Kendra Dunbar’s guest post for Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry: “Prophetic witness, inspired by and attuned to the Divine, acts on behalf of the whole landscape, is a steady drum beat for right relationships (righteousness), opens new spaces for creativity and life giving forces, holds the powers and the individuals to account, and ushers us toward God’s peaceable kingdom where peace with justice truly prevail”
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A group of clergy, youth pastors, young adults, and staff from the Division on Ministries with Young People (DMYP) from all five United Methodist jurisdictions came together over the last weekend of July to discuss race and racial justice within the United Methodist Church in Lake Dallas, Texas. Kendra Dunbar, a member of the JustPeace staff collective, was a co-facilitator of the conversation.
In 2016, JustPeace is beginning an initiative to survey, network, connect and support leaders in the United Methodist Church who are working with youth in the areas of conflict transformation, mediation, racial justice, intercultural exchange and/or peacebuilding. This is part of a larger Network Weaving Initiative supported in part by the GCORR CORR Action Fund that will cultivate and sustain networks of leaders committed to conflict transformation and cultural competency.