This past Sunday, the EDSD Youth Leadership Council gathered at St. Thomas of Canterbury in Temecula. After worship that morning, the council spent time reflecting on their work this year and talking about goals for next year’s council.
Elizabeth Sipra, a member of this year’s YLC from St. Thomas, said, “I think that Youth Leadership Council is important because it teaches you how to take on responsibilities while still having fun. It brings us closer together with the other youth in our diocese too. Something that I loved this year was watching Convention with the YLC. It opened my eyes to how decisions are made and how important our voices are.”
Convention was only one of the leadership opportunities offered this past year. The council helped to plan the annual Epiphany Retreat at Camp Stevens, The Lent Event, and the upcoming Pentecost Play Day which will feature sailing, volleyball, and friends from all over the diocese.
An important part of the Youth Leadership Council is affecting change in our own communities and the world. This past year the council focused on anti-racism work, visibility, equity, and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ young people, and deepening our spiritual wellness. This coming year we will continue that work.
Jordyn Jones, from St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea, reflected, “I would like to see the council focused on getting the youth voices heard in convention, including voting. And also focus on community, diversity, and inclusion across our diocese.”
Applications are now open for the Youth Leader Ship Council ’22-’23. There are 20 spots available on this year’s council. If you know an exceptional young person in your congregation, please share the information below with them.
Youth Leadership Council ’22-23
Students will be contacted with the result of their application by June 17, 2022.
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