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National Vocational Conference Explores Ministry for Young People Of Color in The Episcopal Church

May 18, 2009

An inaugural conference for young people of color will explore ministry in community while celebrating their culture. Does It Fit?: Exploring Ministry in Community will focus on reaching out to the growing ethnic youth and young adults of color.

Does It Fit?: Exploring Ministry in Community will be held June 1-4 at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. This is the first-ever nationwide conference to be sponsored by the Episcopal Church’s Ethnic Ministry Offices and the Pastoral Leadership Search Effort (PLSE).

“This conference is one example of the Episcopal Church’s response to society’s rapidly changing demographics and increasing cultural diversity among its members,” explained the Rev. Angela Ifill, program officer for Black Ministries. “The church is committed to its work to prepare more young people of color for leadership in the Church, both lay and ordained.”

Does It Fit: Exploring Ministry in Community will provide opportunities for youth and youth adults to have conversations about discernment and vocation, explore their gifts and talents, fellowship with their peers, and experience “life at seminary” as they participate in a tour of the Sewanee facilities and a simulated class.

This conference is a first and is expected to become an annual event hosted by the various Episcopal seminaries.

For materials, registration and an informative video check . Contact the Rev. Miguelina Espinal, associate program officer for Young Adult Ministries/ PLSE Coordinator at 212 -716-6378 or for more information.

The Episcopal Church, with 110 dioceses in 15 nations, is a member province of the Worldwide Anglican Communion.

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Nancy Cox Davidge
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