Last week, twelve people from across the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan attended the Episcopal Youth Event in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) takes place every three years and is a ministry of the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Episcopal Church. The 2017 event welcomed 1,300 Episcopalians to the campus of Central Oklahoma University for three days of worship, play, prayer, learning, and exploration.
Our delegation was composed of nine youth and three adults: Ethan – St. Matthew’s, Saginaw; Evan Knill; Griffin – St. Alban’s, Bay City; Kaden – Trinity, Lexington; Katie Forsyth; Laurel – St. Jude’s, Fenton; Leigha – St. Jude’s, Fenton; McKenzie Bade; Nicole – St. Jude’s, Fenton; Rachel – St. John’s, Midland; Sommer – Grace, Port Huron; and Zora – St. James, Cheboygan.
The theme for this year’s EYE was “Path to Peace” and focused on being peacemakers in the world around us. We heard from several speakers including survivors of the Oklahoma City Bombing and young people involved with Kids4Peace, a nonprofit that began out of conflict in Israel and Palestine, in addition to spectacular sermons and presentations from the Rev. Winnie Varheese; the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies; and the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
Questions? Want to express interest for EYE in 2020? Contact McKenzie Bade at email@example.com.