Monday, 15 August 2022

Unity Youth Committee - Caribbean 2022

Unity Youth Committee - Caribbean 2022

From 14th to 17th March 2022, I attended the Unity Youth Committee meeting which was held on the island of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (USVI). This meeting was the replacement for the meeting which had been cancelled in 2021 bringing together committee members from across the Unity including Europe, South Africa, the Caribbean, America and Tanzania. The Desk Coordinator and the Tanzanian rep couldn't attend in person and so joined the meetings via Zoom.

I'll be honest; I was a little nervous about travelling but found myself quite reassured along the route thanks to moments of intervention and connection with fellow travellers. Upon arriving in St Thomas, we were greeted by Br Errol, one of the Moravian ministers, who took us on a short tour of Charlotte Amalie (the main city of St Thomas) before depositing us at our hotel. We were blessed with warm but not scorching hot weather during our visit which made for a very comfortable time during our discussions and our times of fellowship.

The main aim of the meeting was to really focus on and finalise the preparations for the upcoming Tanzanian Heritage Tour in August 2022 but to also discuss and share what was happening regarding youth work in the various regions. The meeting was held over two days and with many hours spent, we came away with plenty of tasks for us all to complete to develop this year's tour and future work successfully.

On our final full day we were given the opportunity to have a guided tour of the Moravian churches in St Thomas and see some of the Island. We visited three churches on the tour and met with various members and friends of each location. The churches have plenty of history and are well attended with large congregations. Two of the churches also have their own junior schools.
If you get the chance to visit the USVI and its Moravian churches, I thoroughly encourage you to do so. Island life is wonderfully laid back but there is always something going on with the daily arrivals of cruise ships. In the meantime if you can pray for those working on building the Heritage Tour, those who are applying to attend the trip and all the youth work that goes on around our Unity, we would be extremely grateful.

P.S. I know what you might be thinking; why did you fly across the world in order to have a meeting? And you're right, it is a good question. We do need to think about how we conduct such committees or meetings going into a new future BUT face to face meetings, where safe to do so, are still a massive part of how we unite with each other. From a Sunday morning service to a Summer Camp full of kids, to joining with brothers and sisters from across the globe. Zoom can link us so far, but real connection is made when we are all together.

Br Phill Battelle
European Representative - Unity Youth Committee

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