In the first four accounts of the New Testament (i.e. The Gospels), Jesus constantly paints a picture of a beautiful kingdom of God where all the people of the world are unified and worship God together. The problem that we tend to have with that picture is that it doesn’t feel realistic at times. Is there something wrong with us? As we have come to realize in 2020, it seems there are more divisions than ever before that split us along national, political, racial, ideological and regional lines.
For the remainder of September, we are in a series called Elephant in the Room. Throughout this series, we are going to be having a different guest speaker each week join us either in person or digitally to provide insight + perspective into each of the following touchy subjects: Mental Health, Race & Political Climate.
Our hope + goal is for our teenagers to place any bias or preconceived notions of a certain topic aside, and realize that we have more in common than we ever thought! With this being said, we want to provide you with as much information + resources each week as possible to help navigate through the conversations that may arise when your teenager comes home.
Guest Speaker Information
Last week, we had a conversation with Will Hutcherson on the topic of Mental Health. To watch the conversation between Will + Kenny Conley (NXTGEN Pastor), click here.
This Sunday night, we are continuing the series by having a conversation on Racism + Reconciliation. Our guest that will be joining us for this week is Paula Danielle. Paula is a writer, consultant + Family Ministry Pastor based out of North Carolina. For the past 20 years, she has worked at + with churches of all sizes across the country to create evironments that develop the next generation. To learn more about Paula Danielle and her organization Purpose Over Rules, click here.
With the conversations that will be taking place, we are wanting all parties involved to feel equipped + properly resourced. For our ANTHEM Tribe Leaders, we have conducted trainings (Mandated Reporting, Creating a Safe Place, etc.) as well as provided them with conversation guides + other resources for navigating through the various aspects of the topics that we are approaching. With that said, we want to prepare YOU (the parent or guardian of the teenager) just as much for the conversations that might come up when the Tribe Leader is not present or available.
Below this post, you will find various resources (conversation guides, podcasts, blog posts, etc.) that will provide direction + insight into this topic of Race + Reconciliation.
It may seem overwhelming, but just know that you are not alone in this matter. If you ever have questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email ([email protected]).
I am the ANTHEM Youth Director.