Celebrating Young Adults in Mission

Date Posted: 6/27/2012

A conference this summer will celebrate, reconnect, educate, and inspire people who have been involved with the long term Young Adult Mission Service programs of the United Methodist Church. These growing programs have sent and supported over 60 years of US-2s and 35 years of Mission Interns.  

The goal of this conference is to bring alumni and partners together who have been involved in mission and justice work around the world. Participants can expect to network, to learn about groundbreaking efforts led by current partners, and to gain tools and strategies to support alumni’s continued social action work. 300 attendees are expected. Alycia Capone, chairperson of the planning committee, says, “My hope for this gathering is for alumni to walk away with a rejuvenated spirit and desire to participate more actively in the recruitment and support of these young adult programs. It is my hope for the current and new participants to walk away with a deeper understanding of the programs' histories and connection to the alumni.”

This event is made possible by the General Board of Global Ministries. Elizabeth Lee, executive of the Young Adults Mission Service office, says, "Global Ministries is working to strengthen and expand these historic programs, by increasing the number of participants serving from the US and around the world and by building stronger partnerships with placement site organizations, local churches and alumni. The conference will provide a sacramental occasion to celebrate and remember the impact the programs have had on participants, communities and the church; witness the commissioning of new young adult missionaries; highlight programmatic developments; and offer opportunities to support young adults in service and engage in mission.”


Be sure to register online by July 15th to participate in this inspiring conference!

The theme of the event is Celebrating Young Adults in Mission: Living Stones for Transformation. The scriptural focus comes from Peter’s letter to the early Church. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourself be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NRSV)



  • Bishop Minerva Carcaño was the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church. She currently serves the Desert Southwest Conference. 


  • Jim Winkler is the General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). He’s also an alumnus of the Mission Intern program.


  • Rev. Rudy Rasmus is a local pastor in Houston, Texas. His book “Touch: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World” profiles his unique brand of faith sharing and radical hospitality.


  • Emira Woods is an expert on U.S. Foreign Policy and the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.


  • Deaconess Norma Dollaga (closing keynote speaker) is the general secretary of KASIMBAYAN, a national ecumenical peace and human rights organization. Ms. Norma Dollaga is a deaconess of the Philippines Annual Conference of the Manila Episcopal Area, Philippine Central Conference. She is a graduate of Harris Memorial College (HMC), an institution founded by the women foreign missionaries to train deaconesses in the Philippines. She worked in local churches as Christian Education deaconess and had been a faculty HMC. She is very much involved in the ministry of empowering women, justice, peace and human rights work. She has been immersed and continuously immersing herself in the communities and organizations of peasants, indigenous peoples, migrants ,  urban poor, workers where she  gathers so much  strength and inspiration from  their struggle and unbending hope. He current Episcopal assignment is at Ecumenical Center for Development.




Join others on August 2-5, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia to celebrate young adults in mission.