Since 1955, young people from across the Uniting Church have gathered in different states for the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) every two years. After a gap of three years instead of two due to logistical considerations for the NSW synod youth unit, the next convention – NCYC Yuróra – will take place from 7-10 January 2014. This will be the first time in 30 years NCYC will be held in Sydney.
Yuróra is a Dharug word meaning ‘passionate’. It comes from the Burrumattagal peoples – the first people of the land in North Parramatta where the conference will be held.
The convention has traditionally been a high-energy event drawing passionate speakers and delegates alike.
Throughout the years it has attracted a committed base of regular delegates as well as newcomers to the Uniting Church. NCYC Yuróra is set to be no different.
Speakers will include Rev Julian Hamilton, Methodist Church of Ireland; Rev Professor Andrew Dutney, President of UCA Assembly and Rev Denise Champion, Covenanting Coordinator for SA Synod.
There will be performance poetry by Cameron Semmens and Joel McKerrow, comedy from duo ‘Pirate Church’ as well as music by band Garage Hymnal, and singer songwriter Fatai V (of z fame).
Adrian Greenwood, Discipleship Educator – Young Adults at the Vic/Tas synod, will be facilitating a bible study on ‘Passion and Call’ with leadership from four young people from across the QLD, SA, Vic/Tas and NSW/ACT synods.
As at previous conventions, Mr Greenwood will be hosting a space designed for interactive learning called ‘café praxis’ which has its basis in ‘morepraxis’, an online community and resource for social action and theological reflection. The space run by Mr Greenwood will include an alternative worship installation focussing on the issue of human trafficking, and a venue for Q&A sessions on discipleship, justice and church leadership.
Chairperson of the convention’s management team, Bradon French has high hopes for the event.
“I have a passion to see young people realise their potential and practice discipleship. I believe Yuróra may just be the start of an exciting future for our movement.”
For more information or to register visit www.ncyc.com.au
To connect with others attending from the Vic/Tas synod contact Drew Hanna at Drew.Hanna@ctm.uca.edu.au