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Tough Topics of YM: Racism & Racial Reconciliation • March 7, 2017

Posted in Uncategorized on January 17, 2017 by Walter

I want to invite you to participate in a very important discussion that we are hosting this year titled: Tough Topics of Youth Ministry: Racism and Racial Reconciliation. This year it will be on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Lipscomb University.

To Register and more info: https://www.lipscomb.edu/bible/annual-events/youth-ministry-conference

REGISTER BEFORE Feb 1st and Save!

Groups of 4 or more from the same ministry receive a 25% discount. Use ‘YM 2017 Group’ coupon code when paying the final fee.

OUR THEME: Tough Topics of Youth Ministry: Racism & Racial Reconciliation
Ferguson
Freddy Grey
Orlando
San Bernardino
Treyvon Martin
Dallas Police

When it comes to racially motivated acts of violence, our nation’s list of transgressions is long. Fear is gripping us; we hear constant messages warning us to distrust those who are different. Injustices are being committed and it’s important that we address them with the compassion and complexity they deserve. Do we remain silent Sunday after Sunday, for fear of saying the wrong thing?

This year’s youth ministry conference asks the question, “How many of our pulpits, Bible classes, youth group devotionals, and small groups are actually talking about race relations?” We would like to dramatically increase that number.

When was the last time you formally talked about the racial divide in our church? Have you ever discussed Ferguson with your youth group? Black Lives Matter? The Dallas police shooting? Do we talk about the ministry of reconciliation that Paul so vividly calls the church to engage in? Our silence might be contributing to the division in our country, instead of contributing to reconciliation.

March 7th is a tremendous opportunity for church leaders to rise up and confront this problem head on. Historically God has used the church to bring this conversation to the forefront, and we like to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

We believe that the gospel is big enough to conceptualize a vision of Jew/Greek, Slave/Free, Black/White united and not divided.

Back in the 1960s, Dr. King observed that Sunday morning was the most segregated hour in America. He also noticed that a few hours later on that same Sunday, blacks and whites were in the stands of their NFL stadiums united in cheering for their teams.

Experts will help you understand this issue from a multitude of perspectives.

You will be given resources you can use to begin the conversation with your teens and church.

Won’t you join us on this vitally important topic, as we attempt to step up and become ministers of reconciliation within our churches, our communities and this nation?

peace,
Walter