Thank you to the Central Cluster Youth Adult Committee and Angela Sullivan, DRE at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs for putting together our FIRST EVER district sponsored cluster event. We had ~25 middle school and ~25 high school youth and 8 adults from Colorado Springs, Denver and Golden.
Friday night alone was a transformational experience. Bailey Hohm, Cluster Youth Chair, brought in Rev. Roger Butts from High Plains and a panel of young social activists for our Keynote. It was inspiring and uplifting to hear that following what we are passionate about is what the world needs most from us! Afterwards Jenny Finn from Soma Movement lead us in a physical experiment so to speak. She taught us how to really feel present in our body and showed us how interacting with each other from this place (instead of from our critical judging and anxious minds) can create intimacy and togetherness. She made it ok for us to feel and be awkward, knowing that everyone else in the room was also feeling awkward at times.
Saturday was filled with social justice projects and workshops. We went to One Nation to sort clothes to be delivered to Native Americans living on reservations. We went to All Breed Dog Rescue to care for dogs and learn about homeless pets. We went to Inside Out Youth Services to help them prepare for their Thanksgiving Feast for LGBT folks who may not have another place to go for Thanksgiving. We also went to Acacia Park and gave away free hugs to grateful passers-by. More on all these projects will soon be available on the Youth Ministry page.
We had two absolutely spectacular worships lead by our District Energy Person, Niles Hachmeister. Those worships will soon be available on the Youth Ministry page as well.
Since this was an intergenerational event, we learned a lot about togetherness and identity for varying age groups. An indepth discussion about integrating middle school and high school youth can be found on the Youth Ministry page.
Posted Monday, 29 November 2010 18:00 Written by Jennica Davis