I received a call today from a Youth Ministry Coordinator who wanted resources to use regarding talking with the teens about alcohol, underage drinking, binging, etc.
I thought I would share a few of those we found during our discussion:
Old "Youth Update" -- but where to go for help section is still valuable
Do Something - Facts about teens and alcohol
National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center
Partnership for Drugfree.org -- Parent's Tool Kit
Why Teens Drink/Consequences
MADD -- Guide to talking with teens about alcohol (for parents - so you may want to tell them about it -- and there looks to be some stats and info your core team could pull out to discuss at tables)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Students Against Destructive Decisionshttp://www.sadd.org/
Lifeteen articls "Thinking about Drinking"
NFCYM "Hot Button" issues - Resources listing
(Please note that while I have NOT had time to fully investigate each and every linked page to the resources listed, and I do not necessarily endorse all that the related organizations represent, I am only drawing your attention to specific tools that look helpful -- please let me know if you have addition ones or even better ones. Thanks!)
For those of you who heard Sr. Maureen Sullivan, O.P., PhD at the Evangelization and Catechesis Conference on Saturday (October 19, 2013), this information should sound familiar as I am reflecting upon a few of her words from that keynote address. She quoted Karl Rahner, "Mystery is not what which I cannot know of understand, but...which I cannot exhaust." I love this twist on the word as "mystery" seemed to be the 'answer' to any question I asked a teacher/catechist/priest/adult as a child. If they couldn't explain it or didn't think I could grasp it, it feel into the Mystery File in my head....How can God be everywhere? It is a mystery. Did Jesus know he would die even when he was a little boy? It is a mystery. Did Jesus ever get grounded? Ok, well, perhaps that is a mystery, but anyway, my point it that I love now considering it as something to be questions, probed, prayed about, and reconsidered over and over but that I man never have a complete answer.
With this then comes the excitement of theology - to continue to look at information passed down from previous generations to look at again with the eyes of faith in this point in time. How is the mystery of God revealed a bit more in this time and place?
What insights did her presentation open in your mind?
What do you think of her thoughts and Rahner's take on Mystery?
I did not want to forget about this page I found on the web today with PRAYERS - GUIDANCE AND WISDOM:
Even better was to see that this was just one part of a larger "Life Resources" section of the website for the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Houston.
What a great service to their parishioners (and others who find it) as it links to many good tools for families.
Check it out.
What might you add?
What might your "borrow" for use at your own parish/school/ministry site?
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.