Planning team named for Episcopal Youth Event 2017

[reprinted from Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The youth and adult members of the 2017 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) Mission Planning Team have been announced by Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Officer for Youth Ministries.

Drawing hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church, EYE17 will be heldJuly 10-14, 2017 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK, in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma.

“Every individual on this list demonstrated a high level of passion, skill, and dedication to their faith and to the Episcopal Church,” noted Skov. “We are excited to start working with this talented team of youth and adults to put together a meaningful, energizing 2017 Episcopal Youth Event.”

The 2017 event marks the thirteenth EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE17 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and their adult leaders.  Registration information will be available later this year.


  • Enmanuel Almeida, Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana
  • Tyler Benting, Diocese of Southeast Florida
  • Kiera Campbell, Diocese of Olympia
  • Christi Cunningham, Diocese of Fond du Lac
  • Jenna Elmer, Diocese of Oklahoma
  • Rachel Feenstra, Diocese of Connecticut
  • Josh Floberg, Diocese of North Dakota
  • Andrés Gonzalez-Bonillas, Diocese of Arizona
  • Pierce Hubbard, Diocese of Spokane
  • Rebecca Loncar, Diocese of Michigan
  • Trevor Mahan, Diocese of Kansas
  • Avery Nasworthy, Diocese of Massachusetts
  • Leyla Robinson, Diocese of Maryland
  • Devon Shank, Diocese of  Southwest Florida
  • Sharisma Ubiera, Diocese of New Jersey/Iglesia Episcopal Dominicana
  • Chenyeng Vang, Episcopal Church in Minnesota


  • Grace Aheron, Diocese of Virginia
  • Arlette Benoit, Diocese of Atlanta
  • Ronald Ruiz Braman, Diocese of Idaho
  • Randy Callender, Diocese of Maryland
  • Elizabeth Canaday, Diocese of Oklahoma
  • Jess  Elfring-Roberts, Diocese of Chicago
  • Maggie Foote, Diocese of Southern Ohio
  • Samantha Haycock, Diocese of California/Diocese of Arkansas
  • Christoph Herpel, Convocation of Episcopal Church in Europe
  • Rob Konkol, Diocese of Southern Ohio
  • Frank Sierra, Diocese of West Missouri

Health Team

  • Julia Domenick, Diocese of Georgia
  • Sarah Klitzke, Diocese of Dallas


  • Valerie Harris, Formation & Vocation Ministries Associate
  • Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries
  • Wendy Johnson, Digital Missioner for Formation
  • Bronwyn Clark Skov, Officer for Youth Ministries.

The EYE17 Mission Planning Team will hold its first planning meeting this month at University of Central Oklahoma, the site of EYE17. The team will also meet in October, February 2017, and April.

“I look forward to welcoming this excellent team to Oklahoma,” Oklahoma Bishop Edward J. Konieczny said. “We are excited to work together in planning a great 2017 EYE in Oklahoma City!”

EYE is every three years in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079.

Pastoral team
Applications for young adults to serve on the EYE17 Pastoral Care Team will be available this fall. The pastoral care team includes chaplains, peer ministers, dorm crew, and health care volunteers. The Rev. Shannon Kelly, Officer for Young Adult and Campus Ministries, will coordinate this aspect of EYE staffing,

For more information contact Skov at

EYE17 Dates & Location Announced

The next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK on July 10-14, 2017. EYE17 is being planned by the Episcopal Church in partnership with the Diocese of Oklahoma.

“EYE is always a great event for both our youth and for our adults,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry commented.  “I have attended many of the Episcopal Youth Events and I have fond memories of joining our youth in celebration, learning and fun. EYE17 is a strong component of the Jesus Movement.”

“The Diocese of Oklahoma is excited about hosting the Episcopal Youth Event in 2017,” Oklahoma Bishop Edward J. Konieczny said.  “The youth are an integral part of the Diocese of Oklahoma and hosting the Episcopal Youth Event is an affirmation of our commitment to their formation.”

