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"We aim to empower young people as world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ, to nurture their faith development, and to equip young leaders." - Young People's Ministries of The United Methodist Church.
On Monday, July 27th, Madeline St. Clair and Grace Kiboko – two young leaders of the Iowa Conference – joined Bishop Laurie Haller, members of the Appointive Cabinet and a “live audience” of their family and friends for a conversation on race.
Watch the conversation with Madeline St. Clair and Grace Kiboko
In this one-hour conversation, Madeline and Grace reflect on moments that have defined them in their faith and formation as disciples, particularly around their shared passion for justice. They share their dreams for the church; their experience of racism in America; and, their words of hope and challenge for the church. The words of both Kiboko and St. Clair are profound, compassionate, and grounded in deep humility. They demonstrate a Gospel-focused journey grounded in our Wesleyan heritage of personal piety and social holiness.
As young United Methodists, Grace and Madeline have been friends for a number of years, initially connecting through Summer Games, Georgia. Grace is beginning her first year at Texas Christian University and Madeline is in a gap year after graduating from University of Nebraska - Omaha and is spending her time studying for her MCat and applying to medical school. Grace is the daughter of Revs. Kiboko and Betty Kiboko and Madeline is the daughter of Rev. Chris and April (educator) St. Clair. Grace and Madeline are both leaders deeply rooted in Christ who have a vision for changing church, nation and world, while recognizing the change needed within us all.
You are invited to watch this powerful talk and encouraged to share this video with your student ministry leaders, small groups and for the development of your leadership teams in your local settings. For additional resources, you can reach out to many of the boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church or contact our Director of Clergy and Leadership Excellence at firstname.lastname@example.org