Youth Group this week focused on the reconciliation message of Dr. Martin Luther King, and, in particular, on an Atlanta bishop who is known as the “dirty-fingernail Christian” because he gets out of the office and out on the streets. Bishop Rob Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia is known for taking Jesus’s first century teachings and applying those teachings in 21st century settings. Each Friday he posts a 100-word devotion and later dovetails that devotion with his podcast “For People”. You can find it here.

Mrs. Patti asked the Middle Schoolers and the High School & Beyond groups the same question: What’s our role in making the world a better place for the people who come after us?

Then she asked another series of questions:

• How can you make sure you’re a good person who does good things who works toward the future?
• How can you make your corner of the world better?
• How can you make you better?
• In our nice cushy lives how can we make the world a better place?

Mrs. Patti said, “You don’t have to change the world. You can change your corner of the world. You are all fabulous human beings with amazing privilege. We have the ability to make the world better, even if it’s just our own little area. How do we get that grit to step forward when everyone is stepping backward? One way is prayer, another way is community, and yet another way is focused intention.”

Mr. Nichols, one of the YG co-leaders, added, “One of the reasons Dr. King was able to change the world was because of his message of reconciliation. Be kind and be gracious to one another.”

If you’re in middle or high school and want to join the Youth Group Zoom meetings for middle school or high school, shoot Mrs. Patti an email. Here’s the schedule: Middle School — grades six through eight — meets Tuesdays from 7 – 7:45 p.m.; High School meets Wednesdays from 7 – 7:45 p.m. The YG’s adult leaders are Mrs. Patti, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, Mike Olivor, and Joe Miramontes.

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