One of Sawyerville's three goals is to improve race relations in Alabama. In all of our programming, we teach our campers, students, participants, and staff to love one another with no exceptions, as Jesus loves us, and to respect the dignity of every human being, as our Baptismal Covenant requires. Our actions are not produced from pity or division, but rather respect, relationship, and seeking Christ in each other.
Sawyerville hosts weekend conferences for high school and college youth every year over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Participants talk about how to improve race relations in Alabama and visit various historical sights that mark the Civil Rights Movement.
The Person2Person Fellowship was created to provide year-round programming for the Sawyerville community. Young adults will learn how to be leaders in their local communities, educate those around them, and host events to work toward Sawyerville's mission to improve race relations in Alabama.
Sawyerville’s Person2Person Fellowship requires a 12-month commitment for young adults who are interested in racial justice and advocacy. This fellowship will utilize various learning methods to engage fellows in an intentional learning process to equip them with skills and knowledge to enhance their leadership capacity in their local communities. The purpose of this fellows program is to place young people at the center of efforts to create systemic change, creating a pipeline for young adults to become involved in work related to anti-racism policy and movements, and racial healing and reconciliation within all people.
Person2Person Conference 2022
Each year, high school and college students from all over the state come together to learn about the history of race in Alabama, to talk about their own experiences of race, and to discuss what they can do to improve race relations in Alabama.
Person2Person 2022 welcomed 22 participants and staff from all over the Diocese. High school students, college students, and adults spent Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend learning about the history of race in Alabama and discerning how Christians are called to improve race relations now.
The group stayed at St. John’s Episcopal Church and visited the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the Legacy Museum, and Holt Street Memorial Baptist Church. The weekend was packed with visits to important historical and cultural sites as well as group discussions about race.
Field trip to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice
2022 Program Team Ava Claire Mattox Hakeem Bennett Jordan Smith Lauryn McGuffie Stewart Miller
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