Telling the Story


Thanks to Adam Walker Cleaveland and Jan Edmiston, I had my world rocked last night by civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis and one of his aides, Andrew Aydin. They have collaborated on a series of graphic novels about the civil rights movement called March. They spoke at an event sponsored by the good people […]

Seminars at #PYM15

I am getting very excited for the second edition of the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference next week. For the second year in a row I think we have put together a conference unlike any other youth ministry gathering in the world. In addition to our great lineup of plenary speakers, check out this amazing array […]

Contemplative Prayer with Youth

Photo by pratanti

In the wake of my news from last week, this past weekend was full of mixed emotions. People continue to affirm both my ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church and my new call to Union Presbyterian Seminary, but facing youth and parents and talking about this move was difficult. It is a big relief to be […]

Planning Communion with Youth


This past Sunday was “Youth Sunday” at Fourth Church. Our eighth grade confirmation class planned the liturgy and led the 11:00 service and our high school students led the 9:30 service. While the confirmation class has long planned and led a worship service at Fourth, this is only the second year we have had youth […]

Contemplative Youth Ministry: God is Not an Idea

"Find the Idea" by Khalid Albaih

As I have been studying contemplative prayer for my own spiritual development, I have been experimenting with incorporating contemplative practices into my work with youth and in worship services. In a worship service for our youth and in our afternoon jazz service I used a version of the examen in place of a traditional prayer […]