this campus ministry's denomination, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is more than 90% white, Auraria Campus Ministry was also created to spark meaningful dialogue on the intersection of race and faith. Auraria Campus Ministry is unique in that it is one of the only queer-affirming student ministries on campus. Join us at this workshop if you're curious about how faith groups welcome millenials or folx who don't always feel like they fit in. There's space for you here!
Leader: Ihoby (pronounced "you-
bee") is a candidate for word and
service ministry in the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA);
she serves at Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church in Littleton, CO as a youth
director and Auraria Campus Ministry
in Denver as a campus minister. This
soon-to-be deacon hails from
Madagascar, Cameroon, and South
Dakota. Ihoby loves tacos and the
Calvin and Hobbes series.
4. Praying through liminality while fostering communitas, identity and belonging: personal shrines and altarcitos.
This workshop focuses on the ancient spiritual practice of altarcitos, their relevance for displaced or marginalized peoples and the perfect vehicle for celebrating different narratives about life, death and belonging. In Spanish; en Español
Leader: Fernando Álvarez Lara is a
Jesuit priest of the U.S. West Province
of the Society of Jesus. Father
Fernando has a thorough
background in a broad spectrum of
cultures and apostolic settings. He is
assistant professor of Religious Studies
at Regis University, loves calligraphy
and is fluent in English and Spanish.
5. Intentional Community: What does it mean to belong?
A former Urban Servant Corps volunteer shared, "In a time and place where we are becoming increasingly isolated by the same technologies which theoretically connect us, there is a yearning to actually connect to other people in a real, human way. To connect to one another in a way which is counter to the culture which seeks to commodify everything, including our relationships. To connect to one another in a way which feels like we are participating in the life of God, who comes to us as community." This workshop will unpack the thoughts within this reflection and discuss what it means to belong to one another as God's people.
Leader: Krista Kilgus has served as
Executive Director of Urban Servant
Corps (USC) for 10 years. She came to
know and love USC by participating in
the program after graduating from
Wartburg College in 2003. She
continues to be inspired by the
dedication of young adults who
respond to the needs of our neighbors
while engaging their faith and relying
on intentional community members for support on their journeys. Krista is proud and blessed to be a spouse to Adam and mother to Martin (4) and Arthur (1.5) who offer her a sense of great belonging!
6. Opening to the Spirit through Song
The sung prayer of Taizé and the African American Spirituals tradition share many affinities; participation more than performance, mantra-like repetition, a whole-body resonance, shared community story, and a deep celebration of God’s grace. This workshop focuses on the experience of sung prayer in unique cultural contexts.
Musician, author, and Regis University
theology professor Chris Pramuk
shares the story of being welcomed as
a "stranger" into the African American
spirituals tradition, and will lead
participants in an exercise of "building
a vocal community."
Brad Berglund has been leading a
regular Taizé-style prayer at The
Threshold in Denver for 25 years and
has visited the Taizé community in
France many times. A classical
guitarist, pastor, and pilgrimage guide,
Brad serves as the coordinator of this