This project seeks to bring into relationship Alabama’s young people from all racial backgrounds, faith traditions and geographical areas in order to learn about one another and dispel myths, prejudices and stereotypes surrounding the other and work toward racial healing. Partnering with statewide interfaith and community organizations, young people will be identified and recruited to participate in a 20-hour weekend camp session, using interactive dialogue, drama, story telling and photography.
Much of the racial divide in Alabama is geographical; however, through the efforts of the Alabama Faith Council, new relationships are being formed at the judicatory levels of various faith communities, and they are catalysts for change and have influence in their communities of faith. The Faith Leadership Council of the Alabama Faith Council will be instrumental in identifying young people from their own faith communities to participate in this project helping to heal the racial divide created by systems that have been in place for much too long. Funding for this project will provide the means by which young people will engage with one another and build community while drawing on one each other’s faith and their commonalities.