by Shannon Huth–
It is hard to believe that the second day of General Assembly has already flown by. My days have been packed with seeing familiar faces, getting to know new ones, listening to inspiring speakers, and watching the amazing Terri Hord Owens become our next General Minister and President. Saying that it has been eventful is a major understatement.
Unlike the last General Assembly, I have found myself to be more intrigued by the adult workshops than the youth ones. Although I still find time to go and represent FCC Greensboro at the CYF workshops, I have also gone to listen to some very interesting speakers. Baylee and I went to a Social Justice workshop in the morning and we were both pulled into the conversation of change for the better. We not only listened to the speaker, Rev. Sandhya Jha, but also to the experiences and stories of those sitting in the crowd. I was in awe of what the people had to say, and I definitely plan on attending similar workshops tomorrow.
During lunch, Melissa and I attended a short talk called The Politics of Fear given by Dr. Michael Kinnamon. He talked about the many misconceptions surrounding certain political and social issues and how these misconceptions cause fear in people. When he finished his lecture, he opened the floor for questions and comments. I had many thoughts flying around in my head, but I didn’t intend on speaking up due to my incredible stage fright, until a woman made a comment about how the younger generation is less fearful of change and should speak up regarding issues like the ones spoken about. Being the only “young” person in the room, all the heads whipped around to me and I slowly rose from my spot on the floor. Nervously, I introduced myself and the room chuckled at my obvious shyness and slight discomfort. Even so, I continued to talk about my experiences and how I went to a multicultural all girls boarding school in the middle of nowhere in Virginia. I spoke about how my community can get together and have civilized conversations about uneasy topics, like politics, and then turn around and still be best friends. Having been exposed to that for three years, I had forgotten that a quality like this is very rare. I got into my comfort zone and let out everything that was on my mind. After I was finished I gave a small, meek smile and sat back down. After the session was over one adult came over and hugged me, telling me that she was so thankful to see a youth getting involved and doing what I was doing. It gave me a burst of energy that sent me through my entire day.
Day 3 is coming up, and I couldn’t be more excited. I plan on meeting up with a great friend, Thandiwe, and going to many more workshops and seminars over the next two days. I promise to tell lots more stories once I am back home in Greensboro, but for now, it is time for Baylee, Melissa, and I to get to bed and rest up for tomorrow.
Goodbye for now!
(The picture is from our walk along the canal this evening! There’s a lot to see in Indy!)