Monday, January 29, 2018

January 30th meeting: Suggested Agenda

Juniors:  Hannah H.
Sophomores Saadia N.
Freshmen: Katherine H.
Gabriella K.
Abbey K.
Grace U.

-Black History Month speakers (Malavika, Sahanya, Mariam, Safra)
-speakers do not need to be prepared, i will have their write ups for them Monday morning (Feb 5th)
-YAC Social Media Connections:  Hannah H.  should sent the main social media coordinator of Casady (Brannan) a picture or graphic once a week to highlight what YAC is up to
-Reflections on MLK Day:  Saadia is working on a short reflection about MLK day
-no one brought up any new initiatives or ideas

-i told them the service learning office is sending out a list of community service events to the whole student body once a week

1. Reflection on MLK Day Speaker
MLK Day Service by YAC in 2018
-Boys and Girls Club
-Food Bank

-Personal YAC members initiatives
YAC Leaders please send me your thoughts (  I will place them at

2. January Mentoring Month 
Sharun speaking at chapel:  
Date: 1/29/2017   Goal:  More Positive Directions Menots  
Goal:  Recruitment of new mentors for Stanley Hulfeld

YAC takes the Kindness Challenge this week
Family list

All school list (2017)  2018 HERE

3. February 

YAC Facilitator wanted!
The Gauntlet has been thrown down and the Compassion Games World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition is set to begin on February 1st! 

The World Interfaith Harmony Week was first proposed at the UN General Assembly on September 23, 2010 by H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Just under a month later, on October 20, 2010, it was unanimously adopted by the UN and henceforth the first week of February is observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week. There is a $50,000 prize awarded by World Interfaith Harmony Week.

The Compassion Games is looking to synergize with Players and Teams from all over the planet to create the Best Game on Earth. There are powerful teams offering inspiring ways to play.

Ben Bowler, Founder of Unity Earth, put the call out when he said: “Watch out world, UNITY EARTH is coming to play and playing to win!” Unity Earth offers ‘hope’ as the way to “inspire the emergence of a co-creative global civilization that connects and strengthen the “unity revolution”.  Unity Earth is organizing the U Day Festival in Ethiopia.

Brigitte van Baren, co-founder of the Peace Pledge Project has put forward the Peace Pledge to Live Loving-Kindness and Compassion to advance peace and harmony in our personal lives and the world.

David Gershon, Founder of the The Empowerment Institute has distilled Seven Actions to Create Peace on Earth inspired by the First Earth Run - a catalyst for hope - that united the world in 1986. We passed the Compassion Torch to David, see what he had to say

And Leaders for Diversity recognize ‘diversity’ as a most critical issue that needs to be embraced to inspire the world. Leadership for Diversity is creating more diverse, creative, inclusive and equitable industries where people feel safe enough to truly collaborate.

We are synergizing to come together in “unprecedented unified action”. Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest invites everyone to join in to create “The Best Game on Earth”.  

These “Heavyweight Champions of Compassion”, and many others will be going at it for 7 days during World Interfaith Harmony Week starting February 1, 2018. 

Are you ready to put your idea for the Best Game on Earth into the ring? You can't lose the Compassion Games!

Here is where you sign up to play!
(Not ready to sign up? You can learn more here!)
Kickoff at
U-Day Festival Ethiopia
The Kickoff Event for the World Interfaith Harmony Week Compassion Games is the upcoming U Day Festival in Ethiopia that brings together global, spiritual and religious leaders with international changemakers and musical artists.

This year, President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Mulatu Teshoe Wirtu, will commemorate the week.
(Read the Press Release here!)

Representatives are attending from Aboriginal Australia, Indigenous leaders from Asia, North and Central America, Buddhists Monks from Thailand, Sikhs, Bahai, Sufis, Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus from India, along with Jews, Christians, and Muslims. All are gathering in Ethiopia in a grand dance of music, spirituality and play to celebrate our colorful and diverse human family while advancing universal values of Peace, Compassion and Unity.

For those that cannot be present in Ethiopia there are two great ways to connect and to be involved:

1. Join in a Global Mediation on U DAY February 3rd at 10 AM PST, hosted by David Nicol of Gaiafield. Be there to help forge the fires of Peace, Compassion and Unity into a Global Fire of One Love. Register here

2. Join in the U-Nite Concert Livestream, Global Virtual Event straight from Addis Ababa with an incredible array of inspirational musicians from around the world including two Grammy nominated artists!  Simply sign up at this dedicated Facebook event to catch the live-stream on Feb
3rd from 8am PST, events/159162154730540/

Unity Earth Convergence a radio broadcast on VoiceAmerica will focus on World Interfaith Harmony Week and is available on demand 24/7 from Jan. 26th

Here is where you sign up to play!
(Not ready to sign up? You can learn more here!)

