Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM) is a covenantal community
of evangelical Friends churches that make Jesus Christ known by:

Teaching and obeying the whole gospel as revealed by the
Holy Spirit and recorded in Scripture

Loving and mutually supporting each other

Equipping and releasing people to continue His mission in the world

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    Tom Stave

    Will, your article is exactly right, and highlights what will probably always be a tension for the church at several points: 1) are we ready to hear the Holy Spirit speaking through whom He will? and 2) how can we honor and learn from generational voices that may challenge us too uncomfortably? I especially like your point that the youth “have a unique point of view that holds value.” I affirm that with all my heart. So let’s keep the conversation going about how the whole church–in our case, NWYM–can respect all voices and listen together to the Spirit, who “blows wherever He pleases,” and speaks through whomever He pleases. Are there ways we can affect the structure of our annual or midyear sessions to include the voices of the youth in meaningful and even risk-taking ways? How can the business that usually occurs in Bauman Auditorium be influenced by the wisdom of our youth? How can we learn to trust each other across generational boundaries that seem to thwart us?

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