by Rev. Diane Weible
When I was in High School, I attended the Regional Youth Event in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was the first time I was introduced to the wider United Church of Christ. If I close my eyes, I can imagine myself standing in that auditorium, singing with people I had met for the first time but didn’t really know yet, and realizing how much bigger the church was beyond my single congregation. The fact that I can still remember that over 30 years later proves to me that it impacted me in ways that I didn’t realize then, and only now have become to appreciate.
The Western Region is planning a similar event for 2018. This event will be held in Hawaii. If you know a youth in your church or in your family that may be impacted in much the same way that I was, please let them know about this event. Please help them to get there. We are sending a group from our Conference and if all happens the way I experienced it, it will be the beginning of a lifetime of faith for them. It will be a chance to connect with the Spirit. It will be a soul-transforming event that will be part of what shapes their lives for years to come.
Because that is what faith is all about. That is what these kinds of youth events offer. And, as the Northern California Nevada Conference, we want to partner with you to offer this same kind of event of your youth—an event that will be transforming and fun and faith-filled. Please join us!
Dates: June 25-29
Where: University of Hawaii, Manoa
Cost: $475 early bird, $495 after early bird has ended. Cost includes lodging, food, and program related fees. Airfare will be additional.
Age Range: Youth who have completed 8th grade – graduating seniors
Theme: “Come to the Waters”
The Conference is recruiting adult chaperones & workshop leaders, and youth who want to attend WRYE 2018. We especially need adults who are able and willing to be point people, and planners for the Conference delegation to WRYE 2018. This includes participating in ongoing conference calls of the Western Region, and working with Rev. Eric Sherlock (leader for our Conference Delegation) and Rev. Sonny Graves (organizing logistics) to participate. Please contact Rev. Sherlock directly firstname.lastname@example.org or Sonny email@example.com if you are interested, or know someone who is!