The YMI Quest for Truth offers youth a chance to revisit the truth of God revealed in Scripture and tradition. For too many of our young, notions of Biblical truth summon up only fading memories of pasting macaroni onto Moses’ bear in Sunday School, or worse, news accounts of a world view that requires them to reject science and history. By the time some churches are prepared to present them with the truth of Scripture in a way that respects both their faith and intellect, they have shuffled out the door.
It’s not because youth aren’t hungrily searching for the truth. Indeed, renowned psychologist Erik Erikson saw that adolescence was “a vital regenerator of social evolution; for youth selectively offers its loyalties and energies to the conservation of that which feels true to them and to the correction or destruction of that which has lost its regenerative significance.” And, it’s not because God and God’s Church can’t handle the probing questions and skepticism of our young.
What is needed, and what the YMI Quest for Truth seeks to offer, is a courageous, communal search for truth that honors youth’s growing capacities for engaging, reflecting upon and interpreting both the great questions of life and the answers offered by the great story of God and God’s people. What is needed is a curriculum that helps our young locate their own daily lives inside of the Sacred Narrative and immerses them in the great narrative in a way that helps shape their capacity to see and embrace the truth. As John Calvin wrote,
Just as old or bleary-eyed men and those with weak vision, if you thrust before them a most beautiful volume, even if they recognize it to be some sort of writing, yet can scarcely construe two words, but with the aid of spectacles will begin to read distinctly; so Scripture, gathering up the otherwise confused knowledge of God in our minds, having dispersed our dullness, clearly shows us the true God. (Institutes I.vi.1)
The YMI Quest for Truth offers youth the vision to see and embrace the truth for themselves.