Church youth join leaders in call for truth, accountability

STA. CRUZ, Ilocos Sur — “Let these young people lead the way in our quest for truth and accountability.” These are the prayers led by the various church leaders in the Summer Youth Camp of the Ilocos Sur Ecumenical Movement (ISEM) at Sevilla, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur last May 26-27, 2008.

Said youth camp was attended by more than 90 church youth from the Roman Catholic Church, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), United Methodist Church (UMC), Logos Full Gospel Church and Church of God.

With the theme, “Panagkaykaysa dagiti Agtutubo nga agpaay ti kinatakneng ken kinapudno kas bunga ti pammati ken Cristo,” (Unity of students which for integrity and truth as a result of faith in Christ), the said youth camp is an effort of the ISEM in support to the calls of church leaders for truth and accountability.

Fellowships and discussions of issues concerning the youth and people in biblical perspective are highlights of the summer youth camp.

Johanna Dela Cruz, National Auditor of the Kalipunan ng Kristyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas (KKKP) said during her discussion that this is an opportunity to dialog, and experience learning, living, worshiping and struggling together, and redefining their perspectives in life to be of service to God’s people.

Dela Cruz challenged the delegates to see the affliction of the people and hear their cries. “With the worsening plight of the people, what is our role? Do you hear God’s voice speaking to us again? Journey with God’s people.” She stressed in her forum discussion on Youth for Truth and Accountability.

During the solidarity night, young leaders from the Roman Catholic Church, IFI, UCCP, UMC and Logos Full Gospel Church led a ritual where they ensured that the candle is balanced by the strings. This ritual, according to Rev. Marcelino Mariano, “serves a one light in the people’s journey towards Shalom”.

Appointed conveners were Jimarie Snap Mabanta (IFI), Rowanne Ursulum (UCCP), Marissa Taqueban (UMC), Jenielyn Habon (Logos Full Gospel Church) and Joanna Dawn (Roman Catholic). The ISEM Youth Conveners affiliated the organization to KKKP.

According to Jimarie Snap Mabanta, one of the conveners of the ISEM Youth and Diocesan President of the Youth of Iglesia Filipina Independiente (YIFI), said that this is the first time that youth in various Christian churches unite in their common faith in God. “We hope that this will serve as a venue for fellowship, study and interaction among us.” Mabanta furthered.

The ISEM initiated the Summer Youth Camp as part of their call for truth and accountability to the Arroyo government and in support to the expose’ of Rodolfo “Jun”Lozada on the NBN Controversy. Last March, about two hundred (200) church leaders and members attended the Ecumenical Service for Truth and Accountability led by the ISEM. # Rod Tajon

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