Angell Departs for Parish Ministry; Kelly to Serve as Acting Missioner

It is with true mixed emotions that we share with you that Mike Angell has accepted a call as rector at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in St. Louis, Missouri. As Young Adult and Campus Ministries Missioner, Mike has revitalized the ministry in those areas, and we – the Church and the staff – will benefit from his efforts for a long time. Mike embraced a leadership position in many areas, especially during the response of the church to the situation in Ferguson, MO.  Through his time here, he was steadfast in his dedication to the needs of others.

While we are sad that he is leaving, we are joyful that he has been called to parish ministry.  He will be serving a church in St Louis, MO, his hometown.  Our joy is in the knowledge that Mike’s leadership, forward thinking and spirit-filled actions will be focused on the local level, the grass-roots area of our church where mission and ministry is thriving.

Mike will be leaving the staff on March 13th.  I hope you will join us in thanking Mike for his time here with us, and offer him prayer and support for his next adventure in mission.  Please read the note from Mike about his transition, click here.

Shannon Kelly, known to many of us as she served as the Acting Missioner for Lifelong Christian Formation until Ruth-Ann Collins returned this January, will remain on staff and  will oversee Young Adult and Campus Ministry.  In addition, Shannon will continue to coordinate some formation projects, events, and curriculum development.  Shannon and Ruth-Ann will continue to serve on the Congregational Development and Formation Team in the Mission Department.

Faithfully,

Bronwyn Skov, Shannon Kelly, and Sam McDonald

Staying in Touch with the Office of Youth Ministries

“The thing that we are trying to do at Facebook, is just help people connect and communicate more efficiently.” – Mark Zuckerberg

communicationsEfficient, effective communication is extremely important to the Formation and Vocation Ministries Team. Together, we work to make sure we are regularly blogging, updating social media networks, and watching for questions and communications that require further engagement.

With this in mind, here is an overview of the various ways you can stay in touch with the Office of Youth Ministries:

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/EpiscoYouth
(You will want to “Like” our page for it to show up in your “News Feed.”)

Twitter: www.Twitter.com/EpiscoYouth
(This will only be useful to you if you have a Twitter account. If you are already on Twitter, you will want to “Follow” us.)

YouTube: www.Youtube.com/EpiscoYouth
(You can “Subscribe” to our channel on YouTube. There is only one video there now but watch for more in the future.)

E-newsletter sign-up: http://library.episcopalchurch.org/page/episcoyouth-e-newsletter
(Please note: E-newsletters are issued only occasionally and on an as-needed basis. We do not send e-newsletters unless there is time-sensitive, important information we need to communicate.)

EpiscoYouth Blog: This blog serves as the hub of information. Check here regularly. You can have new blog posts on EpiscoYouth emailed to you using the “Follow EpiscoYouth” button in the column at right.

EpiscopalChurch.org website: The Youth Ministries page of the Episcopal Church website is here: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/youth-ministries. On this page you will find links to reports and other content more static in nature.

Communications networks specific to the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE):

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/EpiscopalYouthEvent

Twitter hashtag: Use or follow #EYE14

EpiscopalChurch.org website: Click HERE to visit the main website page for EYE. Registration and other information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Wondering about Tumblr, Instagram, or another of your favorite social media networks?

We anticipate adding to our social media portfolio as EYE nears. I will be working with Randall Curtis and a team of young adults to develop appropriate communications outlets next spring.

As these and other communications opportunities grow and change, we will post updates on this blog – and we will create new icons in the right sidebar to help make it as easy as possible for you to stay in the loop.

Good communication is both collaborative and collective. Please be in touch if you have any suggestions, ideas or corrections.

In peace…

Wendy Johnson
Social Media Coordinator

Official Youth Presence Class of 2012

Please join me in congratulating and praying for the Class of 2012 General Convention Official Youth Presence! Today we extend an official and public welcome to the following 18 youth who have been discerned for this distinguished service:

Province I

  • David Karpf, Diocese of Connecticut
  • Sarah Neumann, Diocese of Massachusetts

Province II

  • Elisabeth Engle, Diocese of Western New York
  • Grace Steele, Diocese of Long Island

Province III

  • David Kilp, Diocese of Central Pennsylvania
  • Isabelle Lock, Diocese of Maryland

Province IV

  • Benjamin Cowgill, Diocese of North Carolina
  • Nora Vinas, Diocese of Southeast Florida

Province V

  • William Burton-Edwards, Diocese of Indianapolis
  • Julia Robinson, Diocese of Ohio

Province VI

  • Emma Grundhauser, Diocese of Minnesota
  • Cole Mayer, Diocese of South Dakota

Province VII

  • Laurent De Prins, Diocese of Western Louisiana
  • Maria Taylor, Diocese of Arkansas

Province VIII

  • Ariana Gonzalez-Bonillas, Diocese of Arizona
  • Patrick Melendez, Diocese of California

Province IX

  • Darling Daniel Ortiz Chemountd, Diocese of the Dominican Republic
  • Marlene Rodriguez, Diocese of Puerto Rico

This year we utilized an online application and nomination process that yielded 107 applicants to fill 18 positions, two per province. The nine Provincial Youth Ministry Coordinators followed up with calls to nominators and engaged in a prayerful discernment process to work together with me to identify the best and most diverse representation possible of youth in the church. The pool of candidates was outstanding and made the discernment process quite a challenge. Parents, guardians, nominators, youth ministers, congregational clergy, and bishops have been most supportive throughout the application and discernment period and have pledged to continue to support all of these young people whether invited to serve or not. We are grateful for this level of commitment to mentoring our rising generation into leadership roles in the church and offer prayers of gratitude for all involved.

These 18 young people will gather in Indianapolis the weekend following Easter to begin their journey to General Convention. The orientation and training weekend will include engaging in community building, legislative education, parliamentary protocols, and discussion of broader issues impacting youth and the church. They will convene again in July to take their seats on the floor of the House of Deputies when the General Convention convenes.

The EpiscoYouth blog was created at General Convention in 2009 as we were attempting to embrace digital technology to share the experience. At one point members of that Official Youth Presence needed some input from the church wide youth community about legislation they were writing to empower more congregations to elect youth to Vestries and Bishop’s Committees. You responded and helped support them in 2009. We are counting on you to stay tuned for this General Convention, too. Please keep an eye on this blog, the EpiscoYouth presence on Facebook , and EpiscoYouth on Twitter (#episcoyouth) for issues and updates. We’ll also share features about the youth from each province and the adults who will be their companions on this particular journey.

Stay tuned and please keep the entire General Convention in your prayers.