When: Jan. 9-11, 2014
Hilton St. Louis Airport hotel
10330 Natural Bridge Road
St. Louis, MO 63134-3303
To make reservations: call 314-426-5500 by Dec. 20, 2013, and ask for "in-house reservations." Inform the agent you are with the "LCMS Youth Symposium." Room rates are $69/night, plus tax. Complimentary breakfast is included.
Reserve rooms online
Regular Rate - $175 (includes two lunches)
Student Rate - $135 (for college students, seminarians, vicars and interns)
Register by mail
Download schedule/speaker list
Thursday, Jan. 9
- 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Practicum for early arrivers
- 12:30 p.m. | Opening lunch
- 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Conference
Friday, Jan. 10
- 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. | Conference continues (lunch provided)
Saturday, Jan. 11
- 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. | Conference
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Hilary Davidson, Presenter
Hilary Davidson is a Ph.D. student at the University of Notre Dame studying sociology with a minor in gender studies. Davidson’s areas of interest and study include culture; emerging adulthood; generosity, morality and solidarity; religion; social class; and gender. She is co-author of Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood. Davidson also has done extensive research for the National Study of Youth and Religion, Science of Generosity Project: 40 Families, Religion and Protests in the News, and Northern Indiana Congregations Study.
Dr. Patricia Herzog, Presenter
Patricia Snell Herzog is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas with areas of interest and study in religion, youth, voluntary giving and participation, community, spatial inequality and social theory. She was a co-author for the books Souls in Transition: The Religious Lives of Emerging Adults in America and Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood and has published articles with a number of journals, including Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Journal of Adolescent Research and Youth & Society.
Tom Couser, DCE, A Lutheran Response
Tom Couser has worked with teens and young adults for more than 40 years. He has experience as a director of Christian education, youth director, high school counselor and coach. In retirement, he continues to speak to parent and senior adult groups concerning faith and values. His new book, Passing the Torch: Sharing Faith and Values with the Millennial Generation, addresses many of the challenges cited in Lost in Transition. His previous books include Real Men Pray and Parenting Without Guilt. Couser will provide a Lutheran response to the findings that Davidson and Herzog present.
Dr. Craig Oldenburg, DCE, Discussion Facilitator
Craig Oldenburg is director of Children’s Ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Loveland, Colo. Prior to that he served at Mt. Cross Lutheran Camp, Felton, Calif.; Concordia University, Portland, Ore.; and Lutheran Valley Retreat in Colorado. He has served as the facilitator for the “What does this mean” and “How is this done” conversation at five of the last six Youth Ministry symposiums.