The following response to the Kony 2012 video is posted on the Catholic Youth Ministry blog. A link to the full text is posted below. Hat tip to CRS Newswire.
The social media firestorm that this video has created has raised some important questions for me about how well my parish youth ministry is engaging these same teens.
How is our parish youth ministry offering the teens opportunities to engage in changing the world?
Teens want to be engaged in changing the world. For most of us in youth ministry this isn’t a surprise. We’ve seen how compassionate teens can be and how much time and energy they are willing to give to something they believe in. Most of the world (or at least, most of my parish), however, doesn’t see this.
They believe teens to be self-centered adolescents who care only about their immediate circle of friends and family and frequently make poor decisions. The Kony 2012 campaign serves to remind all of us of the incredible capacity for empathy that teenagers have and how hard they are willing to fight (even in the face of criticism) for a cause they believe is worthy.
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