Souper Bowl of Caring

From a simple prayer by a seminary intern in 1990 (Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat) to a movement involving over 250,000 youth in 2010, the Souper Bowl of Caring has been a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world.   According to the organization's website: This prayer . .  . gave birth to an idea. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and Read More …

Text Ministry

Just a few years ago, most people thought of cell phones primarily as phones.  In 2010, a cell phone means much more to teenagers. According to recent research conducted by the Pew Research Center, "Text messaging has become the primary way that teens reach their friends, surpassing face-to-face contact, email, instant messaging and voice calling as the go-to daily communication tool for this age group." According to even more recent research by The Nielsen Company, the average teenager Read More …

Review of Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World

Moore, Mary Elizabeth Mullino and Wright, Almeda M., eds. Children, Youth, and Spirituality in a Troubling World.  Chalice Press, 2008.  ISBN: 978-0-827205-13-0. Meet the Editors Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore is the Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Theology and Education at Boston University.  Previously she served as Assistant Director and Research Coordinator of the Theology and Ministry Program at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  Her recent books include Read More …

A Survey of Christian Teens

Rick Lawrence's Scratching Where Kids Itch ( Group, September-October 2009) reveals the results of Group's annual survey of Christian teenagers.  26,000 students participated in the survey as a part of their Group Workcamps mission experience.   This article reveals the first half of the data.  The second half will be published in the November-December issue.  Among the findings: Sometimes I really wish I had another adult in my life, besides my parents, who could help me grow in my Read More …