October 2018 Newsletter
Last call!!
Diocesan Youth Council Vote Turns 20!
DYC Reunion to Celebrate at Diocesan Convention
November 3, 2018 in Hyannis, MA
Diocesan Convention this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Diocesan Youth Council (DYC) being given voice and vote at Convention. (The DYC was first granted convention voice and vote at the 1998 Diocesan Convention.)

In addition to a presentation at Convention, highlighting findings from a survey of DYC alumni from the last two decades, we are also hosting a DYC reunion of participants and mentors.

The event will include a networking lunch, a looking-back-and-looking-ahead presentation at Convention, and a celebratory dinner in Hyannis.
Please, help us reach out to long-lost members and mentors--from a year ago, from five years ago, and from 20 years ago. The party just won't be the same without them. To more information, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith .
And be sure to read the article on the 20th anniversary written
by Diocesan staff member Bridget K. Wood for E-News.

2018 Middle School Retreat!!
November 16 - 18

Registration is now open for the  2017 Middle School Retreat   weekend (Friday to Sunday, November 16-18), at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield, NH. Retreat participants this year will explore how finding their vibes, identifying their connections, and nurturing their spirit life can contribute to finding the Good Life that Christ promises and that God dreams of for us all.

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 November 13.
Bilingual Advent Youth Event/
Evento Juvenil Bilingüe Para Adviento

Las Posadas / Seeking Shelter
Sunday/   Domingo 16 de Dec., 6:30-9 p.m.

St. Luke’s-San Lucas Church 
201 Washington Ave Chelsea, MA 02150

Join Bishop Gayle Harris and the people of St. Luke’s-San Lucas in Chelsea for Las Posadas, a traditional Advent celebration in which those gathered will trace Mary and Joseph’s traveling search for shelter – a bilingual celebration with processions, prayer of Novenas, music, food and hospitality. As the group celebrates this well-known story from the Christian tradition, it will hold close in heart and mind the serious plight of modern-day refugees struggling to find shelter today.

Bishop Gayle Harris y la gente de St. Luke’s-San Lucas, Chelsea invitan a los jóvenes de toda la diócesis para unirse a esta tradicional celebración del Adviento en la cual los congregados seguirán la búsqueda de albergue de María y de José - una celebración bilingüe con procesiones, rezo de Novena, música, comida y hospitalidad. Mientras el grupo celebra esta conocida historia de la tradición cristiana, mantendrá muy cerca en su mente y corazón la seria crisis de refugiados actuales tratando de encontrar albergue hoy.  
Resources for Youth Ministry

Dismantling Racism Youth Curriculum

Dismantling racism is the work of a lifetime, and no single course of study will "fix" things. However, a well-designed curriculum with solid theology, good pedagogy, and useful materials can help jumpstart a conversation within a youth group and a church. This resource is one such opportunity.

The Office of Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Atlanta in partnership with The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing have designed, printed and piloted a groundbreaking six-week Dismantling Racism for Youth Curriculum for grades 6 through 12. The first draft of the curriculum was completed in July of 2017 and piloted during the 17-18 school year in 8 parishes  with over 100 youth in participation. After receiving feedback, course refinements were made and now, they are now ready to share our work with anyone and everyone.

In order to receive the curriculum, one must complete their "train the trainer" course, a one-day training by the curriculum writers and others experienced with the course.

The "train the trainer" program is being offered as a preconference at the Forma Conference in Indianapolis this January. Another is scheduled for March 2019 in Atlanta. Bringing the training to this diocese is also a possibility, if there is sufficient interest in bringing the training here. To express interest in this possibility, contact the Rev. H. Mark Smith , Diocesan Youth Missioner.

Let us continue to be Christians that address tough issues
choosing love over all else.
-Easton Davis, Youth and Young Adult Missioner, Diocese of Atlanta