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Philippa Osei shares her excitement on being elected as the new Youth Moderator Elect.

Posted on Friday, February 11, 2022

What led you to candidate for the role of Youth Assembly Moderator?

I was approached by a few people to consider doing the role, but I was hesitant. Upon careful reflection and prayer, I felt called to put myself forward as I felt I could offer a new perspective and make some positive changes.

What did the process involve when applying for this position, and what does the role involve?

I had to write a pen portrait and a small speech detailing why I thought I was the best person for the job. This included sharing my relevant experience, goals, and vision for Youth Assembly during my tenure. I then had to read my speech to the Assembly, and they voted for the person they wanted to become the Moderator Elect, which was me!

The Moderator Elect post is for one year, and then I will become the Moderator of Youth Assembly. This role involves representing the URC Youth at General Assembly, Mission Council and the Children and Youth Work Committee; as well as working closely with the Youth Moderator, Jo Harris. I will continue to be on the Youth Executive, but not as the representative of Thames North, this role has been taken over by Aaliyah Stewart of High Cross URC.

How does it feel to be the first BAME Youth Moderator Elect?

My election to the role of Moderator Elect is a significant one, as I will be the first BAME Moderator Elect of the URC Youth Assembly in its 50-year history. I am humbled and privileged to have been appointed to the office of Moderator-Elect, but much lies ahead which, by God's grace, will be achieved.

Why is this significant for the URC?

This was a necessary and highly anticipated step forward for our Church if we are to truly take action in our commitment to foster an anti-racist church, and to continue to elevate the voices of young people. Especially those from marginalised backgrounds.

What do you hope to achieve during your year as Youth Moderator Elect, and then as Youth Moderator in 2023?

I hope I can learn how to work collaboratively with the wider church and our ecumenical partners, to best represent young people before I take on the role of Youth Moderator. Also, it is my sincere wish that I can leave the door wide open for more BAME executive members and future Moderators by creating an even more inclusive Assembly and environment for youth in the Church.

Philippa Osei, Youth Moderator Elect, was Interviewed by Lorraine Downer (Thames North Children’s and Youth Development Officer).

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