Executive Council has approved United Thank Offering (UTO) grants for five young adults and one seminarian. The focus of the 2019 United Thank Offering Young Adult and Seminarian (YAS!) grants is the Baptismal Covenant.

Young Adult grant awards

  • Beloved in the Desert Intentional Young Adult Community; Taylor Devine, Diocese of Arizona, $5,000: An intergenerational Episcopal Church will welcome this intentional community to the Borderlands to discern vocation and serve the community by seeking and serving Christ in Tucson and in one another through prayer, work, and study, walking toward fuller life of the Beloved Community.
  • Young Adult Community Discernment Retreats; Victoria Hoppes, Diocese of Indianapolis, $5,000: This project will host two retreats designed to help develop a year-round, residential community for young adults at Waycross Camp and Conference Center. The program will include training in conflict transformation, reconciliation, and vocational discernment. Community members will also implement year-round programming and provide support to Waycross staff.
  • Developing Benedictine Community for Discernment and Ministry; Columba Maynus and Abigail Zimmerman, Diocese of Nebraska, $5,000: The Benedictine Way is a place of prayer and hospitality for those desiring a deeper life in Christ, especially young adults and those living on the margins.
  • Textile Village Servant Corps; Courtney Watson, Diocese of Upper South Carolina, $4,000: This grant will support the creation of the Textile Village Servant Corps, a service-based intentional community in Greenville, for people ages 21 to 29 looking for a year of personal discernment, community immersion, and spiritual formation.
  • WNC Episcopal Service Corps; Megan Cox, Diocese of Western North Carolina, $4,500: This is a new program site and will launch in the fall. It will hosting up to five young adults for a year of living in intentional Christian community, along with service at local nonprofit agencies.

Seminarian grant award

  • Messy Church Congregation; Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Angela Lerena, Diocese of Idaho, $4,600: This project will develop a Messy Church congregation at Grace Episcopal Church in Nampa, Idaho.

Adapted from the Office of Public Affairs

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