Today at NYC: “Extending Agape Love”

2010 National Youth Conference of the Church of the Brethren Fort Collins, Colo. — July 17-22, 2010

 Morning devotions began the day. The morning worship celebration heard from Dennis Webb, pastor of Naperville (Ill.) Church of the Brethren, and was followed by small group meetings. In the afternoon were workshops, hiking, service projects, and ultimate frisbee, along with other recreation. Evening worship featured Jarrod McKenna, an eco-evangelist and “peace prophet” from Australia. Late-evening activities included a celebration of the final night of NYC 2010, an intercultural worship service, an open microphone talent show, and board games.
(Banner photo by Glenn Riegel

Quotes of the Day

“Agape love is God’s love demonstrated and dramatized in Jesus Christ

through every single human being, including those gathered in this hall this morning.”
–Dennis Webb, pastor of Naperville (Ill.) Church of the Brethren, preaching for morning worship on Wednesday

“Australia is like a parallel universe. Imagine a place where poor children don’t die because they didn’t have health insurance and nobody owns guns.”
–Jarrod McKenna, Australian eco-evangelist and peace and justice activist, giving the Wednesday evening message

“Atonement in the Jewish imagination is God putting the world right.”
–McKenna in the evening sermon, speaking on a passage from the gospel of John and setting it in a context of Hebraic thought

“The peace church tradition teaches us it’s not about heroes. It’s about people.”
–McKenna speaking to a Brethren audience about the church’s own peace tradition–one he told the youth they should cherish as a tradition so many others in the world want to be invited into

(Photos above: top Dennis Webb, Wednesday morning preacher; bottom Jarrod McKenna, Wednesday evening preacher. Photos by Glenn Riegel)





NYC Question of the Day
What will you take from this year’s National Youth Conference?

Allyson Stammel

Lebanon Pa.

“A deep relationship with God and a better understanding of what it means to be a Christian.”

John Peck
Fort Hill, Pa.

“A great experience and memories that will last a lifetime.”

(His friend blurted out “Don’t say: ‘The towels and bedding.’”)

Katelyn Carothers
Glendale, Ariz.

“I will take away a renewal of my faith in God, an awareness of my brokenness, but I know God can heal it.”

Kayla Tracy
New Carlisle, Ohio“Not everybody is what they seem to be. There’s more to people than there appears to be.”

Justin Biddle
Hollidaysburg, Pa.“We need to live out what we’re supposed to be.”
Interviews and photos by Frank Ramirez
Aaron Neff
Gotha, Fla.“A whole bunch of new friends and some awesome worship experiences. Also some new music!”

Tanner King
Treasure Island, Fla.“A lot of new experiences.”

Thomas Winnick
Mt. Union, Pa.“Friendship.”

The News Team for the 2010 National Youth Conference (NYC) includes photographers Glenn Riegel and Keith Hollenberg, writers Frank Ramirez and Frances Townsend, “NYC Tribune” guru Eddie Edmonds, Facebooker and Twitterer Wendy McFadden, website staff Amy Heckert, and news director and editor Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford. Contact .

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