More correct: It’s time to talk, Youth!
Hello and welcome, whoever you are and however you got here. Beginning now, this is the official blog for Saint Joan of Arc Youth Ministry, SJAYouthMPLS for short. Thanks for making it this far.
Oh, and, we’re glad you’re here.
I’ve noticed several things since starting as St. Joan of Arc. Starting with the community, the soup suppers, our liturgies, how we church, our response to current events, and our goal to make all feel welcome. Those will make for great topics in the future.
But, most importantly, I’ve met some incredible young people.
As we know, our families come from many zip codes. This means our young people come from a variety of schools, experiences, and backgrounds.
One thing is certainly clear. Our youth at St. Joan of Arc have amazing things to say.This became clear over many conversations with our youth. Conversations circling around gun violence, gentrification, homelessness, and politics. Conversations at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation about having a voice. Conversations about not being heard.
I am excited to share The Journey, a new journal for our youth at St. Joan of Arc. It’s a communal blog that will bring the voices of our youth to over 9000 parishioners.
Our goal is to give our youth a platform to share their thoughts on topics they want to talk about. So, the following posts will be from our youth at SJA. It’ll be their words written their way. You might also here from various folks who are educators, parents, and advocates for our youth- all passionate about giving our youth more opportunities in our community.
We are blessed to have active youth in our church. Many of our young people are active in their schools, volunteer with local organizations, and hold leadership roles in their communities. And we still encounter people who couldn’t care less, don’t care what young people have to say, or joke about the latest viral stunt a teenager shared on Youtube.
So with that, we will share stories from young writers, content from emerging bloggers, and thoughts from social sharers to express themselves in The Journey.
You may wonder what our youth talk about. Topics do include Fortnite, social media, The Bachelorette, and music. But they also include gun violence and safety, LGBTQ rights, social oppression, politics, faith, and a feeling of being unheard.
Our youth yearn for adults to hear what they have to say and have those thoughts matter.
Are we willing to listen?
You can find The Journey on the Youth Ministry page of the website. New blogs will be announced in pre-mass slides and in the bulletin.
Brennan Hall, Youth Ministry Coordinator
Our youth at SJA have amazing things to say. Our goal is to give them a platform to share their thoughts on topics they want to talk about. Their thoughts are uniquely theirs. From politics to faith, school issues to our church, this blog shares their voices with our community.