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As the newly elected Cabinet came together for their first retreat, there was much laughter and fellowship as well as a lot of serious planning that emerged from the weekend. The youth were ready to learn as the other sponsors and I trained them in leadership, and ready to plan as they put together a fantastic fall retreat.
As we planned, one theme idea kept coming up over and over again: unity. One of the things that these youth were most excited about was the fact that there is unity within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). And they are right of course, from the time our denomination was just a movement, one of the guiding visions was the unity of all Christians. These young people are proud of our denomination- that all people can find a welcome within our churches, that we can think differently and still live with one another in love, and that we can question our faith when its appropriate and come out stronger for having asked the questions.
I agree that all these things make being a Disciple of Christ great. And I am so glad that our teenagers have that understanding of church. I look forward to the fantastic retreat they have planned with the theme, “One Puzzle, Many Pieces.” I would encourage all high school aged youth to plan to attend this retreat at
May we all be encouraged by the participation of young people in the life of the church. They are not only the future of the church- but the “now” as well! Thanks be to God!