Thursday, April 24, 2008

These notes are as fresh as they get without being a live stream....that means they'll be rough!
Enjoy! Steph

Matt Lockett – Young People’s Address…1st ever! Very diverse group spanning the world. Our prayer is that God leads all of us, everyone today, to change the world…”
Video – Kirov Russia – Sign language by young person “Shout to the World” Nothing compares to the promise I have in You!!!
Kira VOlkova, Northern Europe Central Conf – Russia – UM Church, as well as other protestant churches has faced hostility from other ..Russian Orthodox Church preaches against all Protestant Churches, considering themselves cults. UMC in Russia needs your constant prayers”. “
More bongs…
Jan 2007 = Rebecca …. Northern Michigan Conf – beginning of YA “And then God spoke and we begin to listen to each other..developed principles, guidelines, etc . Disagreed..but slowly learned to talk WITH not over each other. Holy conferencing is worked for the Young people gathered in Johannesburg. Listen to each other, Listen to God…let God work…(IT can work here
beliefs, principal as you and I…the only thing differentiate is financial status.
IF Jesus physically walked with us today what would he do if he saw a hungry person. What would he do if he saw a war torn person starving. Matth 5: 3-5 – Blessed are the poor in spirit as they are the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are the people who remember and help those affected by social, gender, issues regarding of age, gender, etc.. We are all Children of God!
God expects for us to care for each other! What will you do the next time you pass a homeless mother, father, child, begging on the street…how will you respond to God’s word asking that we love and care for one another… There are people so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread….
James Rathod - Nebraska AC
Disullusioned by personal fulfillment instead of social justice. Embraced everything liberal from the gospel to soy milk. After h.s. fled home state to seek refuge in college Religions vs secular…no middle ground…thought realized that liberals promoted a tolerance of their own. Realized that he too was sometimes was condescending..just as he opposed.
Floor debates of degenerated to name calling and shouting. Only find common ground on hosting potlucks and singing songs.
Rev Annie Arnoldy Rocky Mountain Conf
College YA are still figuring out what they want to do, who they are, etc.
Older superiors expect young workers to conform but not reform or transform anything
Finding identies in communal spaces. IF you are wondering where they are….cafes, coffee shops, bars, restaurants, schools and great ideas…these are the places that allow young adults to form…think about your buildings and churches..offer them a place to belong.
Is this our identity..the picture is dirty..all…
Heaven and earth lifted. The lord is Speaking. I raised my children and helped them grow up..but they have turned against me.
Girl from Russia…
Russia..try to find happiness by drinking or drugs..UM Church is a place of support..(Kira) IT is possible to God to take and think about everybodys concerns.
Rev Annie Arnoldy again…
Horrified by starting YA ministries at the typical UM Church in downtown, from years ago. Later felt won over by the people of the church that could tell you all the remodeling or who has gotten married over the past 60 years. This is the hope of the YA, to be at a place where they can belong….
This is the hope of any church, any building, any person, anywhere. This is God doing a new thing….still at same old church downtown..babies are being born, etc.
Sometimes I feel discouraged and wonder why I should just keep trying…. Andrew Craig..Rocky Mountain…. God has put people here to help guide me through life struggles”
New testament metaphor of planting to understand the kingdom of heaven

1 comment:

m said...

Hi Jan and Steph,
Say, Thanks for blogging, it lets me in on the action. Awesome report sofar. Keep blogging! May the Lord Bless and Keep you and all the UM Confrencees.
love and prayers,
Melinda Harwood