Here's one of the more important paragraphs from my paper, I think (remember, it's the first draft):
The decisive thing which happened on the cross was that the God of resurrection suffered with humanity, became a victim with them and their companion in abandonment. If a distinguishing factor of contemporary adolescence is the tragedy of systemic abandonment, then it is the task of the Youth Worker to make the concrete connections between God’s suffering and the suffering of the adolescents to which they are ministering. If the cross is “Christian faith in microcosm” (quoting Gabriel Fackre) and if atonement through divine solidarity and affirmation (Moltmann) is what Christ accomplished before he said, “as the Father sent me, now I am sending you” (John 20:21), then Youth Ministries must be marked by the cross in their methodology and strategy. Only cross-shaped Youth Ministry can respond in the way of Jesus Christ to the crisis of the systemic abandonment of adolescents. For the way which Christ has chosen to respond to the abandonment of humanity— abandonment of one by another and apparent abandonment of humanity by God—is through the cross; to declare with his body God’s affirmative and redemptive presence in the midst of suffering and isolation.I'm open to thoughts and suggestions...
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