On Wednesday, January 13th, from 8 to 10 p.m. EST, the USCCB will begin Step 3 in its “Journeying Together” Intercultural Dialogue series for young adults, kicking off multiple upcoming sessions led by specific ethnic communities.

This follows the series’ kickoff event last July, and the intra-cultural “Family Conversation” sessions held from September to December.

The series as a whole is the US bishops’ follow-up to the global Synod of Bishops in 2018, which dealt with young adults and helped produce Pope Francis’ “Christus Vivit” exhortation (synthesized here).

The virtual gatherings constituting Step 3 will occur monthly through June, as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 13th, 8 to 10 p.m. EST (Native American and Alaska Natives Catholic family)
  • Sunday, February 21st, 3 to 5 p.m. EST (African-American Catholic family)
  • Saturday, March 6th, 3 to 5 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, April 21st, 7 to 10 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, May 27th, 8 to 10 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, June 24th, 8 to 10 p.m. EST

Each session will be led by a different “family”, which the bishops will announce in a “special reveal” via email. (Signups here.)

Steps 4 and 5 are scheduled to follow later this year—an in-person event and a nationwide distribution of final documents, respectively.

Nate Tinner-Williams is co-founder of Black Catholic Messenger, a priesthood applicant with the Josephites, and a ThM student with the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA).

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