The PC(USA) is gearing up for its second Young Adult Advocacy Conference, “Jesus and Justice,” scheduled for October 18-20 at the Charlotte campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary in North Carolina. 

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event in Louisville, Kentucky, this conference aims to provide advocacy and leadership training to college students, seminarians, and young adults. Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, PC(USA)’s advocacy director, highlights the conference’s focus on justice advocacy, offering participants a chance to engage with various social justice issues and learn about the church’s history of involvement in these ministries.

The conference will feature worship services, workshops, panel discussions, and keynote presentations, providing opportunities for young adults to network and share their advocacy experiences. Expected topics include racial justice, poverty, LGBTQIA+ rights, gender justice, and human trafficking, among others. The event aims to empower young people to address pressing societal issues, reflecting a growing trend of youth activism on both national and international levels.

The conference is free to attend. Since it will be a regional conference, housing will not be provided, but the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness hopes that participants will ride together from Charlotte and surrounding areas

Ivy Lopedito, a mission associate for the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness, emphasizes the importance of inviting young people from diverse backgrounds to join in this crucial work of learning, growth, and connection.