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“Come to the Feast” seeks justice, renewed faith 

Portland, Oregon, May 19, 2006—Nearly 150 young people and youth leaders from the U.S. and Canada will gather here next week to learn from one another, live out their faith and experience people of other beliefs. 

The ecumenical gathering, “Come to the Feast,” happens every other year.  This is the fifth time the event has been held since 1998.  It brings together young adults and young adult workers who reach beyond denominational lines to connect, strengthen and empower young adult ministries.   

“We hope that all of the young people coming to this event will find ways to live out their faith and create a more just world by upholding the dignity and importance of all of God’s creation,” said the Rev. Garland Pierce, associate director of education and leadership ministries, National Council of Churches USA (NCC) the sponsor of the event. 

Working in four areas of interest, participants will learn about using their faith in mobilizing other young adults around issues of justice, building community, renewing their faith and how they can better express their faith. 

The first three days (May 24-26) will focus on interactive learning.  The last three days (May 26-29) the young people will put their discussions into practice engaging others within the community. 

“Our mission is to enrich young adult ministry in our churches,” said Rev. Pierce.  He coordinates the work of the Ecumenical Young Adult Ministry Team of the NCC. 

Among the denominations represented this year are the African Methodist Episcopal Church, American Baptist Churches, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Community of Christ, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. 

The NCC is the ecumenical voice in America of 35 Christian denominations in the United States, including Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican, historic African American and traditional peace churches, with nearly 45-million members in 100,000 congregations.

NCC News contact: Dan Webster, 212.870.2252.


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