Gatherings

"On a number of Gatherings, notably in 1997 and 1988 with the support of other partners it was possible for us to gather young people together to learn from each others experiences. To undertake the ongoing work of the Network subsequent meetings have occurred including Connecticut -1996 and Connecticut-2004. A further opportunity for this mutual sharing took place in England 2007 when we welcomed Provincial youth officers and young people to another Gathering."


England 2007

The International Anglican Youth Network Met at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Herts, England between the 2-7 September 2007. Eighteen Provinces attended with regrets from four provinces. Guests attending included Deirdre Martin, Executive Assistant to the General Secretary of the ACC and Sue Parks, Lambeth Conference Manager. Welcome and greeting was followed by a review of the International Anglican Youth Network since it's inception, reflecting on the various gatherings through to the development of the current regionally represented steering group…more

Connecticut 2004

All Provincial Youth/Young Adult Officers of the Communion were invited to a meeting of IAYN meeting convened at Trinity Conference Center, West Cornwall, Connecticut, USA.  Nineteen provinces attended with 7 regrets due to visa complications.  A further 2 provinces did not have officers at the time. Guests attending included APJN youth representative, Mar Thoma Church (USA) youth officer and the Anglican Observer to the UN.

A decision was taken to organize the work of the IAYN into five regions with a representative from each forming a steering committee:  Americas:  Fr Dessordi Leite; Africa Mr Sabelo Mashwama; Asia:  Fr Feliciano Balangui; Oceania:  Fr John Hebenton; and Europe and the Middle East:  Fr Samuel Barhoum. 

Mr Peter Ball (Church of England) and Fr Douglas Fenton (Episcopal Church, USA) were asked to continue as co-Administrators of the Network.

The IAYN mission statement was adopted at this meeting.

Discussion included annual financial contributions by provinces to the central IAYN fund of US$500.  A second Anglican Consultative Council youth representative to join Ms Candace was requested with an alternate also being called for.  APJN also requested a youth representative to replace Ms Delene Mark.  Archdeacon Taimelelagi Fagamalalma
Tuatagaloa-Matalavea, Anglican Observer to the United Nations reported to IAYN.

The first meeting of the Steering Group was set for February 1-6, 2005 in Jerusalem with Fr Barhoum as host.  A rotating convenor would be named after each subsequent meeting beginning with Mr Sabelo Mashwama …more

Wales 1997

Held at St David University College, Lampeter, Wales from 31st August - 1st September 1997

All provinces were able to send representatives apart from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Burundi, Church of Pakistan and Church of South India for a total gathering of 145 participants. 

The Gathering began in London, and included the “Greenbelt” Christian arts festival before moving on to Lampeter, Wales for the Conference and the discussion of the Lambeth 1988 themes and the IAYN meeting. 

The second week followed with participants being hosted in dioceses in Wales, Scotland and England.  The meeting concluded in London with a formal banquet, Eucharist and meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Carey) …more

Connecticut 1996

IAYN Meeting Held at Trinity Conference Center, West Cornwall, Connecticut, USA     (23-28 April, 1996)

15 participants from 14 provinces gathered for the first IAYN meeting since Belfast 1988.  An additional group of staff and consultants joined the meeting including Carole Collins who would lead a seminar on globalization in the course of the meeting.

Agenda items included a 1997 IAYN Conference, Stewards Conference to Lambeth-88, development of a Steering Committee membership, ACC youth representatives, Youth Sunday, Staffing of Network, Anglican Youth in the ‘South’ and Budget preparation.

London 1994

Meeting of the Anglican Youth Officers 14 - 18 February 1994, Southwell House London …more

Belfast 1988

The first International Conference of Young Anglicans met in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 3 - 8 January 1988. The Conference had its origins in a Resolution passed by the sixth meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC-6 Nigeria) in 1984 requesting the setting up of a Youth Communication Network for the Anglican Communion. Following a consultation of National Youth Officers in 1985 it was agreed that an International Conference should be held in January 1988 and that it should concentrate on the same themes as the Lambeth Conference to take place that same year …more