THANKS to all who participated in the Massively Open Online Course (or MOOC) sponsored by the National Association of Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders (NACYML).
I hope you appreciated the time you took to read (or re-read) the Holy Father's "Joy of the Gospel" document....
that you learned a new idea through viewing the Expert Teacher Videos...
that you deepened your understanding via the live Panel Discussions (even if you watched the recorded versions!) and that you shared insights on a Networking Learning Community discussion board or two!
My appreciate goes out to Mr. Bob Barto who assisted with the Ohio Dioceses discussion boards. Below, please read his weekly summaries to give a glimpse as our discussions:
2015 NACYML MOOC Weekly Summaries for Ohio Dioceses Group
As we, hopefully, bring to a close a long cold winter here in Ohio we look forward to the joy of Easter, the joy of the good news. Our discussions challenged us to consider:
-do we radiate that joy?
-can we confidently invite others in the community into relationship with our youth
-looking at each challenge as unique, not same old same old.
-how, or have we, changed the way we do ministry
-it's a long journey of faith for all of us- if we expect the youth to want us on this road trip with them we better provide a vibrant soundtrack and not drag them down-
-the difference in how we sing our song of joy is captured beautifully in this video Cindee posted
-how “Happy” are we?
Ohio Dioceses week 2
Dr. Augustine's video led to a discussion regarding how to confidently move forward in ministering with, not to, our young people. The difficulty seems to lie in our reappropriating our definition of what relationship means. How do we incorporate the digital world and all its interactions? The challenge is for us to continue learning and growing and being able to set aside what worked in the past for what is needed now. I began my career as a teacher, and was trained how to work mimeograph machines and filmstrip projectors. But what was at the core of that training, trying to connect with students and convey information, remained constant as we moved into the digital age. Our joy of the gospel must be what drives us down the new road to Emmaus, as we remain alert for the directional signs the youth will provide.
week 3 ohio dioceses
The discussion in Ohio on week 3 focused upon the need to maintain, and develop, our own faith. In order to walk with the young people we will need to be able to explain why we are there. Intentional faith formation on our part will allow us to be someone that is welcome on the journey.
week 4 Ohio dioceses
During week 4 the members of the Ohio dioceses group that participated shared a variety of resources to help encounter that they had found helpful at their local level.
- inviting families and the parish community to make their own Advent Wreaths.
- making cards for the kids that have graduated and are in college or in the service
- making oragami boxes for Lent and give them out at Church
- having a movie night, and showing a movie on a sheet outside with pop and popcorn.
Ohio Dioceses week 5
As the MOOC draws to a close one of the important aspects of our ministry was pointed out to be the changing role we play as our youth transition to young adults. We need to be aware of how the Spirit is moving and directing not only the youth, but us. The Spirit moves where it will, we just need to let ourselves be moved with it.
WHAT INSIGHTS OR THOUGHTS MIGHT YOU ADD? (Please "comment" below with your additions -- thanks -- I appreciate continuing to grow and learn with you!)
And, now, on to the new and improved Youth Ministry Online Training Program....
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.