In this workshop we will present video/audio/in person testimonies by young people of color (18-30) who are involved in church or church-adjacent activities in response to the following questions:
—Introduction: what is your current connection with the Episcopal Church?
—Do you feel able to bring your whole self to church or do you feel you have to leave something behind?
—What would a church look like that you and your friends would want to attend?
—Social justice activities
—Other Locations / Times Besides the Church on Sunday Mornings
—Different music or prayers
—How (if at all) are your spiritual needs currently being met?
The workshop will focus on demonstrating two things: how to host and curate conversations with young people of color to transform negative experiences into positive visions, and how to promote accountability in conversations across racial, generational and other boundaries. Practical outcomes for the church might include:
—A sense of what actions it might take to:
—Host further conversations
—Make concrete changes in unwelcoming structures and practices
—Foster community (across the diocese or the province) and opportunities to network among Young Adults of Color
—Possible Resolution(s) for Parish Meetings/Diocesan Conventions/General Convention
Felicity Thompson, Dismantling Racism Network, Michigan