Youth \ Quest

What if instead of just being lectured about God you could experience God yourself? What if instead of just reading about what Jesus said to others 2,000 years ago, you could hear what Jesus has to say to you today? What if instead of just listening to speeches about peace and love, there was a peaceful weekly refuge where you could live out the vision with your fellow Fish? Now, that would be a Quest worth taking. Come and start this years’ Quest, searching after your own understanding of Christian truth and peace.

Quest is open to any and all high school students who seek a peaceful space in their week and a deeper understanding of scripture. Quest is a chance to experience the church’s ancient traditions and open to those who wish to live out the vision of a small group community.

Quest for the Spirit focuses on the ancient spiritual traditions of the church: meditation forms drawn from ancient monastic traditions (e.g. Benedictine meditations, lectio divina, and Gregorian chant); guided meditations developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola; Quaker “centering down;” Protestant “centering prayer;” Buddhist breathing and walking meditations; and Eastern Orthodox gazing exercises with icons. After a brief introduction, we experience each meditation together and reflect on our shared experience. After reflecting on our experience, we close with prayer.

The goal of Quest for the Spirit is to learn and to be drawn into age old Christian practices that help us create a space in our lives to experience God’s presence.

The second format of Quest, “Quest for Truth,” is a communal discussion of theology, ethics, and our own personal stories and questions of faith. Based in the knowledge of God as revealed to us through scripture, tradition, reason, and experience, Quest for Truth offers an opportunity to gather with other high schoolers and put away questions for tests and exams in favor of asking life’s biggest questions, including our own purpose and God’s plan for us.

For example, we may focus on Genesis 1:26, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” We would try to answer questions like: “How can we, a diverse people, all be made in the image of God?” “What then does God look like?” “If we are all created in the image of God, how do we begin to understand the topic of equality?” “How does Christ play into our understanding of the divine image?”

The goal of Quest for Truth is not just to be able to repeat the words of theologians, but to find our own answers in scripture, new questions in the light of our mature reason, and discover new relationships with God through time spent with one another.

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