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Teaching youth about health through scripture

The Christian community can set a positive example of caring for health and can support church and community youth in making healthy decisions. An effective message requires adults to examine... read more >

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The Thanksgiving Challenge: Learning about Hunger

Rabbi Lenny Gordon and his synagogue’s teenage students engaged in learning to shop for Thanksgiving as though limited to a food stamp budget. The challenge extended the synagogue’s participation in... read more >

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The values and messages in the film "Life of Pi"

A movie about a boy who survives a shipwreck in a lifeboat, alone except for a man-eating tiger, asks viewers to accept an openness to faith without preaching or proselytizing.... read more >

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Good Chapel Planning Begins with Asking the Right Questions

A 2012 seminar on chapel planning for the high school setting revealed that there is a wide variety in how often chapel happens, that some chapel models work better than... read more >

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A Chapel Planning Process that Engages Students

“In chapel now, there’s not nearly as much talking or goofing around or being late,” says Ben Dykhouse in an interview conducted by Joan Huyser-Honig for the Calvin Institute of... read more >

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The key to keeping teens in the church: Engage them

Too frequently, marginalized teens “graduate” from church and may not return for decades, if ever. To change that pattern, churches need to provide opportunities for youth to get involved, says... read more >

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Improving Worship in Christian High School Chapels

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, dedicated to renewing worship in faith communities, hosts annual symposia on worship for worship leaders. The 2012 symposium included a seminar on worship planning... read more >

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Symposium presents ideas for Improving chapel services

The consensus from a 2012 symposium on high school chapel services: Make chapel planning more collaborative. The symposium, held at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, which promotes worship renewal,... read more >

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Teaching youth A New Way to pray

Ontario Christian High School in California immersed its students in multicultural and diverse ways of worshipping God. They learned the “you to do God” prayer pattern, which gives God a... read more >

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On Being Uncomfortable in Multicultural Chapel Worship

When Ontario Christian High School students took on planning a dramatic script for a worship service, the appeal to fellow students was broad, but participating student leaders felt uncomfortable with... read more >

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A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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