Why are there only 12 disciples? Will we be with our families in heaven? Does God think pineapple should go on pizza?
Encounters with God happen, and they are known by their liberating effects. How can confirmation class support such encounters?
You don’t normally see the names Pope Francis and Robin Williams in the same sentence, but here goes.
Early in his career, the brilliant comedian and actor Robin Williams scored big with a performance called Reality—What a Concept. This wonderful play on words came to mind when I heard a few lines from one of Pope Francis’ talks during his visit to the Philippines earlier this year. They gained little attention, but are critical to understanding how he wants to enliven the church and the world. “Reality,” he told a large group of young people, “is superior to ideas.”
We youth ministers have often tried to make our ministries cool enough to compete. But every teen knows that the church is not cool.
by Jen Bradbury
What are today’s youth saying about their faith? How does what they profess compare to our historic creeds? What are they saying about the beliefs of their parents?