11 January 2011 — Leave a comment

YCML (youth, culture and mission lectures) are again running two days of lectures for youth workers who are interested in taking their theology and practice that little bit deeper.

About YCML

The youth, culture and mission lectures is a collaboration of three groups who all have a passion for young people and mission. The Sophia Network exists to connect women in youth work and ministry, to access training, develop skills and share wisdom. East to West is a charity of Compassion, Mercy and Justice reaching out to vulnerable and ‘at risk’ young people. The Diocese of Winchester covers the majority of Hampshire, an area of eastern Dorset and the Channel Islands, ministering to a population of 1.2 million. It has a significant rural ministry, with more than half of its parishes in rural areas. It also includes the urban areas of Andover, Basingstoke, Bournemouth and Southampton.

The Youth Culture and Mission Lectures are a response to the increasing numbers of youth workers studying youth ministry and theology at undergraduate or postgraduate level and the desire by so many to keep their heads in that field once they have graduated. The lectures provide an opportunity for people to pursue a deeper, theological and grounded understanding of youth, culture and mission, accessible to those who have already begun to explore the academic bedrocks of youth ministry as well as those who haven’t had the time to study and who are eager to take their thinking deeper.

About the 2011 Lectures

From the website:

We have chosen image to be the theme for this year’s lectures. We believe that young people are made in the image of God, but that we live in a culture whose influence readily distorts that image in them. We have three excellent lecturers who will each bring their perspective on this critical subject. Dr Crispin Fletcher-Louis is a lecturer at the Westminster Theological Centre and will be starting the day reflecting theologically on what it means for a young person to be created in the Image of God. Nigel Pimlott works for Frontier Youth Trust and is studying for a PhD; he will be exploring the subject of societal sin, asking why society has such a negative view of young people and exploring how that outworks in young people’s view of themselves. Rachel Gardner will complete our team of lecturers; she is the director of Romance Academy and will be exploring the very contemporary issue of the sexualisation of young people.

We are once again pleased to be offering two venues for this day of lectures, we are being hosted by King’s College, London on Tuesday 15 March and by the Leed’s Christian Institute on Wednesday 16 March. Tickets are £30, including lunch and refreshments and we are happy to offer a concessionary ticket for just £20.

Booking is available online at www.ycml.org.uk where you will find further details about the day as well as our blog.

I wasn’t able to attend last years lecture (much to my disappointment) so I’m keen to jump in on this one. See you in London?


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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

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