Faith in 3D is an event that brings together youth from different Christian faith groups for one weekend to discover the oneness that exists in Christ. On January 13-16, 2012, over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, over 1,500 participants met at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for Faith in 3D 2012. Sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Presbyterian Church (USA), this ecumenical community was specifically encouraged to consider King’s vibrant Christian call and witness and how disciples of similar passion, faith and courage might be needed today.
Under the thematic banner “Imagine…Create…Animate,” and through means ranging from the theatrical to the contemplative, participants consistently received the call to live, act and serve as courageous disciples. Faith in 3D was highlighted by three unique worship services anchored by inspired preaching from Julie Pennington-Russell, Mark Yaconelli and Jerry Cannon. Music from “Drive” of Miami Music Ministries and a troupe of youth-aged actors through Asheville Youth Mission wove together the tapestry of liturgy and faith. A mission offering was taken to support two Florida-based ministries: Touching Miami with Love, and Beth-El Farmworker Ministry.
Faith in 3D included a morning spent exploring Christian faith alongside other global faith traditions through ImagiNations at Epcot. Student interacted with citizens from around the world who have come to live and work as their country’s representatives at Epcot. Participants also had intentional conversations with global Christians (missionaries and field personnel) from each sponsoring communion. Disney’s Y.E.S. (Youth Education Series) educators, who teach school children at Disney year-round, were also on hand to further inform cross-cultural thinking.
The event also included interactive worship centers, a pool party, creation stations and, of course, park time. Intermittent texts sent to all participants throughout their free time helped connect groups through games, cheers, challenges and “minute missions.” While they stood in line and enjoyed rides and other park entertainments, students were invited to also imagine themselves as the eyes, hands and heart of Jesus. Disney World was rendered into a fantastic, interactive and inviting ecclesial classroom for exploring ardent discipleship and King’s life and message as a model of it.
Faith in 3D is produced in partnership with Passport, Inc. Passport is a student ministry organization focused on creating meaningful experiences and resources for students. From youth and children’s camps to international awareness and events like Faith in 3D, Passport, Inc. gives students a chance to see and experience their world in new ways.