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Assets in Action: Focusing on the religious community

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

The Asset category of focus this week is number 19, religious community.
This is when a young person spends one hour or more per week in activities in a religious institution.
Just in case the word religion turns you off, hold on a minute.
The beauty is the folks at the Search Institute also look at religion defined as being spiritual.
If the topic interests you, you can visit Search–Institute.org and type “spirituality” in the search box.
The link will provide opportunities to look at the current generation vs. baby boomers and view information on everything from spirituality measures to psychological personality measures.
I like that it allows you to see everything from self-awareness to holistic information and connection to the community.
Remember the simple motto is, “Healthy Community! Healthy Youth!”
Therefore, we must look at our relationships in regard to a variety of people and institutions; to be the best we can be and to raise healthy youth and adults, in any community.
The Center for Spiritual Development is one asset partner that looks to be the hub for theory, research and practice.
So for you data dudes and divas, there is plenty to read, research and study and a multitude of surveys, ways and types of things to measure.
For those not into the data scene, teach your kids there is something bigger than them out there. If you don’t know what that is yet, that’s fine, too.
If we just take a step back and allow youth and adults to realize it isn’t all about them, we’ve taken a baby step in the right direction.
If you would like to connect to something greater, come to the United Church of Los Alamos at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. You can see how a large group of locals — religious and not — came together to make the world a little better for others.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets Coordinator for Los Alamos brought to you by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.