By Karen Vance
For a few hours later this month, teenagers in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will have the ear of a bishop.
At the Archdiocese's first Youth Summit, "Called to Leadership," teens will have the opportunity to talk directly to Auxiliary Bishop Carl Moeddel.
"It's our assumption that young people aren't just the church of tomorrow, but also the church of today," said Sean Reynolds, director of the Archdiocese's office of youth and young adult ministry. "Helping young people find their voice is important for them coming into their own."
The event is 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Montgomery. The gathering, for youth and youth ministers, costs $15 per participant and covers leadership training, lunch and registration.
Moeddel said the event offers an opportunity for him to interact with the youth.
"I'm very supportive of youth ministry, and I think it has symbolic value as a support of that ministry," Moeddel said. "But beyond that, it's a genuine opportunity to listen and learn about their concerns and issues."
"We want them to share feelings, thoughts and struggles as to where they fit in the church, to be heard, understood and accepted," Reynolds said. "First and foremost, (Moeddel) will be listening, but also responding and carrying on a dialogue."
Members of Cultivation Ministries will conduct an interactive leadership development workshop.
"They're experts at leading conferences with young people, keeping it fast-paced, moving, interesting and engaging," Reynolds said.
Registration deadline is Friday. For information or to register, call the office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, (513) 421-3131, or visit www.catholiccincinnati.org.
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