The premiere of the second season of 13 Reasons Why has continued the show's tradition of graphic content and controversial subject matter for younger viewers. Gwen Bartlett offers her thoughts on navigating the cultural implications of 13 Reasons Why and her advice on discussing these serious topics with your children. https://youtu.be/WHj-oB2bPME For even more detailed … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: A Culture of Fear
Gwen offers her powerful testimony about remembering the victims of terrible violence. For your prayer, below is a list of the victims from the shooting in Las Vegas. Please intercede for their souls and the healing of their families and loved ones. https://youtu.be/kGlnJ4LAgqI Hannah Ahlers Heather Alvarado Dorene Anderson Carrie Barnette Jack Beaton Steve Berger … Continue reading Remembering Their Names
How do you talk with your teens about what happened in Las Vegas? Gwen has great advice for having a hope-filled discussion when talking about tragedies and events like the mass shooting in Las Vegas. https://youtu.be/7G-CLKe9otU
13 Reasons Why...or Why Not? You've seen the various posts on social media. Netflix made a show and teens are watching it. What to Know It's not a show about suicide, it's a show about manipulating people through suicide. It's not a show for teenagers, its rated MA for Mature Adults, I've never met someone … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why: A Youth Ministry Perspective
As a junior in high school I was looking forward to going to prom in a week and celebrating my 17th birthday a few days after that. But in one fateful morning all of that became inconsequential and my life was forever changed. It was a beautiful spring day and we begged the teachers to let us … Continue reading Triumph from Tragedy: 18 years later Hope Prevails
This past Saturday, several good friends and I ran a race called the Tough Mudder. We had a lot of fun, worked hard, and got muddy. Afterward, I realized that this race makes an excellent analogy for what the beginnings of many new ministries feel like. Initially it's scary seeing the course that has been laid … Continue reading Bruised, Dirty, and Muddy?
As the Campus Minister at a Catholic School, I have the unique opportunity of being present for all the little arguments and disagreements that happen throughout the day with the kids I minister to. Sometimes these conflicts are minor; a girl snaps at her friend, or a boy brushes past a classmate a little too … Continue reading Trouble in Paradise: When Disciples Just Can’t Get Along
Last Tuesday, Fr. Jacques Hamel gave his life for Jesus Christ. Fr. Jacques was martyred by two jihadists in a Catholic church in Normandy during the sacred liturgy. Shockwaves flew through first world countries by this tragedy so uncommon in these areas. Our surprise should not be so great. According to Christianity.com, more Christians have … Continue reading Martyrdom and Narcissism
You’d have to be living under a rock to not know what has been happening in our country over the past week. There were multiple fatal shootings by police officers being called into question with a public outcry helped by witness’s video, then someone taking the law into his own hands and ending the lives … Continue reading 3 Cities, 7 Deaths…NOW WHAT?!
Sound familiar? If you've had any connection to summer Vacation Bible School at your parish, you or the people around you might have heard this message from the very first day. Psalm 71:5 says "For you, O Lord, are my hope." We teach this to the children at an early age and need to be reminded … Continue reading Jesus gives us hope… Follow Him