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 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.
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