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There are so many good pieces of information to unpack in these results. I find myself thinking about what my priorities were in my twenties, what they are now in my early thirties, and what my friends in different stage of life value most. In so doing, I am surprised at just how few places I have been able to talk about these things. What do you prioritize? In what space, and with what people do you get to talk about your priorities and theirs?
Millions of young educated Americans are heading into the workforce this summer, but unlike other generations, Millennials have higher expectations for their work and careers, but are simultaneously much less attached to their jobs, seeking meaning and identity elsewhere.
Source: Barna Group – Knowledge to navigate a changing world
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Emmaus ministries, Journey to the Table
March 17th is an important day. It marks exactly two years that we have been working on a new program for ministry with young adults, which means it is also the two ear anniversary of when I started working at The Upper Room. It is also my birthday. And last but not least, it is the day that the first informational video will come out about Journey to the Table. This video will be the first in a series of informational and training videos and other material as part of the the launch of this new program. This series will finish with Journey to the Table #1 at The Upper Room headquarters in Nashville, TN July 8th – 10th, 2016. In preparation for this first Journey to the Table video on March 17th, I thought I’d share a few of the still captures from the first draft of the video.   1 I like to call this one ‘the news desk.’   2 A little dimmer lighting and this could be a music video.   3 There’s just no excuse for making that face. I’m sorry.   4 Here’s a good one. Except who blocked that fire extinguisher with a pillow?
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Journey to the Table, Research, Themes of JTT
How to survive with an intellectual faith in an emotional church.
Here’s a gem of an article that I read a couple years ago while forming thoughts about how Journey to the Table could be accessible for people with different spiritual styles. At first, I resonated personally with the writer of this article. I too have struggled trying to have a more “emotional” faith, or a more “contemplative” faith, as if I am supposed to have those kinds of faith. Over time, I’ve started to appreciate this article (and the subtle influence it has had on JTT) more for how it embraces different expressions of faith as equally beneficial. My intellectual faith grows immensely from the occasional dose of a contemplative spiritual practice. I imagine people who have a more emotional or contemplative faith occasionally grow in faith from a good intellectual study, or other practice that isn’t their normal, as well. I hope JTT gives space for all of these. I hope it gives space for people to grow from something that is close to their normal spiritual mode, and also grow from trying a new thing or two. And most importantly, I hope it’s a place where people of different spiritual modes can meet and share. After all, my favorite conversations about faith are the ones where I get to understand someone else’s point of view, and hopefully see things in a slightly new way. I hope you will enjoy those too. Source: Faith Involves Your Brain, Too
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There is one more test still to come for Journey to the Table the weekend of March 4th through 6th. We are already making some changes to the program based on what we have learned from the tests that we have already run, and will be putting the finishing touches on those after the last test. Then comes the really exciting part: the part where we get to offer Journey to the Table more widely. Beginning on March 17th, there will be a series of videos, training, and information becoming available to find out more about how you can start Journey to the Table where you are. This series will continue until July 8th when the first JTT event begins in Nashville at The Upper Room headquarters. I hope that you will join us along this part of the journey as we launch this new program.
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