Sadly, witnessing tragic events and experiencing pain from those events can happen nearly every day.
Sometimes, events like mass shootings or natural disasters may be seen from a distance through social media or on the news. Other times, a death of a loved one or exposure to violence may hit closer to home.
However, children and youth ministry leaders have the unique opportunity to help children and youth emotionally and spiritually process tragic events when they occur.
At the upcoming Next Generation quarterly meeting, representative from churches and parachurch organizations in the UA network will discuss effective ways adults can facilitate conversations with children and youth to help them process and make sense of tragic events. Practical tools will be provided that adults can use to address this topic in developmentally appropriate ways and convey the hope and trust we have in God.
For more information about Next Generation, contact Rosaicela Rodriguez, UA’s Director of Implementation, Children & Youth Initiatives.