Young Adult Leaders Making a Difference at General Convention

Young Adult Leaders Making a Difference at General Convention

Two minutes sounds like no time at all, and yet as it turns out can actually be a little bit difficult to fill. This is particularly true at seven o’clock in the morning, when those of us who typically self-describe as “night people” are only just shaking off the sleep, in order to make it over to the hotel/convention center and up to committee hearings to offer testimony within that very two-minute window. That was how I felt, at least, as I spent ten days back in July doing just that, at the Episcopal Church’s 79th General Convention in Austin, TX. A group of us, all between the ages of 18 and 30 (many from the NYC area), came to the convention to offer our support to resolutions seeking to highlight and take action on peace and justice issues facing the whole church today. We testified on, lobbied for, and even drafted some legislation—from issues of racial reconciliation to gun violence, to action on immigration, to divestments and socially responsible investing, to sexism and sexual assault, to prayer book revision, to police violence and mental health … the list goes well on. We also participated in direct actions of public witness led by our Bishops Against Gun Violence, as well as clergy from across the church at the T. Don Hutto Detention Center. Episcopalians gather in public witness outside immigrant detention center    At every General Convention since 2006, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) — an organization which traces its origins to a handful of New York City priests seeking to support young people choosing conscientious objection to World...
Reflections on a Reflection Day: Stories and Reflections from Young Adult Voices

Reflections on a Reflection Day: Stories and Reflections from Young Adult Voices

Storytelling is a practice often exalted but rarely meditated upon. “Story-rich” media abound, and storytelling is considered a vital skill for one’s career. The telling and interpreting of stories is clearly also a central feature of Christian life, not just within the reading of scripture, but also within the liturgy, evangelism, and contemplation. So, needless to say, the opportunity to spend a day reflecting on storytelling as a spiritual practice was irresistible. The day incorporated teaching, discussion, fellowship, and opportunities for reflection (no surprises there). Thoughts of the day are still percolating but here I’ve tried to summarize some of the moments and ideas that have particularly stuck with me. First was the simple but powerful idea that stories cannot be atomized and still be understood. It is not possible to reduce the meaning of a story to a single term or sentence. Our time opened with a reading of the parable of the prodigal son, and the teaching over the day reminded me that with stories like this one, terms like “repentance” and “grace” cannot be properly understood. As someone raised in a Christian family Jesus’ parables, and other stories from the Bible, were part of the background of my childhood. I literally cannot remember a time without them and had never noticed before how my Christian vocabulary depended on them. After discussing the nature and power of stories, and taking the time to listen to a few excellent examples, we moved to thinking about stories from a theological perspective. This meant reflecting on a particular story first from a near perspective, focusing on the emotions, characters, and...
Lenten Sushi Fridays!

Lenten Sushi Fridays!

This Lent, the Young Adult Network in partnership with parishes across Manhattan invite all people in their 20’s and 30’s for an evening of sushi and spirituality on four different Fridays. $15 suggested cash donation for food and drinks (non-alcoholic). Friday, 2/16 at Church of the Incarnation RSVP on Facebook or Meetup Friday, 2/23, at Grace Church Manhattan RSVP on Facebook or Meetup Friday 3/9, at Trinity-Wall Street RSVP on Facebook or Meetup Friday, 3/23, at St. Peter’s Chelsea RSVP on Facebook or Meetup RSVP to any of the Sushi Fridays by email...
Find Episcopal Diocese of New York’s LGBTQ Resources here!

Find Episcopal Diocese of New York’s LGBTQ Resources here!

June is Gay Pride Month, the Episcopal community is happy to support our LGBTQ community.  The Episcopal Diocese of New York will be proud to participate in the Pride March in NYC on SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017. The Diocese has taken care of all registration formalities, all you need to do is show up and bring your parish banner. The exact time and meeting location will be communicated about a week before the march, but likely 2pm-ish near Fifth Avenue in the 30’s. For more information contact Paul Lane  lgbtconcerns@dioceseny.org. Following the parade will be a festive Evensong and reception at St. Luke in th Fields! For more information contact Paul Lane lgbtconcerns@dioceseny.org. See you there!! Trinity Church Wall Street’s LGBT Integrity Group, meets every Tuesday The group offers a supportive and inclusive environment to discuss the issues, concerns, and roles of LGBT people in a faith-based community. The group meets monthly, starting June 6th at 6pm, location Trinity Wall Street Parish Center (2 Rector Street). Evensong: Orlando Remembered, Monday, June 12 at 5:30pm On the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Attack, the Trinity LGBTQ Integrity group hosts a memorial evensong to honor the 49 people who lost their lives. Click here to learn more. Contact TrinityIntegrityGroup@outlook.com and click here to learn about more events Action and Advocacy events with Trinity Wall Street Join the Episcopal Diocese of New York – LGBT Concerns Committee group on Facebook! The Diocesan Committee on LGBT Concerns promotes the visibility, equality and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning Episcopalians and their families in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Connect with other Episcopal...
Episcopal Young Adult’s Mets vs. Yankee Game

Episcopal Young Adult’s Mets vs. Yankee Game

Join the EDNY Network for a Night at the Ballpark! We hope this will be a fun opportunity to get your young adult congregation together, or connect with new Episcopal young adults. When: Tuesday, August 15th at 7 PM Where: Yankee Stadium Tickets are $30 each. We encourage group ticket sales to get your entire young adult ministry involved. If you have not reserved your tickets yet, you can purchase them...

e-Formation – June 6 – 8

A Conference on Ministry in a Digital World Take your congregation’s on-line presence to the next level with hands-on training and big-picture inspiration at e-Formation 2016! When: June 6-8 Where: Virginia Theological Seminary near Washington DC Cost: $15 – $314 (see here for pricing details) or participate by webinar Explore the full program, webinar schedule at eformationvts.org Connect with Kyle Matthew Oliver with any questions. You can join the conversation using #eform16 on...