James Penner Obituary | James C. Penner, 77, of Fremont, died on May 30, 2018, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.On October 5, 1940, in Angola, Indiana, he was born to John Lawrence and Muriel (Salsbury) Penner.

James Penner Obituary
James Penner Obituary

Jim married Julie Brokaw in Kendallville, Indiana, on August 25, 1963.He was the owner and operator of Ray Grocery, as well as the Fremont town clerk.

He graduated from Fremont High School and attended Michigan State University for an associate’s degree.

Jim enjoyed farming, travelling, and driving his truck around. He enjoyed conversing with others and never met a stranger.

He is survived by two sons, John Penner of Fremont, Indiana, and Jennifer (Scott) Mixer of San Diego, California; two grandchildren, Kailey and Christian Mixer; a brother, Larry (Joann) Penner of Fremont, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife and parents.Beams Funeral Home in Fremont will hold calling hours on Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 2-5 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Beams Funeral Home in Fremont on Monday, June 4, 2018, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Darin Hendrey officiating.

Ray-Covenanter Cemetery in Fremont, Indiana, will be used for burial. Ray-Covenanter Cemetery, P.O. Box 63, Fremont, IN 46737, is accepting memorials.

James Penner earned a BSc in Genetics with honours from the University of Western Ontario in 1985, an LLB from the University of Toronto in 1988, and a DPhil from University College, Oxford in 1992.

His thesis served as the foundation for The Idea of Property in Law , which won the Society of Public Teachers of Law’s First Prize for Outstanding Scholarship by a Younger Scholar in 1997.

Since 1992, he has taught law at Brunel University, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, and most recently as Professor of Property Law at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, where he also served as Head of Department from 2011 to 2013.

He began teaching at the National University of Singapore in 2013. He has established himself as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the philosophy of property and trust law, and he also writes widely in the fields of private law and philosophy of law.

He has served as a visiting professor in China, Canada, Belgium, and Australia, as well as at Harvard Law School in 2019.

James Penner Obituary
James Penner Obituary

JPA is a cutting-edge youth consulting and research organisation that supports and educates individuals and organisations who care about youth, families, and communities. Their observations are instructive, if not revolutionary. They want to help adolescents and young adults become the best versions of themselves.

James’ advice is informed by direct connections with teenagers and young adults, which he has made and continues to create over the previous three decades. These young people are ASSOCIATES, or strategic consultants and researchers for James’ work.

JP is a Lethbridge-based speaker, author, and sociologist who studies youth and youth issues and consults with parents, educators, and professionals.

He is well-versed in modern youth literature and delivers a unique blend of experience and conviction. His attitude is warm, his style is vibrant, and his effect is inspirational.

Because of his diverse upbringing, he has an unusual capacity to make adolescents understandable, even though many people find their views and behaviours perplexing.

He is known for being personable and treating everyone with courtesy and respect, regardless of age, ethnicity, or status. He recently concluded a countrywide study on the spiritual paths of young persons raised Protestant and Catholic.

He retreats once a week to cultivate an inside existence suitable for his outward duties. This gives him more time to pursue what Frederick Beuchner defines as vocation, in which one’s “great gladness meets the world’s deep need.”

James Penner Obituary

“James is an excellent resource for anyone concerned about youth. He is one of only a few Canadians who is both a talented researcher and an experienced practitioner, enabling him to thoughtfully identify what is happening with young while also exploring how adults who respect youth may respond.

Penner combines his research with his religion and conveys his ideas with clarity, sincerity, and passion. I definitely recommend him.”

-Dr. Reginald Bibby, Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge, author of Resilient Gods: Religion’s Demise and Rise in Canada and Beyond.

James Penner et al. published a groundbreaking study titled Hemorrhaging Faith: When and Why Canadian Young Adults Leave and Return to Church in 2012.

Since then, James and his team have crisscrossed the country, assisting Canadians in better understanding millennial youth’s relationships with not only churches, but also other Canadian social institutions.

He has also spoken to audiences in the United States and parts of Europe. JPA teaches about meaningful intergenerational relationships in a way that appeals to all audiences by presenting alongside millennials.

Friendship, freedom, trust, honesty, and being loved remain millennials’ top values. However, today’s youth are severely disadvantaged as a result of our culture’s individualism, credentialism, materialism, and hedonism.

JPA assists millennials in discovering their identity, maturing, deepening the intimacy of their relationships, and realising their divine destiny. On any given day, youth face numerous decisions that are complicated by an onslaught of unfiltered information.

Some decisions are harmless, while others have long-term effects. Growing up in today’s world is getting increasingly difficult, with complexities that go beyond the tired cultural expression: “Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.”

Images and stories that assault today’s youth are multifaceted, ambiguous, and tempting. The hustle and bustle is quick and all-encompassing.

The opportunity to be real and directly attached to trustworthy individuals, as well as the room to ask oneself questions, are all becoming increasingly difficult to discover. JPA trains and advises people of all ages on how to shape and educate the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

James Penner and Associates’ (JPA) findings are educational, if not innovative. They have spent the last fifteen years researching and writing about millennial consumerism, aboriginal youth, youth culture, and the relationship of youth to religion and other social institutions.

Since the mid-1990s, James has been investigating and collecting national youth statistics through interviews, surveys, and working in the trenches on the front lines of social change as a sociologist.

James Penner Obituary
James Penner Obituary

Government organisations, corporations, schools, parent groups, and faith communities have all sought his advice. He also developed a successful “Sociology of Youth” course, which he taught for 15 years at the University of Lethbridge and continues to teach at post-secondary schools across the country.

By Adelle

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