May Greetings from Your "God Is Still Speaking Youth Ministry

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Happy Spring!

Last month the youth had an invigorating and enlightening discussion about environmental justice, and several pledged to be more environmentally conscious in observance in Earth Day. 

This month we’re looking forward joining in Pilgrim’s recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

A rather broad term,  Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress.  The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Most of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

During CONNECT this month we will learn about some of the ancient Eastern religions traditions, and we’ll also increase our awareness of the contributions of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders to the UCC. 

And on Saturday, May 19th we will take a field trip to Chinatown to visit the Chinese American Museum of Chicago – and of course stop in to one of the local restaurants for a delicious Chinese buffet lunch.  If you are interested in joining us – as either a youth or adult leader, contact Gloria.cox@pilgrimoakpark.org.