Million Minutes enables youth action and advocacy activities that give voice and support to young people (aged up to 25) to transform their lives and their world. That's because young people's energy and vibrancy is astonishing. We have faith in young people. We see a world in which young people enable the transformation needed for everyone to live a life of dignity.
Young people are often seen and not listened to. They get shut out of decision-making, stereotyped, and scapegoated for society’s problems. And it’s not right. Young people’s energy and vibrancy shouldn’t be underestimated. They care about the future. They can change the future for the good of all.
At Million Minutes we want to enable young people to be the ones to build a world based on the principles at the heart of Catholic social teaching – the principles of dignity and equality, of service to the poor and the oppressed, of care for the world and the promotion of peace and solidarity.
At Million Minutes we’re inspired and challenged by CST. It lies at the heart of what we’re trying to do. At its core is the basic concept that all people are made in God’s image and likeness. If we believe that this is true then we are inspired to care for one another, whether or not we know the other person.
CST provides guidance on how to approach situations and principles to guide how we live our life and how we treat others both locally and globally. We've got a great Catholic social teaching resource so you can find out more about it here.
They say silence is golden. Here at Million Minutes, we say silence is worth much more than that. First up, silence helps us to stand in solidarity with young people who are shut out, stereotyped and scapegoated in society today. Young people are seen and not heard and that's not fair. Second, we're going to use our silence to raise money by getting people sponsored to stay silent. And third, silence helps us to reconnect with our deepest selves.
Abbot Christopher Jamison OSB, Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation:
Silence can give us so much but it’s easy to neglect in the buzz of day to day life. Million Minutes will not only help young people to raise money by sponsored silence but also encourage them to use the silent time fruitfully, through meditation and prayer.
I'm Paschal Uche from St Francis of Assisi Parish in Stratford, East London and a seminarian of Brentwood Diocese.
Million Minutes seems to really strike at the core of current issues for young people in the church and the community. It engages the social dimension through fundraising and in addition an opportunity for silence and real reflection on the beauty of God through it.
I’m Margaret Mizen from the Foundation for Jimmy. Me and my family care so much for our young people and want to do as much as we can to help make our streets a safer place.
During my silence I walked with a group from St Paul’s Cathedral to Westminster Cathedral. Because of my very busy life I was sure it would be a challenge for me to stay silent but I was really looking forward to trying!
I am supporting Million Minutes because it’s important to stand alongside young people. You have so much to offer the world at present.
What my seventy years on this planet can offer you is my utter conviction of the importance of allowing some time for stillness and silence in daily life. Why not begin with Million Minutes?