Editor connects with more than 100 young voices in Saskatchewan

February 24, 2012 | Young Voices
Rachel Bergen | Young Voices Co-Editor

After more than six months of reporting on events and issues pertaining to young adults, Canadian Mennonite made a pledge to connect with young voices from all over Canada in order to better represent the country’s Mennonites.

As Young Voices’ newly appointed co-editor in charge of engaging the constituency I will be travelling and meeting young people West of Manitoba — my first stop in this venture was in Saskatchewan from Feb. 14-17.

I met with more than 100 youth and young adults, many of who were interested in contributing to the magazine by writing, taking photos, capturing video footage, or contributing their opinions.

My first stop was Regina, SK on Feb. 14 where I visited Grace Mennonite Church and about eight couples at their monthly get-together with pastor Rose Graber. Many hadn’t heard about Canadian Mennonite before because they did not grow up in Mennonite households, so I shared about the purpose of this denominational periodical.

I spoke with almost 90 students at Rosthern Junior College in Rosthern, SK on Feb. 16. A teacher there, Richard Janzen, invited me to speak in his Media Studies class about Young Voices and the blogs featured on the website. I also spoke to the students about what would be considered newsworthy if they were pitching an article to our editorial department.

There is also a possibility that students at RJC may submit articles to Canadian Mennonite for credit in an English class.

Lastly, I went to Nutana Park Mennonite Church in Saskatoon, SK to speak to a group of young adults from the area on Feb. 16. There I met with the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan Youth Minister, Anna Rehan, and approximately 20 young people.

We discussed what the young people would like to read about in the magazine including: Mennonite interpretations of current events, issues facing young adults from a Mennonite perspective, and the trend of claiming to be spiritual and loving Jesus, but not ascribing to the Christian religion or a specific denomination.

Along the way I also met with people from Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan, pastors from Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, and Canadian Mennonite Saskatchewan Correspondent Karin Fehderau.

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