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We believe that each individual is fearfully and wonderfully made, created in the image of God, and bestowed with diverse talents and skills.

As we approach World Youth Skills Day on July 15th, we are provided an opportunity to reflect upon the unique gifts that young people bring to our world and our church.

Skills are not merely practical abilities or academic achievements; they encompass the breadth of human capacities that enable young people to navigate the complexities of life and contribute to the flourishing of God’s world. These skills include intellectual, creative, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions that shape and empower young individuals.

As we celebrate World Youth Skills Day, we are reminded of the importance of equipping young people with the necessary tools to face the challenges and opportunities that lie before them. This involves fostering an environment of nurturing, education, mentorship, and empowerment that encourages developing and applying their skills.

We share in this work as an intergenerational community following the path set before us by Jesus.

As Christians, we believe that skills are not meant to be selfishly hoarded but shared for the common good. Young people are called to be agents of transformation, using their skills to bring about positive change in their communities and the wider world. They have a unique capacity to challenge the status quo, address injustice, promote equality, and advocate for the marginalized and oppressed.

They are often the voice of those who have been silenced, even though they too are often silenced by our world and our church.

Furthermore, World Youth Skills Day invites us to reflect on the transformative power of education and our responsibility to provide accessible and inclusive learning opportunities for all young people. As a faith community, we have a shared responsibility for nurturing the faith already found within each youth that seeks God in our – their – Cathedral. We must ensure we are passing on not only the faith of the apostles – and the little children who heard Jesus speak and believed in him.

Education goes beyond imparting knowledge; it cultivates critical thinking, empathy, and a sense of moral responsibility. It enables young individuals to discern their purpose, nurture their skills, and become catalysts for positive change.

As Anglicans, we affirm that every young person is a beloved child of God, worthy of dignity, respect, and support. On this day, let us recognize and affirm the potential and skills of young people, engaging with them as partners and collaborators in building a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.

May World Youth Skills Day inspire us to invest in the education, empowerment, and mentorship of young individuals, enabling them to flourish and make a meaningful difference in the world. May we foster environments that value and celebrate the unique skills, talents, and aspirations of young people, empowering them to become agents of transformation and ambassadors of God's love and justice.