UCA President Dr Deidre Palmer has invited young adult leaders across the Uniting Church to join her online for an opportunity to connect and reflect on being Church at this time.
The video gatherings scheduled over the next few months are an opportunity to remain connected after COVID-19 has meant the cancellation of the National Young Adult Leaders Conference (NYALC) scheduled for January 2021.
The gatherings are open to all young leaders in the Uniting Church. Dr Palmer will be joined at each of the sessions by Assembly National Consultant Rev. Charissa Suli who was integral in planning the last NYALC gathering in Adelaide in January 2019.
“It is disappointing for us not to be able to gather physically, but I am very eager to still be in contact with the young leaders of our Church, especially to hear how they are going during this pandemic,” said Dr Palmer.
The gatherings will provide an opportunity for young leaders to share their journey through COVID-19, to reflect on life and ministry, and how we continue being the Church at this time.
“We are living through very challenging and distressing circumstances in Australia and the pandemic continues to have devastating effects across the world. Through this, the Church has continued to be a community bearing witness to the love and compassion of Christ.”
“I pray that together we will be a source of encouragement to one another, and bearers of God’s hope in all the contexts in which we live, and it is my hope that these online gatherings can be one way in which we can listen to and care for each other.”
The dates for the gatherings are:
- Sunday 30 August at 5pm – 6.30pm EST
- Thursday 3 September at 7.30pm – 9.00pm EST
- Monday 19 October at 7.30pm – 9.00pm EST
Further gatherings are planned for November and December.
The sessions will be for groups of 12-15 people with a program of 90 minutes.
Register by emailing Neryl McCallum at NerylM@nat.uca.org.au