A World Turned Upside Down
By Debby Kirk, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
The Historic Connecticut Conference has an almost decade long tradition of hosting a Youth Revival every spring. Our African American Churches have been the site of some powerful multi-cultural/multi-racial worship experiences over the past nine years. As we established the Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ, (SNEUCC) we were looking forward to a festive gathering at United Church on the Green in New Haven. Then came the Corona Virus!
Since the beginning of the pandemic, staff, church leaders, and youth have been brainstorming models for an alternative Revival. While everyone is in stay home/stay safe mode, we are creating a virtual experience. This year we are releasing music, art, and reflection on various social media platforms over several days beginning in late May- May 25 thru May 29th, 2020. We have some amazing testimonies and original works, as well as short messages from Dr. Donique McIntosh, Rev. Ryan Gackenheimer, Debby Kirk, Thomas Burke, and Rev. Edwin Perez, Jr.
We have seen in the weeks of isolation that worship need not be confined to a sanctuary. We have seen that social media can be a way to spread good news. We have seen that brief messages can be poignant and thoughtful. We have seen that there are blessings in these upside-down times. We also know as this crisis has revealed glaring inequalities, we are called to co-create God’s vision for a world of health, wholeness, and safety for all.
Stay tuned as youth share their ‘brief but, spectacular takes’ on the Corona virus and faith on Instagram, (@sneuccyya) Facebook (Southern New England UCC Youth and Young Adult Ministries) and Youtube (SNEUCC).