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Tragedy in Boston
A Resource Packet for Youth Workers
Youth Directors Release Resources in the Wake of Recent Tragedies
The National Youth Directors of several different Orthodox Jurisdictions, together with the Orthodox Christian Fellowship have collaborated to offer several resources for Clergy and Lay people to help minister to our youth and young adults in light of the recent public violence in and around Boston.
The resource packet contains a cover letter from several youth directors, three reflections on the attacks by adults, ten tips for speaking to your youth groups and church school classes about public violence, and a ten suggested steps for equipping your youth group or OCF chapter to respond to these tragedies. Additionally, the Orthodox Church in America has made available its online study guide "A Christian Response to Terrorism" (link: http://oca.org/the-hub/make-the-evil-good/o-lord-make-the-evil-be-good-a-discussion-guide-on-the-christian-response-t ). This study guide, originally compiled after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, provides prayers, scriptural references, and discussion questions to use with youth and young adults.
In addition to the Orthodox Church in America, these materials have been provided by collaboration between the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America, the Ukrainian Church of the USA, Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada & Australia.
Our prayers go out to all those physically, emotionally and spiritually affected by this tragic events.
Yours in Christ,
V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura, Chairman
Department of Youth and Parish Ministry
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
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