I got interviewed for a podcast, y'all!
Since its debut in the fall, I have listened to the Episcopal Youth Ministry in ATL podcast. It is produced by my colleagues in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. The podcast is for youth workers, and they have already covered a range of topics in a short amount of time. It's a great listen, no matter the episode!
Recording the conversation for this podcast was a fun and exciting way to spend an early morning at the Forma Conference in January. (The first question asked was if I am a morning person-- and yes, it's true-- I'm only a morning person when I need to be!) In my opinion, there's no better way to start a morning than with a conversation about practical theology at 8 AM before the start of a full day of conference-ing.
Our conversation centered around the research and writing that I did with my capstone project. I first led a session youth ministry and mountaintop experiences at the Episcopal Diocesan Youth Workers Gathering in September, and right after my presentation Easton (the producer) asked if I would record an episode about mountaintops, youth ministry, and how we create sacred spaces for young people to encounter God. It was a fun morning and I am grateful for the opportunity to share the work of my capstone project with not only the team from ATL, but also with the wider church.
A few highlights of our conversation:
You can listen to the entire podcast episode here or by searching for Episcopal Youth Ministry in ATL on Buzzsprout, iTunes, or Google. If you like this episode, consider subscribing to get future episodes--these guys produce content regularly, and it's all good!
What do you think about mountaintop experiences and youth ministry? Are they beneficial? Are they harmful? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
This blog is a place where I will write my thoughts, share my discoveries, and reflect on my current work in youth and camping ministry. I believe strongly that our understandings of ministry and how God is active in the world are formed through the contexts in which we work. I hope and pray that what I learn and discover in my ministry context will help you in your work with children, youth, and their families. I also will share here books, podcasts, websites, and other resources that I discover, use, and/or review.
In the meantime, check out the first half of my portfolio that is available for public viewing. It includes an annotated bibliography, a series of videos about my theological convictions and a statement of my theology of ministry. You can also check out the research question for my capstone project on which I am beginning work right now.
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Victoria Hoppes is the Camp Director at Waycross Episcopal Camp and diocesan youth ministry coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Learn more about Victoria here.