Young Adult Voices

In June 2005, the Episcopal Church invited young adults from across the USA to share their opinions about the church. Some of these persons are active in congregational life, some are not, but all share a wellspring of affection for the Episcopal Church and hope for a church more engaged with the gifts that young adults have to offer.

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September 29, 2006

There is much to be involved in when you are in junior high and high school: my life revolved around diocesan events. When I graduated from high school, I felt let down because there was nothing for me to be involved in as a young adult. I miss the community that was created at youth events. As...

September 28, 2006

I have had a hard time with most of this because I don’t know to what extent I am a “regular” young adult. However, I can truly say what I feel the church can do. I feel that the biggest priority is simply to find some universal method to transition high school graduates into the new...

September 26, 2006

Relationship to the church: Although only recently an official member of the church, I have worshiped in Episcopal churches in various places for over 10 years, and I currently work for Trinity Church, a parish in New York City as Manager for Congregational Development.

I am deeply glad...

September 26, 2006

“There is a fine distinction between building a church and building a new tower of Babel.  I think that there is a permanent temptation to forget the difference.”     -Henri Nouwen

Denominational loyalty is gone for many people in this generation, but institutional loyalty to the...

September 26, 2006

If I could express a final thought or two to the leaders of the national church, I could not express enough the need for well placed advertising. The message is out there but not reaching the places where it is needed most. Secondly, young adults that are not active in the...

September 26, 2006

We need to play up the strengths of the Episcopal Church. I personally get the most wonderful feeling of peace and relief at an Episcopal service. If more people were exposed to Instructed Eucharist and know what was going on, they might feel the same way as I do when I go to church, perhaps...

September 26, 2006

I'm the kind of person who is shy in new social groups and settings. I prefer to approach people one at a time. As such, it's difficult for me to join (or even enter the building of) a new and strange church. I'm not a fan of meeting a crowd of people of any size all at once....

September 26, 2006

The Episcopal Church has been very instrumental part in my life. I used to be very active in the church as well as well as the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina. I attended many conferences, youth events, and convention. I would like to take this opportunity first and foremost to thank the...

September 26, 2006

The national Episcopal Church is facing a real problem today; that problem being, of course, the gradual loss of its “twenty-somethings” – that 18 - 30 year old age group that is slowly diminishing even as we meet here today.

Today’s...

September 26, 2006

I think it is wonderful that the national church is finally taking an interest in the young adults. We are such a neglected group because we are truly hard to minister to. We know that. But if our home dioceses take the time to figure out what we want and need we all would start participating...

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In June 2005, the Episcopal Church invited young adults from across the USA to share their opini

In June 2005, the Episcopal Church invited young adults from across the USA to share their opini