Our first online Urban Youth Ministry cohort enters its last day today. 11 junior high youth spent Monday and Tuesday morning learning about homelessness in Chicago from social workers and advocates. They’ve worked through a budget to understand why affordable housing in the city with a minimum wage job is such a precarious proposition. They’ve challenged their own perceptions and given voice to the change they think is needed.
Coronavirus laid waste to the work we thought we would be doing with young people this summer, in person, on trains, on site. But it has also opened up a space to try something that, two days in, feels like a meaningful supplement to that in-person youth ministry. We’re going to exercise this muscle for as long as the moment requires, and we will probably keep using it when circumstances change for the better.