Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

Youth and Young Adult Missionaries at general conference
Join us August 2-5, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia

TIME Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00-9:00     Continental Breakfast Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00   Morning Worship Morning Worship
9 -9:30
Communion Service:
9:30 -11
10:00-11:30   Keynote Speaker: Rudy Rasmus Young Adult Mission Service Update 9:45-10:30 Deaconess Norma Dollaga
      Advocacy Keynote Panel 11-12:30. Jenna Van Laningham, Jim Winkler, Emira Woods  
11:45-12:45 Lunch LUNCH BOX PICK-UP 12:30PM-1PM  
1:30-3:00   Seminars Advocacy Breakout 12:30 PM  
3:15-4:45 Registration High Tea Networking Field Activities
3 PM-6:00 PM
6:00 PM Dinner/Mixer Dinner Dinner, or Your Own  
7:00 PM Dinner/Mixer Dewey 1&2 Commissioning Service: Bishop Minerva Carcaño (Speaker)    
8:00-9:00 Opening Worship: Thomas Kemper, General Secretary   Coffeehouse 8-11 PM  
Until 11 PM Hospitality Lounge Crystal Room Hospitality Lounge Hospitality Lounge  

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A conference this summer will celebrate, reconnect, educate, and inspire people who have been involved with the long term Young Adult Mission Service programs of the United Methodist Church. These growing programs have sent and supported over 60 years of US-2s and 35 years of Mission Interns.

The goal of this conference is to bring alumni and partners together who have been involved in mission and justice work around the world. Participants can expect to network, to learn about groundbreaking efforts led by current partners, and to gain tools and strategies to support alumni’s continued social action work. 300 attendees are expected. Alycia Capone, chairperson of the planning committee, says, “My hope for this gathering is for alumni to walk away with a rejuvenated spirit and desire to participate more actively in the recruitment and support of these young adult programs. It is my hope for the current and new participants to walk away with a deeper understanding of the programs' histories and connection to the alumni.”

This event is made possible by the General Board of Global Ministries. Elizabeth Lee, executive of the Young Adults Mission Service office, says, "Global Ministries is working to strengthen and expand these historic programs, by increasing the number of participants serving from the US and around the world and by building stronger partnerships with placement site organizations, local churches and alumni. The conference will provide a sacramental occasion to celebrate and remember the impact the programs have had on participants, communities and the church; witness the commissioning of new young adult missionaries; highlight programmatic developments; and offer opportunities to support young adults in service and engage in mission.”

Be sure to register online by July 15th to participate in this inspiring conference!

The theme of this event is Celebrating Young Adults in Mission: Living Stones for Transformation. The scriptural focus comes from Peter’s letter to the early Church. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourself be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NRSV)

  • Bishop Minerva Carcaño was the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of the United Methodist Church. She currently serves the Desert Southwest Conference. 
  • Jim Winkler is the General Secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society (GBCS). He’s also an alumnus of the Mission Intern program.
  • Rev. Rudy Rasmus is a local pastor in Houston, Texas. His book “Touch: Pressing Against the Wounds of a Broken World” profiles his unique brand of faith sharing and radical hospitality.
  • Emira Woods is an expert on U.S. Foreign Policy and the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Deaconess Norma Dollaga (closing keynote speaker) is the general secretary of KASIMBAYAN, a national ecumenical peace and human rights organization. Ms. Norma Dollaga is a deaconess of the Philippines Annual Conference of the Manila Episcopal Area, Philippine Central Conference. She is a graduate of Harris Memorial College (HMC), an institution founded by the women foreign missionaries to train deaconesses in the Philippines. She worked in local churches as Christian Education deaconess and had been a faculty HMC. She is very much involved in the ministry of empowering women, justice, peace and human rights work. She has been immersed and continuously immersing herself in the communities and organizations of peasants, indigenous peoples, migrants ,  urban poor, workers where she  gathers so much  strength and inspiration from  their struggle and unbending hope. He current Episcopal assignment is at Ecumenical Center for Development.
Conference registration includes:
  • Opening and closing keynotes, breakout seminars and workshops, social activities, worship, US-2 and Mission Intern commissioning, direct-service activities, meals (except Saturday night), and receptions
  • Panels and discussions led by leading church and public-policy leaders on critical issues of vital importance to our communities in the United States and around the world
  • Opportunities to promote awareness in fun, interesting, and interactive ways
Registration Fees:
  • Early-Bird Registration -- $125 by July 15th (Due to technical difficulties with online registration, the early bird registration has been extended.)
  • General Registration -- $160 by July 29th
  • Late Registration -- $180 by August 2nd
  • Recent Program Participant Registration (for those who completed service in 2007 or later) -- $99 by July 12th
  • One-Day Registration for Thursday, August 2nd -- $50 by July 26th
  • One-Day Registration for Friday, August 3rd -- $75 by July 26th
  • One-Day Registration for Saturday, August 4th -- $75 by July 26th
  • One-Day Registration for Sunday, August 5th -- $50 by July 26th

