Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2
As we look toward Celebration Sunday and the start of the new program year, I am grateful that St. Peter’s youth are committed to learning about, and working towards, fulfilling the laws of Christ by committing to “Becoming Beloved Community.” They are especially serious about the issues of racial injustice, inequality, and want to help eliminate systemic racism in this country. We are serious about St. Paul’s call to carry each other’s burdens as well as our Presiding Bishop’s call to love and justice by “Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream, Practicing the Way, and Repairing the Breach.” To this end, we spent the summer of 2016 in Ferguson, Missouri; the summer of 2018 in Detroit, Michigan; and last summer in Wilmington, North Carolina learning how to participate in creating systemic changes and practicing racial reconciliation.
After the George Floyd murder on May 25, our teens and youth leaders expressed their grief and distress over his death, as well as the other injustices his death brought to our consciousness. They asked to recommit to this justice work.
In answer to this request, we will join with youth from around the Diocese in Zoom conversations on five evenings, beginning September 3. These sessions, called “Speak the Truth – Youth Conversations,” will feature speakers, small group discussion, and prayer. The five speakers include professionals with education and work experience in each topic. The final speaker is St. Peter’s own Teddy Foster, who will help participants channel their passion for solving these issues into concrete plans for advocacy and activism.
We are excited about this opportunity for our youth to become community leaders in issues that need immediate and serious attention, and to do the work that Jesus has called us to do.
Lyn Holt, Director of Youth Formation