Hope for the Weary with Christina Edmondson (Rooted 2020 Conference)

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Over the next several weeks, we will share workshop and plenary content from our Rooted 2020 Microconferences. This week’s workshop comes to us from Christina Edmondson. Teaching in Matthew 11, Christina encourages parents and youth pastors to remember that Jesus’ work brings us rest. In the chaos of a global pandemic  and in the normal fluctuations of our lives, His presence steadies and strengthens us.

Christina holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University, a MS degree from the University of Rochester in Family Therapy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Hampton University.

For over decade, Christina has served in a variety of roles including recently as the Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin University. Within the Higher Education sphere, she continues to serve as an instructor and partners with several universities to develop ethical and impactful leaders. Additionally, a Certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator, public speaker, and mental health therapist, Christina is often contacted by churches to consult about leadership development, anti-racism, and mental health issues. Her writing has been seen and referenced in a variety of outlets including Essence.com, YourBlackWorld.com, and Gospel Today magazine. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Truth’s Table podcast.

Text: Matthew 11:28-30

 Discussion questions

  1. How can we encourage each other to discuss our burdens without despair?
  2. What are some practical ways that we can apply what Jesus calls us to learn from him in this passage?
  3. What are some ways that we reject the rest that Christ has given us and how can we practically apply this grace in 2020?

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