The Global Young Peoples Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPC-LA) is a quadrennial gat hering of United Methodist youth, young adults, and adult workers from around the world. As a co-chair of the Division on Ministries with Young People (DMYP), I have had the privilege to represent the NEJ, and have helped plan the GYPC for the past two years. The first Global Convocation was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2006, the second was in Berlin, Germany in 2010, and the third one will be happening in Luzon, Philippines this summer from July 16 – 20. As per the Discipline, each Central Conference and Jurisdiction is allocated five youth, five young adults, and two adult workers as voting delegates. Two delegates from the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference will be representing the Northeast Jurisdiction: Ashley Thompson, a youth from Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church and Lauren Lomas, a young adult from Lima United Methodist Church.
Over the course of four days, the Convocation brings together young people from around the world through worship and service. The Legislative Assembly portion of the gathering enables young people to discuss and vote on legislation that is submitted by young people. If the legislation is passed, it will go straight to General Conference in 2016. This aspect of the Convocation is a wonderful way for young people to share ideas and gain different perspectives on challenges the United Methodist church is facing.
As the NEJ Delegation journeys toward the Global Convocation, I ask that each of you lift up the Delegation and our two representatives, Ashley and Lauren in prayer. I also ask you to lift in prayer the planning team, the DMYP, and the volunteers in the Philippines who will be hosting us. After the Convocation, I hope that you will extend an invitation to Ashley and Lauren to discuss their experiences with you, your youth group and church.
For more information on Global Convocation, visit the Global Young People’s website: www.globalyoungpeople.org.
by Ann Jacob