Swedenborgian Church of North America Swedenborgian Church of North America

 The Swedenborgian Church Youth League, or SCYL, is a group for teens aged 13 – 18 organized and funded by the Swedenborgian Church. We are a small Christian denomination with a rich history of inspiring great thinkers, poets, philosophers, scientists and activists of ages past and present, such as Helen Keller and William Blake. The SCYL, while being a Swedenborgian church organization, is open and inviting to youth of all faiths and religious traditions, including teens that do not believe in God or have any religious background or affiliation. We are an open and affirming organization; we respect one another and honor each individual and the spiritual path one chooses to follow. Teens in the SCYL gather for retreats with caring ministers and adult leaders. Here, teens learn together, develop friendships, and discover their true inner self and what they believe in a safe, secure, and supportive environment. At retreats, teens have free time for games, music, recreation, or just hanging out and talking. Teens also meet for hour-long sessions a few times a day with an adult leader or minister. At sessions, we talk about spiritual topics and discuss important life choices, values and decisions. We sometimes do crafts or projects related to the topic. We do not force anyone to believe in anything, we do not demand any agreement, or attempt to “convert” anyone to our religion. The Swedenborgian faith honors and appreciates your individual spiritual path. We share information that we have found helpful in our lives, listen to your thoughts and beliefs, and learn from each other. Swedenborgians are all about loving and understanding one another. We do not believe in a punishing or angry God. We believe that God is pure love and pure wisdom and never does anything to hurt people. We hope that you will join us and see for yourself what the SCYL is all about.

Here are a few testimonials from teens about their SCYL experience:

“I think everything is fantastic! The people are so kind and welcoming. The food is great and I had a great time!” – C.E.
“Thank you for everything. I can’t even put how much it means to me in words. You have taught me a lot and I have a lot more respect for you. This was one of the greatest memories I will have in my own walk. Thank you all for being so open minded and accepting me for me. Thank you.” – S.B.
“I love it here.” – A.G.
“[The sessions] were wonderful.” – E.H.
“This place gave me hope when I didn’t feel hope at home. It showed me different sides of the spectrum and more. I owe my depth to the SCYL.” – J.E.
“I love how everyone is so loving, caring and welcoming.” – C.S.
“I don’t want it to end.” – C.W.
“The atmosphere is miraculous.” – C.B.
“The Youth League has taught me how to live my life as a more thoughtful, considerate, mature, genuine, insightful, spiritual person. And for that I an eternally grateful. Thank you for creating a haven for me during the most crucial, significant, confusing years of my life. Nothing, absolutely nothing, has brought me more bliss than these retreats.” – N.S.

 

Kurt Fekete
Youth Director

 

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For more information about SCYL contact Kurt Fekete at kfekete@hotmail.com

 


SPLATz

Youth Group for Pre-teens, aged 10-13

SPLATZ offers programming for preteens, aged 10-13, and is open and inviting to youth of all faiths and religious traditions, including preteens that do not believe in God or have any religious background or affiliation. We are an open and affirming organization; we respect one another and honor each individual and the spiritual path one chooses to follow. Tweens gather for retreats with caring ministers and adult leaders. Here, tweens learn together, develop friendships, and discover their true inner self and what they believe in a safe, secure, and supportive environment. At retreats, tweens have free time for games, music, recreation, or just hanging out and talking. Kurt Fekete is also the SPLATZ Youth Director.


Highlights of the SCYL Memorial Weekend Retreat

Almont New Church Assembly and Retreat Center, Almont, MI, May 2018