Indiana United Methodist Bishop Mike Coyner and his executive assistant the Rev. David V.W. Owen, listened Aug. 17 to 11 youth and young adult leaders (both lay and clergy, male and female, single and married) of the United Methodist Church as they commented and discussed the Imagine Indiana plan to unite the two existing conferences into one Indiana Conference.

According to Coyner, "The group was lively, gave us a lot of feedback, and talked at length about generational issues that we need to hear. It was a good session."

Comments from the session were heard again on Aug. 28 at the Indiana Area office in Indianapolis when the 12-member Imagine Indiana Design Team worked more on a plan of union to be voted on at the 2008 Indiana North and Indiana South Conferences.

This month the team will convene on Sept. 28. Coyner will continue to meet with the 15-member young leaders' group as part of the Imagine Indiana planning process.

Young leaders participating in the Aug. 17 meeting included: Amanda Conuitt, Matt Stultz, Chiyona Bourne, Brian Durand, Shalimar Holderly, Matt Oats, Aaron Hobbs, Clarinda Crawford, Heather Clinger, Rebecca Fisher, Ben Borruff.