National Young Adult Leaders Conferences draw key young adult leaders from across Australia, from many diverse cultural groups, from within the Uniting Church in Australia.
They are hosted by The President of the Uniting Church in Australia and the Chairperson of The Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and are led by a team of gifted mentors, leaders and peer leaders.
Young adults must apply to attend. It is a vote of confidence in them personally to be accepted.
The conference is a way to encourage our young adult leaders who are already giving good service to their communities, churches or both. It is also a way to build capacity and character in these leaders.
The conference provides experiential learning, skill development and underpinning leadership knowledge to extend the participants leadership abilities.
Through living in community with many different cultures, cultural sensitivity and intercultural competence is strengthened. Networks are developed and productive new relationships are formed.
Through input and visits to effective agencies and communities, peoples understandings of matching service to communities real life needs, struggles, hopes and aspirations is developed. Some of the ingredients of community development and Appreciative Enquiry are explored.
We also help people to notice, evaluate and assess wider economic and lifestyle values of our society and to consider who these benefit, who they disadvantage, how they impact on the environment and so on. By evaluating our societal attitudes and their outcomes, we begin to understand how to ask important questions of the dominant culture and how to work towards a healthier society for all people.
The conference also provides opportunities for faith development, to consider core messages of the Christian faith that can motivate, guide and empower leadership and service to be relational, gracious, inclusive and open to working collaboratively with other organisations of good will.
In terms of character development, the conference models and gives real life practise in being more compassionate, open to others, inclusive relationally, appreciative, contemplative, friendly and proactive.