NAINConnect 2013 in Toronto Highlights, Part 1: Young Adults

Young Adult Programming

Young Adult programming was an outstanding feature of this Toronto Connect at the MultiFaith Centre at the University of Toronto.  Over 50 young adults, both from out of town and local to Toronto attended and participated in various events.

Saturday Night Dinner and Sunday Nature Walk

Saturday Night Dinner and Sunday Nature Walk

Monday Dinner and Variety Show at Knox Presbyterian Church

Monday Dinner and Variety Show at Knox Presbyterian Church

Young Adults were integrally interwoven into the general programming, but also had events of their own.  As Drea Parker said, Young Adult Programming in Toronto was “over the top”.

A Monday morning workshop, Best Practices in Youth Engagement, featured four young adult presenters.

Brad Seligmann, Krithika Harish, Sarah Talcott Blair, Meliani Murtiningsih / Best Practices Audience

Brad Seligmann, Krithika Harish, Sarah Talcott Blair, Meliani Murtiningsih / Best Practices Audience

Sarah and Krithika discussed the challenge of including those who are in period of transition, un-faithed or searching.  They urge to use inclusive language, create group agreements and avoid labels.  Virtual networks help fit into youth timeframe.  It helps to participate in faith community events and practice reciprocity.  They mentioned the Bay Area “Third Space”, a secular-social, safe and comfortable space in which to explore.  Activities might be Urban Faith Field Trip or peer to peer youth leadership training.  They highlighted the URI Talking Back to Hate program.  http://www.uri.org/talking_back_to_hate  https://www.facebook.com/TalkBackToHate krithica@uri.org

Brad Seligman Slides

Brad discussed work with college age youth from four different organizations.  He outlined the four types of dialog used in ICCJ-YLC.  The Youth Leadership Council is an older, experienced model.  It has themes, which sometimes include social justice.  2000 youth spend 3 ½ days living together and experience the various aspects of dialog.  They practice the 3 Es = “encounter, equip, exchange”. seligman@gmail.com

Meliani explained how, over the past three years, Indonesian students at the Dialogue Institute at Temple University have designed and implemented different action plans in their country to create a tolerance for and better understanding of Religious Pluralism and Democracy.

Lindsay Mohn, Simran Jeet Singh, Meliani E. Murtiningsih, Angela Butel, Angela Thurston, Cody Nielson, Abbie Barash, Chandler Williams

Lindsay Mohn, Simran Jeet Singh, Meliani E. Murtiningsih, Angela Butel, Angela Thurston, Cody Nielson, Abbie Barash, Chandler Williams

A Young Scholars [scholarship recipients] Plenary was held on Tuesday morning.  The panel was moderated by Young Adult Committee Chairs Drea Parker and Jason Smith.  Written questions were sought from the audience.  Further details of this Plenary will be included in the Plenary Report.  Bios of this year’s scholarship recipients were included in a Mini NAINews http://wp.me/p3dUXm-p6

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