Presenter Bios

Rev. Dana Neuhauser (right) has worked for over a decade in children and youth ministry and was recently commissioned as a deacon in the United Methodist Church. She is currently appointed to New City Church in Minneapolis as the Minister of Public Witness. She is also the Coalition Organizer for the Twin Cities District.

Katie Matson-Daley (left) is a writer, artist, and minister committed to spiritual formation that connects the story of creation and Jesus to the practices of justice, healing, creativity, and community. She spent the last 12+ years serving in a multi-racial church in Minneapolis as a Children’s and Youth Minister, Literacy Teacher and Programs Director. Katie holds an M.A. in Community Ministry Leadership from Bethel Seminary Saint Paul and is a student in the M.Div program at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Her writing is available at and her art can be found at

Workshop Presentation

Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, Charlottesville, the Alt-Right. Like the adults in their lives, our students are hearing lots of different messages about racism and white supremacy.  As we work to make disciples who will transform the world, we cannot ignore the racialized system in which our youth are developing. But how do we broach such a sensitive topic with kids?  How do we move the conversation beyond “I Have a Dream,” and Rosa Parks?  And what does white supremacy have to do with faith formation?

Katie and Dana will share curriculum they have developed for youth faith formation groups, which integrates history, activism, scripture and theological reflection.  You’ll walk away with resources you can use in your youth group or confirmation class.