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A group of 19 young adults from the Presbytery of Yukon faced some significant travel challenges when they went to West Lafayette, Indiana, for this year’s Presbyterian Youth Triennium.
The delegation came from all parts of Alaska, from Barrow in the north to Anchorage in the south, where average temperatures in July range from 60 to 70 degrees during the day and 40 to 50 degrees in the evening. Indiana greeted them with temperatures approaching or exceeding 90 degrees and humidity that ranged from the high 70s to mid-80s each day. As if that wasn’t enough of an adjustment, the group was assigned to a dormitory without air conditioning.
“Keeping Faith” the video newsletter from Tony De La Rosa, interim executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency is live.
From Massanetta Springs to Montreat to Mo-Ranch to Montgomery Center—and just last month to the campus of Purdue University for a “little,” 4,700-strong youth event called Triennium—young people from all across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have traveled faithfully and far this summer. They have taken planes, trains, buses, and automobiles. They have camped and conferenced. They have been leaders, and they have been led. They have impacted God’s world and have themselves been transformed through diverse mission experiences locally, nationally, and globally.
From the opening call to the closing benediction and commissioning—exploding in a surprise shower of colorful confetti—Saturday morning’s worship at the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium was a fitting close to an event intentionally designed to send young people out to change the world.
Nearly 5,000 students, volunteers and staff gathered under the lights of the Slayter Center outdoor amphitheater on the Purdue University campus Friday evening for worship as one of the final events of the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium.
If it’s true that big things come in small packages, even bigger things happen in small groups. At the 2016 edition of the Presbyterian Youth Triennium there are a total of 90 small groups meeting over three sessions throughout the week, the last of which will be held this afternoon, Friday, July 22.
The group of 19 young adults from the Presbytery of Yukon faced some significant travel challenges coming to West Lafayette, Indiana for this year’s Presbyterian Youth Triennium.
Mixed in with the dozens of events that make up the Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT)—including worship services, small group discussions, Bible studies and advocacy opportunities—are daily recreation times designed to engage body, mind, soul, along with forging relationships.
If you had a chance to share a cup of coffee with Jesus, what would you talk about? Young adults attending the 2016 Youth Triennium have the opportunity to imagine that conversation and record it into their personal journal at the Pause Prayer Center, a reflective and meditative antidote to the mostly high energy events that mark the triennial gathering held on Purdue University’s campus.
A raucous, festive atmosphere punctuated the opening worship Tuesday night in Purdue University’s Elliot Hall of Music. Videos, chest-thumping music, energizers, and skits performed by Triennium staff helped work the estimated crowd of 5,000 students and adult volunteers into a multi-media frenzy that rivaled a rock concert in atmosphere and decibels, complete with the obligatory beach ball batted throughout the hall until the Call to Worship commenced.