Thursday, 23 August 2012


This little video has been around for a while but it packs a punch and is done in an engaging style. Life in 6 words is a brief presentation of the core of the Gospel and may be useful for chapel or the RE classroom. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

How is digital culture rewiring our brains?

People are shaped by the culture they grow up in.  That's a given.  But what if that culture changes so rapidly that the process for shaping becomes shaped??

That might twist your brain a little bit but this article from the Sydney Morning Herald on the 7th of August by Baroness Susan Greenfield, the professor of synaptic pharmacology at Oxford University makes the explanation much simpler. Recently in Australia as a guest speaker at Creative Innovation Asia Pacific 2012, Baroness Greenfield asks the eponymous question: How is digital culture rewiring our brains?

Because the young people we work with are so thoroughly  in the thick of this rewiring, it can be helpful to get our minds around just how that happens and what we might do about it.  Everything from how we construct chapel experiences to the kinds of social justice programs we engage, to how education happens in the classroom are shifted by this rewiring.

So have a look at this article and reflect on your own practices and those of your school.  Are you on the right track?  What needs a little adjusting?

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Youth Culture Window

I have mentioned The Source for Youth Ministry on this blog before, but thought today I would focus on the Youth Culture Window part of this site.

The Youth Culture Window has regular articles on all kinds of things to do with young people and the world they live in. Topics frequently covered include movies, music, alcohol, drugs and technology. 

The authors explore the issue under focus in a no holds barred way that is refreshing and often confronting. Articles often finish with advice for parents or youth workers on how to discuss or unpack the topic with young people.

I particularly like the discussions that focus on song lyrics. It is not unusual for trends to be discussed in this blog before they arrive in Australia.