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The World Below

The World Below

July 2012

On June 30, 2012, with the blessing of Archbishop Joseph of the Antiochian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West, St. Luke Orthodox Church in Garden Grove, California, hosted a seminar titled “The World Below: Engaging the Hearts and Minds of Today’s Teens.” The goal of the seminar was to open dialogue on the current state of the American teenage world, the sociological and philosophical shifts that have made it a reality, the landscape of American teenagers’ faith, and how the Church ought to respond.

Speakers included Fr. Patrick O’Grady, Pastor of St. Peter Orthodox Church in Pomona, California; David Paddison, a Psychology student and youth worker; and Christian Gonzalez, the Southern California Deanery Youth Director.

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  • July 9, 2012
    Fr Patrick, David, and Christian all join together to answer some of the questions that came up for those who attended the seminar.
    46:49
  • July 9, 2012
    Fr Patrick O'Grady, following the ideas of Elder Porphyrios, lays out a vision for how the Church can realign its commitment to the young, emphasizing the need for approaching young through shared humanity and humility. Fr Patrick emphasizes the need for respect and patience in dealing with the young.
    28:55
  • July 9, 2012
    David Paddison discusses the spiritual landscape of the faith of today's teens. Based on a study conducted in the early 2000s, David explains the lackluster faith of today's culture and how an Orthodox vision for the Kingdom, discipleship, and community might cure the deficiencies of today's spiritual poverty.
    40:01
  • July 9, 2012
    Christian discusses the world of contemporary adolescence in terms of what researchers have called "systemic abandonment of the youth," and he also discusses the adolescent response to this in terms of "the world beneath," the adolescents' secret world that only they know about. Christian also lays out characteristics and longings of postmodern teens.
    1:04:59
  • July 9, 2012
    Christian Gonzalez lays out the historical development of adolescence, explaining where it came from and how it came to look like it does today. Also explored are questions regarding what is happening in adolescence and how the Church might begin to think differently about youth ministry.
    1:04:53

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