Why does divorce cause so much strain and long-term distress for children of all ages? Dr. Andrew Root, a recognized authority on youth and family ministry and a child of divorce himself, believes that divorce causes children to question their core identity. Since a child is the product of the union of a mother and father, when that union ends, he or she experiences a baffling sense of loss of self, a loss of his or her very sense of being. Root redirects efforts for assisting children of divorce to first address this fundamental experience. This unique seminar examined the impact of divorce not only from a theological and spiritual perspective, but also from a young person’s perspective. This conversation will benefit those who have experienced divorce as a child and/or a parent, and those who minister to and care for children of divorce.
If you were unable to attend or would like to review what was presented, click the links below to watch the sessions online.
Andrew Root, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, and is the author of multiple books. Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their two dogs. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.