Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Young People Today

I spent the weekend at the annual conference of the Association of Interchurch Families, nothing to do with party politics you might think, but consider the sectarian divides in such places as Northern Ireland and it soon becomes obvious that in some places religion and politics mix with disastrous effect. However, this weekend was a particularly cheerful one as it marked the beginning of our 40th year so a celebration Dinner and Ceilidh provided a break from debate and discussion. Particularly heartening were the young members of the association - young people aged 14+ who organised a full programme of activity, debate and discussion for themselves and at the end of the weekend pricked the consciences of all the adults there by telling us their thoughts on climate change, Fairtrade and a number of other important topics and then handing to every family a "goodie bag" full of information on ways to live more simply so that others may simply live in the words of the CAFOD campaign. So the young people I met this weekend were thoughtful, worked hard and taught the adults a thing or two - how lucky I was!

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