Many people come from places where a space is made for each person who desires to speak in discussions to do so. Hence, they are disadvantaged in contexts where the more aggressive voices are the ones that are allowed to dominate. Yet, all voices have value and each person has something to share that we all need. How do we make space in our youth groups for everyone's voice, especially recognizing that we come from different places and are diverse? How do we ensure that each person is heard? This is not about putting people on the spot and making them feel awkward about being silent. Rather it is developing an atmosphere and pertinent skills that empower each participant in our group. Kathleen T. Talvaacchia addresses this and other issues in Critical Minds and Discerning Hearts: A Spirituality of Multicultural Teaching.
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