Deacon Gabreil Alemayehu, a senior at Hellenic College and a deacon in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, recently was notified that he was accepted for a summer internship program at the tenth Lilly Summer Discernment Institute, held at the School of Theology at Sewanee, The University of the South. He was one of only twelve students from across the United States accepted into the program. The first week is at Sewanee to prepare him for his internship. The next six weeks will be spent working in the field doing research and the final week is again at Sewanee for reflection and sharing of the internship experience.
Deacon Gabreil will work with Ethiopian youths who are members of street gangs. Having come from Ethiopia at a young age he is not only bilingual, speaking his native language, Amharic, fluently as well as English, but he understands both the Ethiopian and American ways of life, giving him an advantage as he examines the sources of division between between generations. He will conduct short surveys among the youth and their parents to understand some of the fundamental problems involved. The he will conduct interviews with gang members who are incarcerated. Ultimately, his goal is to design and implement ministry programs for the youth to help heal the separation they have experienced with their community and their church.
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