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Youth ask 2,000 questions

"If I died, would anybody care?" That question, asked by a participant at the ELCA Youth Gathering in July, haunts Lyle Griner, director of the Peer Ministry program for the Youth and Family Institute of Augsburg College, Minneapolis. He originated the idea of gathering 2,000 questions for the year 2000. Sticky notes were available and then posted on a wall at the gathering. Youth trained as peer ministers were also out in the crowd collecting questions.

The questions fall into five categories, Griner said: God, tough issues, questions guys are asking, questions gals are asking, and questions parents need to hear. The questions will go into five books that Augsburg Fortress, Publishers, and the institute will publish in 2001.

"There were a lot about suicide," Griner said. "Many of them were about sexuality and relationships. Because they were anonymous, kids were willing to ask just about anything. The questions are a good reminder that kids are hungry--hungry for people to listen to them."

Questions from the ‘God’ category:

Where is God?

If God created us, then who created God?


What makes God laugh?

Some say we choose our own path, but some say God has a plan for us. Which is it?

Do good people who don't know God still go to heaven?

If God had a question for us, what would it be?

Why are some horrible things done in the name of God?

Why should I believe in God?

Why do people say that it's "God's plan" when someone dies?

If God created us, then who created God?

What makes God laugh?

Some say we choose our own path, but some say God has a plan for us. Which is it?

Do good people who don't know God still go to heaven?

If God had a question for us, what would it be?

Why are some horrible things done in the name of God?

Why should I believe in God?

Why do people say that it's "God's plan" when someone dies?

Why does God love us so much?


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