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...
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,...