Magazine article Anglican Journal

What Matters Most to Youth

Magazine article Anglican Journal

What Matters Most to Youth

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What do young Indigenous Anglicans want from their church? According to a youth panel at the eighth National Anglican Sacred Circle, held in Port Elgin, Ont., the answer is pretty clear: engagement with issues that matter in their own lives.

The consistent message, whether on issues of poverty, gender violence or pollution, was that young people want to see a church that is advocating on matters that affect their communities.

"[Our young people] are suffering due to the past wrongs that have been done to our people," said Sheba McKay, an Oji-Cree woman from the Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh. "They need to know about God's love, and you see in most places...people don't express that toward our young people."

For Leigh Kern, a Metis woman from the diocese of Toronto, one of the most pressing areas in which the church needs to act on is sexual violence.

"We are in a state of crisis in our communities, and we need to come to a place where we can regard each other as holy and beautiful, and other, and not as objects to be exploited and colonized," said Kern. "We have to decolonize our bodies and our sexualities and our relationships with each other, so we can come to a place of wholeness and self-love and respect for each other. …

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