Sunday Services

We offer a spoken services of Holy Communion every Sunday at 8:00 am and Choral Holy Communion of the first, third and fourth Sundays of each month, and Choral Morning…

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An Epidemic of Under-Performance

epidemic of underperformance

Do you remember when The McCallie School came to St. Thomas’ to give a presentation on the development of boys? I visited with Troy Kemp, the Executive Director for The National Center for the Development of Boys, when I traveled through Chattanooga, TN this summer. He told me that the meeting they had in our church was the meeting that convinced them there was enough concern over this issue to make a go of the Center. They did and they’re doing great work. What is the issue? It is the epidemic of under-performing boys and young men. Some are just dropping out of the system or dropping out of life or acting out and harming others. We see it today; the audience at St. Thomas’ for McCallie’s presentation (composed almost entirely of mothers, by the way) was seeing it then. This epidemic doesn’t just affect boys. It affects girls, too. Who are they going to marry? Who are they going to work with? Who is going to help raise their children? If boys or girls are struggling, we are all…