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...
The Season of Lent Resources

The Season of Lent Resources

  As you make intentional choices about Lenten spiritual disciplines such as fasting, scripture study, prayer and charity, remember that God is with us on the journey toward the blooms of new life on Easter morning. We are on this journey together. May we gather and regather as a community throughout the season of Lent as the Young Adult Network.  Here we share a few resources for you this season of Lent: Find Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Easter Services and Events in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Connect with Episcopal Young Adults, and explore a new church, by attending one of the EDNY Network’s sponsored Sushi Fridays. Practice a Holy Sabbath. Turn off the TV, light some candles, and take time for rest and relaxation. (Exodus 20:8-11) Take time for silence and reflection at a local retreat center. Give thanks everyday. Keep a gratitude journal, keeping track of God’s blessings in your life. Clean house! Get rid of clutter and donate your gently used goods to charities. Listen to the penitential choral classic, Allegri’s Misere. Prepare for goosebumps. Donate your time to help homeless and needy New Yorkers, connect with an outreach program. Devote your commute to spiritual activity, read the Bible on your iPhone. Remember Lent with our desktop backgrounds – Download them for FREE. Spend time with people you find difficult, such as that annoying co-worker or cranky older relative. Pray for their health and happiness (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28). Sign up to receive Episcopal Relief and Development Daily Email Lenten Meditations. Let us know what your church community is doing during Lent for 2017,...
Applications Open for the Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award

Applications Open for the Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award

  The Church Club’s Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award is a  regional program that provides recognition to an outstanding Young Adult (in his or her 20s or 30s), or group of Young Adults, for exceptional volunteer missionary service work within the Young Adult’s or group of Young Adults’ church or other community ministry acknowledged in the Episcopal Dioceses of New York, New Jersey, Newark, Long Island, or Connecticut. $1,000 Honorarium: The Award is accompanied by a $1,000 honorarium, of which $500 is designated to the awardee and $500 to the church or community ministry, presented at the Church Club’s Annual Meeting Application/Nomination Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017 Application Guidelines: Click here Application Form: Click here for a fillable pdf Click here to download an MS Word file Learn more about past winners and submit application/nomination on  The Church Club of New York...
Saint Nicholas Gatherings and Practicing Generosity with the Young Adult Network

Saint Nicholas Gatherings and Practicing Generosity with the Young Adult Network

20’s-30’s folk active in congregations around New York City have shared in a holiday get together around St. Nicholas Day for many years.  In 2011 the social activity was paired with an act of generosity and a new tradition was born!   On Saturday, December 3, 2016 the Young Adult Network  gathered downtown at St. Paul’s Chapel for a festive evening of social engagement and serving others. In the spirit of St. Nick we collected donations to participate to post-Hurricane Matthew recovery and rebuilding work in Haiti.  Donations came in the night of our party and in the following weeks totaling $1,200! The Diocese of New York and the Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan in the Bronx are at work with Episcopal communities that are rebuilding rooftops of homes and schools and providing access to clean water and food to our brothers and sisters in Haiti. Contributions from this evening are supporting the ongoing recovery work taking place in the Diocese of Haiti, following the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016. Here is an update from the Rev. Sam Owen, priest in charge of our partner congregation, the Church of the Good Samaritan Since the hurricane hit on October 3rd, we have received an outpouring of donations from parishes and individuals in New York, Connecticut, Texas and Montana totaling over $10,400.00. We sent $1,500.00 immediately after the storm to Fr. Jean Berthod Phanord in Bondeau and Fr. Irnel Duveaux in Jeremie, to purchase food and supplies for their parishioners. We used another $600.00 to help cover the shipping costs of donations of food, clothing...
Caroline Angell to be Awarded The Church Club of New York’s Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award

Caroline Angell to be Awarded The Church Club of New York’s Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award

The Church Club of New York is excited to present the Young Adult of the Year Service Award to Caroline Angell of The Church of the Epiphany. Caroline has taken a stand and created RACKET, an initiative formed to help reduce the needless stigma and shame surrounding periods. RACKET aims to redefine feminine hygiene products as essential, to provide all women to these products, and to encourage open dialogue about menstruation. Caroline dedication to RACKET has extended past her own parish, where she has encouraged other parishes and organizations to get involved and cause a “racket” to change the laws and conversations about women’s menstruation. Get involved in the conversation and be part of the change, by joining The Church Club of New York on July 22nd at Grace Church, as they present the Third Annual Young Adult of the Year Service Award to Caroline Angell. Learn more about Caroline and why she deserves the award through her written personal statement. Together let’s cause a “racket” by sharing Caroline’s story. Since 2011, my friend Margo and I have been volunteering on Wednesday nights for the homeless dinner program at The Church of the Epiphany on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. After reading an article in the Huffington Post that affected us deeply as women, we decided to speak to some of our Wednesday dinner guests about their access to feminine hygiene products. Through conversation and research, we discovered three things: Feminine hygiene products are not considered essential These products are not covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better know as the food stamp program. Specific hygiene needs are not...