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Goal of Gathering: To provide an opportunity for YAVA to (re)connect with each other through sharing stories of YAV and YAVA experiences and supporting each other as we strive to live into the values that we gained through our YAV experiences. We aim to achieve this goal by providing space for YAVA to gather, share, and worship together and by learning from and connecting to the work that is already being done in Detroit by the PC(USA) and other organizations.

Accommodations: The Presbytery of Detroit has arranged for us to stay at First Presbyterian Church at Birmingham. The YAV Office will cover the cost of staying at the church and provide simple meals. Participants should bring sleeping bags, etc. (For those who wish to stay at a hotel, there is a Holiday Inn Express (ph. 248-642-6200) about 1 mile away with rooms that average $140 per night for a room with two double beds. Those who wish to stay in a hotel are responsible for making their own arrangements).

Travel: Attendees are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Birmingham/the Detroit area. The YAVA LC will arrange transportation for those coming by plane from the Detroit Airport to First Presbyterian Church at Birmingham. There will be financial assistance from the YAV office for those who need it.

For those who want to attend the gathering but need financial assistance, please indicate that in the sign-up form. Contact Emily Miller (Emily.Miller@pcusa.org or 502-569-4300) with questions.

Schedule:

Thursday: Travel day (after you’ve signed up on the link at the top or bottom of this post, we will be in touch with you about your travel plans if you need transportation to/from the airport). Try to arrive late afternoon/evening if possible. There will be food for dinner at the church.

Friday: In the morning we will hear from some local Detroit pastors and community leaders about what’s going on in Detroit now. The afternoon will be dedicated to an Open-Space-style format, so if you have a question, topic, or experience you want to discuss with other YAVA bring your ideas! There will also be some unstructured time Friday afternoon to hang out and share informally with each other. We will have a community dinner and worship on Friday night.

Saturday: There will be an opportunity to work with one of the local Detroit organizations in the morning. We will be done by lunchtime on Saturday and will help folks get back to the airport and/or the GA convention center. We know that some folks will need to get flights out in the morning, which is fine too.

Hosted by: This gathering is hosted by the Young Adult Volunteer Alumni Leadership Council (YAVA LC), the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Office, and the Presbytery of Detroit.

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