The Executive committee of the IASYM has decided to postpone the planned 2021 international conference in Atlanta until January 2022.
We want to make plans that will ensure the well-being of conference delegates and of those who will serve us in the venue in Atlanta. Making this decision now will also provide certainty to those who are preparing presentations. Those who have already submitted proposals for papers for Atlanta 2021 will be contacted by the Academic Committee to discuss alternative plans. We encourage you to prepare your papers and submit them for publication in JJournal of Youth and Theology.
Though we will miss not being able to be together with our IASYM family in January (other than in some kind of virtual gathering), we look forward to a warm reunion in 2022.
In line with 12 month postponements for the regional conferences in Europe, Africa, and Australia-New Zealand, holding the Atlanta conference in 2022 will also shift the biennial cycle for the international conference to even numbered years. Following Atlanta we expect to meet in our international conference in 2024, 2026, and beyond.
Because our members’ meetings are usually and most easily held in conjunction with the international conference, existing members of the executive have agreed to remain in their roles during this 12 month ‘great pause’. Elections for the executive committee will resume in 2022.
The members of the executive committee are dedicated to advancing the objects of the association through these extraordinary circumstances. Especially during this time of global challenge, we encourage all members of the association to continue to bring the resources of our shared research and scholarly endeavours to support and develop Christian ministry with young people around the world.