Category: Ministry

Gender Identity in Youth Ministry

I’m excited to share a new resource on gender identity for youth ministers.  Check out the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry Engage blog. In this issue of Engage,  I join with other scholars, ministers, parents, and advocates to consider the impact of gender on the faith lives of youth.  The series...

Youth Ministry Resource: Talking about Gender and Sexuality

I’m very proud and honored to share my videos from the Youth Ministry Initiative at Yale Divinity School. On two different occasions we recorded short clips that address a wide variety of issues related to sexuality and gender in the context of Christian youth ministry....

Talking about Violence: A Lenten Response

On Ash Wednesday, I was serving as the choir parent volunteer. The parent brings the snack, serves as the second adult in the room, and helps out as needed. With 10 minutes left in practice, the Junior Choir Director stops and informs the children (3rd – 8th grade) that...

Gift-giving as Christian Practice

I love giving and getting presents. I am the person who wears or uses a gift immediately after receiving it. I put time and effort into choosing gifts for close friends and family. That said, I am uncomfortable with a Christmas season that inspires economic excess. As a parent,...

Laughing in Church

Just yesterday in Sunday Service, as the Cherub Choir began to sing, a few of the singers “got the giggles” after a small mistake was made.  To my delight, as a member of our congregation, no one tried to quiet them, rather we all laughed along in good measure...