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 Cat Young
EDNY Young Adult Network Coordinator 2012-2019