Youth are headed back to school, but the violence, inadequate educational funding, and an increasingly turbulent cultural fabric cast a shadow of doubt on the horizon. Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to making sure youth and young adults have the skills necessary to cope in the ever-increasing, changing environment, especially when it comes to having and practicing a faith life.
For two days, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. August 17 through Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Trinity United Church of Christ – Gary will host its Faith into the Future (F2F) Youth Conference planned with the help of young folks that features emerging leaders. This youth explosion will propel youth on an informed and inspiring trajectory.
According to a recent Pew Research Center study on Religion and Public Life report, in 20 years more of the children born worldwide will be from homes that do not practice any faith tradition. The signs of the coming times are evident today as similar studies also report a steady decline in Millennials who belong to organized religion.
This F2F Youth Conference is an interactive, real-talk youth session that brings together youth activists, ministers, organizers, and educators completely committed to properly preparing today’s youth to live a moral and spiritual lifestyle in a world that corrupts truth, persecutes the oppressed, and overlooks the most vulnerable – like children.
The speakers and presenters are Minister Aris Simpson, Breeshia Wade, Reverend Attorney Aaron McLeon, Reverend Jasmin Taylor, Rev. LaShondra Stephens, Reverend Quinn Rosenthal, Reverend Saeed Richardson, Reverend Will Hall, Quint Lattimore, New York- based, Alvin Ailey trained dancer; Lemuel “Life” LaRoche, Georgia based community organizer, poet, and nonprofit founder; and Jessica “FM Supreme” Disu, Chicago-based hip hop artist, peace activist, and nonprofit executive director and Reverend Dr. John E. Jackson, pastor of Trinity UCC-Gary.
Diverse young people between the ages of 12 to 18 from Northwest Indiana, Chicagoland, and surrounding areas will discuss real life topics on faith, religion, and spiritual growth in today’s complex world.
The time will be peppered with powerful performances, preaching, and partying. Attendees must RSVP for this free event and adults must accompany youth under 16 years of age.
To register visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Faith Into the Future: Mentoring Tomorrow’s Ministry Leaders Today.” For more information contact the church at 219-944-0500.