Thoughts on Triennium Go!!!!!!!!

I am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University! Every minute of my experience was well worth the generous contributions made by our church. From trading buttons with new friends across the nation to worshiping in an auditorium packed with 5,000 youth, it felt like an honor to be Presbyterian. Not only has this experience deepened my faith in a unique environment, it has also called me to go into the world and make disciples, an invitation I now feel obligated to accept. God Bless,  Audra Burrall

Triennium 2016 was a BLAST!!! There really aren’t any words that can encompass all that Triennium is, but it is honestly the most fun that I had all summer. It was also really enlightening: between worship, small group discussions, and rec events we got to meet a lot of people with very different perspectives. Everyone (all 5000 people, although we weren’t able to meet all of them) had an interesting and unique take on the scriptures and how it related to the world today. Because I am going to college in a few short weeks, the message of “GO!” really resonated with me, and I think it was really what I needed to hear at this point in my life. Thank you so much to our congregation, who both hosted us during an overnight and paid for the Geneva youth to go.
Alison Lamb

I had an amazing experience at Triennium. It was cool to meet people from all over the country and to make so many new friends. I think my absolute favorite part of Triennium was exchanging buttons. These buttons came in all shapes and sizes, of practically anything imaginable, and we would trade these buttons with people from other Presbyteries. Not only was collecting these buttons exciting but it was nice to interact with so many different people. Although Triennium was very fun, we had deep discussions in our small groups that really got me thinking about the world around me and what I can do to make a difference. Finally, I would like to say thank you to everyone in our congregation who made this extraordinary experience possible. ~Rye Weber
I would like to thank the members of our church for providing me with the opportunity to go to Triennium. I enjoyed being able to help make shoes for Sole Hope, an organization that provides shoes to children in Africa. The many activities around the retreat gave me a chance to make new friends. During Triennium, I was able to develop a deeper understanding of my faith. It was definitely an experience I will never forget.  Ben DeMoras

Having not participated in Triennium as a youth, I was especially eager to experience that which I had heard so many great things about – and I can testify to what a memorable, hopeful, “restore-my-faith-in-humanity” type of trip it was. It’s hard to sum up the whole program in a few short paragraphs, but I’ll bring up a couple of the things that stand out in my mind.
One was the demeanor of nearly every person I encountered at the event. Everyone was trying so hard to be loving, attentive, and understanding. The very first day, one of the speakers said “let’s try to make this the most loving place on Earth right now” and it seemed like all who were listening took those words to heart; we were able to share and hear personal narratives that few would have been comfortable offering in a different setting, I was able to discuss hopes and dreams with like-minded people and receive supportive, helpful feedback, and the youths and adults alike acted with maturity and grace.

Another thing that stuck out to me was the variety of types of activities offered – from artsy, quiet, and meditative to energetic dancing and singing, there was something for everyone. There was one particular presentation during one of the services that resonated with me the most. A woman from Nashville introduced us to an initiative she is working on, called Sacred Sparks Ministry. This ministry works with people who are homeless, offering spiritual guidance, quarters and rides for the laundromat, and a listening ear. I think her story was meaningful to me because she responded to a need in the community that many tend to ignore. People who are homeless are like modern day versions of the victim in the Good Samaritan story. They need care and attention.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Go”, and we explored various passages in the Bible where the notion of going comes up – “Let my people go,” “go and do likewise,” etc. Though it’s been a month since I embarked on the journey that was Triennium, two questions still echo in my mind: Where is God calling me to go? What is God calling me to do? I think a simple thing our church can do is to collect quarters, or donations in general, for the Sacred Sparks Ministry, and perhaps even get involved in working with the homeless population in our own community. For me personally, the Triennium was an invitation to examine my own life and my place in the world, and I don’t want to waste this gift I’ve been given.  Ryan Kincaid