TAKING THE JOURNEY TOGETHER: A SNAPSHOT OF THE YEAR LONG PROCESS (JULY 25, 2020 - JULY 25, 2021)
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 to June 2021.
STEP FOUR: 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.” This could take place in July 2021 (pending the health situation in the United States at that time) in the greater Chicagoland area. Event details are forthcoming.
STEP FIVE: 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.