Safeguard, Sustain, and Renew: Youth and Young Adult Consultation on the Fifth Mark of Mission
Popular wisdom says that Ecological Justice and Global Climate change are key concerns of young people. Study on the future of Christian camping within our diocese showed that for many Anglicans “nature or wilderness” is a key place for spiritual nurture and connection with the divine. This youth consultation is a chance for the diocese and the national church to hear from youth and young adults themselves about their understanding of the Fifth Mark of Mission. What does it mean for young people in the Fraser Valley Watershed to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain and renew the life of the earth? What are their concerns? How are they engaged in this ministry and how could those ministries be supported to grow?
The core consultation, designed by the Reverend Laurel Dykstra, Caitlin Beck (Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator), and Brander McDonald (Indigenous Justice Coordinator), will be integrated into the mid-February Winter Youth Retreat at Sorrento Centre and include “contemplative ecology” (spiritual practice out of doors) and engagement with the Fifth Mark of Mission. Regional follow up interviews will make sure that the conversation is diverse and representative of the diocese.
Mark of Mission
This project reflects the fifth Mark:
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth