Advent 4 and Christmas: Love

Advent 4 and Christmas: Love

By: Joyce Vance Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas: We blow out the candle of fear and light the candle of love. Lectionary texts: Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20 A child has been born! During the time of preparation, expectant parents have both joy and fear; hope and...
Inside Out: Life in the Teenage Brain

Inside Out: Life in the Teenage Brain

By: Rodger Nishioka In the Disney Pixar film Inside Out released last year, adolescent Riley is sad, angry, and lonely after her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.  She embarks on a plan to run away and buys a cross country ticket and boards a bus to go...
Inheriting and Tweaking Rituals

Inheriting and Tweaking Rituals

By: Tammy Winchip When we inherit things it not only means the fine china, it also means the expired #10 cans of green beans. What we inherit can be a case of the good, the bad, and the ugly…or a case of the good, the not so good, and the fabulous. It takes some care...
The Rite of Way in Faith: Rites of Passage and Youth Ministry

The Rite of Way in Faith: Rites of Passage and Youth Ministry

By: Gina Yeager-Buckley Rite of passage:  a ritual associated with a crisis or change of status such as marriage, illness or death for an individual. A ceremony or event marking the passage from one social or developmental stage or event to the next. Merriam-Webster...
Rituals and Transitions: Back-to-School Litanies

Rituals and Transitions: Back-to-School Litanies

By: As we move into fall programming, the Advocate will spend several weeks on a series of articles about Rituals and Transitions. We’ll hear from Gina Yeager-Buckley about connecting youth ministry to rites of passage in adolescence. Tammy Winchip will describe...