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Spirituality Can Offer Youth More: The Transcendent Dimension

Susan Wood Spirituality and Religion 0 Comments

– Part 3 of a 3-part series – This three-part series has been explaining why Thrive Center researchers and others make this claim: Many communities and programs contribute to positive youth development. Yet spiritual and religious communities, unlike other contexts, operate in three dimensions: ideological, social, and transcendent: This combination makes spiritual contexts especially potent—for good or for bad. Now …

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Finding Yourself in an Ocean of Options

Susan Wood Identity, Spirituality and Religion 1 Comment

Youth today have so many options: Kids are invited to follow people on Facebook. Follow groups. Follow trends. They’re barraged with Tweets and Instagrams calling them to like: LIKE  LOVE  RESPOND NOW  BELONG  It’s dizzying. There are so many options to follow: It’s hard to know who you are and to whom you belong when you are following so much. …

Call for Papers: Processes of Religious and Spiritual Influence in Adolescence

Susan Wood Spirituality and Religion

We are excited to announce a call for submissions for a special section of the Journal of Research on Adolescence dedicated to “Processes of Religious and Spiritual Influence in Adolescence,” to be co-edited by Sam Hardy and Pamela Ebstyne King. While much research has demonstrated correlates of religiosity and spirituality, little is known about processes of influence linking them to …

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Do Mountaintop Spiritual Experiences Really Make a Difference?

Abigail Shepherd Beyenberg Spirituality and Religion, Virtue Development, Youth Workers 1 Comment

I have a vivid memory of the last night at youth group camp as a high school freshman: As wind howled around us, we sat close together, snuggled in a blanket and singing loudly against the rushing of leaves. For the first time, I felt a deep sense of closeness with the people around me and with God. I transcended …

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Spirituality Can Offer Youth More: Belonging—the Social Dimension

Susan Wood Identity, Spirituality and Religion 2 Comments

– Part 2 of a 3-part series – The first installment of this three-part series, “Spirituality Can Offer Youth More Than Education or Recreation Can Offer,”   began explaining why Thrive Center researchers and others make this claim: Although many communities and programs contribute to positive youth development, spiritual and religious communities, unlike other contexts, operate in three dimensions: ideological, social, …

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Invitation to Thrive: Transformation Through Transcendence

Pamela Ebstyne King Identity, Spirituality and Religion 2 Comments

  In the previous excerpt from her installation address, entitled “Transformation Towards Telos,” Rev. Dr. Pam King explained how she understands this goal for human development in 3 ways: Continuing her discussion of thriving as happening through relationships, Dr. King went on to elaborate: My research has demonstrated that not all relationships or not all interactions are the same. Interactions …

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Pamela King Gives Opening Plenary Lecture at Children’s Spirituality Conference, June 12, 2016

Susan Wood News, Spirituality and Religion

On June 12, 2016, Dr. Pamela Ebstyne King delivered the opening plenary address at the fifth Children’s Spirituality Conference. She spoke on the topic “Kids & God: Nurturing Your Child’s Spirituality and Ability to Thrive.” Participants received her message warmly, and lively discussion over the course of the evening and the next two days reinforced Dr. King’s sense that this …

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Spirituality Can Offer Youth More Than Education or Recreation Can Offer

Susan Wood Spirituality and Religion 2 Comments

Are you saying a synagogue or church can nurture thriving young people better than a great scouts program or a Boys and Girls Club with engaged, caring leaders? Do you think greater resources for character development can come from a healthy mosque or temple community than from a Little League team or a classroom whose coach or teacher connects with …

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Invitation to Thrive: Transformation Towards Telos

Pamela Ebstyne King Identity, Spirituality and Religion 2 Comments

The installation address “An Invitation to Thrive” Her address went on to flesh out this invitation to thrive by explaining how she understands this goal for humankind—this “Transformation Towards Telos”—in 3 ways: First, as Christians we affirm that we are made in the image of God. And the Bible tells us that Christ is the perfect image of God. Becoming …