Message from The Rev. Mary Cat Young – YA Network Coordinator

Message from The Rev. Mary Cat Young – YA Network Coordinator

The Rev. Mary Cat Young – EDNY Young Adult Coordinator When I arrived in NYC in 2011, I was thrilled to be called as a college chaplain serving on the Bishop’s staff as a companion to students in the city. I had no idea that I would find myself as a catalyst and a companion to young adult leaders active in congregations across the city, and working to build a strong ministry that is now called the Young Adult Network. I have walked with hundreds of young adults who have come to this city seeking a Christian community in which to grow in their relationship with God, to serve others and to find faithful friendships. You are that beautiful ministry and I am so proud and so grateful for my time with you. In July I will follow a new call to North Carolina, where I will serve as the next Chaplain to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I will take with me the 8 years of experience and joy of life found here in NYC and will certainly look back on all the relationships and companions found here with thankfulness and a deep love. As you continue in your journey here, for months, or years, in young adulthood and as you transition into full-on “adulting,” my prayer for you is that you will pass on to the next generation of adults-in-the-making a love for God, a love for neighbor, and an invitation to social connection, spiritual practice and serving others in community with one another! Peace and blessings be with you always! The Rev. Mary...
Join us on April 12th for ‘Lenten Sushi Fridays’ with our special co-hosts

Join us on April 12th for ‘Lenten Sushi Fridays’ with our special co-hosts

Join us on Friday, April 12th at 6:30 pm with co-hosts House of the Redeemer and EAST (Episcopal Asian Supper Table) Please join us for an evening of the always popular sushi dinner, reflection, and fellowship on Friday, April 12. In partnership with the Young Adult Network, we will contemplate the things in our lives that separate us from God and share a healing service to help you flourish as we continue on this Lenten journey. Please bring a suggested donation of $15 per person and a beverage of your choice to enjoy/share! 6:30 pm Meet and Greet and Eat! Program and Prayers to follow With co-hosts: EAST: Episcopal Asian Supper Table and House of the Redeemer. Did you know? Fish was present at the heart of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. For many reasons, it is the perfect nourishment for the hard work we do in this season as we follow Christ in his life, death, and resurrection. This event is co-sponsored by the Episcopal Asian Supper Table (EAST), The Episcopal Diocese of New York Young Adult Network, and The House of the Redeemer. House of the Redeemer 7 East 95th Street New York, New York 10128 Please RSVP here. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you...
2018 Young Adult Service Award Presented by The Church Club of New York

2018 Young Adult Service Award Presented by The Church Club of New York

The The Church Club of New York’s Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award is a tri-state, regional program that recognizes the exceptional volunteer service of either an individual or a group of young adults in their 20s and 30s. The Award is accompanied by a $1,000 honorarium, of which $500 is designated to the highlighted church or community ministry. This year, eight young adults from parishes in the Episcopal Dioceses of New York, New Jersey, Newark, Long Island, and Connecticut were nominated for their commitment to enriching their communities with their talents and time. The nominees include: Marisol Ortega of Grace Church/La Gracia in White Plains, who organized an Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED training course and serves as a young adult leader and liaison between her English and Spanish-speaking congregations. Carrie Sheffield of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, was nominated because of her work with Silicon Harlem a tech development and social/economic investment program. Adam Martinek, also of from St. Thomas, was nominated for 12 years of dedicated service (starting at age 16) at the Saint Thomas soup kitchen. Tivaun Cooper of Trinity Wall Street was nominated for his advocacy and leadership within the LGBTQIA community within the Diocese of New York. Nolan Burke of Grace Church, Manhattan, was nominated for his volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, donating 150+ hours over the last 2 ½ years. Kristin A. Vieira was nominated for her leadership in organizing and teaching adult education forums at Calvary-St. George. Tamara Wernham of St. Philip’s in Harlem, was nominated for her work as coordinator of the Ecclesia, an outdoor worshiping community...
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...