Each month we provide a newsletter for families. There are articles, videos, and links to spiritual and cultural resources for both parents and youth. One of my hopes to help foster conversations in the home around topics and issues of faith and life. My hope is for parents and youth to read the newsletters together as a family and share in honest conversation on your reflections and reactions from what you read. There is a lot packed in these newsletters and that is intentional. The hope is that you will take the whole month to journey through the newsletter together. On this page you will find each month’s newsletter that you can download. If you missed a month, don’t worry! You can find them all here. I truly hope these newsletters are helpful and powerful spiritual resources for you and your family as we all seek to grow deeper in our faith everyday. If you would like good descriptions of what each newsletter contains you can click here.
July-Summer YM Newsletter
This newsletters focuses on ecumenical opportunities of prayer and justice with the global and national Christian community, resources for deeper biblical study and programs for spiritual formation, great blogs from Christian thinkers and writers, great justice networks you can participate in, and online opportunities for spiritual growth and theological learning.
June Youth Ministry Newsletter
This newsletter focuses on family practices of mission such as: what scripture says about poverty, how lament can help fight racism, ways to raise generous children, micro loans and child sponsorship, organizations, songs and videos to inspire you to act, how to compassionately respond to panhandling, challenging consumerism in your life, living more environmentally friendly and more
May YM NewsletterThis newsletter focuses on: resources for transition season, encouraging your teen to sleep more, a guide for helping teens in crisis, praying for General Conference, youth resources, and a theology corner that looks at money, doubt, John Wesley and our fear of the other
April YM Newsletter
This newsletter focuses on: connecting with your Jr. High kid, 7 ways to talk with your son, navigating the college choice dilemma, how the church can learn from board game theory, the WWE, “Geek” culture, and the Piano Guys, praying for the Syrian Refugee Crisis, if Jesus preached a sermon today, and many more thoughts and ideas about rethinking church
March 2016 Newsletter
This newsletter focuses on spiritual formation for busy lives: daily practices for prayerful living, The Poverty and Justice Bible, prayers by Christian contemplatives, transforming Bible study, personal prayer labyrinth, and common prayer: a liturgy for ordinary radicals
February 2016 YM Newsletter
This newsletter focuses on Lent. It is packed with resources for parents, youth and families to do individually and together.
January 2016 Newsletter
This newsletter focuses on: John Wesley’s Covenant Prayer, the alphabet of spiritual literacy, 10 things every parent should know about gaming, raising creative kids, what to do when your child doesn’t want to talk to you about dating, and a unique look at the Lord’s prayer
This newsletter focuses on: improving communication with your teen, importance of being there, creative ways of giving as a family, ways teens can put their faith into action, a look at World Aids Day, and more
This newsletter focuses on: family practices of prayer, family practices of generosity, how to respond when your kids says “I’m not going to church,” encouraging spiritual habits in your kids, learning about the teenage mind, a gratitude guide and much more
This newsletter focuses on: helping kids keep the faith, 20 ways grandparents can help shape their grandchildren’s faith, the #1 reason teens keep the faith as young adults, more teens becoming “fake” christians, 6 myths about teenage faith in American and much more
This newsletter focuses on: a 30 year view of parenting, videos on Challenge Success, parenting guidelines, the teenage brain, teen depression, and much more.
This newsletter focuses on: sticky faith, screen times relation to mental health, tips for a successful school year, avoiding sibling comparison, relationship wisdom for busy parents and more!