Ohana Youth are grateful for the opportunities we have had to meet together outside lately. It was especially fun being able to walk down to Prince Puckler’s for ice cream and enjoy the beautiful weather at Washburne Park. We are finding ways to love fiercely and be the change we want to see in the world! Most recently, youth groups shared about the steps that we are taking both as individuals and as a community of faith, towards Caring for All of God’s Creation.

We look forward with anticipation to the possibilities for intergenerational activities and fun this summer. We are working on potential service opportunities, just as we practice waiting. Waiting is a central part of our faith and we are learning how to wait while also loving faithfully and being present. This has been a very challenging time in our lives – we are grateful to have one another to lean on in our Ohana Youth Ministries. We’ve been especially grateful to have youth participate in our Central Pacific Conference worship, and to participate in an interfaith dialogue in collaboration with UNESCO.

Most recently, youth celebrated Earth Day by viewing “Kiss the Ground”, an excellent documentary on regenerative farming, which presents solutions to the Climate Crisis. We were able to have dialogue with panelists such as Kristin Ohlson, the author of “The Soil Will Save Us” and Teague Cullen, an urban farmer who has created the Sherrett Food Forest in Portland with his partner Melissa Manuel (https://sherrettfoodforest.org). There are so many ways for us to live into a spirit of love in action, as we seek to create both personal and systemic change around the issues of environmental justice! The best part? This is stuff we can do right now!

ZZP with SSP (Sierra Service Project) continues to be another great way to plugin with other like-minded youth from all around the country and especially the Western Region. Please signup for the next ZZP today: https://sierraserviceproject.org/zzp-with-ssp/.

Planning is also underway for a “Youth Sunday” style worship service June 6, stay tuned for more details. Please contact Mark Lindberg if you are interested in participating as a liturgist, artist, musician…we welcome new ideas especially now as we look to provide this service again in 2021 through our online format. Let’s praise God in new ways! Have an idea? Let us know!

Until next month, may the Peace of Christ be with you!
Mark Lindberg, Youth Minister (markl@fcceugene.org)