Sundays in March, 9:45 – 10:45 am
Tech Savvy: Discovering God’s Will
This four-part series is intended to deepen our journey in Lent. During Lent we are asking everyone to consider some reduction and/or fasting regarding screen time use. See more about this theme and the Lenten resources available to you elsewhere in this newsletter. Our panel members and presenters will all be speaking from personal experiences as well as any particular expertise. We hope to encourage everyone to join in the discussion and sharing to increase our awareness of negative consequences of the overuse of screen time and to make time and space in our lives for renewal and deepening of our spiritual connections. This series will also relate directly to Sunday worship texts and sermons; as well as to the readings for the Lenten Small Groups.
How Has Screen Time Changed our Lives and When is it an Addiction?
Mathew Meyers, MA, LMFT
Sun, Mar 24, 9:45am, Chapel
Mathew Meyers is a therapist and owner at Traverse Counseling & Consulting. He has worked with children, teens, parents and families for 15 years as a therapist and as a trainer and associate with Peer Ministry Leadership. In his work with young people, Mathew identified a need for treatment services around internet/video game addiction. He researched and developed the treatment program at Traverse, and now speaks to school and church groups on safe and healthy technology use. In addition, he provides individual, family and couples counseling, helping to repair and rebuild relationships. Mathew writes a blog for helping professionals called Relationships that Heal. It can be found at mathewmeyers.blogspot.com. Find out more about Mathew and his practice at www.traversecc.org.
The Challenges of Raising Children in an Age of Technology
Susan Walker, PhD
Sun, Mar 31, 9:45am, Chapel
Making decisions about your children’s use of technology can be really hard. Together we’ll explore the benefits and challenges of these devices and applications as used by children, alone, with friends, and at school, and how to integrate children’s technology use (and our own) into the values that guide our parenting.
Susan Walker is an associate professor of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. She has worked with families for more than 30 years and prepares parenting educators and future family practitioners. Her research since 2005 has been on technology, parenting and parenting education. She teaches the undergraduate course “Families and Technology.” Susan is also a mother and in her spare time sings with the Twin Cities Women’s Choir and is inspired by Randi Grundahl Rexroth’s leadership.