Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Buddha in Your Backpack...

Sometimes, quite on a whim, we come up with new projects for ourselves...

My latest is to preview some of the gazillions of "Teens' Guide to X Religon" on the shelves of the local library. Partially to know what's available for our youth and young adults, and partially because, well, I can do that reading while my brain is tired... First in my hand was _Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens_ by Franz Metcalf.

In general, accessible and covers all the major bases of both Buddhism and the teen years. His tone has some painful moments of "I'm trying too hard to sound cool to teenagers", but he's got a passion for both subjects and some really great resources.

The sexuality section was not *quite* OWL values, but almost. Any youth who has taken OWL will be nodding their head.

(I am doing a bunch of reading towards the credentialing process for Unitarian Universalist religious educators - if you'd like to know what that list looks like, check out


  1. This is Kinsi over at Spirituality and Sunflowers.

    I'm going to start the readings on that list too. I'm not a DRE yet, but want to be some day. I want to do a lot of reading first. I've picked up a few of the Alban institute books (Conflict Management in Congregations; Growing Up Generous: Engaging Youth in Giving and Serving; Holy Conversations, amd Designing Worship Together: Models and Strategies for Worship Planning.), the passionate teacher, and Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose and Faith. I've got a loaner copy of Essex borrow from my DRE.

    We'll have to, at some point, attempt reading the same book. Online DRE bookclub!

  2. If you do decide to start a DRE reading list online, there's a great way to do this on GoodReads. I'd love to see one, too!

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  4. Kinsi and RevNaomi - intriguing idea. I'll look into what's involved in setting up such a group at Goodreads. AFTER I finish the last ten pages of Haroon Siddiqui's _Being Muslim_...