Does racism really exist in our culture? How do I have a conversation with someone when I don’t understand their point of view? Am I impacted by my culture’s attitudes about race? What, if anything, can I do about racism? Whew! There is no way to address this topic adequately, especially in the limited time and space we have on a youth group night. Hopefully, Eniitan’s lessons and stories will help spark conversation and so much compassion among your students.
We truly believe that the next generation will have a better handle on this than those that have come before, but it is important to connect their faith with the cry of the marginalized. Unity, not sameness, is the crux of the early church. Our faith is one in which every tribe, tongue, and nation come together through the equalizing and transformative power of Jesus Christ. We strongly recommend that you create a box where students can write down and submit questions as you go along. It’s very likely they will be addressed at some point in the series, but this way you will know where your students are at in the process and you can tailor the lessons to them. We are sure you can add to this list. We also know that there are no pat answers to any of these questions that will satisfy students long term. The most effective way to answer them is to allow students to experience the truth for themselves through a number of means. We strongly recommend that the curriculum prompts that include scripture, prayer, and discussion be utilized, but all that is up to you. One of our foundational beliefs is that the Holy Spirit does the work of convincing. We encourage you and your team to lean into that belief as well. Our job is not to argue anyone into the Kingdom or to berate another’s beliefs, but to present better questions, the testimony of people, and the scriptures.
This Resource Includes:
• Student Leadership Meeting
• Four Topical Lessons with Small Group Questions
• Graphic slides for use in your favorite display program