- Should we intentionally focus on trying to recruit, train, and engage a younger crop of activists? (For those of you who don’t know, ICPJ’s membership tends toward the older edge of the age spectrum.)
- If so how do we go about that recruitment?
- Finally, are we willing to make the changes necessary to recruit younger activists?
I often hear people assert the need to get more young people involved. What I don’t hear is a willingness to move the table so we can be welcoming to them. Are we willing to:
- give up meeting in church basements;
- spend the extra time to recruit childcare volunteers for every meeting and event;
- have more fun;
- spend less time in meetings in chatter;
- spend more time in meetings in chatter;
- put more energy into online outreach;
- make it easier for time and attention-starved people to get involved;
- do more outlandish, civil-disobedience type events; or
- give up lecturing and telling people how to organize?
These are just some examples. I don’t know what would have to change to be a more welcoming environment for younger activists. I do know that we will need to change.
Jesus taught that you don’t pour new wine into old wineskins (Mat 9:17). If ICPJ is going to welcome the next generation of peace and justice activists into our midsts, we will need to renew ourselves. We will need to change.
Are we willing?