Young people in the Cameroon diocese of Kumbo say it is time to face the challenges of the 21st century, by shunning "sexually transmitted marks", i.e. school marks exchanged for sex. by embracing transparency and avoiding sects.
These observations were made during a three day YCS/YCW leadership training seminar, which took place from January 29 to 31 at the John Paul II Youth Centre, Tobin, L'Effort Camerounais reports.
Participants, drawn from the various parishes in Kumbo Diocese, carried out an in-depth examination of the YCS and YCW motto, "See-Judge-Act." Some social realities and challenges YCS and YCW members are facing in school and back home were also reviewed. Youth leaders thereafter came up with a code of conduct youths are expected to adhere to, if they must steer clear of identified contemporary ills.
Students were advised to shun "Sexually Transmitted Marks", embrace transparency and fear only that which destroys the soul, not the body. During the training youth leaders also decried the spreading of sects and identified young people as the main target and victims. The proliferation of mushroom churches, it was pointed out, takes advantage of youths' ignorance of the Bible and the quest for rapid gain and easy solutions to their problems.
Other brain-pricking contemporary issues like Internet crimes, corruption, same sex relationship and prostitution were also identified as some of the most challenging ills, which youths must brace themselves to confront in accordance with acceptable religious teachings and social norms.
Youth leaders promised to step up efforts towards steering clear of evil which has eaten deep into the fabrics of society. In order for the diocese's youths to adopt discerning attitudes and do business in a recommended manner, youth leaders agreed to initiate the formation of groups in their respective parishes, participate in the life of the church by actively taking part in Small Christian Communities, build solid YCS home-based groups and above all, strive to understand the Bible, the Church's tradition and doctrine.
In order to foster good leadership within the Kumbo Diocesan Youth Ministry and create leadership banks for tomorrow's Church, participants agreed that a cordial relationship must be established between the diocese's senior and junior youths.
SOURCE: Kumbo Diocese youths urged to face 21st century challenges (L'Effort camerounais)