Lift Every Voice – A sneak peak at Cape Town

A Sneak Peak of Cape Town, South Africa

Lift Every Voice is a three-year ministry designed to build an understanding of social injustice that will help participating young people develop a vision and skills to lead their dioceses’ programming around race and inclusivity.  The second year, Lift Every Voice, 2016, will be held at the Christian Brothers Centre near Cape Town, South Africa, July 3-10, 2016. The focus of the conference for 2016 will be on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation process, strengthening our “listening skills” of others’ stories and discerning how to respond to these stories as disciples of change.

Here are some informative links including the video above introduce you to the beautiful town of Stellenbosch, though we will not be visiting any wineries! Several other links are documentaries on South Africa’s history, on Apartheid and on the Townships in Cape Town. Review our itinerary to identify some of the places we will be visiting while in Cape Town, such as Robben Island, Table Mountain, Waterfront market, Townships and more. Useful Links

Follow the Lift Every Voice group as they travel to Cape Town, South Africa this summer by joining the Facebook Group.

For more information visit the Lift Every Voice Website.

Lift Every Voice, 2016 Application Open

image001Lift Every Voice is a three-year ministry, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, designed to build an understanding of social injustice that will help participating young people develop a vision and skills to lead their dioceses’ programming around race and inclusivity. The second year, Lift Every Voice, 2016, will be held at the Christian Brothers Centre near Cape Town, South Africa, July 3-10, 2016. The focus of the conference for 2016 will be on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation process, strengthening our “listening skills” of others’ stories and discerning how to respond to these stories as disciples of change.

LEV 2016 Application Form for US Applicants

Download Flyer for LEV, 2016

Applications are due by Dec. 15th. Primary consideration will be given to youth aged 16-22. The 2016 application is open to all; those who attended last year and apply will have priority. Any available spots will then be open to adults through January 6th, 2016

Contact: Beth Crow, Lift Every Voice Coordinator beth.crow@episdionc.org 1-919-208-0438

http://lifteveryvoice.dionc.org/

Deadline for Taize-Pine Ridge Extended

The registration deadline for the Taize-Pine Ridge “Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth” was just extended to May 10.

The extension is not for lack of registrants, which are numbering far beyond expectations. Instead, the deadline is extended to accomodate everyone who is called to participate.

The “Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth” will be held in the “Far West” of the United States — in Red Shirt, South Dakota, a tiny village at the edge of the Badlands on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The outdoor gathering will include meditative prayer together three times a day, Bible study, workshops, small group sharing, and meals together, provided by the local Lakota people.

The event is meant for young people aged 18-35 but is welcoming youth and adults of all ages.

Register online now.

What are you doing this summer? And why?

Summer MissionAcross the church youth groups are in varying degrees of discernment and/or preparation for spring break and summer mission experiences.

Some are called mission trips, others are pilgrimages, and some are cultural immersions.

Each of these perspectives is a form of short term mission in which we are attempting to join God’s greater mission in a part of the world other than our own back yard.

I strongly recommend that all who are planning or even contemplating this sort of youth engagement to read the recent article from Youth Worker. Andrew Root, a professor in Youth and Family Ministries at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, offers a careful exploration about short term mission that may transform your event in the planning.

He concludes, ” They are not to be used as tools to move kids  into religious commitment, but rather are opportunities to participate in tasting God’s future. It might be that in our small and insignificant actions of service we witness to God’s future, and by our witness—by taking action—we are pulled into participation.”

I am curious about your conclusions about the purposes of mission experiences. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

We will also be offering news of short term Episcopal Missions in which your youth group could participate this summer.

So stay tuned and let us know if you offer mission experiences in your neck of the woods. We want to make sure that all opportunities are on the Youth Ministry Network Radar.