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Refocus: Postcolonial Mission

REFOCUS: A Learning Community of Care for People Who Work with Youth

Part retreat, part learning intensive—join other youth ministers from the Synod of the Sun to talk with Rev. Bill Buchanan about the past, present, and future of Christian mission. Together, we will explore what it looks like to go beyond colonial paradigms of short-term mission with youth, and instead engage young people in the intersectionality of poverty, race, privilege, and power. We will also dive into the story and call of Scripture as well as the prophetic voices of past and present theologians. 

Presenter: Bill Buchanan

Dates: October 21 - 23, 2019

Location: Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, McCord Community Center, McCord 203
100 East 27th Street, Austin, 78705

Cost:  $100; includes meals but not guest housing.  To check on-campus lodging availability contact Mikala McFerren or 512-404-4857.

Recommended for: Youth ministers and other youth professionals who work within the Synod of the Sun.

About the Presenter

Rev Bill Buchanan is executive director of Youth Mission Co, a non-profit ministry providing mission immersion experiences with youth in Asheville, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Memphis, Tennessee.  Bill received his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his MA in Christian education at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, and his MDiv at Columbia Theological Seminary. He has co-written two books on youth ministry, All That We Are: an arts and worship workbook, and Making Worship Real. Bill has served in leadership at many national youth ministry events, including at Montreat Conference Center and the Presbyterian Youth Triennium. He is husband to Rev. Canon Milly Morrow, and father to Elli, Taylor, and his stepdaughter, Sadie. He lives in Asheville.