EAST/Sushi Friday 2019

EAST/Sushi Friday 2019

I was first introduced to the Young Adult Network a little over a year ago when I attended a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Although I’ve heard about their partner organization Episcopal Asian Supper Table (EAST), I had yet to make it to a gathering. This changed on the final Friday of Lent when EAST, together with the Young Adult Network, hosted the final Lenten Sushi Friday. This night of fellowship not only filled me spiritually, but connected me to a group of people I didn’t realize I needed. I grew up in a predominantly white suburb in northern New Jersey, just 15 minutes away from New York City. My father used to work as a professional singer who often worked for churches, and as a child I sat in the pews of various Episcopal churches. Even though we spent time in Manhattan on weekends— mostly at Trinity Wall Street and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine— we still lived in New Jersey, and I didn’t connect with any of the young people in those parishes outside of church. In fact, Sunday School at the Cathedral played a formative part in my Christian formation, but I wasn’t able to get confirmed as classes took place on weeknights. At this point in my life, I was hungry for a deeper religious and cultural connection, and have been trying to play “catch-up” since becoming an adult.   Enter the Young Adult Network. Although I’m still learning how to be comfortable talking about religion with my peer group, I’m glad to be part of a network that provides the space and...
YA Reflection Day 2019

YA Reflection Day 2019

Summer of 2018, at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry called on the Church to practice the Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life. The Way of Love is not a program or curriculum, but rather an intentional commitment to a set of practices often referred to in monastic communities as the “Rule of  Life.” By accepting this invitation from the Presiding Bishop, we make an intentional commitment to follow Jesus through seven practices— Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest— in order to “grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world.” On Saturday, April 13, 2019  members of the EDNY Young Adult Network spent a day learning about the practices of the Way of Love.  The following is a reflection written by one of the participants. Rest as a Way of Following Jesus: Reflections on the Annual Young Adult Network Quiet Day By Christine Pollnow I am at a point in my life where I feel like everything is out of my control.  I am at a point in my life where I am no longer quite sure where I fit in, or what the next step is. And I am at a point in my life where I feel rather alone, and instead of reaching out to those around me, I have holed up somewhat at home.   I have been told recently that I need to take the time my body needs, and I should give myself a break.  There...
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...