Friday, 03 August 2018

Our LEAD story

Young UCA members who attended the 15th Assembly in Melbourne are getting revved up for the next big youth event on the Church Calendar.

LEAD - the 2019 National Young Adults Leaders Conference - will take place at the picturesque Nunyara Retreat Centre in the Adelaide Hills from 17-20 January.

NYALC (pronounced NIGH-yalk for the acronymically challenged) is a long weekend of fun and faith formation that’s held every other year.

The conversations at the 15th Assembly in Melbourne in July clearly have the next generation of church leaders keen to do some Christian community-building of their own.

“Assembly was an real eye-opener,” says young UAICC member Hayden Charles from Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.

“I saw how people really cared about the Uniting Church and each other.”

Nicole Mugford of Brougham Place Uniting Church in Adelaide said it was great being around like-minded young people.

“There is so much passion, excitement and skills in the young people in the Church. I’m hopeful that into the future there will be many ways we can step into opportunities and continue to be empowered and encouraged in faith.

“I’m looking forward to NYALC as a chance to catch up and as a space for young voices to be encouraged and heard.”

Youthful members under 30 make up one in 10 members of the 15th Assembly.

“The 15th Assembly was my first involvement in a Church council outside of my normal congregation,” says Emily Whillance from Weeroona Uniting Church in Bendigo.

“It was a big learning curve. Not only on the way decisions are made but on the varying opinions and personalities in the church. Overall it was a great opportunity and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other young adults in the church.”

“Young people in the UCA and UAICC are passionate young leaders and will be the leaders of tomorrow. So send us to NYALC in Adelaide, OK?” said Hayden Charles.

NYALC is for young adult leaders in the Uniting Church aged 18 years and over.

They can register their interest now at http://nyalc.org.au