Registration Opening for EYE14 Changed to January 6

eye_logoIn previous posts and documents, we have promoted a January 3, 2014 opening for registration for the Episcopal Youth Event 2014.

The date for opening online registration for EYE14 is being changed to January 6, 2014.

The change is being made to ensure that all diocesan registrars have ample time to enjoy their Christmas and New Year holidays.

As much as possible, we are changing online references to reflect this new date. However, we ask your forgiveness for any we miss.

The staff and volunteers for EYE14 are working diligently to make this event transformative for both participants and the wider Episcopal Church. As always, we welcome your feedback and prayers.

Advent blessings,


More Info on 3 Days of Urban Mission

Mission MondaysI’m excited today to share more information about 3 Days of Urban Mission, the mission immersion experience immediately following the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE’14).

3 Days of Urban Mission will be held July 13-16, 2014 at University of Pennsylvania. (EYE’14 will be July 9-13 at Villanova University.) Both 3 Days of Urban Mission and EYE’14 are being planned in partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Other details:

  • 3 Days of Urban Mission will commence with a preparatory training and evening prayer service at 8 pm on Sunday evening, July 13.
  • 3 Days of Urban Mission will end on Tuesday, July 15 after a full day of work with dinner and an evening worship service. Travel home should be planned for Wednesday, July 16.
  • Lodging and evening dinners will be on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in inner-city Philadelphia.
  • Following EYE’14, transportation to University of Pennsylvania will be provided for all 3 Days of Mission participants.
  • 3 Days of Urban Mission will deploy participants to Episcopal service sites across Philadelphia.
  • Exact deployments for 3 Days of Urban Mission will not be made until the event commences, however participants should expect to engage in hands-on labor, which might include everything from painting and hauling debris, to childcare and preparing meals.
  • Participants should bring work clothes, work gloves, and closed toe shoes.
  • The cost of 3 Days of Mission is $275, including 3 nights lodging, meals on Monday and Tuesday, breakfast “to go” on Wednesday morning, programming, and transportation.
  • This event is open only to EYE’14 participants.

With EYE’14 focused on the 5 Marks of Mission, it’s important to both understand the importance of mission and to experience mission. EYE’11 offered a similar mission immersion experience, which included more than 300 participants from across the Episcopal Church.

Delegations will register for 3 Days of Urban Mission online with EYE’14 registration. Participation is limited to 250, however, so registrars are encouraged to apply early.

More information about 3 Days of Urban Mission and EYE’14 is available in the EYE’14 FAQ.

EYE’14: Hospitality & Logistics Committee Update

Today, I am pleased to turn blogging privileges over to EYE’14 Mission Planning Team member Whitney Chapman. Whitney is reporting on behalf of the EYE’14 Hospitality and Logistics Committee, which met last week. Enjoy!

Hello all,


Photo of the Hospitality Committee at the last full EYE’14 Mission Planning Team Meeting, October 2013.

My name is Whitney Chapman. I am from the Diocese of West Virginia, and I serve on the EYE’14 Mission Planning Team. I serve as a part of the Hospitality and Logistics Committee.

On Tuesday, November 5th, the Hospitality Committee had a virtual meeting on Google Hangout. At the meeting we discussed the core values that we want the Hospitality Committee, and the Hospitality Counselors to abide by during EYE’14. These core values are:

  1. Keep calm and always smile.
  2. Don’t discriminate and include everyone.
  3. Be flexible and willing to help whoever and wherever is needed.
  4. Show respect. Treat others how you would want to be treated.
  5. Be willing to complete your tasks and/or ask for help.

By having and using these core values, the Hospitality Committee can do their best to ensure everything goes smoothly, and to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves at EYE’14.

We also discussed at our meeting the characteristics we want our Hospitality Counselors to have. Being a counselor is a big job and a huge responsibility:

  • We want the counselors to be knowledgeable of Philadelphia.
  • We want them to be friendly and cheerful.
  • They should be able to take directions and do what we ask of them.
  • We want them to have the ability to deal with all types of people.
  • Finally, we want them to be professional and do the job that they have been called to do.

Big things are in store for EYE’14 this coming July! I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m really excited. I hope to report back to you all soon with more details.

Love and Blessings,

Whitney Chapman

EYE’14: Discerning your Diocesan Delegation

eye_logoWith Advent and Christmas right around the corner, I know that this is a busy time of year for church staff.

However, in the hustle and bustle of the seasons, please don’t lose track of your window of opportunity for recruiting and discerning your diocesan delegation for the 2014 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE’14).

Registration for EYE’14 opens January 3, 2014 and will remain open until March 15 or when dorm capacity is reached, whichever comes first. To ensure your delegation’s participation in EYE’14, you will want to register as close to January 3 as possible.

Click HERE to review EYE’14 registration instructions and criteria. This video might also be helpful in preparing your EYE’14 discernment process.

Not sure how to discern your delegation?
I offer as a sample the application process being used by my colleague, Randall Curtis, of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas.

Notice that the relevant information is included on the registration page – event timeline, cost, and transportation plans. He also includes a couple of essay questions, which will be used to assist in selecting participants. Be sure to publish the date by which you will notify applicants whether they are chosen to participate. Families need this information for budgeting and summer travel planning.

Notice also that applicant information for both youth and adults is being collected online. Randall used FormStack, which is an online form-builder, to create the embedded form. You can also create online forms through Google Drive. Of course, you can always use downloadable pdfs for registrations. But keep in mind that registration for EYE’14 is online only.

As always, please post here or email me or Valerie Harris if you have any questions about EYE’14.



How Are You “Marked for Mission”?

eye_logoWe are looking for authors from across the church to help us with a project related to the upcoming Episcopal Youth Event (EYE’14)

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.

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 in the navigation on this blog and through this link:

The submission deadline is December 1, 2013. Copies will be distributed to EYE’14 participants in Philadelphia next summer.

Don’t miss this opportunity to create and collaborate!