Continuing Education


Service Projects, Mission Trips, and Privilege:
Theological and Practical Tools for Encountering Inequality

The Fourth Annual Youth Ministry Symposium at Church Divinity School of the Pacific focuses on the challenges young people face when they become aware of their own economic, racial, gender, and political privilege in the context of mission trips and service projects.  The day will include:

  • Creative devotions led by Rev. Dr. Susanna Singer of CDSP and Rev. Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith, Canon for Discipleship for the Diocese of California
  • Keynote presentation on privilege and power in service projects by Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator for the Diocese of Northern California
  • Activities and resources designed for a youth retreat or congregational discussion on how many of us benefit from systems rooted in inequality, oppression and racism, and how one can become an ally of those who are harmed by these systems, led by Samantha Haycock, Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Christ Church, Alameda.

You’ll go home from the day with new tools and resources to help your youth and your congregation as a whole discuss and reflect upon the ways that mission trips and service projects can raise difficult issues of inequality and racism, and ways in which our faith and the teachings of Jesus can help us respond.

Date: April 9, 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Cost: $25 (includes lunch)