"Appropriate" Embodiment

I am concerned about the psyche of the middle school girl who is growing into this new body that she does not recognize. I am concerned about the teen girl that still doesn’t understand the body she is in. I am concerned about the only Black girl in her youth group who wants to wear what her friends wear but doesn’t understand why this popular outfit seems to be problematic only on her body.
Preparing Our Youth for the Path

Preparing Our Youth for the Path

Preparing the path for our youth is easy—so long as we are in control of the path. Youth ministry which “prepares our youth for the path,” however, involves much more risk.

Youth and Social Media: Digitally-Integrated Faith Formation

Getting up to speed with these technologies can be time consuming at first and feel a little ahead of its time, at least in the parish—but they are right on time for the ways our youth, and even adults, are learning today.

The Discipline of Digital Disagreement

We can change the culture of disagreement by consistently and intentionally wading into the deep waters of disagreement while honoring the image of God in our “opponents.” We can practice the spiritual discipline of disagreement by forcing ourselves to think of our “opponents” as reasonable people whom Jesus loves.

Body, Soul, Soil, and Sacrament

...the One professed to be fully God and fully human invites his closest followers to remember him not by reading the book he wrote or memorizing the creed he composed, but rather by consuming grain and grapes transformed into bread and wine.

Canticles: Psalm 91—Refuge

The psalm never promises no sorrow, but rather that we will survive the sorrow that does come. The evil and the scourge are all around us, but they need not overcome us or dwell with us. Instead, we can dwell with God.

The Grace of Place

Our young people need to have a sense of place... Because love of place stirs awareness of community and awareness of community exposes inequality, a refined sense of place leads to a refined sense of justice.

Canticles: Psalm 79—Guilt

So when we respond to our young people who are suffering, or who feel overwhelming guilt, or who wonder why bad things happen, may we first listen—without rushing to judgment, without trying to fix things, without spreading blame. And then, let us find in that guilt the longing for God.

Objectification and Cute Kids

The problem is not making kids look cute, but rather, the problem lies squarely with us: we want them to look cute for our own enjoyment.

An Important Question to Ask

One of the responsibilities of ministry to our kids may very well be sitting with them and asking them questions, so that, sitting beside one another, we can together ask questions about God.

Canticles: Psalm 24—Who

... the person who is worthy to come is worthy not because they have been to church, been baptized, taken communion, or ritually cleansed themselves in some way... None of this negates the moral and ethical norms to which God calls us... But it begins the conversation on a different foot.

The Unlikely Farminarian

The Farminary is where the question of human action receives the answer of divine grace... I take young people to the Farminary not because I see God there, but because I trust that when we “grasp with empty hands,” God discovers us there. And there’s a lot we can learn there that we could never learn from reading old, dead theologians under florescent lights.