Nearly fifty young people from across the Diocese and beyond have been ‘Thinking About It!’ – that is thinking what faith means.
They were attending a conference held at Cuthbert House on Tuesday 21st February entitled ‘Thinking about it!’. Guest speakers included: The Revd Gemma Sampson, The Revd Dr Richard Biggs, Andy Kind and Bishop Paul.
Diocesan Leader of Youth Mission and Ministry, Andy Harris – who organised the event said: “The aim of the conference was to give young people (aged 14-18) the opportunity to explore some of the big faith questions in an environment where questioning was encouraged.
“Comedian and author Andy Kind, having just driven up from Huddersfield, gave the day a lively and really entertaining start talking about ‘The comic absurdity of atheism’. Revd Gemma Sampson, (using examples from her own experiences of working with young victims of sex-trafficking in India), got everyone thinking deeply about prayer, not just whether God answers prayer but how human beings can get caught up in being part of the answer.”
“Revd Dr Richard Briggs challenged us to think about the Bible and whether or not it can be trusted, not just as a historical document, but whether it is a good guide for life, and whether it helps people encounter God.”
The conference was rounded off with Bishop Paul Butler, going into the hot seat, talking about his own faith journey and attempted to answer questions that had been collected from the attendees.
Andy said: “There was a really positive and engaging atmosphere throughout the day and there has been some excellent conference feedback from the young people involved. Hopefully this will be an event that can be repeated.”