I once went to a sermon where a radical action-oriented minister mentioned that she's had a congregant say to her that rallying, protesting, and writing to congress wasn't the only way to make the world a better place. She agreed. And in that vein I wanted to make something clear. I worked for about ten years with amazing teenagers from my congregation and others in various capacities. They were all amazing. (Seriously. The adults were often more problematic.) And as I discover various things from college graduations, to medical school enrollments to jobs of various flavors, to decisions to out themselves as transgender or enroll in seminary or start a blog I continue to be proud. But, I am proud of each and every one of them. Even though I had only the teeniest to do with any life success they have put together for themselves. Working with teenagers is often viewed as a fast track to insanity, but honestly, I remain utterly hopeful about the future of this world thanks to my work with them. This world is so lucky to have these folks, they are going to change, enhance, and sometimes just exist and make it a better place. All of them. All.