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.
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.
July 9, 2012 Length: 1:04:59