Youth Mission Trip

Episcopal Youth Event

Every three years, in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079, the Episcopal Church convenes an international youth event so “that the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ.”

Planning for the the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20), July 7-11, 2020, is underway. Watch the EYE20 website for updates.

Register Now for the Fall Youth Event

As part of the 131st Annual Convention of the Diocese of Oregon, St. Paul’s, Salem will host youth (grades 6-12) from around the diocese for the Fall Youth Event.

We will attend a session of the 131st Annual Diocesan Convention and explore the theme Common Prayer, Common Vision. This weekend is a wonderful opportunity for fun and faith-filled fellowship!

The cost is $25 per person (scholarships are available). Click here to register online; the registration deadline is October 20.

Questions? Please contact Amy Goerger (amygoerger@stpaulsoregon.org).

The Pilgrims’ (Carbon) Footprint

By Dick Zeller, St. Mary’s, Eugene

St. Mary’s, Eugene, Celebrates the 2019 J2A Pilgrimage on September 24

Themed dinners, “Evenings at St. Mary’s,” are a regular part of the program calendar. The theme of the first “Evening” of this year was the 2019 Journey to Adulthood (J2A) Pilgrimage to England and France. 

The Pilgrimage

J2A is St. Mary’s middle-school through high-school Christian education program.  About every three years, high-school youth plan and organize their pilgrimage.  The Pilgrimage is not a vacation, but a carefully designed journey intended to strengthen the faith of participants.

This year, nine youth and 4 adults participated in the 2019 pilgrimage. They visited four cities: London, Canterbury, Oxford, and Paris. In 12 days, they:

  • went to 9 churches and church ruins;
  • worshipped together daily;
  • attended services in four Cathedrals (Southwark in London, Canterbury Cathedral Crypt, Christ Church in Oxford, and the American Episcopal Cathedral, Paris);
  • walked parts of the Pilgrim’s Paths in Oxford and Canterbury;
  • had a special session with theologian and author Alister McGrath;
  • learned more about Anglican tradition;
  • ate meals together;
  • and bonded as a group of friends in faith.

Managing the Carbon Footprint

A part of the pilgrims’ plan was to respect and experience nature throughout the trip. They recognized that while the pilgrimage would be a wonderful experience, transportation for the trip would also come at a cost to the earth.

Pilgrims planned the trip to maximize walking within each city (over 86 miles walked per pilgrim), as well as use of bus and train during their travel within and between cities. The youth calculated the carbon footprint of using airplanes, trains, buses and cars during the trip. They estimated that the group would be responsible for about 42 tons added atmospheric CO2. 

As a part of fundraising, they set a goal of $420 to contribute to two Lane County nature organizations to help offset this CO2 impact. Their efforts, matched by others in the congregation, raised $1,000.

At the Evenings at St. Mary’s dinner, two J2A participants presented $500 checks each to the Faith Community Fund* of the Long Tom Watershed Council (LTWC) and the McKenzie River Trust (MRT) to be used for tree planting and restoration of watersheds/wetlands. Both organizations help protect and reclaim nature’s ways of absorbing CO2 and preserving watersheds.

*Within “Earth Keepers,” a local inter-faith group, St. Mary’s has led in setting up the Faith Community Fund. This fund accepts donations for these two local organizations for tree planting and restoration of watersheds/wetlands. The Faith Community Fund urges members of all congregations to consider supporting these organizations as part of their environmental stewardship. (See “Local Partnerships For Addressing Your Carbon Footprint” at: http://www.saint-marys.org/outreach)

Spring Youth Event

The newly developing Diocesan Youth Commission is sponsoring a Spring Youth Event for youth currently in 6th through 12th grades.

Date: Friday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6

Cost: $25 per person

Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Eugene

Please print and fill out the Youth Event Registration Form. The registration deadline is May 2.

Questions? Contact me at the numbers/email below.

Peace,
Carol+

The Rev. Canon Carol W. Sedlacek
Canon for Christian & Leadership Formation
Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
11800 SW Military Lane
Portland, OR  97219
CarolS@diocese-oregon.org
541-401-4606 or 971-204-4124

We Are All One: Diocesan Spring Youth Event

The newly developing Diocesan Youth Commission is sponsoring We Are All One, an event for youth currently in 6th through 12th grades. Join youth from throughout the diocese for small groups, games, volunteering in the Grass Roots Garden of Food for Lane County and dinner Saturday with Bishop Michael.

Date: Friday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 6

Cost: $25 per person

Location: St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Eugene

Please print and fill out the Youth Event Registration Form. The registration deadline is May 2.