54JXBQY3REI’m sitting in Chicago-O’Hare waiting for a flight back to San Francisco as I write this, looking out the window at aircraft movements on the field. The first time I took a flight was on a family vacation to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2001 (mere weeks before 9/11).

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Justice-Service (Bonus)

10533292_667289306679564_524843005_nSo, 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)

Justice-Service (Part 1)

0A38F0B702In 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)