Category Archives: Conferences

9-27-19 is the Registration Deadline for Pyoca Fall Youth Conference!

Register now for #FYC2019!

Can you believe it? Pyoca’s Fall Youth Conference is just two weeks away!

Check out the information below to complete your youth group’s registration. The registration deadline is this Friday, Sept. 27th, so be sure to register soon!

Have questions regarding registration? We’re here to help! Feel free to email Program Director Rev. Molly DeWitt at molly@nullpyoca.org for registration assistance, or call the Pyoca office at (812) 358-3413.

How to Register:

FYC registration is by church, rather than by individual. Each church must designate a Youth Registrar, most often a Youth Director or volunteer youth leader.

If you have individual youth looking to join us, but do not have a full group, let us know and we can assist in pairing you with a partner church!

Step One: Please indicate to the Pyoca office your intent to join us by submitting the Group Pre-Registration Form and Youth Leader Registration Form via email to Molly DeWitt (molly@nullpyoca.org) no later than Friday, Sept. 27th, 2019. That way, we have a general estimate on how many youth and adults will be joining us.

Step Two: Have each youth participant fill out the FYC Youth Registration Form and return them to the Registrar. Youth forms can be sent via mail or email to Molly DeWitt. If needed, youth forms can be brought to the conference on Friday, Oct. 4th.

  • After the registration deadline, one?for?one substitutions of the same gender may be made.
  • Additional registrations will be accepted if space is available.

For substitutions or additions, contact Molly DeWitt at molly@nullpyoca.org or (812) 358-3413.
Additional information and all conference forms can be found here.


We are delighted to welcome Rev. Shelly Wood and Matthew Black as this year’s keynote speaker and worship leader. We would also like to welcome Justin Wade, Executive Director of Young Actors Theatre in Indianapolis, as the guest speaker for our Saturday evening vesper service.

This year’s theme is A Light in the Darkness. We know that youth are not immune to darkness and times of struggle. They deserve to have a space that is open for them to talk about their fears, anxieties, and what challenges them.
When we are able to talk about the darkness around us we bring light to difficult situations. We find hope that God is right alongside us in our darkest places moving us into the light.

This year’s theme will focus on the story of Zacchaeus and what it means to see, be seen, and share the light of Christ with others.

The conference is open to any youth group and their youth leaders. Youth in grades 6-12 are welcome. Small groups will be split by age group, 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th. Individual youth without a group attending are encouraged to group up with another church to register.

Be sure to check out our flyer!

All general conference information (fees, registration, etc.) can be found in the FYC Church Group Information sheet.

We look forward to having you with us in a few short weeks and will be praying for your youth and congregations!

If you have any questions at all about the Fall Youth Conference, or any other Pyoca programs, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Molly DeWitt
Program Director

If you have any questions regarding Pyoca programs, please email program@nullpyoca.org or call (812) 358-3413.

Multidisciplinary Conference on Immigration Coming to CTS in 02/2019

Artists, Leading Theologians, Legal Scholars, And Community Leaders To Explore Migration And Border Crossings In Multidisciplinary Conference

Decatur, GA—Columbia Theological Seminary and Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion are excited to co-host a multidisciplinary conference on immigration—Migration and Border CrossingsFebruary 7-9, 2019 at Columbia Seminary.

“This conference will bring together leading theologians, legal scholars, artists, and leaders of faith communities to explore global migration,” says Leanne Van Dyk, president of Columbia Theological Seminary. “The speakers at this conference are extraordinary: Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States from 2015-2017 and the winner of National Book Critics award, will give the opening keynote titled ‘The Journey of the Migrant.’ Emilie Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, will give the closing keynote focusing on displacement and trauma.”

Other notable presenters include: Kwok Pui LanKhaled Beydoun,  Heval Mohamed Kelli,  Daniel CarrollKristin HeyerPeter C. PhanTodd GreenRose Cuison VillazorJehu HancilesClaudio CarvalhaesAzadeh N. Shahshahaniand Michele R. Pistone.

In addition to the presenters, the conference has made space for a strong presence of the arts during the three-day event. Emory University’s Staibdance group will present an original dance performance called “Moat,” an evening length exploration of human migration from Iran to a small Pennsylvania town during the Iran hostage crisis.

“Columbia Seminary’s proximity to Clarkston, GA, which is home to immigrants and refugees from about 50 countries and is often called ‘the most diverse square mile in America’ makes us the ideal seminary to host this major conference on immigration,” says conference co-convener Raj Nadella, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Director of MATS Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.

“We have observed that the issue of immigration moved to the center of our national discourse in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election and has become much more significant in the last two years. Although the issue is widely discussed in legal, political, and ecclesial circles, such conversations occur mostly in a piece-meal fashion. There have been few attempts to address various aspects of immigration—historical, political, religious, racial/ethnic, and theological/ethical—in a coherent and substantial manner,” says Nadella.  “Many scholars and faith communities across the United States have been attempting to address this issue that is affecting their communities, but they lack substantial resources to facilitate constructive conversations and take steps towards participatory action.”

