I spend a lot of my time with a group of people who are very committed to their faith. They challenge me to live what I say I believe; to be an authentic person, not somebody who preaches one thing and then lives an entirely different set of values. These people are constantly growing in their faith, discovering new things about Scripture and what it means to live as a Christian in an ever-changing world. They are committed to being a community. They are not teachers at a school of theology or monks or even the parish staff. They are my youth group. Not perfect people but people working hard to do good and each find their path in an imperfect world. The teenagers I know are really amazing people. I often wish more people could get a glimpse into the young church and so I’m glad to have the opportunity to invite others in.
In this blog I hope to share with you some of the insights and inspiration I gain from them. If you have questions or advice of your own about living as a disciple or finding God in the everyday I hope you will share that too. If you are a teenager yourself then you already know the tension between the way the world is and what our faith calls us to, come back here for encouragement, tips and the chance to share your own thoughts on living in that tension. Parents, here’s a chance for you to be a "fly on the wall" as we discuss popular culture, youth trends and issues. Occasionally there will be advice for parents and teens on understanding each other and working through the conflict that’s a natural part of the transition from being a kid to moving into the adult world.