Making Service Count 1

cover Sorry for the delays in posting this week, but I have this blogging-ethical block that ArchBalt related materials need to be available first to the ArchBalt crowd  before being posted here… So following last weekend’s training, there was lots of video editing and they finally went up on-line and then announced in the biweekly Thursday e-newsletter and now I’m back dating some posts.

Over the summer, we did a survey regarding social justice experiences in our parishes and schools. in a question regarding  service learning, respondents were asked about if and how they “debrief” the experience. Almost half of the respondents indicated that they did not “debrief” the service experience and a little more than a quarter debrief after the experience. The survey found that over one-eighth of our programs did not processing of the experience at all.  Our Next Horizons group wanted to address this issue and we opted to use our annual Youth Contact meetings for this purpose.  (We discussed Change and the book Switch last year and Salt and Light. a discussion on diversity, ecclesial and ethnic, in 2009.)

This year, the office staff was not the primary presenters.  First up is Ted Miles, Relationship Manager for Religious Education for Catholic Relief Services (which is based in Baltimore) Ted has served the ArchBalt for many years as a high school Campus Minister and as a parish youth minister and was foundational in the development of our Justice Action Week summer program.

Helene Murtha is a high school campus ministry and served for many years in Student Services in an area all woman’s Catholic College.  She is presentling on scenarios that the contact meeting particioants used throughout the day as a basis for thier discussions.  The can be found at the ArchBalt page

Watch the whole series part 2, part 3, and part 4.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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