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May 25 - May 27
Over Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of Youth (grades 6-12) and adult youth workers will gather at the University of Puget Sound for Convo, three days of worship, fun, and learning. This United Methodist youth retreat is a fantastic opportunity to connect with friends new and old from across the Pacific Northwest!
Our theme this year is The Journey. Our speaker, Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber, a member of the Greater Northwest Area Innovation Vitality Team, will help us explore how we navigate the great journey of life especially as we work through times of uncertainty and trouble. We will explore how God’s love and faith keep us steadfast and give us hope even during the storms and trials of life.
Every year, Convo is planned by an excellent team of youth and supportive adults who have a passion and dedication to making this the best event it can be; this year is no exception. We’ve been hosting this “Bishop’s Youth Convocation” for over 40 years and we are praying for a weekend where both youth and adults are equipped and recharged to live as passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.
Convo Dance theme this year is THROWBACK! Whether it’s suits and ties of the 1920s or the vibrant workout fits of the 80s, everyone has their favorite retro style. Throwback and represent your favorite decades at this fun, time-warp of a dance.
Who Can Go?
Convo is for youth currently in grades 6 – 12 and their adult leaders. We ask churches to send one adult, who has completed a national background check, to accompany every 1- 6 youth of each gender. We will try to accommodate youth in cases where this isn’t possible. Cost is $175 for all retreat participants both youth and adults. We do offer a discount to those who are leading workshops or small groups. If you are leading a workshop or small group and you do not have your discount code please contact Teri. We offer scholarships, for those in financial need, to help to make this retreat possible for all.
Convo registration is online. Each youth and adult registering must fill out an online registration form. Youth Leaders can choose to register their entire group at once (contact Teri for details and a registration form).
Registration will close at 11:59PM PST May 9th, 2019.
More about our Speaker
Leroy Barber has dedicated 30 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.”
Leroy starts projects that shape society; in 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless, he and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries, to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. In 1994 he became Director of Internship Programs at Cornerstone Christian Academy. Leroy was licensed and ordained at Mt Zion Baptist Church where he served as Youth Director with Donna, and also served as Associate Minister of Evangelism. In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries, working with Atlanta Youth Project to serve as the founding Executive Director of Atlanta Youth Academies, a private elementary school providing quality Christian education for low-income families in the inner city. Leroy also helped found DOOR Atlanta, Community Life Church, South Atlanta Marketplace, and Community Grounds Coffee shop in Atlanta, as well as Green My Hood and The Voices Project.
Leroy is currently the Developer of Congregational Vitality with Oregon-Idaho Conference of United Methodist Church. Leroy is the Co-Founder of the Voices Project and Adjunct professor at Kilns College and Multnomah University. Rev. Barber is on the boards of, The Simple Way, Missio Alliance, The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), and the Former Board Chair of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).
He is the author of four books: New Neighbor: An Invitation to Join Beloved Community (2008, Mission Year), Everyday Missions: How Ordinary People Can Change the World (2012, Intervarsity Press), Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White: Who’s More Precious In His Sight? with Velma Maia Thomas, 2014, Faith Words/Hachette Book Group), Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom For A Divided World (2016, Intervarsity Press)
He was a contributing author to Tending to Eden, by Scott Sabin (2010, Judson Press), and the groundbreaking book UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters, by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons (2007, Baker Books).
Leroy currently lives in Portland Oregon and has been married to Donna for the past 32 years together they have six children.