Embrace Webinars

This section promotes healthy dialogue and continued learning around a variety of topics related to our faith, gender, and sexuality. Each webinar is hosted by a member of the Make and Deepen Disciples team, and each guest is in harmony with the adopted position of the ECC. Upcoming webinars are promoted monthly to the Embrace email list, or you can register online. Each webinar is recorded and available here.

Please feel free to e-mail us with questions or comments at embrace@covchurch.org and be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on all things Embrace.

Upcoming Webinars

Embrace Webinar #19: The Deeply Formed Life: Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice

Thursday, December 3 at 12–1pm cst
Join us for a conversation with Rich Villodas on his new book, The Deeply Formed Life: Five Transformative Values to Root Us in the Way of Jesus. During these chaotic times, discover five forgotten values that can spark internal growth and help us reconcile our Christian faith with the complexities of race, sexuality, and social justice. Special focus will be given to the values of racial justice and sexual wholeness: How can we take a multilayered approach to pursue racial justice and reconciliation? How does our sexuality connect with our spirituality? Is there any connection between sexuality and social justice?

Embrace Webinar #20: Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today's Youth

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12–1pm CST
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Julia Sadusky on her book authored with Dr. Mark Yarhouse: Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s YouthTheir book explores a Christian response to the diverse gender identities that are being embraced by an increasing number of adolescents. They help us distinguish between current mental health concerns, such as gender dysphoria, and the emerging gender identities that some young people turn to for a sense of identity and community. Based on Dr. Sadusky’s significant clinical and ministry experience, we will have a conversation about practically engaging and ministering to teens navigating diverse gender-identity concerns.

Webinar Archives

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Embrace Webinar #18: Embrace for Youth Case Studies

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Embrace Webinar #17: Washed and Waiting: Lessons From the Journey

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Embrace Webinar #16: Born Again this Way: Coming Out, Coming to Faith, and What Comes Next

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Embrace Webinar #15: Becoming Churches where Gay Christians Can Thrive in Celibacy and Mixed-Orientation Marriage

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Embrace Webinar #14: Embracing Messy Grace

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Embrace Webinar #13: Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning

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Embrace Webinar #12: Teaching Biblical Sexuality in Youth Ministry

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Embrace Webinar #11: Is the Gospel Good News for Gay People?

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Embrace Webinar #10: Race, Sexuality, and Intersectionality

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Embrace Webinar #9: Sexual Discipleship: Shifting the Paradigm

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Embrace Webinar #8: Tough Talks on Sexuality in Urban Contexts

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Embrace Webinar #7: Gender Dysphoria & Pastoral Care

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Embrace Webinar #6: The Joys and Challenges of Mixed-Orientation Marriage

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Embrace Webinar #5: Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones

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Embrace Webinar #4: Who God Says You Are: Christian Identity and Human Sexuality

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Embrace Webinar #3: Just Sexuality: Exploring the Intersections of Justice and Human Sexuality

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Embrace Webinar #2: Single Gay Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity

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Embrace Webinar #1: People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

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Make and Deepen Disciples team — Facilitators
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Michelle Sanchez
Michelle Sanchez is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the ECC. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Covenant Church in the Boston area, ministered to international students in New York City with Cru, and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an international business degree from New York University (NYU), and certification in spiritual direction from Boston College.

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Tim Ciccone  
Tim Ciccone is Director of Youth Ministry for the Evangelical Covenant Church and has a deep passion to serve and encourage youth workers across the denomination. He is father to Caleb, Josiah, Samantha, and Ethan and has been married to Maria for 18 years. Prior to his role Tim was the Pastor of Generational Discipleship at Hillcrest Covenant Church in the Kansas City area. He earned his MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary and has been serving in the church for over 24 years. Tim is passionate about people finding and following Jesus!