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Gen Z: Protagonists in the Church and World

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Gen Z: Protagonists in the Church and World

Who are this next generation of young people? What energizes and engages them? What makes them feel a sense of worth and belonging? What new attitudes, hopes, desires and gifts do they bring to the conversation about the convergence of life and faith and what does that even look like to them? And perhaps most importantly, how well are our current ministry structures and models empowering them to be the protagonists and leaders that Pope Francis has invited them to become?

Event Format

You are invited to join ministry colleagues from across the county to examine, discuss, and reflect on the questions above, and more, as we gather for a four-hour virtual symposium focused on Generation Z and sponsored by NFCYM.

Note: All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing post-event

Here’s the overview:

  • Opening Session (1-2 pm ET | 10-11 am PT) – Keynote on Gen Z and Youth Panel Discussion 
  • Breakout Workshops – Session A (2:05-3:05 pm ET | 11:05 am – 12:05 pm PT) – Select one of the three workshops (details below) to attend live and join a small group discussion 
  • Breakout Workshops – Session B (3:15-4:15 pm ET | 12:15-1:15 pm PT) – Select one of the three workshops (details below) to attend live and join a small group discussion 
  • Closing Session (4:20-5 pm ET | 1:20-2 pm PT) Gen Z Youth Panel Discussion, Moderated by Emcees
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Emcees

Bryan Villegas

Bryan is a speaker, digital marketer, and entrepreneur. At just 20 years old he has spoken at Los Angeles Youth Day and Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Bryan was also a game host at the 2019 NCYC.

Madelyn Cruz

Madelyn (18) is a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she is majoring in architecture. She has spoken at Los Angeles Youth Day and Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. She loves to travel the world, meet new people, and spend time with her family of six. 

Opening Session

1:00 - 2:00 pm ET | 10:00 - 11:00 am PT

Will be recorded for participants who cannot attend live.

Everyday Faith for the Next Generation

Presented by: Kristen Ivy

When our theological systems fail to address the tensions that youth and families actually experience, our faith will always seem shallow. As Christian leaders, sometimes we make the mistake of leveraging faith explanations to answer questions people are not asking. That’s why it’s important to lead this generation to understand how the Gospel relates to their unique everyday experience.

Understanding and applying the five primary faith views will help you hand this generation a version of faith that will not only shape how they see God, it will affect their sense of identity, belonging, and purpose.

Kristen Ivy
Kristen Ivy

Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange (The reThink Group, Inc.) and the Co-Founder and Director of The Phase Project. She and her husband Matt are currently parenting their three amazing children through the phases.

Gen Z: Protagonists in Action, Youth Panel Discussion

Featuring: Next level - holy family, new brunswick, NJ

The following participants in the NeXt Level, an immersive experience that empowers youth, will speak about how they’re taking action in their community surrounding Holy Family Parish in New Brunswick, NJ:

  • Sarahi Lopez PerezHoly Family NeXt Level youth delegate
  • Octavio “Junior” Aguilar – Holy Family NeXt Level youth delegate
  • Teri Szallai – Holy Family NeXt Level mentor 
  • Susan Oldroyd – NeXt Level coordinator 
NeXt Level
NeXt Level

NeXt Level is an immersive experience of the Center for FaithJustice that empowers youth from parishes across New Jersey to discover their gifts and passions in order to create and implement parish-wide “passion projects” rooted in the Catholic tradition of service and justice.

Breakout Workshops: Session A

2:05 - 3:05 pm ET | 11:05 am - 12:05 pm PT

Recordings of all sessions will be available to participants after the event.

Participants can select from one of the three following workshops to attend live and then join a group of other attendees to discuss questions provided by the presenter.

Presenters:

Read biographies for all presenters here.

Breakout Workshops: Session B

3:15 - 4:15 pm ET | 12:15 - 1:15 pm PT

Recordings of all sessions will be available to participants after the event.

Participants can select from one of the three following workshops to attend live and then join a group of other attendees to discuss questions provided by the presenter.

Presenters:

Read biographies for all presenters here.

Closing Session

4:20 - 5:00 pm ET | 1:20 - 2:00 PM PT

Will be recorded for participants who cannot attend live.

Gen Z Responds

Presented by: Panel of Youth, moderated by emcees

Madelyn and Bryan engage a diverse panel of young people about church, faith and what engages them, responding to questions sent in by Momentum attendees during the event.

Panelists Include:

  • Trent Burke – a main stage Witness Speaker at NCYC 2019 and current freshman at North Carolina A&T State University majoring in Journalism & Mass Communications where he serves on the Executive Board of the Village Mentoring, Inc. He is a parishioner and hospitality minister at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in his hometown of New Orleans, LA.
  • Emerson Gray – a senior at St. Edward H.S. in Cleveland, OH where he serves on the youth leadership team.
  • Jennifer Herrera – serves as the Youth Empowerment Specialist and Pastoral Assistant at Holy Family parish in New Brunswick, NJ. She attends Rutgers University.

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