Starting in May I started working with two of our youth on a storytelling project called Who We Are: A Chippewa Valley Storytelling Project (see insert). Our goal is to collect stories of adversity and injustice from members of the community and use them for readers theater, education, and possibly even publish in a book. We are collaborating with JONAH, Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope. We are looking for submissions about issues such as racism, poverty, single parenting, affordable housing, LGBTQ, and disabilities. We welcome stories from all ages including youth. We will contact local churches along with the places our middle school RE class, Crossing Paths, has visited to see if they have youth that would like to join our team. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or submissions. Submissions are due October 1st and must be 1,000 words or less. You can also check out our new Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whowearechippewa
I am wrapping up the first year of my internship! I will be done June 16th and back September 1st. It has been a pleasure getting to know several of you and I hope that more of you will meet with me before I am done this year. Meeting with you is not only fun for me but also a vital part of my internship and learning. We can meet at Acoustic Café over coffee, meet somewhere over lunch, or talk over a game of Monopoly. Email me at email@example.com or sign up at https://signup.com/go/vaQbwhN. During the summer, you can follow my seminary journey at https://loveresistswithrachel.com/. It is my new blog where I discuss my advocacy work, post my sermons, and reflect on my seminary journey.
This year I sent a proposal to the General Assembly about disabilities and was selected to present. I present on Dis-Abilities: A Discussion on Inclusion, Accessibility and Identity, Saturday 6/22 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. If you are attending, I hope to see you there!