In particular check out the letter, Marko highlights, by Jim Hancock and Rich Van Pelt (authors of “a youth workers guide to helping teenagers in crisis“) who wrote a awesome letter to youth workers:
It’s not supposed to be like this. Just so we’re crystal clear about that. No one is supposed to walk into a dormitory and classroom building and kill 32 daughters and sons. No one has that right. Someone has to say this clearly and compellingly to the children of God we have agreed to nurture toward wholeness…
Tell them it’s not supposed to be like this. Tell them the God who spoke through the prophets at many times and in various ways—and in these last days has spoken to us by his Son—tell them this God takes no pleasure in the suffering and death of his creatures. Tell them it’s not supposed to be like this, and someday it won’t be. Tell them the hope of the gospel includes a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness—we haven’t seen it, but in faith we see it coming.
In the meantime, tell them, life is grace and bad things happen; people are capable of breathtaking displays of love and staggering acts of oppression … Tell them life is hard and God is good.
BUT FIRST listen to them. Listen to their denial and fear and anger and confusion. And don’t be afraid to admit your own…
The link to the Youth Specialities stuff ishere.
The BBC analyses the implications of this crucial changehere.
“Several commentators noticed the change on Wednesday and had come up with their own theories for it. Some thought it was an attempt to look more masculine, but others said a left parting was more feminine.”
Daily Mail sketchwriter Quentin Letts said image was important to voters and told the BBC: ‘Cameron seems to be changing direction – which is of course a very good metaphor for what he’s doing with his party.’