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Something Inside So Strong: Faith, Education, and the Sacredness of All Children - Madison

Something Inside So Strong

February 24, 2018 | First United Methodist Church
203 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI 53703

If we understand that every child is sacred, how does that inform our practices of Christian education? This one-day workshop will explore ways to re-imagine Christian education through actual practices of child advocacy. The event will be led by Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture, and Rev. Dr. Virginia A. Lee, associate professor of Christian education and director of deacon studies. Blount and Lee are also co-executive directors of the Garrett-Evanston Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program

Free childcare is available for children ages 10 and under. Lunch will be provided for all participants and for all children in childcare. 

Questions? Contact Erin Moore at or 847.866.4547.

Workshop Leaders

Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount

Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount is the assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has spoken nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and workshops helping faith communities envision new and creative ways to minister to, with, and on behalf of young people. Blount earned his doctor of philosophy degree from Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University's joint porogram in religious and theological studies, focusing on the areas of Christian education and youth ministry. 


Rev. Dr. Virgina A. Lee

Rev. Dr. Virginia A. Lee is associate professor of Christian education and director of deacon studies at Garrett-Evangelical and has served in various capacities at numerous churches as a deacon in full connection in the Virginia Annual Conference. She has also published articles in both academic and lay journals and has been an active participant in educational and ministerial forums and conferences. Lee has a doctrate of education from Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education. 

Draft Schedule

February 24, 2018

9:00 a.m.
Registration and Packet Pick Up

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Welcome by Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler, Lead Pastor at Madison First United Methodist Church, and Dr. Lallene Rector, President of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 
"From Sabbath Schools to Freedom Schools: Historical Background," Dr. Reginald Blount, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth, and Culture and Director of the Garrett-Evangelical's Lilly Endowment Young Adult Grant

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
"The Freedom School Way," Dr. Virginia Lee, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Director of Deacon Studies

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A panel of educators will be moderated by Henry Sanders, founder, CEO, and publisher of Madison 365 and CEO of Selfless Ambition.
Panelists will include:
• Michael Johnson, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County in Madison
• Kaleem Caire, One City Early Learning Center
• Other Madison educators to be announced

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Small Group Workshop and Closing, "A Way Forward: Four Types of Child Advocacy," Drs. Reginald Blount and Virginia Lee

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Reception for Garrett-Evangelical Alums and Prospective and Current Students

Registration | Deadline February 14, 2018!

  • General Public: $15
  • Current or Prospective Garrett-Evangelical Students: Free

On-site regsitration will be available the day of the event.

Scholarships are available for those who may need it. Please contact Erin Moore for more information.

Participants in the workshop can also earn 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEU certificates cost $25 and can be paid for ahead of time on the registration form.



This workshop is sponsored by the Wilbur and Juanita Harr Lecture Fund at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. This fund was originally established at Evangelical Theological Seminary to honor Dr. Harr, who was both dean and professor of missions from 1940 to 1971. This lectureship founded in his memory reflected the breadth of his interests: world religions, changing technology, ecology, human need and world poverty, third-world development, racism, government and business ethics, and minority identity groups.