January 2018 Newsletter

2018 High School Retreat!!
February 2-4, 2018
Registration closing soon!!
Registration is now open for the 2018 High School Retreat weekend (Friday to Sunday, February 2-4), at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Retreat participants this year will explore how they are formed by their culture and by their faith for action in the world.

Led by the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC), the weekend features small group workshops, indoor and outdoor games, worship to get everyone moving and thinking, lively music, and some much needed time away from the rush of everyday routines in order to pay more attention to the Spirit of God in our lives. Scholarship support is available, as is bus transportation. Registration closes when capacity is reached, or on January 25 .
Bring your young people to the table for "Brave Conversations"
Saturday, March 3, 2018
This year's spring learning event, "Brave Conversations," will look at the need for gracious dialogue among people with different perspectives, passions and experiences. While the event is for participants of all ages, the event organizers are particularly eager to include the perspectives, passions, and experiences of young people. We have much to learn from them!!

During the event, led by nationally recognized Kaleidoscope Institute, participants will learn skills and tools to use in their parishes, schools, and communities to enable dialogue on challenging topics and expanding the possibilities for reconciliation and transformation.

For more information on the event, check the diocesan website or contact the Rev. Karen Montagno.

2018 Preconfirmation Retreats!!
March 16-17 or April 6-7
PreConfirmation retreats are a chance for young people of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts to meet other young people discerning their call to Confirmation, or even just the faith journey in general! The retreats do not try to sum up a year’s worth of classes in one overnight, but we do try to give all who come a feeling for how making a commitment to one’s faith can be lived out not only in church, but in every part of our day.

The retreats are led by the members of the Diocesan Youth Council, 10th-12th graders who see part of their leadership and ministry as welcoming all the youth attending retreats, leading small groups, and giving reflections on their own spiritual journeys. They look forward to getting to know all participants!

2018 Good Friday Overnight
March 30-31, 2018
Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston
for middle- and high-school aged young people
and their mentors, pastors, and youthworkers.

Using the Passion of the cross as a starting point, young people from across the diocese will gather to explore the practice of compassionate witnessing. Together, we will consider how we can make a difference in transforming the societal brokenness we all face.

The event will include activities and discussions, games, and Taizé-inspired worship--a time "away from it all" to connect with what it all means.
Gets a Facelift
The Youth Ministry website, www.diomassyouth.org , has gotten a face-lift as we have migrated to a new platform. Let us know what you think, particularly about the reorganized "Resources" section. What else would you like to see on the site?

Micah Conference
Empowering young people to create social change
June 25-28, 2018
Wenham, MA

The Micah Conference is a 4-day student-run conference which seeks to inspire high school students to pursue social justice based on the belief that youth have the potential to be the leaders of today.  Now in its sixth year, the event is led and run by the students of Boston Trinity School in Hyde Park.

Attendees will be exposed to a broad range of current social justice issues and potential solutions through a variety of interactive workshops, influential speakers, and observation of certain ministries in the city of Boston. Ultimately, our desire is that attendees leave with a deeper understanding of justice and a greater love for mercy and humility in their walk with God.   
The "Early Bird" registration fee is $200 per participant. You can find more information about The Micah Conference at their website
Resources for Youth Ministry
These Are Our Bodies  is a new resource available through Church Publishing that helps us all have conversations about our sexuality within a faith community.The book is a theological and practical guide to conversation about the complexities of sexuality in today's world, grounded in the Episcopal tradition. This book includes the role of sexuality in our lives in all its dimensions as well as a practical guide to help inform church educators, clergy, parents, youth workers, or anyone who seeks to broaden their knowledge on this subject.

" There is an urgent need across the Church for faithful, honest conversations with young people about sexuality. Finally, we have the sturdy resource we need to hold them. Honoring the inherent tension between the beauty and the complexity of the God-given gift of human sexuality, These Are Our Bodies is written for real people with real lives. It invites parents and church leaders into the serious, hopeful work of integrating body and soul."
––Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning, Virginia Theological Seminary

This book also serves as the foundation for the  These Are Our Bodies  educational materials. Teaching materials and curricula are available for elementary students, middle school students, high school students, young adults, and adults.