A number of folks from the Southeast Conference traveled down to Orlando for the 2016 National Youth Event. Our conference was represented by youth from Church of the Savior, Knoxville accompanied by Tonya Barnette and John Gill; two Piedmont students as volunteers, Grace Lyman Barner and Ben Thornburg, who are members of Praxis UCC in Americus, Georgia; and June Boutwell, Conference Minister.
There were over 3,000 people gathered in Orlando with the theme “Believe” based on Hebrews 11:1. This is a United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) event so everyone was able to make new friends and appreciate the diversity of God’s people through worship, speakers, workshops, and after-hours activities.
We were greeted in the opening worship by John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC and Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Our group joined others at Epcot to talk about cultural diversity and participated in service projects to benefit the greater Orlando community.
Watch for a full article in the August 15 edition of Conference Connections.