I would like to speak to how the Holy Spirit continues to move in the youth of Northwest Yearly Meeting, specifically on the desire to be more involved with the adults at our annual gathering.
This is no new sentiment. Throughout my seven years of Youth Yearly Meeting it has been a reoccurring theme that the youth want to be more involved with the adult business and the adults themselves. By the end of the week there seems to be something stirred up in the hearts and minds of the youth. The youth feel they should have a part in what goes on because it affects them, and they have a unique point of view that holds value.
The youth are blessed by all the hard work that goes into planning their programs and it is always well done. Sometimes, however, scheduling limits us from going where we feel led to go, and being where we feel called to be. This year in our final meetings, we discussed the possibility of creating more opportunity for the youth to be involved. This does not mean we need to schedule mandatory joint events between different generations, but simply to create options that make space for those who the Spirit leads to move and work among the adults.
In the inspired words of Henry Nouwen, “The mystery of community is precisely that it embraces all people, whatever their individual differences may be, and allows them to live together as brothers and sisters of Christ and sons and daughters of his heavenly Father.”