A mother hosted a party for her son when he turned 18, inviting influential men in his life to help him learn what it means to be a good man -- and a good human. The church must also help young people understand their gifts, challenges and Christian identity.
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The founder of an after-school program learns about the power and beauty of gentleness and what it might bring to the lives of children who are struggling.
The theologian talks about his new book, a collection of letters about virtues and character that he wrote annually to his godson Laurence Bailey Wells, the son of his friends Samuel and Jo Bailey Wells.
In a 2002 letter on the occasion of his godson’s baptism, the theologian wishes the boy, not an untroubled life, but a happy life, one in which he grows ever more confident in the faith.
Creating a safe space for vulnerable members of our congregations doesn’t end with a yearly training. Awareness and vigilance should be an embedded habit, writes a pastor.
In this episode of “Can These Bones,” co-host Laura Everett talks with Almeda M. Wright, Yale Divinity School professor and the author of “The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans,” about her training and background as an engineer and her work with young people in ministry.
Children in the WINGS for Kids afterschool program display their latest art project: butterflies.
Photos courtesy of WINGS for Kids
WINGS invests deeply in its staff with rigorous screening, intensive training and ongoing coaching. This culture of leadership has been critical to its success.
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Corrie. A concept map that one of the students made after the Game of Life workshop that ties together several themes from the program.
We can teach young people how to engage in a kind of practical theology that takes seriously their budding adult faith and their capacity for action, writes the director of the Youth Theological Initiative at Emory’s Candler School of Theology.
Children in the Pray Ground occupy themselves during worship at Raleigh Mennonite Church. Photo courtesy of Melissa Florer-Bixler
Giving kids a place in the front of the sanctuary allows them to worship in a way that comes naturally to them: through play.
The Parable of the Sower as illustrated in Hortus deliciarum compiled by Herrad of Landsberg at the Hohenburg Abbey in Alsace (12th century).
Youth ministry experts with decades of experience are learning the benefits of engaging youth in theological reflection that isn’t dumbed down, writes the coordinator of the Lilly Youth Theology Network.