Forming Faith Leaders

It is the season when various programs for “young” Episcopalians (roughly ages 21-30) are accepting applications. Are you a young person looking for spiritual and personal growth? Do you know such a person? If so, connect with one or more of these opportunities. Three I would like to highlight are:

Episcopal Service Corps 

This is the successor program to one I did in Los Angeles the year after I graduated from College. ESC members live in an intentional community, sharing prayer and meals while working for a variety of justice and social service organizations. One, Beloved in the Desert, is based in Tucson at St. Philips in the Hills, but there are programs all over the United States.  Applicants do not need to be Episcopalians. Learn more about ESC here

Young Adult Service Corps

YASC is similar to Episcopal Service Corps, but participants are sent to a location somewhere outside the United States in the Anglican Communion. Applicants do need to be Episcopalians. Learn more about YASC here

The Forum for Theological Exploration DISCERN Retreat

FTE is an ecumenical Christian leadership development organization. Their DISCERN retreat is for people ages 18-30 who have the potential to become Christian lay or clergy leaders, and is a long weekend in Decatur, Georgia. You can learn more here, and nominate a young person you think would be a good candidate for this retreat.