17th/18th June 2017
Young people across Australia are being called to share their views about life, faith and their experience of Church through an online survey published by the Australian Bishops. The survey seeks to capture the opinions and perspectives of young people as part of a national consultation process that will inform an international conversation in Rome next year.
Australians aged between 16 and 29 are encouraged to complete the survey The questions cover a range of topics including the experience of being listened to, using social media and technology, friendships and influence in today’s world, opportunities for engagement with Church activities such as, outreach programs, youth masses, community leadership or parish events. This is a unique opportunity for young people to have their voice heard on a range of topics. The Australian bishops see the potential of young people, they seek to listen to young people and they recognise that sometimes young people struggle to find their sense of place and purpose. Young people are encouraged to tell their friends about the survey or share the link with their networks.
Pope Francis has called on young people to join this inclusive journey that the Church ‘wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivity and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Let your voice be heard, let it resonate in communities.’ He stressed ‘ Every young person has something to say to others…all of us need to listen to you!”, and added ‘even young people who consider themselves agnostics, even young people whose faith is lukewarm; even young people who no longer go to Church; even young people who consider themselves atheists.’
Developed by the Pastoral Research Office in collaboration with the ACU Ethics Commit-tee, the survey can be completed online at: https://www.catholic.org.au/youthsurvey
It will run for four weeks, the closing date for responses is midnight on Sunday, 2 July 2017
Survey queries, please contact Synod2018@catholic.org.au
I invite parents, schools and parishioners to invite young people to participate in this survey.
Every kind wish
17th/18th June 2017