Young Adult Events
Bread for the World Hunger Justice Leaders
June 12-15, 2010
Bread for the World is looking for the best and brightest 20- to 30-year-old advocates to join their next class of Hunger Justice Leaders. Selected participants will attend an advocacy training workshop—all expenses paid—in Washington, DC, June 12-15, 2010. The leaders will then coordinate hunger advocacy efforts in their communities for the next 12 to 18 months. Vanessa Martinez, a Hunger Justice Leader from Santa Ana, CA, shares her passion and commitment in this short video. Watch it and then apply to become a Hunger Justice Leader—or pass it on to someone who should. Deadline is March 12, 2010.
UM Student Forum–Jesus’ Story: Empowering Disciples
May 27-30, 2010
Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA
Come join in worship, hear from exciting speakers and preachers, and learn from experienced workshop presenters. We’ll get to know other college students through small groups, serve the local community, and meet students from around the U.S. and world. The registration fee for this year’s event is $75 per registrant. Online registration will be available February 1, 2010.
Arkansas Chapter Retreat & OnFire Gathering
May 7-8, 2010
Mount Eagle Retreat Center in Clinton, AR
Calling young Arkansas justice-seekers! The Arkansas Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action will be hosting its annual retreat at the Mount Eagle Retreat Center in Clinton, Arkansas, this coming May. This retreat includes a special invitation to young people: particularly campus ministers and college students, youth group leaders and high school students. OnFire leaders Jennifer Mihok and Brian Schlemmer will be facilitating the weekend entitled, "Not just called, called to do justice." Come and connect with members of the Arkansas chapter to build a multi-generational, faithful community of justice seekers. Contact Jeff Kelley for more information. If you are a member of another MFSA chapter and are interested in hosting a young adult event, please contact Jennifer Mihok.
March for America: Change Takes Courage and Faith
Members of OnFire and MFSA are invited to take place in a rally for immigration reform on Sunday, March 21, in Washington, DC. The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Reform Immigration FOR America and others are sponsoring this event which will coincide with this year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days, to be held from March 19-22. We’ll meet at noon at the United Methodist Building (look for MFSA/OnFire signs), join an interfaith service at 1pm, and participate in the rally that begins at 2pm. Afterward, we’ll come back to the MFSA office for pizza and debriefing session. RSVP to Jennifer Mihok. See you there!
Little Rock, AR
The IMPACT Conference is historically the largest gathering in the country of socially-engaged college students who come together across issue, perspective, and approach to social change. Building on the rich 25-year tradition of the COOL Conference and the Idealist Campus Conference, IMPACT is the one time during the year when students, campus staff, year of service members, and nonprofit professionals gather together to share resources and exchange stories. Visit their website for more information.
Relevance X: Making New Disciples
Feb 12-13, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
Relevance, the young adult ministry of The Desert Southwest Conference, is hosting an exciting conference for young adults (age 18-30) in Las Vegas, NV. The conference will explore the concept of the power of ten. This theme will be woven throughout the event, challenging participants to imagine the power of ten new disciples, of ten new faith communities, of ten social justice projects. It will focus on empowering young adults to become leaders in their communities by developing their leadership skills, uniting their voices, and actively creating change in their districts. Spiritual formation will be a keystone of the conference, both in terms of spiritual formation of the participants during the conference and in terms of equipping participants to assist in the spiritual formation of those to who they will subsequently minister to in their own communities. In addition to the need to grow the Church, there is a more specific need for leadership development among young adults, particularly in the Desert Southwest. There are many young adults with the potential for leadership who need the paths, opportunities, resources, or voice to use their God-given abilities. This event will be a first step in these gifted young adults together with established church leaders to support and empower them. For more information on lodging, travel and to register for the event, visit www.relevancex.com.