February 2018 Newsletter
Bring your young people to the table for "Brave Conversations"
Saturday, March 3, 2018
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!!
This year's spring learning event, "Brave Conversations," will look at the need for gracious dialogue among people with different perspectives, passions and experiences. 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.

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!
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

Join us for this Taizé-inspired time "away from it all" to connect with what it all means.

Taize, France is a place where young people from all over the world gather to live together as a sign of God’s possibility for humankind.  Come to Trinity Church and be welcomed in the manner of the Taize community! We will spend the night and morning living as the community in Taize lives, sharing food, prayer, and conversation. In praying together, in thinking about the bible together, in eating and working with one another, we discover we can transcend the brokenness of Good Friday and of our world as we live into sacred communion.​
Other Opportunities for Young People in the Region:
New England Youth
Environmental Justice Summit
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Manchester, NH

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Conference of the UCC, this Summit for youth in grade 7 and up through college.

Learn about climate change and efforts to create a just and sustainable future for all! Find out from UCC leaders and partners about how youth are engaging and how YOU can use your gifts to help build the future we want to live in. For more, see their website
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
It's Complicated
the Social Lies of Networked Teens

by Dana Boyd

What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying.
Ultimately, Boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, Boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.

Boyd’s conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture, and commerce in years to come. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.

It's Complicated was published in 2014 and was reviewed by the New York Times Book Review in April of that year.