UM Youth, Young Adults Gathering in Philippines for Global Convocation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 8, 2014 /Discipleship Ministries/ – Nearly 400 United Methodist youth, young adults and adult leaders from 34 countries will gather at the Global Young People’s Convocation and Legislative Assembly in the Philippines next week to worship and pray together and to discuss the future of their church.

The quadrennial event, organized by the Young People’s Ministries division of the Discipleship Ministries, will be held July 16-20 at the Center for Community Transformation retreat center in Tagaytay, Philippines.

“The theme of the event is Crossroads, which symbolizes the place where we come together, experience growth and change and go out into our church and world to change them,” said Michael Ratliff, Associate General Secretary at Discipleship Ministries and head of Young People’s Ministries.

As part of the event, 50 young adult missioners who have been participating in training over the past several weeks will be commissioned, Ratliff said.

“The convergence of young people and church leadership in this place will plant seeds that will bear fruit in some very specific ways in the near future and into the distant future,” he said.

Twenty-five different workshops will prepare participants to more effectively live out their response to God as they move beyond the crossroads that brings the group together. An “Open Space” experience will provide them with a place to connect with others who care about the same issues and allow them to make plans for future leadership opportunities around those topics.

The Legislative Assembly will focus on a number of petitions submitted by young people for consideration on topics from global warming to same-sex marriage. The assembly is designed to give UMC young people a collective voice and a direct avenue for submission of supported proposals to the General Conference. Petitions discussed at the Legislative Assembly could find their way onto the docket for the 2016 General Conference.

Participants will ride in jeepneys, the iconic local form of Filipino transportation, and learn some Filipino history, culture and language with a “fiesta,” a visit and cultural dinner in the Intramuros of Manila and visits to local congregations.

Each Central and Jurisdictional conference is allocated five youth, five young adults, and two adult workers as voting delegates. In addition, twelve non-voting delegate spaces are available to each Central and Jurisdictional conference.

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