Some evil wreaks suffering and trauma beyond words. Bethany Haley Williams, Ph.D., shares how the power of artistic expression can open channels of healing even in such devastation.
Youth live in transition between childhood and adulthood, so youth ministry always has the potential to pull them in either direction. Too often, it tugs toward childishness. We offer really sophisticated day care. We compete with entertainers. But the Christian life doesn’t tend toward prolonged naiveté; it leads to maturity. Peter David Gross rejects "The Adulthood Myth" and asks us to consider offering Christian youth a better way.
Why are we surprised when the transition to adulthood for so many youth is also a departure from the tastes, habits, and beliefs of the communities of their childhood? How do we repair the disconnect and combat the myth, clearly offering youth the incomparable glory of Christian maturity?
Part 1 of 2 | Interview by Evan Rosa | "[W]e have to recover virtue. We have to do the hard work of instilling in our children virtues that are going to stand the test of time, that have been written about for hundreds and hundreds of years. By reestablishing a sense of virtue in our education and the way we teach our children, I think we'll find we're preparing a generation to engage that new conversation."
An exclusive From the Table interview with Justin Barrett, Thrive Professor of Psychology at Fuller School of Psychology.
"Emerging adulthood is a life era that takes place at a unique point in time, and the exploration that is so common during this time is culturally shaped. The search for faith is central to this emerging adulthood, although fraught with misdirection and confusion."
Traumatic events can be likened to earthquakes that sometimes open up crevasses deep down into those core beliefs, values, and ways of coping that formed us as children. Spiritual and pastoral care can help people identify and explore these embedded theologies that surface in trauma.
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