Many of you are eager for more details about the Episcopal Youth Event, which will take place at Villanova University, near Philadelphia, in July 2014. The EYE14 Mission Planning Team, in partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania and the Province III Youth Ministry Network, is working hard to get ready.
In this newsletter you will find information that will help you prepare for registration, bishop participation, budgeting, and extra opportunities. Make sure to stay tuned to our EYE Facebook page and the EpiscoYouth blog for updates and conversations.
We hope to see you in Philly next summer!
Who should attend?
Due to size limitations, we do not plan for open registration. Instead, we will invite each diocese to send a delegation of diverse young leaders who represent the breadth of The Episcopal Church across the globe (click here for more details). Your diocese will be asked to set up a discernment process for applications to ensure that you are selecting youth who are most ready to experience the greater church and her diversity, and who also demonstrate capacity to bring home what they have experienced and learned to share with their peers and members of your diocese.
You will have the greatest success if you bring a diverse group of faithful, mature high schoolers, along with adults enthused about learning with them, and empowering and equipping them to be disciples in the world.
EYE participants need to be able to handle travel, to speak up in groups, to have the language to share their own faith journeys, and to be trustworthy in honoring the covenant for behavior required of all participants. We will hold virtual meetings in each province to assist diocesan coordinators who need support in designing a process for their own diocese. Please let us know if you would like a specific invitation to one of these events.
Click here for detailed information on registration preparation.
We have a great tradition of bishop participation at EYE that we plan to continue in Philadelphia.
Diocesan, Suffragan, and Assisting Bishops may register as adult chaperones (included in the adult ratios), and stay in dorms with youth and other adult chaperones if they file a current background check (within 5 years) with the Presiding Bishop’s office.
Bishops may also register individually at a higher rate for alternative housing removed from the dorms, or for a lower rate as daily guests on campus. More details will be forthcoming as soon as we can determine pricing for these options.
Each bishop will receive a specific invitation from the Youth Ministries Office once all details are determined.