Introducing: Oasis

Hello Network!

Members of the Network community are invited to come together for “Oasis: A Place Between” on November 10. Oasis is a digital webinar and a time of learning and connection that is designed for both volunteers and professionals who work in children, youth and family ministry. And for members of the Network at the “Plus” or higher levels, Oasis is free. Oasis will take place at 7pm Eastern time, 4pm Pacific time.

Our teacher on November 10 is Mark Yaconelli.

“But God can also turn the desert into watery pools, thirsty ground into watery springs…”

Psalm 107:35

At last year’s Extravaganza, I explained that our goal was to create a series of online learning events that would happen several times during the year, between our Extravaganza gatherings, to keep us connected and to provide opportunities for helpful, practical learning.

Oasis is the name for this series of events.

Mark Yaconelli

Mark Yaconelli is a writer, retreat leader, community builder, spiritual director, storycatcher, husband, and father. He is the founder and executive director of The Hearth. Previously, he co-founded and served as program director for the Center for Engaged Compassion where he helped develop a unique set of practices and training programs for assisting individuals, organizations, and communities in cultivating compassion.

Mark speaks to a variety of audiences each year across North America and the United Kingdom including The Greenbelt Arts Festival, The Ford Family Foundation, Compassion International, The National Youth Workers Convention, Princeton Theological Seminary, The Center for Congregations, The Global Gathering for Spirituality and Justice, and many other events and organizations.

Mark is the author of six books including his most recent, Between the Listening and the Telling: How Stories Can Save Us).  Interviews and profiles of Mark Yaconelli’s work have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BBC News, ABC World News TonightThe Washington Post Online. Mark holds an MA from the Graduate Theological Union and a Graduate Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Our time together will include time to hear from Mark, an opportunity to ask questions, and time in small groups reflecting on what we’ve heard together and how we can apply it to our own context.

There is no cost to participate in Oasis for Network members at the Plus, Student, Retired, Supporting, Sponsoring or Partner levels. For Basic members or non-Network members, the cost is $25.

More information, and registration information is available at elcaymnet.org/Oasis. The next Oasis is scheduled for April 27. Details on that event will come soon.

God’s peace,
Todd

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