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The Episcopal Youth Event


Dear Friends,

The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) is a triennial event for the entire Episcopal Church. The opportunity to participate in this incredible event only comes around every three years!

Over 1000 people (high school students, their adult mentors, and Bishops from around the church) come together and live on a college campus for a little under one week.

Time is spent in worship, large group presentations, small group discussions on a variety of topics and a lot of time hanging out and meeting people from around the world and is an incredible opportunity for our youth to get to know the wider church.

I attended EYE as a participant in Berea, Kentucky. I can’t wait to share this experience with the next generation of leadership in our church.

Applications are open now and are due January 1, 2020!

McKenzie Bade
Facilitator for Youth & Young Adult Networks,
The Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan

The Eastern Michigan delegation to EYE in 2017 poses with Presiding Bishop Curry!

Where will #EYE20 be held?

#EYE20 will be held in the heart of Washington D.C. The Dioceses of Western and Eastern Michigan will be taking a big super group to represent our sides of the mitten to Washington D.C. alongside Bishop Hougland. #EYE20 will take place on the dates of July 7-11, 2020.

Who can attend #EYE20?

#EYE20 is open to youth currently in 9th-12th grades, or the equivalent. The Dioceses of Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan will be bringing a group of high school students and adult mentors. Participants will be chosen with an application process.

When are applications due?

Applications for adult mentors and youth participants are due January 1, 2020. The application form is at the bottom of this page.

How much will #EYE20 cost?

The cost per participant will be $500. Each individual, with the support of their parish, will be expected to raise $500 toward the cost of the event.

The diocese is subsidizing the remainder of the true cost of EYE, which includes event registration, travel, food, and materials.

We see our delegation as pilgrims that we are sending forth to this experience, it is expected that the individual’s parish will sponsor the participant for all or the majority of their total cost.

Who should apply?

While we encourage everyone to apply, we will be bringing a delegation of diverse young leaders who represent the breadth of our diocese. We will be choosing people through an application process to ensure that the selected youth who are 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 our diocese.

We hope to have 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. Members of our delegation will come from parishes with and without “youth groups.” All members of our delegation will need to be able to handle airline 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.