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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 …

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. …

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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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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. …