New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

On Our Way

Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life

Susan Briehl, Dorothy Bass • February 2010

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Early adulthood is a time of possibility, uncertainty, decision, and hope. During these years, individuals determine how they will approach life challenges and opportunities. In On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life, writers from a variety of backgrounds address topics of particular relevance to young adults. The essays are grouped in 5 sections that together express the whole: living a whole life

  • attentively
  • together
  • in the real world
  • for the good of all
  • in response to God

On Our Way looks at common subjects in fresh, meaningful ways. It presents "study," for example, as "not synonymous with reading books or with academic reflection, though it may well include these." Instead, this essay explains study as "a particular kind of attending to Christ and the world, a particular stance of curiosity, vigilance, and openness to learning—an openness that extends even to unlearning what we have previously learned to take for granted." Other chapters explore such subjects as

  • discerning God's call
  • friendship and intimacy
  • care for creation
  • knowing and loving our neighbors of other faiths
  • doing justice

As young adults move away from the confines of home, school, and church youth group, this book will serve as an excellent resource. While it speaks from a Christian perspective, its broad approach makes it appealing both to Christians and to those who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious."

Well-suited for individual reading or group discussion, On Our Way is an excellent companion for young adults seeking their place in today's world.

Susan Briehl is a Lutheran pastor (ELCA) and a project-writing associate with the Valparaiso Project in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Dorothy C. Bass has written or edited six books on Christian practices and is the Director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a Lilly Endowment project based at Valparaiso University.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1017-3

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1816-2

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1817-9

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: February 2010

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 240

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth

BISAC1: REL012070



Place young before adult and what springs to mind is a period to achieve a sense of autonomy, establish identity, develop purpose and integrity, plot a vocational course, achieve healthy interpersonal relations and claim a faith. With this young-adult pursuit in mind, Dorothy Bass and Susan Briehl provide the thoughts of twelve writers to reflect on the intersection of Christian practices with the quest of young adulthood for faith, meaning, and purpose. Bill Campbell United Methodist Campus Minister Wesley Foundation at Middle Tennessee State University

Books by Dorothy Bass