On Saturday 17th October 2020, we had young people gathered around kai (food) to listen and korero (talk) about issues of social justice, and missions.
Guy Benton was our guest speaker for the night who works for Better World Gap Year as one of their Program Directors. Better World Gap Year is run by the New Zealand Church Missionary Society (NZCMS) in partnership with the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. It takes young people on an adventure who are passionate about issues of social justice in our world and bringing the light of the gospel of Christ.
Out of Guy’s korero came conversations around insufficient exposure and action with issues of social justice in our communities and churches, ways of how to do mission in our own backyards, and young people’s passion towards justice. We had young people, and leaders, from St Peter’s Cathedral, Te Hui Amorangi o Te Manawa o Te Wheke, and our local Methodist Church which was really encouraging and awesome.
What I am discovering is that there is a hunger and desire for spaces that young people can gather and korero into about issues of our time, God’s purpose, the church and our communities (just to name a few). There’s also a desire for collaboration of young people and leaders within our ecumenical communities in Hamilton Central which reflects many parts, one Body. Empowering and building one another up in the Kingdom of God!
The Rev’d. Mele Prescott