WEBINAR SERIES DETAILS

Designing Parish Faith Formation at All Levels Post-Pandemic & Beyond

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Webinar #1

Recorded on May 19

Designing Hybrid Catechesis and Faith Formation for the Post-Pandemic World
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Presenter: John Roberto
Description: For decades parishes and their faith formation programming have relied on in-person, fixed-time gatherings, events, and programming offered in physical spaces. The pandemic disrupted this “default” model, and pushed us to experiment with new models. Hybrid models of parish life and faith formation integrate in-person gatherings at church or in family groups or small group meetings with online content with a rich menu of faith forming experiences. Hybrid models hold together two important values: the importance of in-person relationships and faith forming experiences, and the importance of being responsive to the complexity of people’s lives and their religious-spiritual needs. Hybrid models expand faith formation opportunities for everyone, allowing leaders to become much more strategic about when, where, how, and for what we gather people because we can now integrate online with in-person faith forming. This webinar presents a variety of models for developing a hybrid future for lifelong faith formation in 2021 and beyond.
About the Presenter: John Roberto is the founder of Lifelong Faith Associates and has spent a lifetime working in faith formation—teaching, writing, researching, and consulting. He founded Lifelong Faith Associates in 2006 to continue his work. His latest publications include Faith Formation with a New GenerationFamilies at the Center of Faith FormationSeasons of Adult Faith FormationReimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century , and Generations Together. He is the founder of the Center for Ministry Development (1978). His website is  www.LifelongFaith.com.

Webinar #2

Recorded on June 2

Building Community and Relationships in the Post-Pandemic World
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Presenter: Jane Angha
Description: The Building Community and Relationships webinar inspires and equips leaders in engaging children, youth, adults, and families as they return from a time of hybrid or at home learning. So many things have happened since the pandemic began and each of us and our ministries are forever changed. We will address those changes, discover what was successful and help create a path forward to welcome, offer hospitality, build relationships and create community. We will identify the scriptural and communal foundations of hospitality, assess current efforts and look for new opportunities as we reimagine our ministries and serve those in the faith community. The webinar will offer tools and resources to assess, innovate and design simple, effective and practical ways to create a community of welcome, hospitality and engagement that brings together everyone in the community. If we get this right, all our ministry efforts will be more successful and impactful from the start!
About the Presenter: Jane Angha MTS is the founder of Ministry Blueprints, a company dedicated to hospitality, welcome and engagement training for faith communities. Jane served a Director of Faith Formation and Youth Ministry in Catholic parishes for over 20 years, worked as Project Coordinator for Young Neighbors in Action with the Center for Ministry Development and as a Diocesan Coordinator for Young Adult ministry in the Diocese of Green Bay. She is a national speaker, consultant, coach, teacher and trainer as well as a national conference speaker. Her website is www.ministryblueprints.com.

Webinar #3

Recorded on June 16

Formation for Christian Living in a New World
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Presenter: John Roberto
Description: People of all ages today are asking the question “How shall we live now?” The pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways that we have only begun to name. We are searching anew for meaning and purpose–now in a post-pandemic world. What are the approaches, resources, people, and wisdom we need to address the “How shall we live now?” question? One approach is to focus on formation in Christian practices. We form people in the practices of the Christian way of life by drawing upon the wisdom of the Bible and Christian tradition, and connecting the practices to the “signs of the times”–the struggles, joys, needs, and hungers of people and communities today, and equipping people with the skills and ways to live the practice in their daily life. The webinar will present the vision and tools for designs for designing Christian practices formation programs. There will examples of curriculum approaches, program designs, and learning activities that parishes can use.
About the Presenter: John Roberto is the founder of Lifelong Faith Associates and has spent a lifetime working in faith formation—teaching, writing, researching, and consulting. He founded Lifelong Faith Associates in 2006 to continue his work. His latest publications include Faith Formation with a New Generation, Families at the Center of Faith Formation, Seasons of Adult Faith Formation, Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century , and Generations Together. He is the founder of the Center for Ministry Development (1978). His website is www.LifelongFaith.com.

Webinar #4

Recorded on June 30

Designing Children and Family Catechesis and Faith Formation for the Post-Pandemic World
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Presenter: Denise Utter
Description: The Children’s Faith Formation webinar engages leaders in designing faith formation with children (0-10 years old) and parents that puts the primary emphasis on their lives and needs today, and how to best nurture their grow in faith and discipleship. The webinar presents a holistic approach to faith formation with children by incorporating intergenerational, family, and age group experiences; and presents practices and strategies for designing faith formation that reinvents current programming and develops new and innovative approaches to children’s faith formation.
About the Presenter: Denise Utter is a freelance consultant, writer and a speaker and has been coaching with Vibrant Faith since 2018. She has worked in ministry and education for 30 years. Denise believes her work in parish and diocesan ministries informs her work today. She loves to inspire parish and diocesan leaders to reimagine faith formation, put families at the center of faith, and provide innovative approaches to faith formation and invites leaders to view the formation of parents from the perspective of calling. Denise has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union.

