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Youth: Marked for Mission

by Sharon Ely Pearson

How do you engage youth in sharing their thoughts and ideas about their faith? How do they engage in living out their beliefs through action in the world?

Every three years, the Episcopal Church offers an Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), a gathering of over 1,000 high school youth and their leaders from diocesan teams across the denomination in the United States and beyond. Workshops, worship, and plenary gatherings offer youth a chance to experience the breadth and depth of the church and meet others that they may not normally meet in their own faith community and context. 

In July 2014, EYE will gather in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s theme, chosen by a planning team comprised of youth and leaders representing all nine provinces of the Episcopal Church is “Marked for Mission.” You can learn more about what is being planned and how your youth can apply to be part of their diocesan representation on the EpiscoYouth EYE blog or EYE Facebook group.

Not all youth are able to participate in EYE, so EYE will also come to youth in a variety of ways. One is the publication of a book that will help connect youth to our Baptismal Covenant as well as the Five Marks of Mission. Authors (youth and young adults, 18-25 years old) from across the church are asked to help with a project. Church Publishing, in collaboration with the Youth Ministries Office of The Episcopal Church, is working on a book, Marked for Mission, to be available as a resource for equipping young people to put their faith in action by engaging the Five Marks of Mission:

The Mission of the Church Is the Mission of Christ

~ To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
~ To teach, baptize and nurture new believers
~ To respond to human need by loving service
~ To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
~ To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
We recognize with gratitude that the Five Marks of Mission, developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990, have won wide acceptance among Anglicans, and have given parishes and dioceses around the world a practical and memorable “checklist” for mission activities.

We need YOU to spread the news – inviting youth and young adults to offer their stories of living the Marks of Mission.

You will find the link for submitting stories, prayers, ideas, and resources here. The submission deadline is December 1, 2013.

How might you engage your youth in submitting an entry for this publication?

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