National Youth Conference 2018 theme is announced

Church of the Brethren Newsline
March 17, 2017

Exuberant participants in the 5K at the last National Youth Conference, held in 2014. The event for youth in high school through the first year in college is held only once every four years. It returns in 2018 in Fort Collins, Colo. Photo by Nevin Dulabaum.

By Becky Ullom Naugle

Participants in National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 will focus on the theme “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ.” The scriptural theme is from Colossians 3:12-15: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”

The 2017-18 National Youth Cabinet gathered at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., on Feb. 10-12 to begin planning for NYC 2018. “God led us to this theme because we felt the Holy Spirit telling us that we need more unity in the youth of our denomination,” said Hannah Buck, cabinet member. “I am so excited for youth to explore this theme during the week of NYC and be able to really dissect what it means to clothe ourselves with these bold, dynamic words and actions in our daily lives,” said Kelsey Murray, NYC coordinator.

NYC will take place July 21-26, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colo. The event is for youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college at the time of NYC (or are age equivalent to this range) and their advisors. Programming, lodging, and meals are included in the registration fee. Registration will be online and will open in January 2018. Visit for more information, or be in touch with the Youth/Young Adult Ministry office at 800-323-8039 ext. 485.

— Becky Ullom Naugle is director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Church of the Brethren.

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