Helping Youth Embrace the Uncommon Good

Helping Youth Embrace the Uncommon Good
One of my favorite writing challenges over the past several years has been partnering with Catholic Relief Services to develop FoodFast, the hunger awareness experience designed to help youth deepen their faith as they actually make a difference for those who don't have enough food. Jane Angha and I, working closely with Ted Miles of CRS, had an am...
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Re-Visioning Our Ministry with Youth

Re-Visioning Our Ministry with Youth
Have you ever gotten into your car and started driving and then noticed that the seat is too close and the mirrors are all wrong? The way the car was set up by the last driver is just not working. When that happens, you can keep going (while being uncomfortable and knowing that what you're doing isn't working) or you can recognize that it's ti...
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Planning Meaningful Prayer Experiences with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]

Planning Meaningful Prayer Experiences with Youth Ministry Access [YMA Webinar]
Personal and communal prayer are vital elements of discipleship. As we journey with young people in our ministry, planning meaningful prayer experiences can help young people explore the rich and diverse traditions of prayer. We're excited to share the ways you can use Youth Ministry Access to plan prayer experiences and help form your young people...
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Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

Thanksgiving is much more than turkey and pumpkin pie. Though much of our time may be spent in making meal preparations and preparing for family members visiting, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the many blessings we experience.

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Beyond the Certificate [Video]

Beyond the Certificate [Video]

Are you working toward or have you completed your Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies with the Center for Ministry Development?Are you looking for new opportunities to broaden your skills, expertise, and ministerial calling?

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All Saints' Day: Oh I Want to Be in That Number!

I recently spent a day in Cartagena, Columbia, and visited the church where St. Peter Claver is buried. In the square next to the church is a beautiful sculpture of Peter with one of the enslaved persons to whom he ministered. It was so moving to see the tender gaze of Peter on a young man in obvious pain. It made me want to reach out to those who suffer from oppression and the denial of their human dignity. I wanted to take their pain away. Thank you, St. Peter Claver!

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National Celebration of World Youth Day 2016 [Free Resource]

National Celebration of World Youth Day 2016 [Free Resource]

Did you know there is a World Youth Day message and theme from the Holy Father every year - though there may not be an international gathering? Recently the Pope Francis chose the first of the beatitudes as the themes for the upcoming World Youth Days celebrations.

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Countdown to the Presidential Election: What Teens Have to Say [Free YMA Session]

Countdown to the Presidential Election: What Teens Have to Say [Free YMA Session]

It is undeniable that this presidential election is different from any other recent elections. Many reasons are contributing to this difference such as the possibility of electing the first female president and the prospect of electing not a politician but a celebrity real estate tycoon. No matter who wins the election, he or she will be entering the office during a time or great unrest in our country and around the world. Perhaps this is why so many cannot decide who to vote for come November. There are groundbreaking numbers of people who still consider themselves as undecided voters including a large majority of young people known as the millennial generation.

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Encountering Jesus and The Sacrament of Confirmation [YMA Webinar]

The Sacrament of Confirmation plays an important role in the faith formation of many adolescents throughout the Catholic Church. It's a pivotal moment in a teenager's faith journey that provides a unique encounter with Jesus and the Church. How do you prepare young people for this important sacrament?

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One Week Could Change My Life: Engaging Youth in Faith-Filled Service

My wife and I are parents of three young adults. Each of our daughters loves their Catholic faith but their journeys were unique. One thing in common was that all of them engaged in summer mission experiences with our parish through Young Neighbors in Action. Looking back, it feels like their mission experience helped faith stick in their lives and helped them grow a faith that they could take with them into their college and young adult lives.

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