The conference will feature three plenary sessions that explore the causes, the processes, and the effects of migration as well as multiple workshops that will offer insights and tools for addressing immigration related issues.

“Other entities are partnering with us to make this a truly international conference of global significance,” says Silas Allard, Managing Director of Emory University’s Center for Law and Religion, Harold J. Berman Fellow in Law and Religion and conference co-convener. “We are grateful to the World Council of Churches and the Council on American Islamic Relations for their partnership.”

More information on the even can be found on the Migration and Border Crossing webpage.

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University produces and promotes path-breaking scholarship, teaching, and public programs on the interaction of law and religion around the world. CSLR is a thought leader dedicated to producing innovative scholarship, facilitating challenging conversations, convening the best minds, and training the next generation of academics, lawyers, and religious leaders to advance the global conversation on law and religion. 

Columbia Theological Seminary is “cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry, leadership development, and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia Seminary offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit www.CTSnet.edu.

Media Contact:

Michael Thompson
Director of Communications
404-687-4530
ThompsonM@nullCTSnet.edu

For program information, please contact:

Dr. Raj Nadella
Assistant Professor of New Testament; Director of MATS Program,
Columbia Theological Seminary
404 687-4544
NadellaR@nullCTSnet.edu

Silas W. Allard
Managing Director and Harold J. Berman Fellow in Law and Religion, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University
404-727-8550
silas.allard@nullemory.edu

Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network 1 Day Conference

The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) is bringing a major event to our doorstep in October.  A one-day regional conference will be held at Worthington Presbyterian Church (just N of Columbus on Fri Oct 12th.  The theme is” The Best of Times: God’s Call in the Third Thirty of Life”.  Opening the event will be a keynote address by Rev. Ray Jones, Acting Director of Theology, Formation & Evangelism at PC(USA) Louisville. In addition there will be 12 workshops from which to choose, covering a wide variety of topics such as:

  • Dementia as seen through the eyes of the inflicted
  • Navigating the Journey of Aging
  • Models for neighborhood care by the Area Agency on Aging
  • Social Justice and Older Adults
  • How to those who are “Spiritual but not religious” (SBNR’s)
  • Missions for Older Adults
  • Generational Generosity
  • Our Third Thirty and the Seven Days of Retirement
  • Overcoming Fears in the Third Thirty of Life
  • Perspectives from a Panel of Retired Ministers
  • Caregiving
  • Open Q&A Session with the Keynote Speaker, Rev Ray Jones

Overnight accommodation at a special rate of $99 (inclusive of all taxes, dinner and breakfast) has been secured at the nearby Homewood Suites, 115 Hutcheson Ave, Columbus OH 43235.  Registration for the conference ($25 early, $35 after mid Sep and $40 on the day) and hotel accommodation (if needed) will start in mid August through POAMN’s website (www.poamn.org).  For more information and any questions, please contact Chris Pomfret, POAMN’s Vice President, at 937-545-6667 or cjpomfret1954@nullgmail.com

2018 Stewardship Kaleidoscope

Stewardship Kaleidoscope is an annual conference offering excellent plenary speakers, informative workshop leaders, provocative worship experiences, and incredible networking opportunities for all who are passionate about stewardship and generosity. Drawing leaders from across the Lutheran Church (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and beyond, Stewardship Kaleidoscope is designed to help participants explore stewardship, in its many colorful dimensions!

Register at www.stewardshipkaleidoscope.org/

2017 Conference on Ministry with the Aging

Unleashing the Spirit in Eldercare

The Four Seasons Retirement Center is hosting the 24th annual Conference on Ministry with the Aging in Columbus, Indiana, on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

The conference will be in the Chapel at Four Seasons, 1901 Taylor Road, Columbus, IN  47203.

Registration is required.  Plenty of seating is still available and registrations are being accepted through June 1, 2017.

For more information, download the event brochure from www.fourseasonsretirement.com. The brochure provides the conference agenda, speakers and sessions topics, and registration payment process,and information about the 5.0 CEUs for healthcare professionals for full day attendance.

Pyoca Middle School Conference “Impact”

PYOCA Middle School ConferenceThis March, Pyoca is hosting its first annual Pyoca Middle School Conference, and we want you to join us!

Pyoca Middle School Conference is open to all middle school youth grades 5 -8 and their youth leaders/parents. Taking place March 18 – 19 this weekend ensures fellowship, fun, and Growth.

Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks and Phillip Morgan will serve as our leadership for the weekend. Amy Kim will be delivering keynotes on the Theme: Impact – Colliding with the boundless force of God’s love. She describes it below.

“Get ready for impact!  How do we recognize God in the midst of a broken world, school, family, friends and the mundane minutes of life?  Is God even there?  Let’s uncover what we can learn from wandering Israelite’s, imperfect people and a fisherman that impacts us even today.”

Phillip will be leading us in powerful music and worship and of course there are bound to be energizers!

For registration, schedule, and other information, go to the conference website.