Thoughts on our Networking Evening

One of the best parts about moving to Toronto from a small town was the sheer number different things I could do on any given day. There were so many things to choose from that it was overwhelming. Young adult ministry events were no different. I was invited to volunteer at Faith Connections within weeks of arriving, but as I got settled I began learning about other groups that were also doing young adult ministry. Faith Connections' Young Adult Ministry Networking Evening, hosted on June 4, was a refreshing reminder of just how much is going on.

Radical Gratitude

There is one line from Faith Connections’ Theology on Tap on May 26 that keeps coming back to me: “I am enough, just as I am.” Mary Jo Leddy reminded us of this, saying that we need to remember this in the face of increasingly materialistic society, which tempts us to always desire more: a bigger car, a nicer house, a better paying job. She has noticed that so often this materialism leads us to equate both our happiness and self-worth with the things we have. Therefore, unless we have the latest and greatest, we cannot be happy and we aren’t worth anything. According to Mary Jo, when we practice radical gratitude, we can begin to accept that we are enough, just as we are right now, and that our self-worth is not tied to what we have.