Third Youth Event Planned For July '87

Episcopal News Service. December 4, 1986 [86255]

SAN ANTONIO (DPS, Dec. 4) -- Organizers are betting that the Alamo isn't all that gets remembered by the 1,600 participants and their advisors after the third Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) meets at Trinity University here, July 21-26, 1987.

Open to young people who have just completed grades 9, 10, 11 or 12, the event will include participants from the United States, Central America (Province IX) and South America, as well as a number of other foreign countries. Celebration of the cultural, racial and ethnic diversity in the Church will be a major focus of the gathering.

"Open my eyes" is the thematic line woven through the conference, exploring ways in which young Episcopalians, as full members in the Church, can open their eyes to themselves as Christians, to the people around them and to the world. Workshops, speakers and small group discussions will be a part of that program, with time for swimming, sports, informal gatherings and planned evening activities. Worship, celebrating the rich diversity of the Church's liturgical forms and styles, will nourish the community's common life, supported by contemporary music.

The Episcopal Youth Event, sponsored by the Church's Youth Ministries Office, is being planned by a representative group of young people and adults from across the Church. The design team members are: from Province I: the Rev. Sheryl Kujawa, Mike Harrington; Province II: the Rev. Nat W. Massey, Leslie Kemp; Province III: Dr. Marjorie Farmer, Christopher Mohn; Province IV: the Rev. Stephen L. Rudacille, Michael Rodriguez; Province V: Gay P. Bryant, Jeff Boschert, Heather Diehl; Province VI: Judy Hoover, Deb Massie, Todd Simpson; Province VII: the Rev. Canon Craig Morgan, Victoria Mann, Jennifer Stearman; Province VIII: the Rev. Becky Holmes, Rob Green; National Youth Ministry Development Team: the Rev. Gene Robinson; Hispanic Network: the Rev. Ramon Aymerich; Musicians: Lindy Hearne, Bill Milford, Barbara Siftar; Youth Ministries Office secretary: Monna MacLellan; National Youth Ministries Coordinator: Bobbie Bevill.

Those involved in the two previous events have said that if the past is indication, "the energy, excitement and pure Christian Joy experienced at this gathering will inspire individuals and enliven parishes back home for a long time to come."

Information and registration materials can be obtained from diocesan youth coordinators or from the Youth Ministries Office, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017.