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Diocesan Youth Event: A Conversation on Racism
On October 21, 2014
by Elle Dowd, Diocesan Youth Missioner
What: Sunday morning Worship together, followed by lunch and a Conversation on Racism
Who: Youth (Senior High and interested, mature Middle School age students)
Where: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ferguson
Bring: Canned food items for St. Stephen’s food pantry
Contact: Elle Dowd at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace Youth: Please RSVP to Janis Greenbaum
Many youth have had conversations in their schools about Ferguson, race, and racism. Due to segregation in our schools and living communities, youth have not often been able to discuss and listen to perspectives that might be different from their own. We have seen the need for youth to have a safe space to wrestle with these issues from a faith perspective.
That is why we are hosting a youth event focused on Ferguson, the shooting of Mike Brown, and racism in our communities.
Youth are invited to worship at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Ferguson at the 10:00 a.m. service, followed by lunch, a service opportunity, activities and discussions, space for prayer and reflection, and finally, a walk to Mike Brown’s memorial on Canfield.
Following this event, youth, parents, and youth leaders will be given a handout with follow-up discussion items as well as resources for continuing the discussion with youth.
I know that this topic is incredibly charged. My hope is that instead of turning away from those intense feelings, we will lean into those feelings and allow our youth to process them in a safe and healthy way that honors in the inherit dignity of all human beings.