Youth confab to focus on digital culture, ‘Communion of Communities’

Youth confab to focus on digital culture, ‘Communion of Communities’
Delegates of the 11th National Leadership Conference in Cebu enjoy one of the interactive study sessions of the five-day training program for high school and college leaders throughout the country. SCAP

MANILA – More than a hundred student leaders from various parts of the country, together with their advisers and chaplains, will convene for the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines (SCAP) 12th National Leadership Conference from Oct. 25 to 29 to delve deeper into the “power of small communities” as well as on the realities of today’s digital natives.

The Student Catholic Action (SCA) local chapter of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Lopez, Quezon Province (Diocese of Gumaca) will host the delegates for the five-day study session which carries the theme “Offline is Online: Transforming today’s Youth through Faith Communities.”

According to a SCAP press release, the event “aims to train and to form SCA student leaders to appraise how they live in today’s rapid digital culture and its accompanying challenges and effects.” Furthermore, participants will reflect on the social teachings of the Church in the context of the digital age, as well as identify necessary leadership tools to face prevailing socio-cultural issues.

‘Digital culture agenda’

“I hope that the student leaders will be able to plant seeds of change in their small communities. After the event, [the] SCAP community eyes to create a digital culture agenda encouraging students to maximize its advantages in bringing the Gospel closer to the campus abiding [by] a critical, moral and ethical stance,” said SCAP national coordinator Frence Boiser in an interview.

The conference will encourage a critical understanding of issues through study sessions and workshops using an experiential approach, the cell system, and Cardinal Joseph Cardijn’s See-Judge-Act Methodology. There will also be a theological reflection and moments of prayer and silence after discussions and action-planning. Participants will also study and plan for proposals and directions of the movement for the next three years.

The Diocese of Gumaca, through the SCA Lopez chapter, had been chosen to host this year’s conference since it is one of the most active SCA chapters with regard to parish collaboration and socio-civic partnerships with local government and non-government units.

Transformative action

The program is also in line with the Church in the Philippines’ celebration of the “Year of the Parish as a Communion of Communities.”

CBCPNews associate editor Nirva Delacruz will give a keynote on “Ako at ang mga Digimon (The Filipino Youth Digital Culture).” National Youth Commission (NYC) Awardee and Ayala Young Leader Tobit Cruz will share about the dynamism of small communities and how young people can create “transformative action.”

There will be thematic workshops that will equip participants on how to animate young people in the campus in novel ways, how to maximize digital technology through moral and ethical use, and how the SCA cell system can support the “mission of living the Gospel” with one’s peers and with the surrounding community. Javeriel Tillada/Elmeer Meeynard Calimpos/CBCPNews