This past year we have been working with college and career students to build a faith-based foundation for creation care. Groups of young people across the country have been meeting online for biblical and theological training that critically explores Christian perspectives on our environmental reality. These trainings finished off with an in-person weekend event bringing together youth from across the country.
This program was led by Latin American experts connecting from Guatemala, Peru, Costa Rica, and Panama. Using online platforms made it possible to bring together youth nationally with facilitators at an international level. However, our final in-person event allowed us to connect more intimately and explore our subject through different approaches.
Our international speakers encouraged the youth to explore the theological roots of creation care, wrestle with difficult questions, and consider how this knowledge might affect their Christian practice. Still, their passion for integrating environmentalism with Christian faith and living was perhaps the most inspirational aspect of this formative initiative.
Theses trainings have already started sparking a response! Just this month, youth from one region have spearheaded a reforestation project. The national youth association has also adopted creation care as a focus theme hoping to spread awareness and harness passion nationally. We hope that these young people continue to lead and help us all consider how our faith can influence the world we live in.