Young adults to lead Hesston event
Conference to focus on dreams of a generationBy Hesston College
HESSTON, Kan. — Matthew Troyer and Angela Lederach wrote a manifesto presenting a future vision for young adults in the Mennonite church.
Mark Horst and Karissa Miller drove all night to attend a youth ministry symposium that discussed passion in the church.
Eric Miller takes classes to prepare himself for the pastorate. Sarah Thompson biked across the United States this summer asking Mennonite congregations along the way to share their dreams for the church. Christopher Erb asks the kind of hard questions about the church and faith that few others have the courage to ask.
These young adults will share their dreams for the church of the future during a conference Oct. 27-29 at Hesston College.
The conference, part of the Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series at Hesston, will focus on the theme, “Church in My Dreams: A New Generation Speaks Out.”
“We want to provide a space for Anabaptists of all ages to reimagine what a passionate, faithful church could be,” said Michele Hershberger, conference convener and chair of the Hesston Bible and Ministry Center. “Listening and dreaming together is the point.”
Eric Miller, a pastoral ministries student at Hesston, agreed.
“I believe that vision is simply getting a picture of what God would want our denomination, our churches and our lives to look like if there were no barriers to God’s will,” he said. “This conference is so exciting for me because it gives us the rare opportunity to dialogue about this vision in an open and multi-generational setting.”
Tony Jones will be another featured speaker, taking what he hears from conference participants and combining this with his prepared talk.
Jones, of Edina, Minn., is national coordinator of Emergent-U.S., a Minneapolis-based Christian group, and a doctoral fellow and senior research fellow in practical theology at Princeton (N.J.) Theological Seminary.
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