Nadell Inthe women of Reform Judaism, who were organized in independent, local synagogue sisterhoods founded in the s and s, united to create a national organization of women dedicated to religion. Reform Jewish women joined the American women of the era who established a host of voluntary associations to further various social and communal agendas. The National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods NFTSofficially renamed in the Women of Reform Judaism—The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, grew from nine thousand members in forty-nine sisterhoods at its founding to one hundred thousand members in six hundred local affiliates in the United States, Canada, and twelve other countries by
Meet the mosaics, the emerging generation Almost everyone knows about the Boomers, and most have probably heard of the Busters or Gen X. Now meet the newest generation of Americans: Other cultural analysts have suggested names like Generation Y and Millennials for this new generation, but these labels seem one dimensional.
Generation Y was suggested because this generation follows Generation X. Millennials earmarks the age segment based on the calendar.
At Barna, we believe the term Mosaics better describes this emerging generation. Teens experiment with many activities, making their lifestyles more multifaceted and stressful than ever.
Rather than using logic and rationality, teens embrace contradictions and process information in a flexible, adaptable manner. Teen friendships are in a constant state of Role of youth in enriching and their heroes and role models change regularly; their network of peers is extraordinarily diverse ethnically; and many experience an up-and-down family life.
Cut-and-paste values and personalized spirituality: Teens are not particularly dogmatic about their views and they give others space to chart their own paths — the same space they want for themselves.
The Internet in particular represents an ever-changing and broad-ranging collage of input that fuels much of the nonlinear expectations of teens. Whether or not you like the name Mosaics, their lifestyles and perspectives are changing the way people live, work, and worship.
Ministry to teenagers has never been easy. But it has rarely, if ever, been as challenging as it is today. The teen world has traditionally perplexed adults.
With Mosaics, what you see is rarely what you get. Mosaics take the perspectives of previous generations and then blend in their own unique experiences and ideas about life. Because of this — and other things, such as the pace of technology change and the entertainment culture — Mosaics are hard to pin down.
Their lifestyles and values are being established. Their faith commitments and spiritual habits are being formed. Their leadership opportunities and tendencies are emerging.
The stakes are incredibly high, and spiritual leaders need to act now. Leaders have a responsibility to understand Mosaics not only because they represent future church leaders, but also for self-assessment.
Let us examine one of the most uncomfortable realities of youth ministry.
In the typical church, 3 out of every 5 teens will be unchurched in the next 10 to 12 years. At your next youth meeting look around. Chances are most of those teenagers will disengage from church attendance by age The problem of church postteen dropouts has never been more dramatic than it is today.
Fewer people are returning to church than before and these few who do return do so at older ages. People are left to fend for themselves spiritually during one of the most important periods of their lives. They are religiously active because they love new experiences and thrive on relationships — two natural by-products of church efforts.
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Consequently, many leaders misinterpret well-attended youth events as synonymous with life-changing youth ministry. However, the goal of ministry to Mosaics — as with any generation — should be transformed lives through the intentional development of a strong, enduring, and growing faith.
But whether pastors want to admit it or not, teen discipleship is not working well in most churches, despite the many teens who participate. How can youth workers and pastors retool their discipleship efforts with teenagers — especially in a dynamic, hard-to-pin-down generation? Here are insights into some aspects of this complex new world of youth culture.
Mosaic Lifestyles One way to understand the lives of Mosaics is to compare them with their predecessors — Busters those currently ages 22— Mosaics are often characterized as a confident, optimistic, and upbeat generation, especially when compared to the disillusioned, cynical perspectives of Busters.
Mosaics are also more interested in developing a meaningful career and getting a solid education. Consequently, they are more willing to take the necessary steps to achieve those goals. There are other differences as well.
One of the non-negotiables of Mosaic lifestyles is their desire for fresh and stimulating experiences, well beyond the appetites of Busters.Our mentors help youth become more respectful, helpful and understanding individuals. We are certified by the Iowa Mentoring Partnership and offer both school and community-based mentoring programs that provide caring, positive adult role models for children in Boone and Story counties in Iowa.
Enriching Lives, Changing the World Values The American Camp Association is a community of camp professionals who, for over years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Goldmine Youth Leadership School is a week-long community building and training space for high school youth interested in leadership, activism, and spiritual growth.
Learn more about Goldmine The theme this year is “Help Heal the World!” The model is one of intentional community building. 1. Enriching quality of life 2. Contributing to personal development 3.
Making the community a more attractive place to live and visit 4. Provide positive opportunities for youth development. Carlos was then named National Director of Schools in , serving as a tenacious voice for enriching and expanding opportunities for all youth.
In July , Carlos began his new, now current, role as Big Picture Learning's co-Executive Director. United 4 Children is comprised of St. Louis for Kids and the Child Day Care Association. St. Louis for Kids grew out of community efforts to address the problems of youth violence and delinquency.
Founded originally in as the Regional Violence Initiative, Inc., the St. Louis for Kids name and mission were adopted in