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.
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.
July 9, 2012 Length: 40:01