February is Black History Month

Kindness Week (RAK WEEK)  Starts February 11,2018

What is Kindness

Mrs. Clay sent an email to Ali to see if she might be interested in doing "emotinal intelligence" building activities during YAC meetings and Project Warm:  Fleece Blankets for Positive Tomorrows, and Kindgrams for UD.
Last year, the projects were sponsored by seniors who graduated.  

Cooper L. had Rachel's Challenge.  Will that project take place this year?  

World Interfaith Compassion Games February 1st-7th
 No YAC student facilitator.  Mrs. Clay will participate and reflect at Casady Compassion Games Blog

Advocacy against hunger in Oklahoma 2018

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Registration for Hunger Action Day closes February 2! Sign up now to join advocates from across the state to talk with legislators about the reality of hunger in Oklahoma and the policy solutions that could help. 
Click to watch last year's Hunger Action Day video.
Hunger Action Day 2018
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
February 14, 2018
Blue Room, Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Boulevard | Oklahoma City, OK

Training and lunch will be provided.

Registration for Hunger Action Day closes February 2, 2018. Click here to register.
Working together to end hunger in Oklahoma,

Effie Craven, MPH, MPA
State Advocacy and Public Policy Director
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma | Oklahoma City
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma | Tulsa
405-600-3129 |

Sunday, January 28, 2018

YAC Takes the Kindness Challenge 2018

This morning the Casady Upper Division YAC joins The Great Kindness Challenge School Edition

The Service Learning Program encourages Casady families to take the Great Kindness Challenge - Family Edition! Simply sign up and download the free Family Edition checklist.

For an extra dose of smiles, check out the team who were up bright and early this morning to share their love and kindness in this super cool Facebook Live with Ginger Zee and George Stephanopoulos

The Kindness Matters Bus Tour - Inspiring Smiles Coast-to-Coast!

The Kindness Matters Bus is on the road and we invite you to follow us (#KindnessMattersBus) as we travel from city to city completing 50 acts of kindness from the Family Edition checklist. A highlight of our trip will be a stop in Friendswood, Texas for the grand opening of the 1st Kind Coins for Hurricane Relief playground, so please stay tuned!

Hasbro wants to help “double-down on kindness.” The Hasbro Children's Fund will match every dollar we raise through the Kind Coins for Hurricane Relief program through February 15th, up to $100,000! to build FOUR PLAYGROUNDS at a hurricane-affected schools in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Louisiana. It's not too late to join! We will be collecting coins until February 15, 2018.

Share Your GKC Story

The Kindness Challenge Gallery is overflowing with pure JOY and KINDNESS!  Share your photos and videos. Your kindness acts keep inspiring by posting on social media and including the hashtag, #GreatKindnessChallenge, or uploading your content directly through our Gallery page. 

The Great Kindness Challenge Tools & Apps

You can get the 2018 GKC Tools? lease click here to create an account to access your tools, which includes the toolkit and checklists. Just a little hint: if you forgot your password, click "FORGOT PASSWORD" to reset your credentials. 

We also invite you to check out our free, interactive android and iOS apps! 

Friday, January 26, 2018

February is Black History Month

The American story through the African American lens

YAC in collaboration with Miss Smith, Substitute Teacher for Mrs. Clay and Coach T. will be presenting stories of famous Oklahoma African Americans.

Clara Shepard Luper was a civic leader, retired schoolteacher, and a pioneering leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. Wikipedia
DiedJune 8, 2011, Oklahoma City, OK

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sarah Smith on Race: Chapel Sermon

Amos 5:24 “but let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

On a summer day on June 21, 1964, at a civil rights rally at Soldier Field in Chicago, beloved Holy Cross priest and University of Notre Dame President Father Hesburgh stood together with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., singing "We Shall Overcome,” the famous African spiritual.

Fr. Hesburgh was member of the US Commission of Civil Rights.  And on that day where this famous picture was taken, he addressed a crowd over 57,000 people, saying “Be proud to be a Negro, we want to strive for dignity with you.” 

As a white person, I cannot speak to the experiences of the lived reality of a black person.  I cannot know what a black person’s daily struggles are living in a white world.  All I can do today is speak from my experience as a woman and as a theologian to give MLK Day some context – some theological language, if you will, to honor one of my most beloved theologians of all time and an American Civil Rights hero.

My message today is simply this – RACE IS A GIFT FROM GOD. 

I am saying what Fr. Hesburgh said that day in 1964 but in a more theological way.  And I will keep affirming this truth throughout my sermon this morning.

Thinking about RACE AS A GIFT FROM GOD changes our perspective on our differences as humans.  We were made by God with various shades of melanin as diverse as the colors of flowers in a meadow on a mountain.  Fr. Youmans reminded me that even the entire biosphere reflects God’s creativity in diversity, God made not just one type or one color or one species of things but rather God made 100s, 1000s, millions – we see this in Genesis 1 where God “made every kind…and saw it was good.”  So we too, as humans, reflect God’s abundance and wholly diversity. 

