The heatwave that left the large swathes of the northern (from a Victorian’s point of view) states sweltering this week did not spare the young and not-so-young attending Yurora 2017.
Thankfully on Tuesday the North East Victoria delegation attending the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) at Stanwell Tops, south of Sydney, found a nicely shaded spot to enjoy some lunch for the synod gathering.
The 37C day also made the pool at The Tops Conference Centre a particularly inviting option.
The conference finished on Thursday morning with a final worship rally, featuring South Australian moderator and president-elect of the Uniting Church Dr Deidre Palmer as the main speaker.
Yurora 17 had a particular emphasis future of the Uniting Church, within the context of multicultural nation committed to recognising the sovereignty of the First Peoples.
On Tuesday four state moderators, including Sharon Hollis from the Synod of Tasmania and Victoria, took part in a discussion on female leadership.
More than a thousand people from presbyteries and Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Congress took part in the five days of worship, teaching, fellowship and fun.
Among the highlights were the morning bible studies, the always busy Village Green which hosted poetry slam, live music events and the performances by Dusty Feet Mob dance collective from South Australia.
One of the stand-out performers both on and off the stage was seven-year-old Tyeisha.