Saturday, October 2, 2004

Youth, bishop to share ideas on leadership

Faith Matters

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

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

Children's ministry workshop

The International Network of Children's Ministry will host a training seminar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 9 for professionals and volunteers who minister to children.

The program, "Making Him Their Hero," includes workshops on creativity, discipline, energized teaching and reaching kids and their families, designed to help Sunday School teachers and other volunteers, said Sandy Howard, director of children's ministry at Faith Evangelical Free Church, where the workshop will be held.

Last year, more than 100 people attended at the church, 5910 Price Road, Milford.

The seminar costs $37 per person for groups of 11 or more, $45 for individuals, and includes lunch. To register, call (800) 324-4543 or visit

Retirement concept

William Thomas will speak 9:30 a.m. Monday on the topic "What are Old People For?" at the Llanfair Retirement Community, 1701 Llanfair Ave., College Hill. The event is free to the public.

Thomas is founder of the Eden Alternative, a concept for retirement communities that emphasizes activities, spirituality and worship. Llanfair is an Eden facility.

"The environment is structured to be more home-like, to enhance their living and spiritual enrichment as well as their emotional well-being," said Kay Howard, church visitation director with Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services.

Evangelization classes begin

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will host a series of classes addressing the issue of evangelization beginning Oct. 18.

"Sharing Our Faith: An Institute for Catholic Evangelization" will address topics such as Biblical foundations of evangelization, evangelizing families and parishes, marriage issues and youth. The classes are 7-9:30 p.m. Mondays at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township.

To register, call Tanya Stager, (513) 421-3131.

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