Ep. 12: Pronouns & Summer Activities

Ep. 12: Pronouns & Summer Activities

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Summary:
When it comes to the mental health of our teenagers, we can’t ignore the LGBTQ youth. In this week’s podcast episode, Chris and Karlie discuss pronouns and how mental health is impacted when pronouns are respected. Also, get ideas for family fun that will have even your teens smiling. Make sure to listen till the end for this week’s tip for helping teens manage their social media.

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Chris has worked with teens from a variety of backgrounds for over a decade. He has a desire to help teenagers make good choices while also giving their families tools to communicate more effectively as choices are made.
Karlie Duke

Karlie Duke

Director of Communications

Karlie was in one of Teen Life’s original support groups and now is passionate about encouraging students to live better stories. She has gained experience working with teenagers through work, volunteer, and personal opportunities.

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E3: Ministering to LGBT Teens

E3: Ministering to LGBT Teens

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In our second interview from CenterPeace’s e3 Conference, Chris and Karlie are joined by two youth pastors to talk about how to support, encourage and involve homosexual teenagers in a youth group context. Hopefully this discussion will help you have better conversations with homosexual teenagers, their families, and your church leaders as we try to figure out how to best show the love of Jesus to the LGBT youth in our churches.  

In this episode, you’ll find out…
  • What can be done differently in church youth groups to better support and alleviate tension with the LGBT community.
  • Some factors to consider when talking to gay teenagers.
  • Questions to ask homosexual teenagers and their family.
  • How youth pastors can encourage their students to foster healthy conversations with homosexual teenagers.
  • The way our language and assumptions can negatively affect homosexual teens.
Ask yourself…
  • How does my church feel about homosexuality? Can I make promises to students that will be supported by my church family?
  • Am I willing to make room for teens and their families to struggle with how homosexuality fits in the church?
Go ask a teen…
  • How do you feel about our youth group welcoming gay students?
  • How can the church better support LGBT teenagers?
Resources:

In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

About Us:

This episode was recorded at CenterPeace‘s e3 Conference. Founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CenterPeace offers seminars to help church leaders, educators, and families better understand same-sex attraction and open conversations about faith and homosexuality. Allowing the Lord to take the brokenness of our past and use it to His glory, CenterPeace is helping Christians who experience same-sex attraction find a place to belong within the Body of Christ.

Chris Robey is the Program Director for Teen Life. Earlier in his career while working as a youth minister, Chris earned a Masters Degree in Family Life Education from Lubbock Christian University to better equip his work with teenagers and families. Chris’ career and educational opportunities have exposed him to teenagers from a variety of backgrounds. Follow him on Twitter!

Karlie Duke started working as Teen Life’s Communications Director after graduating from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Communications with a minor in Family Studies. Karlie has worked with teenagers for the past 5 years and is passionate about encouraging students to live better stories. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram!

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Homosexuality: A Family Affair

Homosexuality: A Family Affair

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This episode, Chris and Karlie are joined by an entire family in a special live recording. From CenterPeace’s e3 Conference, join this conversation with a Christian family whose teenage son came out to them at an early age. You’ll be inspired by their stories, enlightened by their perspective and challenged to better love the homosexual community. Let’s start a healthy discussion between gay teenagers and the church.

In this episode, you’ll find out…
  • One family’s story about their teenage son coming out.
  • What Allen was feeling around the time that he decided to come out.
  • How the family responded and a couple of things they wish they had done differently.
  • What the church can do to better support gay teenagers.
  • Things that are most supportive to a gay teenager and family.
  • Some hurtful things to try to avoid.
Ask yourself…
  • How can I start this conversation in a healthy way in a church setting?
  • How can I support a gay teenager? How can I also support the family?
Go ask a teen…
  • Do you have someone that you can talk to? That you can go to for advice and encouragement?
  • How can the church better support you?
Resources:

In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

About Us:

This episode was recorded at CenterPeace‘s e3 Conference. Founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CenterPeace offers seminars to help church leaders, educators, and families better understand same-sex attraction and open conversations about faith and homosexuality. Allowing the Lord to take the brokenness of our past and use it to His glory, CenterPeace is helping Christians who experience same-sex attraction find a place to belong within the Body of Christ.

Chris Robey is the Program Director for Teen Lifeline, Inc. Earlier in his career while working as a youth minister, Chris earned a Masters Degree in Family Life Education from Lubbock Christian University to better equip his work with teenagers and families. Chris’ career and educational opportunities have exposed him to teenagers from a variety of backgrounds. Follow him on Twitter!
Karlie Duke started working as Teen Lifeline’s Communications Director after graduating from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Communications with a minor in Family Studies. Karlie has worked with teenagers for the past 5 years and is passionate about encouraging students to live better stories. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram!
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If you have a question about something you heard or just want to give us some feedback, please leave us a comment below.  We would love to hear from you!
Don’t Panic about Same-Sex Attraction with Sally Gary

Don’t Panic about Same-Sex Attraction with Sally Gary

 


 

In this episode, Sally Gary, author of Loves God, Likes Girls, joins us to talk about same-sex attraction. You’ll get to hear her own coming-out story and advice on how to better have conversations with teenagers about homosexuality. Don’t panic about same-sex attraction – positive, beneficial conversation can happen!

 

In this episode, you’ll find out…

  • The language and terms that teenagers use to talk about same-sex attraction.
  • Sally Gary’s own experience of coming-out to her parents.
  • The consequences of your reactions to other gay individuals or characters on television.
  • Advice on how to respond when a teenager tells you they are experiencing same-sex attraction.
  • The importance of an apology and how to repair broken relationships.
  • How to create a safe place where students won’t feel alone or isolated.

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Ask yourself…

  • What am I teaching my kids by the way I react to the gay community?
  • How can I better provide a sense of community and connectedness for teenagers?

 

Go ask a teen…

  • What has this been like for you?
  • Have you shared this with anyone else?
  • How has this been with your family and friends?

 

Additional Resources:

In this episode, we mentioned the following resources:

 

About us: 

528547_10151233044896885_78928395_nSally Gary is the Executive Director of CenterPeace where she works to encourage churches, schools and families to have conversations about same-sex attraction. Before dedicating herself to CenterPeace full-time, she was a professor of communication at Abilene Christian University for 10 years. Sally is also a well-respected speaker and author of Loves God, Likes Girls: A Memoir.

 
 

11377119_10100426581499597_9202933750968968791_nChris Robey is the Program Director for Teen Lifeline, Inc. Earlier in his career while working as a youth minister, Chris earned a Masters Degree in Family Life Education from Lubbock Christian University to better equip his work with teenagers and families. Chris’ career and educational opportunities have exposed him to teenagers from a variety of backgrounds. Follow him on Twitter!

 

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Karlie Duke started working as Teen Lifeline’s Communications Director after graduating from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Communications with a minor in Family Studies. Karlie has worked with teenagers for the past 5 years and is passionate about encouraging students to live better stories. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram!

 

 

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 If you have a question about something you heard or just want to give us some feedback, please leave us a comment below.  We would love to hear from you!

 

 

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