By Becky Ullom Naugle
Young Adult Conference (YAC) 2023 will welcome younger adults to Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, Ind., on May 5-7, to consider the ways God continues to shape and reshape their lives. The theme, “I’m not done with you,” uses Jeremiah 18:1-6 as a focus.
“The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, ‘Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.’ So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Then the LORD gave me this message: ‘O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand’” (Jeremiah 18:1-6, New Living Translation).
In selecting this text and theme, the Young Adult Steering Committee affirms that not only does God shape us, but God also redeems our brokenness. Kintsugi (kin-soo-gee), is the Japanese artform of repairing broken pottery by using a mixture of gold and silver to mend the broken pieces back together. While some would consider broken shards of pottery “trash,” God’s mending ways remind us that wholensss and perfection are not synonymous. God is not done with us; God will not leave us in our brokenness!
During the weekend, there will time for worship, small groups, workshops, and recreation–as well as a lot of good conversation and fellowship.
— Becky Ullom Naugle is director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Church of the Brethren.
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Please pray… For those planning and leading this year’s Young Adult Conference, and all of the young adults who may attend. May God bless this gathering.