My entire life I have been surrounded by the middle class population containing mainly white families. I was raised in a town where most people had beds to sleep in and shirts to wear on their back. I was taught not to judge an individual by their wealth status, religion, race or ethnicity. However, I have never met anyone that was extremely different than me. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said "Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective." The church that I have attended since birth consists of people who live comfortable lives. Our youth group representative received the news that the Evangelical Church of America, which consists of all the Lutheran churches in America, was holding their annual youth gathering during the summer of 2015. …show more content…
When I was asked what my summer plans were by various friends and family, I replied, “I am going to attend a youth gathering in Detroit.” The majority of responses I received were, “Be safe!” or “Why are even going to take the risk?” I ignored the comments and remained eager for this opportunity. Around the same time that my church received the news of this youth gathering, I had just found out that my parents were getting a divorce after twenty seven years of marriage. I had mixed feelings about this because my father and I never had a strong relationship. Partially due to the fact that he was an alcoholic who would lie in bed all day and not care how his actions affected his family. Little did I know, this would have a huge impact on my life. Soon after I found out, I had to leave the house I lived in my entire life and my family dynamic as I knew it would forever be changed. I was excited for this trip. I was excited to get away from home for a little bit and I was excited to get the chance to volunteer my time and help
Bethel Baptist Church never encountered a challenge like this before. The church accepted an invitation to participate in a mission in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Making an appearance in a foreign environment terrified both adolescents and adults. Even with those uneasy feelings, the congregation quickly zeroed in on the goal at hand in spreading God’s love to this needy region. With events such as church cleanup, food ministry, and disaster relief, the church left with a greater appreciation of life, and how lucky many of the citizens in the United States truly are.
We are writing in connection with Brannon and Shana Hogan’s move to your congregation. Brother and Sister Hogan lived in our area for a number of years and attended meetings briefly when they first arrived. When asked why they stopped Brannon mentioned in his previous congregation he was given too much responsibility too soon. This was made worse by his tendency to be a perfectionist which caused him emotional stress. He was afraid by returning to meetings he would find himself back in the same situation.
The transition from childhood to adulthood occurs when an individual is able to recognize the impact he or she can leave upon their community, gaining life skills doing so. An accomplishment that marked my transition from childhood to adulthood, would be best demonstrated by the process and completion of a leadership responsibility when I performed my Eagle Scout Project. I joined the scouting program when I was very young, and have been very active since ever. Becoming an Eagle Scout has many challenges that a young Boy Scout must undertake, including the completion of a community-based project, which is an important step in obtaining this notable rank. The Eagle Scout Project is designed for the scout to learn different leadership responsibilities.
White Privilege and racism is not about what race you are but more about the culture you live in. People see privilege in their own way. People are born in a various cultures and to different poverty or wealth levels. You cannot change where and who you are born too. You however can change what you do with your life no matter the circumstances you were born
Whites are the dominant group in America. People of color are the subordinate groups in America. This saddens me and it has to change in our society. We have to overcome these changes and grow equal as a society. Whites feel a sense of superiority against the people of color.
At my high school, the Beta Club is the most elite, respected, and prestigious club. It is filled with the leaders, the doers, the hard-working, and the individuals who turn their dreams into reality. It is not for everyone, and in our ever-changing society, that is clear. Most people today do not like to rise up to the ever-growing challenge of leadership. It takes a certain kind of person to be a good leader, and the Beta Club has greatly helped me in doing so.
Dean demonstrates how in the pragmatic move Part Three of her book, “Cultivating Consequential Faith” by exploring the broad sets of practices that help congregations cultivate mature faith in young people. She introduces her pragmatic prescriptions with a provocative story. Regardless of whether the motives are meant to be well-intentioned or not, I doubt I will ever solve the problems of my youth ministry through a nude photoshoot of my students for a fundraiser. As if such a notion wasn’t controversial enough, Dean suggests another daring suggestion. At first, I was naturally resistant to the thought that formal youth minister isn’t of significant importance.
Especially when I take a look at the dynamics of the people I have met. Growing up from birth to middle school majority of my friends were white. I had some black friends too but I primarily chose my friends on things we had in common. My mother found this very concerning that I would only bring my white friend over to the house.
One of the largest racials divides was created by the fact that the whites owned so much property and blacks could not own property. As we learned in class you can work hard but the money comes from income producing property. Over the past few hundred years race has become more of a divide and now whites have a natural advantage in today 's society. Although blacks can become successful whites still hold most powerful positions and are more likely to not hire a black person because of idea that naturally predispositioned in their mind. People of society are judged based on cultural capital, like dispositions and cultural goods, and this gets in the way of more important factors like degree,
I have many personal values that I have maintained throughout middle school. These personal values have helped me get through middle school, and helped with many various things on my journey to middle school. My first personal value that I’ve maintained is my religion. This is a very important personal value to me, because it is what I believe in.
Now whites have the stereotype of, “ every white person is privileged”. Yeah, that is completely wrong as our words to the colored folk. My family went through a lot of financial issue, which meant we weren’t really “privileged”. Right now, we live in a two-room apartment with the smallest kitchen in the world! But that is only one experience; there have to be many more around.
While being on fall break, and now having the freedom of being on Sabbatical from the daunting task of Church Administration, I took the opportunity to return to one of my all-time favorite activities, Mentoring Young Men at Middle School. As completed a 90-minute session with four young men, I realized that many kids today grow up with absentee fathers. There father’s s are never home, always gone, never there for important dates. Even when their fathers are home, they really are not there. They are detached, surfing the internet or on Facebook, watching television, playing video games or working.
Last Wednesday I was star-struck with the privilege of personally me meeting one of my favorite celebrities. I traveled to Northwestern College to listen to my favorite theologian and textbook author, Andrew Root, give a presentation. First I met up with Jason Lief beforehand in an attempt to maintain connections with the valuable youth ministry resources that he could provide. As the coordinator of the seminar, I had the honor of accompanying Lief to go pick up Andy Root and then eat lunch with two of my biggest youth ministry role models. After we finished eating, other citizens filled the college cafeteria with their meals.
The news to which they listen, the people to whom they talk, the streets they walk, all only express the attitudes of a mostly white, empowered slice of the population. Unfortunately, I share the same lens. I have never walked the streets of Mtata nor Alexandra. I attend an almost exclusively white school. The vast majority of my social interactions are with wealthy, white friends.