Commencement Wisdom

Graduation season has arrived.  Whether you are attending a commencement ceremony this year or not, you can benefit from a the wisdom of over 300 of the most notable commencement speeches ever given in the United States (1774-2013).  This incredible resource was compiled by NPR. The Dalai Lama's remarks at Tulane last year made the list as did 26 other 2013 speeches.  In his speech, the Dalai Lama said I heard you mention your own state and your own nation – that’s wonderful and as it should Read More …

Youth Min: Exit Interviews

Every congregation I have served has recognized students when they graduate from high school.  In most cases this recognition has included both formal recognition in a Sunday morning worship service (or services) along with a more personalized celebration in the context of youth ministry.  As these new graduates prepare to transition from the youth ministry (those devised for students in middle school and high school) into a college or young adult ministry, youth ministry leaders should consider Read More …