About

Hi! I’m Lauren Zinn.

Lauren Zinn of ZinnHouse creates interspiritual youth education programs for interfaith and youth and families.
Lauren I. Zinn, Ph.D., Rev. Photo by Alling Photography

I’m a Philosopher, Jewish-Interfaith Educator, and Instructional Designer. I love developing lessons and activities that help students, parents, and leaders make religion relevant in our globalizing society.

I’m ENERGIZED by new ways to share wisdom from all religions as part of building an expanded identity for success in a global age. I empower parents with ideas for lessons that let them take part in creating a world of peace and justice, nurturing global citizenship, and deterring violent extremism. I keep current in my field, present at conferences, and constantly create and update new material. Giving youth a new relationship to religion — appropriate for a global age — is my joy.

What I bring to you:

15 years teaching philosophy and religion to children of interfaith families
15 years leading holiday programs for multi-faith families
15 years designing and officiating life cycle ceremonies
  5 years teaching religion in a Jewish after-school program
  M.A. in Philosophy
 Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Educational Planning
  Seminary-Ordained Interfaith Minister (2002)
 Experience teaching Matt Lipman’s Philosophy for Children
 Certificate in Gaming-Simulations Studies
 Program Development, Lesson Design, Teacher Training

Learn more:

  Browse my blog for ideas or attend an event.
  Check my services, programs, and resources.

  Join my email list for free updates and useful downloads.
  See what people are saying about me.
  Email me for a free 30 minute consultation.

Speaking

Teaching global-minded religion is anything but boring. I’ve spoken to audiences of 2 to 2,000. I’ll gladly speak to yours!

“It was a real bonus to our celebration to have you speak. Your reflections were wonderful, as I expected they would be…You are such an asset to our work!”  – Susan King, Interfaith Round Table Co-Director, Nov 2015

SPEAKING TOPICS & PRESENTATIONS
• Sunday School’s Evolution  • A Religion Teacher Who Doesn’t Teach Religion
• Design Your First Interspiritual Program  • Faces of Faith Interactive Program
• Jubilandia: The Food & Land Justice Gaming-Simulation  • Listen to Your Life

 Contact me for a captivating talk at your next event, conference, or service.

ZinnHouse LOGO

The logo for ZinnHouse of a Z that shows both a figure looking down and inward to the left for interspiritual growth, and up and outward to the right for evolutionary change.The logo, by cousin artist, David Zinn, is an optical illusion:

1. The energy of the figure is a “Z” for Zinn, in a rectangle for House; it is breaking through with a new perspective.
2. The figure is looking down to the left – kneeling – to signify inward prayer, meditation, and evolving consciousness.
3. The figure is looking up to the right – dancing – to signify
upward change, movement, and evolving culture.

Orange symbolizes enthusiasm, adventure, creativity, encouragement, determination, success, good health, and
social communication.

© 2016 ZinnHouse

Sampling of organizations that hosted me as a speaker or presenter:

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