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 …


Building Virtues in Youth

Sarah Schnitker Sports, Virtue Development 0 Comments

Drs. Schnitker and Houltberg are project leaders for the research project Virtue Interventions in Adolescent Athletes: Context and Framing Effects, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Teenagers have tremendous capacity for spiritual growth and thriving when they are embedded in a context telling them they have a purpose in life and that they are valuable and capable members of society. …

PRESS RELEASE: Templeton Foundation Awards 3-Year Research Grant to Fuller Seminary

Madeleine Kang News, Virtue Development 0 Comments

TEMPLETON FOUNDATION AWARDS 3-YEAR RESEARCH GRANT TO FULLER SEMINARY. Fuller’s Thrive Center for Human Development to study character and virtue development in adolescent athletes. Fuller Theological Seminary’s Thrive Center for Human Development has received a three-year, $780,159 research grant from the Templeton Foundation to examine the best ways to develop character strengths and virtues in adolescents. The study—the first of …