Vital Conversations 3: Young Adults, Social Justice and the Church

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Vital Conversations 3: Young Adults, Social Justice and the Church is a 14 part series designed to spark grassroots engagement and features study guides for each video talk that help small groups and individuals delve deeper into social issues.

The presenters are aged 35 or younger and are activists, theologians, preachers, musicians, dancers, seminarians, and business entrepreneurs from Africa, Germany and the US. Each talks about the search for arenas that welcome, respect and engage expressions of faith, spirituality, ideals and community action.

Vital Conversations 3 will debut online Tuesday February 7, at 9 p.m. EST, featuring a video talk by The Rev. Jennifer Bailey of FaithMatters Network followed by a live Q&A with Bailey. Bailey, an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and activist-in-residence at the Scarritt Bennett Center, discusses how contemporary human rights movements such as Black Lives Matter compare and contrast with the Civil Rights era and other efforts of the past.

The second video presentation by Katelin Hansen of Columbus, Ohio will premiere at 9 p.m. EST, Tuesday, February 21. Hansen is director of experiential learning and church and community development for the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus.

Vital Conversation 3 Presenters and the Live Release Schedule:

  1. The Rev. Jennifer Bailey, activist, on contrasting current activism such as BlackLivesMatter, with Civil Rights Movements of the past. (Feb)
  2. Katelin Hansen on being an ally with people of color. (Feb)
  3. Sarah Schulz of Germany on welcoming refugees. (March)
  4. Joseph Kye on how music and worship bridge cultural gaps and help make young seekers feel welcomed in church. (April)
  5. Nia Shand on how her traditional congregation reacted to the revelation that she is lesbian. (May)
  6. Brittany Jackson Brown on welcoming new people to church and asking people “What are you?” in terms of ethnicity. (June)
  7. Takura Farera on welcoming differently-abled people in church. (July)
  8. Prisca Rodriguez on being bilingual in a culture that doesn’t necessarily understand it. (Aug.)
  9. Brittany Campagna on how we understand “the hood,” and advice to avoid conflating urban blight with “Blackness.” (Sept.)
  10. Bryan Eason on how to engage children and youth using rap and hiphop, and advocating for Freedom Schools. (Oct.)
  11. Jon Petty on the kind of church he wants to pastor. (Nov.)
  12. Jeanette Iman’ishimwe, former refugee, on how the church must embrace refugees and immigrants. (Dec.)
  13. Tyler Sit and Adam Haugeberg on the correlation between environmental racism and gentrification in urban areas. (Jan. 2018)
  14. Jasper Peters, on helping White Christian understand and support BlackLivesMatter and other movement reflecting the concerns of people of color (Feb. 2018)

Check out Vital Conversations 1 and 2 here.

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