Author Archives: Julie Hagen

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Journey to the Cross

Here we are in the first days of Lent.  During this season, we stand in the shadow of the cross and come face to face with the messiness of our lives. It is our challenge to keep our eyes on … Continue reading

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Party in the ELCA

Last week was the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in New Orleans.  It is an annual gathering, “that draws together anywhere from 500-750 adults who work with youth in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for the premier … Continue reading

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Word, Publisher, Websites, oh MY! Creating documents for your ministry.

I often joke about the many hats I wear as a youth worker.  These include teacher, mother, nurse, psychotherapist, musician, chef, fundraiser, and graphic designer.  Having no previous design experience I often feel out of ideas when trying to create … Continue reading

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Miss Representation

Have you seen this?  It is currently being shared among several of my friends on Facebook.  Take a look… What are your reactions? I have an amazing group of girls in my youth group who are leaders among their friends, … Continue reading

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Children and Grief

I recently walked alongside a family in my congregation who lost their 5 year old daughter in a tragic drowning accident.  We have cried together, sat in silence, and shared many laughs as we remembered their beautiful daughter.  I am … Continue reading

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Final Spring Training Event- The Landscape of Youth Ministry

This Saturday, June 18th is our third and final training event for the spring/summer.  It will be located at Hope Lutheran Church in Selden, Long Island at 11am.   The church address is 46 Dare Road, Selden, Long Island, NY 11784. … Continue reading

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Opportunity or Dispair: The Landscape of Youth Ministry Training Event

We live in a fluid world, where things are constantly changing in front of us and it’s hard to keep up.  Yet in the midst of it all, some things don’t change, things like faith formation among young people matters, … Continue reading

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There’s a Spark in You so Let it Shine!

I enjoy being able to incorporate music into our time together.  There are many secular artists who have powerful messages to share through their songs.  But much of the music that is on the i-pods of our young people is … Continue reading

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March Networking Event

Please mark your calendars for our next  networking event for youth workers on Monday, March 14th at 6:00pm.  This is open to any paid, lay, and volunteer youth workers in the Metro New York Synod.  I will be hosting the … Continue reading

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