For more information about the conference, volunteer opportunities, or to submit photos from your years of service, please contact Angelique Bell, Conference Coordinator, at or 703-679-7370.

Register for the conference.

Event Location:

The conference hotel is Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport. We have a limited number of rooms blocked at a special rate of $89/night (plus local taxes) for single/double occupancy rooms and $99/night (plus local taxes) for triple-quad rooms. Free shuttle service is available to and from Ronald Reagan National Airport. There is also a free shuttle service which drops passengers at local shops and restaurants.

Make room reservations directly with the hotel. 

Located a mere five miles from Washington, DC, Arlington offers easy access to the nation's capital as well as northern Virginia and southern Maryland. Arlington, home of many famous national monuments and landmarks, offers several exciting attractions. Crystal City, the largest of Arlington's "urban villages," features an abundance of ethnically diverse restaurants, cafes, specialty stores and bike trails within short walking distance. The largest of Arlington's downtown areas, Crystal City balances the offerings of an urban area with an environmentally minded setting. Go to Stay Arlington.

Planning Committee Members
  • Alycia J. Capone, Chairperson, US-2, 2001-2003
  • Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee, Executive, Young Adult Mission Service and Celebration Event
  • Angelique Bell, Consultant/Conference Coordinator, Mission Intern, 1996-1999
  • Rev. Mary Beth Gottula Byrne (Welcome Committee Chairperson), US-2, 1962-1968
  • Laura Bryant Njanga (Program Committee Chairperson), US-2, 1996-1998, and Mission Intern, 1998-2001
  • Rev. Judy Chung, Associate General Secretary, Missionary Services, Global Ministries
  • Adam Bray, US-2, 2002-2004
  • Rev. Michael Mann (Worship Committee Chairperson), Mission Intern, 2000-2003
  • Deaconess Amanda Mountain, Young Adults Mission Specialist
  • Deaconess Shelly Owen, US-2, 1998-2000
  • Deaconess Joanne Reich, US-2, 1988-1990, and Mission Intern, 1990-1993
  • Harris Tay, US-2, 2006-2008
  • Rev. Cathy Whitlatch, Mission Interpreter in Residence
  • Rev. Kyeong-Ah Woo, US-2, 1995-1997
Photo: Alumni, current US-2, Mission Interns and Mission personnel
Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey
The conference will feature:
  • worship
  • keynote speakers, including Rev. Rudy Rasmus, Bishop Minerva Carcaño, and Jim Winkler
  • service projects
  • access to new alumni networks
  • hands-on seminars with partner organizations
  • the commissioning of up to forty new US-2s and Mission Interns
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Letter from the Chairperson

Eleven years ago I knelt on a kneeler, lowered my head, and committed to two years of working with a community advocating for justice through systemic change. Standing in solidarity with my classmates and a good dose of naïveté, I embarked on a journey that would forever transform my paradigm.
My transformation did not cease after the completion of the program but instead has continued with every new story heard and experience felt. I am truly honored to serve on the committee commemorating the young-adult programs.
On behalf of the anniversary planning committee, Young Adult Mission Service, and Global Ministries, I invite you to join in celebrating your transformations, honoring our programs' history, and forging its future.
Alycia J. Capone
Chairperson of the Anniversary Planning Committee
US-2, 2001-2003


Bishop Minerva Carcaño
Bishop Minerva Carcaño James Winkler
Jim Winkler Rudy Rasmus
Rudy Rasmus Elmora Woods
Emira Woods

Norma Dollaga
Norma Dollaga