Wednesday, September 3, 2014

{2014 Young People in Mission} The Workshops & City of Opportunity

One of the most advantageous components of this event for our participants is how our UMC Connectional System is so present. It is our hope that in our role of organizing YPIM, we give young people the chance to discern if they have a calling into the mission field in any capacity, and if so, to connect them with programs within the Church that can give them the opportunity to realize that calling. 

Many of these workshop leaders also set up informational booths Wednesday afternoon in our City of Opportunity. Not only was it a time of great connection, but it was a lot of fun. Thanks so much to Rori Blakeney and the General Board of Discipleship for furnishing popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones so that everyone had the necessary sugar rush for some good rounds of dodgeball!

photos courtesy of Rachel Russell
Take a look at the incredible array of workshops that were offered to the participants this year:

General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), Jeehye Kim Pak
#NewChurch not Your Parents’ Church: How the UMC is Reaching Younger and More Diverse People

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM), Becky Dean

Serving with the Poor

Global Justice Volunteers, Jason Riffe
Refugee Resettlement: Working in Solidarity with the Marginalized Faith, Justice and Planning for College

Just Peace Center for Mediation and Conflict, Haley Jones
Seeking Justice in Dialogue

General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), Clayton Childers
“What Does the Church Say About That”

Plymouth UMC: Cross (Christians Reaching out in Sacred Service), Jay Clark
From Mercy to Justice

Kingdom House, Kenneth J. Pruitt
Relational Justice: Creating Change in the City of St. Louis
Holistic Justice: Empowering the Whole Community

General Board of Discipleship (GBOD), Rori Blakeney
Justice: Stand, Speak, Spend

Birmingham-Southern College, Rev. Jack Hinnen
For Egypt to Israel: Relearning Justice
Personal Justice/ Social Holiness: Relearning Justice

Appalachian Service Project (ASP), Tim Norton
Work Miracles: Making Homes Warmer, Safer, Drier, in Central Appalachia

Urban Ministry, Danny Jones
Five Levels of Church Outreach

General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), Rev. Neal Christie
Connecting Mercy and Justice, Micah 6:8

Rethink Church (UMCOM), Sophia Agtarap
Strengthening Communities and Transforming Lives through Technology

Generation Transformation, Diamond Pate and Whitney Peters
Becoming a Young Adult Missionary

Imagine No Malaria, Ashley Gish
SWAT: Imagine No Malaria

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