TAKING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER: A SNAPSHOT OF THE PROCESS
To get to this vision, the Journeying Together planning team, with the support of the bishops of the USCCB Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, decided that it would be helpful to carry this process out in five distinct stages that build upon one another:
STEP ONE: BEGINNING THE JOURNEY
An introductory kick-off wherein the bishops could engage directly with young adults and ministry leaders on this important effort and envision the process ahead. This took place in July 2020.
It was such a blessing to have had over 390 people step forward and say “yes” to embarking on an intercultural and intergenerational journey in the company of bishops, young adults, and ministry leaders.
Take a look at the video messages about Journeying Together that we shared before the kick-off from
STEP TWO: INTRA-CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS
Intra-cultural conversations, where each cultural community can meet together to begin the discussion of some common questions and raise issues that they would like to bring to the intercultural table. These conversations are also a chance for each cultural community to gain the self-awareness, confidence (and in some cases, the humility) to share their cultural stories with others. These are taking place from August to December 2020.
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STEP THREE: INTER-CULTURAL CONVERSATIONS
Inter-cultural conversations, where all cultural families will meet together each month for a brief presentation (from the cultural families), discussions about each community’s contributions, unique issues and areas of concern, and discernment of adequate pastoral responses. The previous step will prepare each cultural family to share their story and dialogue with others. These conversations will take place from January 2021 through June 2021.
Monthly Intercultural Dialogue Sessions as part of the USCCB Journeying Together intercultural encounter process.
See the recorded videos below:
- Native American Community: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
- African American/Black Community: Sunday, February 21, 2021
- Asian and Pacific Islander Community: Saturday, March 6, 2021
- Migrants, Refugees & Travelers Community: Thursday, April 21, 2021
- Hispanic Community" Thursday, May 27, 2021
- European American Community: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Each month, one cultural family will share their community’s story and participants will learn and reflect on those realities – and engage in intercultural discussions in response to what was heard and considering pastoral actions as we look ahead.
We highly encourage young adults (18-39) to participate as well as bishops and youth, campus, and young adult ministry leaders from these cultural and ethnic communities.
Please note, we will reveal the next session's leading cultural community at each month's online gathering - to build a sense of anticipation and excitement among all who are participating in this process.
STEP FOUR: DEEPENING THE DIALOGUE
After consultation with the Journeying Together core team, planning team, young adult advisory team, and ministry leader advisory team, as well as with the Chairman and Secretariat staff to the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, the following proposal is offered for consideration.
This new “Step 4” (informally, internally, and previously called “Step 3.5”) would take place from
July 2021 to June 2022, culminating in the national intercultural encounter event in Chicago, Illinois from June 23-26, 2022., which would now be (informally and internally) considered “Step 5.” Each of these steps has elements of the pastoral circle methodology: see, judge, and act (and celebrate).
This step would consist of five concurrent components, and each of those components, which are listed below, would have its own coordination team that would include ministry leaders, young adults, USCCB staff, and other national collaborators. Some of these teams will require specific skills to be determined. Recognizing that much of Step 4 will take place between summer 2021 and summer 2022, the timelines for each component will be different from one another, depending on the specific tasks of those teams.
- Going Local: Replicating the Journey
- Intracultural Conversations Part 2: Reflecting with Cultural Family
- National Online Sessions and Deepening the Dialogue
- Writing Teams: Analyzing and Developing the Narrative
- National Event Planning: Discerning the Next Step
STEP FIVE: GATHERING TOGETHER
A live in-person event where bishops and representatives from each cultural family will gather together to formulate action steps, strategic collaborations, and charting a path forward together in the Church’s ministry with and engagement of young people in this country. It will also be a celebration of each cultural community's gifts and contributions and of our “journey together.” Event details are forthcoming. The Journeying Together national intercultural encounter event in Chicago, Illinois from June 23-26, 2022. For Sponsorship and Exhibiting information contact Yolanda Taylor-Burwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEP SIX: PROCEEDINGS AND IMPLEMENTATION
The proceedings and conclusions of the Journeying Together process will be collated and published and offered to dioceses, schools, Catholic organizations, and apostolic movements for follow-up and implementation.