Practicing Faith with Children: Forming and Being Formed by the Next Generation of Believers

Chapel Hill, NC
Friday, February 13, 2009
  Practicing Faith with Children:
Forming and Being Formed by the
Next Generation of Believers
                   February 13, 2009 - United Church of Chapel Hill

Leadership Biographies

Kathy Bozzuti-Jones
Kathy Bozutti-Jones, Ph.D., serves as director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City. She has experience as a lay Episcopal chaplain, spiritual director, family educator, retreat leader and small group facilitator.  Kathy is co-chair of the New York Diocesan Children and Family Committee. She has a long-standing interest in multi-faith spirituality, social justice, writing, art-making and song. Her recent poetry and essays appear in Race and Prayer, "Sewanee Theological Review," "Episcopal New Yorker," and in an online monthly resource for teachers called "Children at Worship."

Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones
Rev. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones is the Priest for Pastoral Care and Nurture at Trinity Episcopal Church Wall Street. He manages all the ministries that promote care, respect and mutual affection among Trinity’s many members, including their weekday congregation. Rev. Bozzuti-Jones is also the author of several illustrated books for children, God Thought of You and Jesus, the Word, as well as The Womb of Advent, published in 2007.

Carolyn C. Brown
For more than thirty-five years, Carolyn Brown served as Director of Christian Education in Presbyterian churches. She has written twelve books about educational ministry with children and youth, including, most recently, Raising Children to Love Their Neighbors and Sharing the Easter Faith with Children, and is a frequent speaker at Christian Education conferences. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, working as a consultant and writer.  

Wynn McGregor
A certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church, USA, Wynn McGregor's vocational history includes work in local churches, on Presbytery and United Methodist District staffs and in higher education. She currently consults with the Upper Room Ministries in the Companions in Christ program.  She is the author of The Way of the Child: Helping Children Experience God.

Elizabeth Marquardt
Elizabeth Marquardt is vice president for family studies at the
Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan think tank focused on children, families, and civil society. She is author of Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce (Crown, 2005) and the forthcoming My Daddy’s Name is Donor (Harcourt, 2009). She has discussed her research on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, PBS, NPR, and numerous other television and radio programs. Her essays and op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, and elsewhere. She lives near Chicago with her husband, Jim, and their two children.

Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Bonnie Miller-McLemore has been the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at
Vanderbilt Divinity School since 1995.  Her areas of teaching include pastoral theology and religion, psychology and culture. Her numerous publications address major cultural issues as they influence people, society and the practice of religion. As a mother and a feminist, she has focused much of her writing on the theological import of parenting and caring for children. Recent books include In the Midst of Chaos: Care of Children as Spiritual Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2006) and Let the Children Come: Reimagining Childhood from a Christian Perspective (Jossey-Bass, 2003). Bonnie has received major grants from Henry Luce III and Lilly Endowment Foundations, among others. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bonnie’s ministry includes service to congregations as well as to organizations such as the American Academy of Religion. She lives in Nashville with her husband and three sons.

Rhonda Parker
Rhonda Parker is the Director of the Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, a Methodist retreat ministry located in Efland, N.C. With an undergraduate degree in sociology and certification in Elementary Education as well as a Masters of Divinity degree from
Duke University, she is a natural leader for outdoor ministry with children and young people. Her real passion is sharing the love and care of creation with the next generation.  When she is not leading ministries at the camp, Rhonda can be found enjoying a cup of fair trade coffee by the campfire. She and her husband and their three children live near Chestnut Ridge and attend Union Grove United Methodist Church.

Marcia Mount Shoop
The Rev. Marcia Mount Shoop, Ph.D. is an ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a theologian. She has served churches in
Chicago, IL, Tampa, FL, and Oakland, CA. She will begin an eight-month stint as Theologian in Residence at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC in September, 2008. She has worked in church, academic, and community settings on racial reconciliation and awareness, and serves on the board of the Multicultural Network of Presbyterians.  Her book, Let the Bones Dance:  Embodiment and the Body of Christ, will be published by John Knox Press in 2009. Marcia and her  husband, John, have two young children.  

Valerie Tutson
Valerie Tutson, a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries, festivals and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world, with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes tales and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa and West Africa, and from her study of African American history. She also tells age-old Bible stories in a manner that delights listeners of all ages and has been a featured leader at interdenominational events and conferences. Most recently she was an MC for the 2007 UCC Synod in Hartford, CT and the Bible Study/Storyteller for the 2008 UCC National Youth Event. Valerie has taught storytelling workshops and classes at retreats and conferences as well as Brown University, Williams College and Andover Newton Theological Seminary; for twelve years she hosted Cultural Tapestry, an award-winning show for Cox 3 that celebrates diverse cultures. She serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Black Storytellers, and is involved in multiple community organizations in her home town of Providence, R.I.

Sherri Wood
Sherri Wood has been making improvisational quilts as a creative spiritual practice since 1993. With both a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture and a Masters of Theological Studies, she is an accomplished multi-disciplinary artist who exhibits her work nationally. She combines her knowledge of craft, theology, sculpture and systems-centered theory to invent and facilitate aesthetic avenues for healing and social change. She has led numerous workshops on the creation of Passage Quilts, which provide creative expression for bereavement, and designed a series of liturgical banners for
United Church of Chapel Hill. Besides her many creative offerings, Sherri works as the Parish Administrator of St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco


Contact Information

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    Susan Steinberg
    Associate Pastor for Children's Ministries
    United Church of Chapel Hill
    1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
    Chapel Hill, NC  27514


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