First Third Conversations

Communities of Creativity: The Role of Symbols in Youth Formation

By Andrew Kellner, CYF MA graduate and CYF Prize Winner 2012

Have you noticed that young people by and large have immersed themselves into a new understanding of communication, through the use of personal electronic devices and social networking tools.  Older generations, with whom youth workers still must communicate, use a very different set of communication tools, and when they do make forays into newer modes of communication, often they utilize these modes, in different ways than their

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Essay and study guide on The Hunger Games

See this resource from the Immerse Journal, which includes a user's guide for Prim in Dystopia.

Written by Clint Schnekloth

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Video Resource: Life in 6 words

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The Skit Guys present Good Friday

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Being Creative with the Catechism

As we think about Dr. Hans Wiersma's presentation on catechism, we all feel the need to find creative ways to communicate with young people.

> See video of Dr. Hans Wiersma speaking on 'Post-Modern' Youth and 16th Century Teaching Tracts

This piece on "How to Be Creative" from the Wall Street Journal might spark your imagination. It might give you some ideas if you're stuck in a rut on the sermon. (One of them - think like a child!) The jest of the article is "get out of focus before you want

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100 People: A Global Village

The ELCA World Hunger program has launched a line of Web-based resources, Hunger Education Toolkits. The Hunger Education Toolkits will help you design, host, and lead a learning experience on hunger or hunger-related topics.

100 People: A Global Village

This activity will help participants see the stark realities of our world by looking at important characteristics of the world’s population. In this activity, the world’s population is represented by just 100 people.

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What is the Church?

See this short video with a simple description of the Church. Use as a discussion starter in your confirmation class, youth minsitry or adult small group.

How do you answer the question: What is the Church?

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Art of Possibility

by Pastor Nancy Lee Gauche

Check out Tom Langemo's blog on the Art of Possibility !

Here’s some background in the form of a blog informing us what drives Coach Tom Langemo around “The Art of Possibility”.  You had a taste of this “art” at the First Third event on confirmation.  My challenge for all of us around the “art of possibility” is to remind us that faith is not ultimately secured by human effort.  Tom paints a picture of this process

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The Hunger Games: A Guide for Discussion by David Lose


See an overview and suggested study guide for The Hunger Games by David Lose.

This is a great resource to talk about the book with teens and youth groups.

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Monkey Business Panel Discussion on Confirmation Video

Watch this video of the final panel discussion of Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on the Confirmation Process.

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