Gathering 2009 included many first-time attendees, including Julia and Ian DiOrio and t heir daughter, Semeia, from Fullerton, Ca. Other first-time participants included seminarians and graduate students, as well as young pastors. Children, babies in particular, were very much in evidence throughout the Gathering.
Ian and Julia currently serve the young adults ministry at Eastside Christian Church in Fullerton, CA. Ian is the pastor of all next generation ministries, and has a passion for reaching this next generation with the call of Christ. Eastside´s young adult ministry emphasizes radical discipleship in all areas of life, and is currently involved in local community projects with the homeless as well as participating in the creation of a sustainable orphanage in Panama. Ian works on the planning team for the Orange County division of CLUE, Clergy and Laity for Economic Justice, and has participated in local dialogues with Disney and other major corporations over fair pay to their employees.
Ian is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, and is currently completing his D.Phil in Political Theology. Julia is a 4th grade teacher at a Christian school in Orange County. They are the proud parents of Semeia Leigh DiOrio (who, like other babies present, got passed around a great deal). (July 2009)