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. Presently there are six UU’s attending.

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“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

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


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