With the first UMEIT (United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training): Young Adult Network training coming to an end, it is time for a new cohort of young adults to be selected for the second round. UMEIT: YAN is an intensive two-year training for United Methodist young adults, aged 24-35 from all over the world. They commit to a two-hour video conference training every month for two years, to meeting annually face-to-face, and to creating an ecumenical or interreligious ministry project or network in their context.
Some of the projects from the first cohort included: a website designed for young adults to have open conversations about ecumenism and interreligious engagement, a training for young adults in the Democratic Republic of Congo to talk about anti-tribalism and Christian unity, and a new young adult ministerial group in the mountains of North Carolina, designed for very diverse new pastors to get to know each other and spend time in fellowship and prayer.
In the best-case scenario, bishops would encourage particular young adults from their annual conferences to apply for this next round. Ten to 12 finalists will be chosen to take the journey together.
Click here for the application, which will be due in July. Reading and speaking English language skills are a requirement.