Webinar #5

Recorded on July 14

Designing Adolescent & Emerging Adult Faith Formation for the Post-Pandemic World
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Presenter: Sarah Jarzembowski
Description: The Adolescent & Emerging Adult Faith Formation webinar engages leaders in designing faith formation with youth and emerging adults (high school through the 20s) that puts the primary emphasis on their lives and needs today, and how to best nurture their grow in faith and discipleship. This webinar explores the unique life tasks, needs, interests, and spiritual journeys of youth and emerging adults today; and presents practices and strategies for designing faith formation in today’s that reinvents current programming and develops new and innovative approaches to faith formation.
About the Presenter: Sarah Jarzembowski is a native of Philadelphia, with a BA from Wagner College in New York, she began her church career in the Archdiocese of Chicago where she met her husband Paul and is currently working toward her Masters of Pastoral Studies with the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Sarah began her ministry volunteering for religious education in her home parish and participating in retreat leadership at a young age. Sarah has worked in youth and young adult ministries in the parish, college and diocesan levels including the Diocese of Joliet and most recently for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Sarah has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country.

Webinar #6

Recorded on July 28

Planning for 2022 and Beyond: A Faith Formation Planning Clinic
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Presenter: Catherine “Catzel” LaVecchia
Description: This webinar is in the form of a clinic to guide parishes in developing a plan for post-pandemic faith formation using the ideas and strategies presented in the webinars. The goal is to help each parish build a plan, build capacity for implementing the plan (support systems, resources, people, etc.), and develop the strategies for implementing the plan.
About the Presenter: Catherine “Catzel” LaVecchia is the Director of Lifelong Learning at Church of the Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ. She has served in various ministry capacities for the past 30 years, including youth ministry, family faith formation, and lifelong faith formation. Catzel is most passionate about parish ministries, ministering to the differently-abled, and creating effective and meaningful faith formation opportunities for all ages. She has also taught theology and spirituality to college students for many years. She has a Masters Degrees in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education and a Certificate in Church Management from Villanova’s Center for Church Management.

Semiario Web #1

Grabado el 17 de agosto

Pastoral Juvenil Después de la Pandemia—¿Cómo ha Cambiado?
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Presentadora: Katherine Angulo Valenzuela
Sobre la presentadora: Nacida en México y criada en Colombia, Katherine recibió un B.A. en Lenguas Modernas en 2000 de King College en Tennessee y una maestría en Ministerios Pastorales en 2005 de St. Thomas University. Tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en la pastoral juvenil. Comenzó como Ministra de Jóvenes en la Iglesia de St. Mary en Johnson City, Tennessee, donde más tarde se convirtió en Directora de Ministerios Pastorales. Después de nueve años, se convirtió en Directora del Ministerio Juvenil de la Diócesis de Raleigh. Antes de llegar al Instituto McGrath, Katherine sirvió durante cuatro años como Directora Asociada del Ministerio Juvenil en la Oficina de Formación y Discipulado de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta. Angulo fue el creador y editor de The Mark, una revista católica para adolescentes, y el productor ejecutivo del programa de capacitación de voluntarios, Llamados a acompañar / Llamados a Acompañar y Bishop D’Arcy Program for Priestly Renewal video series. Actualmente, es parte de la junta de asesores para Lilly Endowment en Thriving in Ministry.

Seminario Web #2

Grabado el 24 de agosto

La Familia en la Pastoral con Niños y Jóvenes
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Presentador: Alejandro Barrera
Sobre el presentador: El Directorio de la Catequesis nos dice en el número 124 que: “Los padres creyentes, con su ejemplo diario de vida, tienen la capacidad más atractiva de transmitir a sus hijos la belleza de la fe cristiana.” Es por eso que se “requiere un esfuerzo Evangelizador y catequético dirigido a la familia”. ¿Cómo podemos llevar a cabo esta tarea? Ven y veamos algunas metodologías y aprendamos juntos a que más nos está invitando la Iglesia en estos momentos. Veremos también cómo se puede ver la Catequesis después de la Pandemia. Visitaremos algunas mejores prácticas usando la tecnología.