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Oasis 2020: Young Adult and Campus Ministry Conference

Team Announcement and more information
December 5, 2019

The Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries (YACM) is pleased to announce the planning team who will be crafting Oasis 2020, the conference for young adult and campus ministers, June 23-26, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona.

“This planning team represents a wonderful mixture of experience in ministry, innovative and creative practices, and conference planning.” said the Rev. Shannon Kelly, officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries. “I look forward to working with them and with the local planning team to create an oasis for ministers in which they can learn, play and pray together.”

Serving on the team are:

  • Katie Ernst, Episcopal Dioceses of Massachusetts and Minnesota
  • Emily Hyberg, Episcopal Diocese of Northern California
  • Matthew Lukens, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
  • Isaac Martinez, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
  • Alexis Turnbull, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • Demarius Walker, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Taylor Divine, Brad Eubanks, and Ben Garren comprise the local planning team.

This annual conference, hosted by the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries (YACM), is an opportunity for Episcopal leaders in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses to meet and connect with one another and to be nourished and nurtured in their ministry.

Participants will:

  • connect and reconnect with others involved in this ministry
  • be better equipped to engage young adults where they live, work and study
  • learn from one another and share resources
  • build upon their skills and networks to assist them in ministry
  • leave feeling that they have feasted at the table and are ready to do the work God has called them to do

Conference participants - both leaders who are new to this work as well as those who have longstanding roots in this ministry - will hear from speakers, focus on intentional conversations, build relationships, and learn from one another.

Speakers Becky Zartman and James Franklin will discuss their new book Belovedness: Finding God (and Self) on Campus. This book asks a single question that gets refracted through different topics: How would you [fill in the blank] if you knew you were loved beyond all measure? How are you going to choose to live into your belovedness? While this is a book written by a group of people doing campus ministry, its central message is something to sit with and embrace in ministry.

Registration and Cost
The conference fee is $60. It includes programming, space rental and some meals. Housing is not included in the registration fee. Participants may choose to stay at one of the hotels that have been reserved at a reduced group rate or find alternative housing in the area. There may be an added field trip day at the end of the conference which would have its own registration fee and sign up.

Participant registration will open in January 2020.

Those traveling by air can fly into Tucson or into Phoenix. There are cost effective shuttles from Phoenix to Tucson.

Those who are driving must let us know at the time of registration.

More information will be released as it becomes available. Be sure to connect to the YACM Facebook page and sign up for the YACM Newsletter. (link can be found at the bottom of this webpage).

Please contact The Rev. Shannon Kelly, officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries at, with questions.

Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer