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We recognize that one of the biggest questions teens are faced with today is the question surrounding identity, “Who Am I?”  Over the course of the four Tuesdays in May (and with the help of well-respected and engaging speakers from our church community) we will be looking at and learning about the four facets of our identity through the lens of our Christian faith.  

Each session will start at 7PM

SESSION DESCRIPTION

MAY 5. Born Identity: Human Beings with Kirsten Anonby 

In this talk we will attempt to define identity and discuss how it is shaped in our society, particularly in contrast to how people have historically gained a sense of self. We will then look at Genesis 1-3 to explore what the Bible says it means to be human. We will ask what the implications are that we were created good by God, that we reflect God's image, and that part of our reflection of God's image is our creation as male and female. We will also explore the implications sin has on our identity as people. My hope is that this talk will better equip us to decide what voices are going to speak to us about who we are, and will help us to understand and embrace the powerful and significant identity that we have been given by our good God.

MAY 12. Born Identity: Relational Beings with Kim Quigley

We are relational beings and have a Relational Identity - that is exactly who God made us to be when he made us in his image.  But, relationships aren’t easy, in fact, they’re quite tricky and figuring out who we are in a relationship with others is no easy task. In our chat about our Relational Identity we will be looking at what it means to be made for relationships, what relationships require of us, what the risks are in relationships and how we have healthy boundaries to maintain our relational identity.

MAY 19. Born Identity: Sexual Beings with Kirsten Anonby 

What is a Christian understanding of sexual identity? In this talk we will look at God’s intended purpose for sex (spoiler alert—God is pro-sex, it was his idea). We will then explore how our culture has both downplayed and idolized the purpose of sex; and discuss the cultural assumptions about the role sex should play our lives. We will ask questions about how our sexuality shapes our self-understanding: how much of my identity do I want to come from my sexuality? Do my attractions determine who I am? Who does Jesus say I am as a sexual being? We will by no means be able to thoroughly cover these questions, but my hope is that this talk will empower us to think critically about cultural ideas surrounding sexuality and identity, and that we can learn how to reconcile our life of faith with our sexuality, even if they feel like they are in conflict.

MAY 26.  Born Identity: Jesus with Jon Imbeau 

When it comes to our identity as people, followers of Jesus Christ believe the most extraordinary thing. They actually believe that when they crossed the line of faith in Jesus they were given a new identity and that their old one has gone away. It actually died. This new identity has been given to Jesus followers and it is an incredibly deep and intricate thing, full of great gifts and new life. Knowing about this new identity is of the greatest importance to believers because of how meaningless it would be to continue living out the way they were before they came to faith. With this in mind we are going to take a close look as a youth group into what that new life in Christ is. We will explore the reality of our nature being holy, light, full, free and ultimately Christ himself! 

Zoom Registration

This event is free, however, for security reasons we are asking that each person registers for this event.  

You can do that here:

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIuceysqDMtE9Z1Ek9s7Ijr2YluPfdgWMcC 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

*Please note: You only need to register once. 

ALSO, each session will be recorded by the host ONLY.  Participants do not have permission to record the sessions for themselves. If you do not wish to be recorded but would like to participate, you can simply turn off your camera.  

Zoom Etiquette:

  • To avoid background noise, mics will be muted upon entry and during the speaking.
  • We ask that no one interrupts the speaker while they are teaching. 
  • We may allow for questions at the end. 
  • We ask that you register with your real name and not a nickname so that we know who is in the group (especially if you choose not to have your camera on) 

Who Is This Open To?

This series is geared toward teens, however, parents are welcome to join us (as long as it’s OK with their son/daughter).  Having said that, only students and youth staff will be allowed to stay for Squad discussions.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Rebeca.