Claiborne selected as NYC speaker


MB youth encouraged to plan for San Antonio 2011

NYC press release

Shane Claiborne will be the keynote speaker for the National Youth Convention, set for April 16-19, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas. Claiborne is a prominent Christian activist, author and speaker, featured on the DVD series, “Another World is Possible,” and author ofThe Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers. He is a founding partner of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.

Stories in Braille will be the featured band. The San Antonio 2011 Web site says the members of this band “want to simply tell stories that everyone listening can feel in a real way, and ultimately, to create space for God to move.”

The National Youth Convention (NYC) is the largest gathering of Mennonite Brethren in the United States and is held every four years, giving students one opportunity to attend in high school. The conventions have been held since the 1970s, primarily in retreat settings such as Estes Park, Colo., and Glorietta, NM.

In 2007, organizers tested a new model that emphasized learning and service in an urban context. Each conferee had opportunity to minister in the city, which organizers felt was an excellent way to pass along an important Anabaptist value. Anaheim ’07 was deemed a success, and the 2011 convention will follow a similar model. Anaheim ’07 co-directors Rick Bartlett, Wendell Loewen and Tim Neufeld have returned to plan the 2011 NYC.

San Antonio was selected as the site based on the availability of ministry opportunities, proximity of food and entertainment and quality and accessibility of the hotel. The convention will be held at the Grand Hyatt River Walk Hotel.

Organizers are asking youth leaders to save the date and begin planning to bring their students. Registration for the event opens Oct. 1.


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