Category Archives: Parenting Resources

Message To St. Michael, Van Nuys

Hello, all!

Today, I had the privilege and honor of giving a “homilette” at St. Michael Church in Van Nuys, and I figured that it might not hurt to share it with you all! I would be remiss (and likely plagiarizing) not to thank Kenda Creasy Dean for some of the finer points of the homily. Her books, Almost Christian and Practicing Passion, are constant sources of inspiration for me.

So without further ado:

Listen to the message!

In Christ,
Christian

The World Below is on Ancient Faith Radio!

Hello, all!

Exciting news! “The World Below” seminar is on Ancient Faith Radio! Please give it a listen if you get a chance! Here’s the link: The World Below – Ancient Faith Radio.

The seminar took place on June 30, and the speakers included myself, Fr. Patrick O’Grady, and David Paddison. Give the seminar a listen, and then join the conversation by commenting on this post!

In Christ,
Christian

A Seminar For Parents, Youth Workers, Pastors, and Teens

Greetings, all!

His Eminence, Archbishop JOSEPH, has given his blessing for a seminar for parents, youth workers, pastors, and teens.

The seminar is titled, “The World Below: Engaging the Hearts and Minds of Today’s Teens.” In it, Fr. Patrick O’Grady of St. Peter Church in Pomona, David Paddison (psychology student and youth worker extraordinaire) of St. Luke Church in Garden Grove, and myself will be addressing these questions:

  • What does the world of young adults look like today?
  • How did it come to be like this?
  • Why are so many young adults leaving the Church?
  • And how are we to respond?


I have a great deal of confidence that this gathering will be useful to all those who wish to attend as we will be discussing the real world that teens face and will be laying out a vision for an Orthodox Christian approach to youth ministry.

All jurisdictions are welcome to attend, and I highly encourage people of all ages to attend as the youth of our Church are not simply a group to which only a select few are called to minister. It is the job of the Church to care for her youth, and we will begin to discuss exactly what that looks like and how it can be done. It should be great.

If you wish to print out the event flier, you can access it HERE. Please spread the word about this event, and do all that you can to attend!

In Christ,
Christian

Flier image source: http://www.simpleinsomniacures.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Multiple-Factors-Hurt-Teen-Sleep.jpg

“Hurt 2.0” by Chap Clark

If you are looking for a book that is painfully honest about the environment of adolescents in contemporary America, then Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers by Dr. Chap Clark (Fuller Theological Seminary) is the perfect book for you. It is grueling, disheartening, encouraging, heartbreaking, fascinating, and necessary to read. Hurt 2.0, published just last year, is a second edition of Hurt, which Dr. Clark published in 2004. If the proximity of these releases doesn’t itself indicate the increasingly rapid rate of cultural changes that face our young people, consider this fact: in 2004, Facebook didn’t exist. Now, it’s almost impossible to walk into a local business that doesn’t have a sign that says, “Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.” Dr. Clark’s work is important as it addresses the contemporary life of midadolescents (roughly ages 15-18) with brutal frankness that might shock, offend, or (worst of all) elude adult readers. Hurt 2.0 offers an invaluable look into the lives of midadolescents, and if you read no further in this post, please note this: I highly recommend the book to anyone who has been, works with, or knows a teenager. Continue reading

Check Out This Article: Saint Aidan Orthodox Church: Parenting for Faith (Part One)

Check out this article. The things Fr Richard reminds parents to do seem like no-brainers, but they are also good to remember. Even though I’m not a parent, I look forward to more of his posts about parenting.

Hope you enjoy it!

In Christ,
Christian