Speaking on the Unspeakable: Shame & Student Ministry

What words come to mind when you think of “shame?” Humiliation. Embarrassment. Weakness. Ridicule. Total rejection. While recently listening through a friend’s playlist, I was struck by the way Julien Baker captures the experience of shame in her…

Dealing With the Shame of Depression

A Note from the Editors: Pastor Scott Sauls has said the following: “Studies indicate that when we suffer mental illness alone, the results can be tragic, even horrific. When we suffer inside a support system, however – when…

Student Series: Saturday Night Shame

It was a chilly Sunday morning in December when I woke up around 7:45am. It was my usual Sunday wake up time to get ready for church, but this morning was different. I had woken up with a…

Pushing Past White Privilege

As Rooted Parent Editor, I have been able to read through drafts of Ben’s Sciacca’s excellent Red Pill articles (posted here and here) and discuss them with Ben and our editor-in-chief, Charlotte Getz. I told them both that…

A Youth Ministry Like the Pulse Nightclub

Like everyone else, I sat dumbfounded when I heard the Sunday morning news on June 12th: 50 people killed in an Orlando nightclub. As the days past, numbness set in. And then I heard an interview on NPR…