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Spirituality Can Offer Youth More: The Transcendent Dimension

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– 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 …

Consultation on Devotion & Prayer, Center for Faith & Culture, Yale Divinity School

Susan Wood

      Concern for human flourishing is at the heart of Christian proclamation. Theologians have long proclaimed that the very heart of a Christian’s hoped-for future, which comes from God, is the flourishing of individuals, communities, and our whole globe. Yet the centrality of this concern and hope has been undermined in a culture where accounts of human flourishing …

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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. …

Pamela Ebstyne King, McKinley School Principal for a Day

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  Local business and civic leaders will be spending the day in the principal’s office on Wednesday, October 26th for the eleventh annual Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) “Principal for a Day” program. Sponsored and coordinated by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the program matches the talent and expertise of local community members with a school principal. Principal for a Day …

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2016–2017 Thrive Lab Off to a Great Start

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Pictured: L to R, back row, standing: Pamela Ebstyne King, Luke Durain, Rachel Falco, Juliette Ratchford, Kimberly Griswold, Ben Houltberg, Kristen Capodanno (staff) | Middle row, standing: Nanyamka Redmond, Susan Carlson Wood (staff), Christa Nelson, Jane Zimmermann, Madison Gilbertson | Front, seated: Brittany Ketchup (visiting), Darrell Walters, Abbey Craigg, Abbie Shepherd, Leanne Bishara, Denette Boyd-King, Christine Merola | (Not pictured …

Drs. King and Argue to speak at Yale for Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Series

Susan Wood

  “Joy on Purpose” will be the topic of the lecture given by Pamela Ebstyne King and Steven Argue in this first lunch and lecture this year—the fourth year of the “Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing Series” put on by the Yale Youth Ministry Institute, within the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. For more information about this series: …

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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 …