The cool thing about being human, however, is that we were made in the likeness and image of God, the imago dei. Genesis 1:26 states, “Let us make humankind[c] in our image, according to our likeness,” and then after God had made everything God said it was very good.  Therefore, our bodies reflect something about God.  The very fact that we are so many colors says something about God.  And God said we are “good” because everything God made was “good.”  Therefore, RACE IS A GIFT FROM GOD. 

What is wonderful about being a Christian is that we can look to our sources of authority like the Biblical text and the life of Jesus (whom by the way, was a BROWN man) and the traditions of the Church to search for meaning in life.  Our theological resources give us truths and hints towards how to think about our worlds which should in turn help us discern how we ought to live in the world.

I am a strong believer that if we do not put our theologies into our ethics then our theologies are dead.  In other words, if we don’t live out what we believe to be true about God then there is no point to having faith to begin with.  Therefore, if we believe as Chrisitans that RACE IS A GIFT FROM GOD then how ought we act towards each other?

I am heartened and encouraged that several dozen Casady students volunteered at the Food Bank yesterday to honor MLK in a day of service and giving to others in need.  King’s vision was for a Beloved Community based on the philosophy and principles of non-violence.  In this community, King saw justice in relationships between fellow humans and striving for equal opportunity and mutual dignity and respect. Where people were judged by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin. 

Where all work had dignity no matter if one was a sanitation worker or a physician.  In my favorite quote from him he explains, "all life is interrelated, and we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny...whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.  For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.  And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be - this is the interrelated structure of reality."  And also, “our ultimate goal is integration, which is genuine inter-group and inter-personal living. Only through nonviolence can this goal be attained, for the aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of the Beloved Community.”

So how do we realize King’s vision for the Beloved Community as a Christians, Muslims, Jews or people of good will that want to live in harmony and peace with one another?  I think a great deal of realizing King’s vision starts with our attitude and posture towards one another.  When I see a friend or person of a different race or ethnicity I shift my thinking from “oh wow this person is different than me so I fear them” to rather, “this person has a different experience than me from living in the world with a different color of skin, that is A GIFT FROM GOD therefore I am sure I can learn something from their lived experiences.” 

This is a very technical and fancy way to say


In a weekly podcast I run, interviewing women in theology – every time I get to interview one of my friends of color I am always so thrilled to learn from them.  They see the world and understand theology in a completely new and wonderful way that I have never dreamt of.  They make my faith better because they add their unique perspective.  They give my theology breadth and depth that I could not learn on my own.

We need each other.  In all of our diversities.  I cannot be who I ought to be until you are who you ought to be.  My salvation is wrapped up in yours and yours in mine, even.  This week’s lectionary text, John 1, Nathanael said “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  If Christians profess faith in a Brown savior named Jesus from a gross town called Nazareth then I would hope we could see that image of god in our brothers and sisters of color in towns and places where we would least expect it. 

Maybe that’s where God is after all anyways. With those on the margins.  Why wouldn’t we want to learn from them and be in community with them for they are blessed.  And so are we as we work to realize the Beloved Community here on earth and not just as it is in heaven.  Amen.

Camp Anytown seeks campers

ANYTOWN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE Anytown Leadership Institute is an award-winning human relations training program for teens in Oklahoma. Celebrating its 25th year, Anytown is recognized as one of the most effective leadership and diversity institutes for high school youth, and delegates are recognized as leaders in their communities.

Incoming sophomores, juniors, and seniors from high schools in Oklahoma come together for a week-long leadership training experience. Anytown prepares delegates to make decisions based on an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the diversity that exists in all aspects of life.

This year’s camp will be at OSU- Stillwater campus on July 15-July 21, 2018.  Contact Deaven Steele, dsteele@occjok.org405-446-8258 for more information.

Anytown Includes

  • Discussion groups and workshops
  • Culture night
  • Talent night
  • Campfires and singing
  • Recreational activities

Anytown Enhances

  • Citizenship
  • Self Awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Racial understanding
  • Gender role perceptions
  • Family relationships
  • Interreligious respect

Anytown Experience

Respect and awareness develop, as delegates become friends, learning from and about each other.  Workshops, discussion groups, assemblies and special events contribute to the Anytown experience.  Leaders from Oklahoma’s cultural, professional, religious and educational institutions serve as resources.
Anytown delegates are the leaders of tomorrow.  Anytown prepares them to make decisions based on an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the diversity that exists in all aspects of life.  Delegates leave Anytown with a comprehensive understanding of what it means to be a world citizen.


Anytowners represent a wide variety of racial, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
The Anytown selection process begins with the submission of an application and a letter of nomination from an adult advisor involved in a leadership activity listed on the application.
The cost of the week-long Anytown session, $350, includes round-trip bus transportation from Tulsa and Oklahoma City to camp, meals and housing, an Anytown T-shirt, and all workshop materials. Insurance is provided for the camp. Scholarship assistance is available.