- "Ben Barnes: The Man, the Myth, the Movies" (catering to the girls who still drool over the Prince Caspian Movie"
- "The retreat based off of all the crazy stuff that J (an adult volunteer) and his friends have" (due to his owning or knowing someone who owns: a rams horn, several broadswords, a lion costume, dry ice, and other sundry items)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
15 pages of notes7 Post-It notes6 books purchased or received free (love that expo hall!)Two free shirtsTwo key notesTwo workshopsOne water bottle filled with goodies
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The return from WYD, once the laundry is done and the pile of messages and emails are answered, becomes slightly surreal. The experiences that are so outrageous - sitting in a racetrack with 450,000 people for Mass…talking with people from Tonga, California, and the United Arab Emirates simultaneously…bundling up in hats and scarves and space blankets while we eat dinner in a field where Aussie Rules Football, soccer, and dancing are all going on…watching the Pope arrive in a boat-acade that floats past the Sydney Opera House…watching his welcome address on a cell phone of a Sydney-sider while our radios provide the audio…
To explain to someone who hasn’t sat in a field on the other side of the world, sweltering, frozen, drenched, or sunburned, it is is near impossible. Why you would ever wish to do such a thing? Moreover, why you would want to take a group of high school youth and young adults to such an event.
Then there is the popular media coverage…the usual coverage occurs regarding where the Pope went & what he said. The commentary appears saying shouldn’t the Church use its resources for other good deeds? Then there’s the attacks that occur on the Pope’s message or past deeds, the Church’s teachings or past deeds, the youth themselves.
Simply put, I truly believe that WYD is a worthwhile and incredibly value event. It is worth the two years of planning and mild ulcers. It is worth the challenges the planning committee faces. It is worth the sweltering heat of Rome in 2000, the downpour in Toronto in 2002, the chilly mist of Cologne in 2005, and the winter of Sydney in 2008. It is worthwhile because the participants hear words of wisdom and inspiration from bishops from around the world. It is worthwhile because connections are forged between people that would otherwise never happen. Many who went to Germany in 2005 are still in contact with their host families and friends made around the world. Participants see what it truly means to be part of a universal Church - faces from the world over, different ideas, a variety of spiritualities, challenges to their faith journey, encouragement to grow, and a greater sense of their Catholic identity and their personal identity. Those who go on pilgrimage return on mission. The host community sees a positive gathering of young people with their enthusiasm, faith, and sense of community providing a boost.
I could easily go on and on regarding WYD. I’ve been to four. Two of those were trips where I led a group. The best way to see the value of WYD is to go. Plan for WYD 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
they were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
a noise like a strong driving wind,
and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak in different tongues,
as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.
At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,
but they were confused
because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,
“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?
Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?
We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,
inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,
Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,
Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,
as well as travelers from Rome,
both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,
yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues
of the mighty acts of God.”
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
- My favorite pair of sweat pants.
- My incredibly holy, incredibly oversized sweatshirt.
- Lebanese take out for dinner (I love chicken shwarma, hummus, and fattoush salad).
- West Wing DVDs.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
As I normally have a two hour workshop set up on "Who Young Adults Are," condensing this into ten minutes was a challenge. While working, rather staring at the blank Word document wondering how to begin, I went into my purse (which can support a family of six for ten days). I rooted around, likely for my lip balm or some tissues. My excavations revealed my iPod in it's friendly red case. if nothing else, I thought I could put on some inspiring music to help jump start my brainstorming.
I pulled the speaker cord from my computer speakers to plug into the iPod. And that is when it struck me, when you want to talk about young adults in the church, you need to talk about the Theology of the iPod.
Now picture saying that to a room comprised of church employees aged roughly 45-70+ (some older priests, sisters, and other wisdom figures were present). Imagine seeing the faces of those raised in the pre-Vatican II Church hearing that we need to have a theology based on some new-fangled device. I enjoyed that brief moment.
When I have the time and it strikes my fancy, I'll be posting some of the components of this talk. I also hope to expand on that short presentation. All hooks aside, I believe that what I am saying has merit.
First in the Theology of the iPod is the concept of portability. Today I want to focus on the compact, easy to carry nature of the iPod.
Whether you have the latest video iPod or the most compact iPod Nano, you can comfortable fit it into the pocket of your jeans. You can shove it into your date purse or your glove compartment without a thought. You slip it into your desk drawer or the pocket of your uniform. Whether you are at the gym or on a road trip, it moves with you.
Traditionally, and in some places still, where you were born was where you were buried. Perhaps you traveled a hundred miles if you were exceptional to attend college or university, but you returned and lived your life all in one place. Slowly this has dramatically changed. In an economy and society where young adults will hold dozens of jobs prior to their retirement, mobility is a constant.
Young adults live in one city for their studies. They move for their first job. Then they are promoted, laid off, marry, or have another life change that draws them to another home.
I am a prime example. I lived in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Brown Deer (Wisconsin) as a child. My college was the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now I am a resident of Ann Arbor. In something abnormal for my generation, I am still at my first job almost five years after college graduation.
This leaves churches with a very frustrating phenomenon. The traditional model of leadership is to have a parishioner involved in a ministry for a significant length of time. A strong understanding of who that person is develops and they are called forth sometimes after years to take on a role of leadership. Years of formation then are put into making that new leader a well-trained catechist, finance council member, or youth ministry volunteer. The classes, conference, workshops, books, and other resources are seen as a long term investment for the parish. The traditional understanding is that the parishioner you are forming as a leader will reside in your parish for decades.
Young adults form a generation that moves more frequently than any before. Waiting years to tap them as leaders will result in their slipping through our fingers.
Just as an iPod is portable, we need to form young adults as 'portable leaders.' We need to recognize that the training and formation we offer to them is not a long term investment for our parish but an investment in the universal Church. We need to offer to the them the chance to grow and strengthen so that when they do move they will be able to take on leadership roles or continue their formation at the parish they find in their new home.
This requires a leap of faith. We all look to our budgets, thin numbers of volunteers, and other difficulties. We question whether we can afford the time, money, and effort to form these young people who are only going to leave in 12, 18 or 24 months.
The answer is that we cannot afford to not put the time, money, and effort into our young adult community. We need our young adults to be active, well-formed, conscious Catholics that can be active, well-formed, conscious Catholics in each of the coming places they call home in the future.
Monday, March 24, 2008
6. On Holy Thursday you realize you are down to less than half a roll of toilet paper.
5. On Wednesday, the only day you get home while the sun is still up, you sit down on your couch only to immediately fall asleep and nap until the sun has set.
4. You build your wardrobe for the week around what shoes you can wear that are most comfortable but do not squeak, clack, or make other noises on the church floor. Your clothing choices in turn manage to be appropriate for Mass but also fully washable as you spend the afternoons in the church attic sorting through costumes and props for the the Living Way of the Cross. This also results in triggering your allergies. You are thankful you didn't give up Claratin for Lent.
3. You no longer have cans of soda (Diet Pepsi or Diet Mountain Dew) in your office. You now keep two liters available to keep you running.
2. When you check your email on Thursday night, there is an e-card from your kitchen appliances saying, "We miss you."
1. You are so exhausted/overwhelmed/scatterbrained during the week that you forget the password to your blog leaving you to post about Holy Week on Easter Monday.
With Holy Week behind this means it is now Easter! So happy Easter to all!