All workshops below are offered both Friday and Saturday. Additional workshops may be added to the schedule. Workshop schedules and speakers are subject to change. All views of the Keynote Speakers and workshop presenters do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Northwestern – St. Paul.
Grief, Humor and Purpose - Featured Workshop
Workshop D | Knight Hall
Stay Curious - How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith - Featured Workshop
Workshop A | Knight Hall
Learning for God
Erica SundvallMost of us have learning goals, but we don't always create and approach them in a way that honors God. I know from personal experience that learning can be a selfish and frantic endeavor. There are many factors that underlie honorable learning: health, stamina, identity, intention, and motivation, to name a few. These can be hard to identify and change, but with the support of the Bible and cognitive research, let's learn how to learn for God.
Be Still, My Soul
Heather Hood & Heidi Sawyer
Psalm 46:10 states, “Be still, and know that I am God.” This workshop will be a time of stillness, meditation, and worship through music. Familiar hymns and songs as well as some meditative classical pieces will be played on violin and piano. Participants will have handouts with words to the songs and scripture verses to meditate on while listening. This session will also include several opportunities to sing along. Through music, we will find rest in knowing: 1. God our creator is in control. 2 God loves and cares for us. 3. God has redeemed us by grace. 4. God is faithful. 5. God will complete our joy in heaven.
Set Aside Distractions and Savor the Present
Set Aside Distractions – Call down the devices, find the true call to freedom in Christ – Lessen the worries that weigh us down – Remember that worldly desires can steal our true joy – Discover how fear shifts our focus. Savor the Present – Connect to Creation – Taste and see that He is good – Sit beside Christ followers (found in the Bible and in the pews) – Find tangible ways to enjoy life through simple steps taken every day.
Trusting the Lord in Disappointment
Hospitality Reimagines : Welcoming God and Others
Help! I have a Prodigal
Having a prodigal is a prevalent problem in this day and age. We feel alone, but we are not. How do we navigate it with hope and stay sane? With wisdom drawn from her experience with a prodigal child, Judy Slegh will offer practical tools that will equip you for the daily battle. Discover the power of releasing forgiveness to bring emotional healing and peace. Rediscover the jewel in your prodigal by peeling away offense. Learn how to develop declarations to think hopefully and speak hopefully in partnership with God.
Journey Into Healthy Relationships with Others
Positive Communication in a Polarized World
During a time when our nation’s leaders are communicating in polarizing, negative, and “us versus them” methods, learn how your unique, powerful, positive, and God-given voice can be one of your most valuable assets. You will leave with a greater understanding of yourself and communication strengths, increased capacity to successfully navigate difficult conversations, and develop techniques to overcome fear and self-judgment.
Discovering Your Wellness with Joy
Have you ever wondered what your gifts are? Do you feel your days pass by in a blur of wife/mom/career duties? Do you wonder what ELSE there is? In this lively workshop Leslie encourages women and helps them find their “genius”. Knowing that God has designed each person uniquely in mind, body and soul, Leslie gives life-changing hope to women who are seeking balance and meaning.
You are More than Enough
Mark 6:30-44. As wives & mothers, do you ever feel like you’re feeding 5,000 hungry mouths? If you have a family of five, in one year you feed them over 5,000 times (5,475, but who’s counting). No wonder you’re tired! Have you ever had (or felt like) less than enough & you needed God to show up? I sure have, and He multiplied the little that I had. So often we see this miracle pertaining only to food. But it is found in every gospel, because it teaches us that if we start with what we have, with God we will always be enough!
Learn to Pray a Breath Prayer
When we abide in the Lord, our soul finds rest. One way to abide in Him is through prayer. Discover how to pray a breath or contemplative prayer. This type of prayer is a personal prayer to a personal God. Its focus is Jesus and God’s glory. This type of prayer is faith-filled intentionality and has a Biblical focus. (Bring your Bible to this workshop.)
Sensitivity for hurting women
Spiritual Formation and Generation Z
Reaching and teaching the next (or current) generation is of great importance. In this workshop, we will look at some key characteristics of Generation Z, how to enter into their formation journey, and discuss the importance of establishing deep roots.
Simply, Live Your Best Life
Does your social media feed feature perfectly put together homes? Are you often telling yourself, “Just one more storage bin and everything will be put in its place?” Do you look around your garage and wonder, “Where did all this stuff come from?” Whether it’s clothes, household items, toys or technology, research is clear that more stuff equates to more housework, more stress, and less rest for your soul. This inspiring session will offer you practical, real-life strategies that empower you to incorporate a minimalist philosophy into your home so you have time to live your best life.
Does Sex Restore Your Soul?
In a world filled with porn, hook-up sex and few real answers, how do you embrace sex as a gift from God? Remove the lies, sort through the baggage, search God’s word, and you will discover His amazing design for sex. A mysterious force that unites, comforts, and refreshes. When you move beyond going through the motions and get to know each other, sex never gets boring. God meant sex to restore you and bring life to your marriage. Don’t let Satan hold you back from what God intended.