“Dynamic, faithful and influential” are the words that National Faith Development Consultant Tom Kerr uses to describe young adults in the Uniting Church in Australia. Our job, he says, is to supply fuel for their fire to live out their faith in a fast-changing world.
Mr Kerr was one of the organisers of the Uniting Church’s National Young Adult Leadership Conference(NYALC) in Sydney in late January, which brought together 42 young adults from across Australia.
Joining them were 15 facilitators and a total of 50 different contributors.
The conference was jointly hosted by Uniting Church President, Rev Professor Andrew Dutney, and key leaders of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC).
The first NYALC was held in January 2012.
The national event aims to build leadership capacity in Uniting Church young people, and to form a national network to provide opportunities for inspiration and influence in the church and the community.
Learning to lead
Mele Lolo, who worships at the Logan Multicultural Uniting Church, says that she is thankful to God for the enriching experience at NYALC.
“I’ve been able to re-connect my faith with God and my relationship with God as a young
“I’ve always thought that being a leader was just one leader leading.
“However, what I’ve found out is that it’s actually a team of people who are all leaders,” she says.
Candace Champion from the UAICC in South Australia says that the conference inspired young people to learn the true meaning of leadership.
“The National Young Adult Leadership Conference brings out the best in me.
“There’s so much that I have to learn and I feel like the conference enables this.
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