Dear CTA 20/30 Community,
The CTA 20/30 Leadership Team met the weekend of February 25th to re-connect with each other, review last year’s programming goals, and plan for our work together in 2012. Our time together was both nourishing and productive. We are off and running!
To all those who gave us feedback on last year’s efforts I am most thankful. I wish to highlight some of the feedback we received.
- The team analyzed feedback from constituents regarding CTA 20/30 programming (conference, communications, issues, etc.). Several themes presented themselves, namely, the interwoven dimensions of action and spirituality, the need for continued young adult community, networking, and fellowship, more outreach to and collaboration with ecumenical and interfaith entities, and an increase in young adult keynotes and presenters at national conference.
- Specific issues that were raised up by CTA 20/30 members included women’s leadership in the Church, LGBTQ advocacy, racial justice, and lay empowerment.
- Recommendations regarding outreach strategies included online resource building and networking, dialogue and collaboration with the other, story-telling, and calendaring local and regional actions and events.
While the CTA 20/30 Leadership Team convenes to set the overall trajectory of and goals for progressive young adult Catholics, we acknowledge and affirm everyone’s role and voice in the movement. In this spirit, I hope you will join the team in advancing the following priorities.
- The team re-committed themselves to Call To Action’s anti-racist and anti-oppressive initiatives by reviewing and revising a CTA 20/30 anti-racism worksheet. The team hopes to use this resource as a guide when creating and implementing programs.
- The team wishes to actively engage members at the national conference and is taking a leading role in designing and executing a pre-conference workshop in collaboration with CTA allies.
- The team wishes to further affirm the importance of conference and the programming done there and has created programming and outreach committees to assist in the development of programmatic offerings and enhance the visibility and marketing of conference opportunities.
- With regards to community building, networking, and consciousness-raising, the team has instituted an online community committee tasked with creating and coordinating online content accessible to young adult progressive Catholics.
- Finally, the team believes it is important to be active “out there” by demanding prophetic action and engaging and connecting with values and mission similar to CTA. To this extent, the team has lifted up School of the Americas (SOA) and World Youth Day (WYD), and wishes to again offer a Summer Training and Organizing Institute (we hope to build off the success of last year’s event) in Los Angeles in July.
My hope is that this summary of our priorities is helpful and that you find some of your voice in our collective one. If you wish to assist with one or more of the endeavors catalogued above please be in touch – we are in this together. Thank you for all you do for the movement.
Ryan J. Hoffmann
CTA 20/30 Team Chair