Hazing in high school used to be assumed. It used to be a rite of passage into a certain sports team or school club and the idea was simple: do something to initiate (a.k.a. humiliate) new inductees to make them earn their place on the team or the group.
Whether or not your family approves of your appearance in the US, at least you know that you can’t and won’t be arrested simply because you are a teenager dressing a little differently from everyone else.
Whenever the words “Christian” and “homosexuality” appear in the same sentence it is likely that some type of controversy will ensue. For many reasons, those two things simply cannot coexist and have been on the forefront of civil rights issues for decades.
Youth Ministry Lessons: It seems like the word “bully” is becoming commonplace in the vocabulary of children and teenagers as more and more youth are facing the problem, both physically and throughout cyberspace.
Youth Lessons: “The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.” Celebrities must endure certain ridicule, but is attacking someone’s appearance so commonplace it’s accepted now?
Youth Ministry Resources:When YouTube was created, it was seen as an online community for information, talent and entertainment. However, a large amount of misuse has come to their site in the form of pornographic and violent content.
Youth Lessons: In Florida a controversial law titled “Stand Your Ground” was recently passed. The law states that an individual is allowed to use force in self-defense, including deadly force, without fear of criminal repercussions if they feel their life is in danger.
Youth Ministry Lessons: It seems that bullying is more and more a center of controversy as awareness and attention are given to the issue. Most recently, a 10-year-old girl took her life after repeatedly being bullied at school.
Youth Ministry Lessons: It’s a situation that students face each and every day in schools around the world: sometimes people just ask silly or stupid questions. Hopefully the teacher has a good way of handling it, and not a … “stupid” one.
Youth Ministry Curriculum: In an age of digital media where recording and picture taking devices are at our fingertips, it stands to reason that someone somewhere will figure out ways to misuse the technology.