Leading up to NYE2020, the planning team has built upon the original pillars of faith, leadership, service and social justice, adding community building so that youth might be sustained in their work and faith beyond NYE, and expanding justice to include encounter and reflection so that our work comes from a place of solidarity and does not reinforce systems of power and privilege.
In building upon these pillars and living into the mission and vision of the United Church of Christ, United in Spirit and inspired by God’s grace, we welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all; and United in Christ’s love, a just world for all, we have covenanted to work towards the following:
Nurturing relationships between different settings of the United Church of Christ (local churches, associations, conferences, the national setting and partner ministries).
Accountability to/Solidarity with Youth Led Justice Movements including Black Lives Matter, Dreamers and immigrant youth activists, youth climate activists, youth gun violence activists, indigenous activists and Water Protectors.
Contributing to just economic systems by choosing vendors that pay a living wage.
Contributing to creation justice by creating a plastic free event and using sustainable and responsible food services.
Living into a decolonized story with equitable voices, anti-racist practices and inclusive language and messaging in worship planning and plenary design.
Resourcing Communities for success and continuing the long journey by building community that extends beyond NYE2020.