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Saturday, November 22 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Looking Back to 'Race Ahead': Addressing Youth Ministry's Racial Past for a more Faithful Future

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In the United States, race, racism, and racial construction has and continues to have an indelible impact on the landscape of youth ministry. Regardless of geographical location, denominational affiliation, ethnic background, or economic position, the category of race has shaped the lives of teens and youth workers in many faith communities. Yet, race remains a virtually non-existent category in most professional youth ministries, particularly within evangelicalism. This forum will flesh out some of the recent historical and social realties that have shaped what seems like an impasse in evangelical youth ministry. In particular, we will discuss how the historic lack of racial awareness and the development of tangible incarnational theologies amongst racially diverse populations created today’s current ministerial divorce between persons of color and many white evangelical churches and professional youth workers. We will explore how we might embrace a constructive framework for moving forward through a racialized incarnational theology that engenders concrete practices for youth ministry in the 21st century.

Sponsored by: Sparkhouse / InterVarsity Press / Youthfront / Nazarene Theological Seminary / Fuller + Fuller Youth Institute / Howard Payne University / Gordon College / Luther Seminary / Seattle Pacific University

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Laura Addis

Laura Addis lives in Kansas City working at both Youthfront and Second Presbyterian Church. Currently a DMin student at Fuller, she would be happy spending every afternoon with students and tweeting from @thelauralarsen. Laura is most spiritually disciplined in the fall when she is busy praying and fasting for her beloved LSU Tigers.
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Melvin Bray

Melvin Bray is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, writer, educator, and social entrepreneur. He is an active member of multiple vanguard networks working to cultivate more sustainable approaches to a life of faith, including Faith Forward and the Wild Goose Festival. He is co-editor of the recently published Faith Forward: A Dialogue on Children, Youth & a New Kind of Christianity and coordinating author of The Stories... Read More →
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Brandon Winstead

Brandon Winstead, Ph.D., is currently the director of student ministries at Killearn United Methodist Church in Tallahassee, FL. He is the author of There All Along: Black Participation in the Church of the Nazarene, 1914-1969 and has written numerous articles and delivered papers in the fields of youth ministry and African-American religious history.

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Saturday November 22, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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