“A church assembly ... does not have to be overwhelmingly gray-headed,” said Archbishop-designate Robert Duncan in his opening address Monday. “More than 20 percent of the voting delegates of the Provincial Assembly are 25 years of age or younger!”
And they are committed to their Church.
Californian Serena Howe, a rising sophomore at Hillsdale College, says she “converted to Anglicanism” from a non-denominational church because she fell in love with the church’s liturgy. She has traditional taste in church music, too, saying that she hopes youth ministry can break free of the “rock band thing.”
Jonathan Oliver, 19, recalls his first thought when he learned he would be a youth delegate to the Assembly.
“Oh, boy. I can’t be a kid anymore. I have to grow up.”
Oliver, a Pittsburgh delegate who is spending a year in England teaching religion classes in lower schools, intends to major in youth ministry and chemistry at Geneva College beginning in the fall.
Delegate Taylor Schley, a rising high-school junior from the Diocese of Fort Worth, hopes the youth delegates will mobilize as a missionary wing of the Church. With his friend Joseph Francis, he has launched a Web site – yacna.org – to bring young Anglicans together to speak up for their faith.