So, you’re setting out as a chaperone or adult leader on a youth service trip. God bless you, literally. Chances are you’re not staying at the Hilton (and if you are, don’t tell my chaperones or they’ll expect the same!), but you can almost make a church floor as comfortable an experience as one. As a bonus to the series on service trips, here’s my chaperone survival guide. Continue reading Justice-Service (Bonus)
Sometimes there are just those things that bomb. Sometimes they’re small mishaps, other times they’re a bit more, shall we say, dramatic. (Luckily we haven’t had many of those!) In exploring our structure and what has worked well about our service trip program, here are the bottom three things that we’ve ditched in our experience: Continue reading Justice-Service (Part 5)
I wrote a bit about our structure and what I count as marks of success in the last post. Of course, it hasn’t always been easy to get to the point we’re at. We’ve had some high and low points along the way. Here are my top three things that I think have worked really well: Continue reading Justice-Service (Part 4)
One of the questions I’m asked the most frequently about service trips is what our ENGAGE model at my congregation looks like and what makes it so successful? Continue reading Justice-Service (Part 3)
With all the demands on teenager’s time, and all the ways in which faith communities can impart commitments for social justice, accompaniment and solidarity with marginalized groups, why are service trips particularly important? Continue reading Justice-Service (Part 2)
In all the commentary on trends of young Millennials and the iGeneration at the intersection of religious involvement, it’s easy to get caught up in an attitude of defeatism. These young people aren’t going to make a commitment. Or, Those young people only care about what’s happening on the screen in their hand.
Such categorizations are an oversimplification, of course, but I use them as archetypes that I have actually heard said in conversation. Continue reading Justice-Service (Part 1)
Northern California hasn’t been getting enough rain the past few years. Of course, to many people — even those outside of California — who follow basic news reports, this does not come as news. In January, San Francisco recorded zero rainfall for the first time in history. We’re getting parched out here. Continue reading Rain
It appears that 2013 was not the year of the blog.
I’ve thought about it a lot, though. Should I maintain it again? Take it down? Do something else with the website? Is it worthwhile to hold on to something that was a strong interest for many years but seems to have fallen by the wayside in these most recent chapters of life? Continue reading Restart
Earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments to review two constitutional challenges to the legality of the ban on recognition of same-sex couples, namely California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). Continue reading Certiorari