I come from a long line of public school teachers; really, I’m the black sheep, because I went into the church. I began college as a Music Education major, but the study of religion captured my mind and heart, and I was off to the seminary before I knew what hit me. I’ve been leading youth at church since I was myself a youth in church–more years than I’ll admit to. What a gift we can give to our young people in church. And, we live in a time where so many fantastic resources are available to us–Godly Play, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Rite 13, Journey to Adulthood–our Episcopal tradition has developed some of the most pleasing and robust resources for youth.
Christian Formation is a bit different now than when I was a kid, and I think it’s better for it. Now we invite young people into a curiosity about the sacred and spend time wondering with them how they encounter the Divine. My hope always is that this deeply rooted spirituality eventually develops a yearning for service–to love others as God first loved us.