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In December 2018, Prakash Keeley was enthroned as a "bishop" at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Photos courtesy of Steve Rice
In Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a church enthrones a young chorister as “bishop” every December in a medieval practice that illustrates the upside-down spirit of Advent.
Young people struggle with Sabbath, in part because adults model a life of busyness, says the author of “Wrestling With Rest: Inviting Youth to Discover the Gift of Sabbath.”
Fishers mend huge nets used to catch salmon off Alaska's Harvester Island. Holes, torn by sea lions, seals and boat propellers, are repaired by hand. Photos by Gretchen E. Ziegenhals
Taking the time to fix what is torn can build strength and resilience. What would it mean for young people to learn the art of mending early in their lives?
The author and her daughter celebrate her high school graduation. Image courtesy of Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Grace Ji-Sun Kim: Christian parents must allow their children the freedom to develop their own identities
A parent’s desire to guarantee a child’s success prevents the child’s own development -- and is not the way God parents us, says a theologian and mother.
The young adults who work at Village Wrench do not need to have experience fixing bikes. They just need to have a passion for helping the community. Photos courtesy of Village Wrench
Village Wrench in West Greenville, South Carolina, helps meet tangible needs such as bike repair and transportation. But it also offers youth development and a community gathering place.
Demonstrators carry signs during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. Library of Congress / Photo by Marion S. Trikosko
Remembering the landmark Civil Rights Act that was signed into law 55 years ago in July, a retired educator says our history can teach young people the value of education, mentors, leaders and communication.
Literacy is a major focus of Memphis Athletic Ministries; mentors and coaches use sports to make learning fun. Photo courtesy of Memphis Athletic Ministries
Memphis Athletic Ministries trains its coaches to teach youth and their communities to engage in reconciliation.
During the school year, Memphis Athletic Ministries hosts basketball leagues for teams that include participants in MAM programs as well as school, church and recreational teams from across the city. Photos courtesy of Memphis Athletic Ministries
The real aim of MAM isn’t to teach basketball to the 700 kids who show up every day. It is to build community and strengthen families by demonstrating God’s love.
We teach our children that kindness matters, but in the new world of social media, they are becoming oblivious to the joy of doing good works in secret, writes a director of Christian education.
Jonathan Harris, executive director of life skills education at The House DC after-school program, speaks to teens in an afternoon teaching session. Photos by Mike Morones
A Christian after-school program in one of the District of Columbia’s most challenging neighborhoods gives students a sense of hope.