Youth Engage in Soul Revolution (May 2006, Anglican Sower)

Posted: November 25, 2012 by Ty in Archives
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By Tyler Ragan

(http://www.calgary.anglican.ca/Sower/SowerMay06.pdf on pg.3)

This revolution was not televised,

 

it was live! It started as an

 

idea to teach fasting for 30 hours.

 

Members of Soul Revolution

 

pledged to go without food to

 

deepen their relationship with

 

God (self -transformation) and to

 

raise awareness that clean-freefresh

 

water is a human right.

 

Envelopes for the Primate’s

 

World Relief and Development

 

Fund were distributed to the 11

 

participants and two leaders.

 

Donations were gathered. The

 

retreat was on God’s time as

 

watches and cell phones were

 

checked in as participants arrived.

 

Bonding had already started

 

when Soul Revolution came the

 

Thursday night before to

 

help the Altar Guild and junior

 

choir make 450 palm crosses for

 

Palm Sunday.

 

On the Friday night shortly

 

after arrival, the crew “went” to

 

the third world in two teams.

 

Their mission to build, with the

 

materials you can scrounge, a

 

well for your village. What was

 

discovered as water was hoisted

 

successfully was that the water

 

was dirty.

 

It was unsafe to drink. The

 

group delved into the story of the

 

Woman at the Well, and what it

 

meant to come to Jesus and the

 

unquenchable thirst we have,

 

and the healing found with the

 

Cross.

 

The tempo for the weekend

 

was set with time taken to explore

 

the scripture, pray, write letters to

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

 

A prayer walk was taken across

 

the street to the mailbox outside

 

a Seven Eleven where the group

 

stopped. In front of community

 

members, they prayed before

 

each youth walked to the box,

 

saying a silent prayer. They

 

mailed their letter calling for our

 

country to take a stand to ensure

 

everyone had access to drinkable

 

water, and to stop the commodification

 

of that which God

 

created to bring life.

 

Raising awareness did not stop

 

with letters to Prime Minister

 

Harper.

 

On Saturday afternoon, the

 

group of youth, amidst clouds of

 

chalk dust, decorated the ramps,

 

stairs and amphitheatre areas of

 

the church raising awareness of all

 

in God’s creation needs water,

 

with simple messages like “H2O

 

should be Free” and “Jesus Rules”

 

or “Jesus Rocks”.

 

The night ended prayer times

 

when the youth could wrestle

 

through their own faith, and go

 

deeper into the Gospel. Lights

 

out ended our first day of fasting.

 

As the sun rose on Saturday

 

morning with an hour to go

 

before wake-up, the leaders gathered

 

to say the morning office,

 

and pray for the coming

 

impact. After a flurry of wake-ups

 

with singing, Soul Revolution

 

donned work gloves and grabbed

 

garbage bags. Entering their 21st

 

hour of fasting, they hiked from

 

the church to Prairie Winds Park

 

to clean up the community by

 

clearing the garbage out of the

 

gutters in our streets, and to

 

show that clean water starts with

 

a clean and litter free environment

 

so our own water cannot be

 

poisoned.

 

Five huge bags of garbage left

 

our area. Stopping in the midst

 

of the park to pray, and move to

 

the foot washing at the last

 

supper.

 

Exploration was tied to personal

 

prayer time, corporate

 

prayer time, exploring the stories

 

in the Bible of Jesus and the

 

Woman at the Well, writings in

 

Isaiah, Nicodemus dialogue with

 

Jesus, writings in Revelation

 

where God says eternal life will

 

come from clean water (the

 

water Jesus promised).

 

Also in Revelation, there is the

 

promise that it is possible to bring

 

God’s kingdom to earth as we

 

pray each Sunday in Church. It

 

is not just a dream, or a prayer for

 

tomorrow but a reality for now

 

that Soul Revolution came to

 

believe could happen if we just

 

cared enough to try.

 

Our weekend closed exploring

 

1 Corinthians 13 the love chapter,

 

and personal reflections and

 

prayer, before our final step of

 

gathering for an Agape Meal

 

(Love Feast), where our priest,

 

Dean dashed in to discover our

 

group serving one another.

 

The hard questions were still

 

bubbling up about the Cross,

 

Jesus, Mary, how much does

 

God truly love us that no matter

 

what we can be with him.

 

Our time ended with a reverse

 

progressive supper in the houses

 

of church members. And some

 

brought food to the church:

 

award-winning death by chocolate

 

desert to lasagna; homemade

 

chicken noodle soup and

 

Caesar salad to appetizers of

 

jumbo shrimps; little knishes, pigs

 

in the blanket, tiny pizzas and

 

other fun hors d’oeuvres.

 

The final act as a community

 

that night before pick-up was

 

group prayer.

 

The group gathered the next

 

morning while the money raised

 

$360 was presented to the church

 

to be sent to the PWRDF, and to

 

help with the dramatic Passion

 

reading.

 

Revolutions are possible, and

 

it just takes a thought…to change

 

the world.

 

Soul revolution is a group of

 

12-18 year olds at St. George’s

 

Anglican Church.

 

Ty Ragan n/TSSF, is Director

 

of Youth and Children

 

Ministries at St. George’s

 

Anglican Church, Calgary

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