EYE traditionally draws hundreds of youth from throughout the Episcopal Church. EYE 2017 marks the 13th EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE 2017 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 academic year and their adult leaders.

“University of Central Oklahoma – UCO – offers a great venue for EYE, with lots of room and great facilities for the range of activities we are planning for EYE17,” Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Missioner said.  “UCO is located just outside of Oklahoma City, so travel will be easy for all.”


For information contact Skov.

Young Leaders

come_as_you_are_article1This week the Episcopal Church Foundation published its digital newsletter, Vital Practices, with an article by a young adult who is close to my heart.

I met Lucy Cabrera Montes in the spring of 2006 when I volunteered as one of the adult mentors of the General Convention Official Youth Presence in Columbus, Ohio. I know her as Luz Cabrera, as I met her when she was a teenager from Houston and before her recent marriage.

Luz navigated the 75th General Convention as one of the only bi-lingual youth, spending much of her time helping to translate and interpret for her new friend, Alexa, from the Dominican Republic. The two of them witnessed the announcement of the election of the current presiding bishop from the floor of the house of deputies. As many of us were marveling at the election of a woman, Luz and Alexa were giggling as they tried on a new word in their first language; obispa.

10498256_949558981736880_957669064791817675_oLuz returned to the 77th General Convention to pay it forward as a young adult mentor and interpreter, and she has also assisted at the Episcopal Youth Event. She is pictured on the left in the red shirt next to another outstanding young adult, the Rev. Arlette Benoit. They both serve the youth ministry office as Youth Ministry Liaisons. I know Luz to be a faithful, compassionate, intelligent, creative and friendly soul. Please read her article linked here to get a greater sense of her ministry in her local community.

And please stay tuned here as we continue our journey toward the 78th General Convention in search of the stories of Official Youth Presence Alumni. If you know a former GCOYPer, forward the article and tell her or him to get in touch!


Bronwyn Clark Skov

Missioner for Youth Ministry


30 Days of Action: How does your Garden Grow?

We welcome guest blogger and Climate Change Activist James Pickett to 30 Days of Action at the Episcopal Youth Ministry blog today. Jimmy attended the Episcopal Youth Event, Marked for Mission, in Philadelphia last summer from the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. He is a first year college student in Maine and invites us to dig deep, literally, to consider the impacts of commercial food production and to learn about growing our own food to help address climate change. Share your response to Jimmy’s invitation in the comments here or using social media with hashtags #episcopal #30Days #episcoyouth.

The Fifth Mark of Mission is one of the most important to me. If we don’t treasure creation, the other marks of mission cannot be accomplished. I am currently a freshman at Unity College in Maine where I am studying Sustainable Agriculture. I feel called to be a steward of “this fragile earth, our island home.” (Book of Common Prayer p. 370) If we turn our backs on God and we don’t care for God’s Creation, we will destroy the interconnected web of life.

ABC_peoples_climate_march_jt_140921_16x9_992This past September I marched with hundreds of thousands of people in New York City in the People’s Climate March to demand Climate Justice Action. My dream is to own a small organic farm to feed those around me in a way that doesn’t harm the earth.

On a more day to day basis, when I’m not in class of course, I volunteer my time to service. I am working with an organization in the town of Unity called Veggies For All. We grow and distribute food to the Volunteer Regional Food Pantry and other pantries in the area. With the help of many volunteers, using sustainable methods, we grew and donated over 33,000 pounds of food to those in need last year alone. Since the start of VFA about 100,000 pounds of food has been grown and donated.

I am also a member of the Unity Peace Jam Scholars group. PeaceJam is an international organization that “creates young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.” There are many different Calls to Action in PeaceJam including Ending the Cycle of Violence, Rights for Women and Children, and Restoring Earth’s Environment, just to name a few. As part of the Scholars group, I have the opportunity to mentor younger activists and work with them to strive to make the world a better place.

EYE_square_banner_FINAL_whiteI’m doing more than simply Treasuring* creation , and in doing so I am also trying to Tend* those around me by feeding them when they are hungry and attempting to Transform*  injustice and violence to justice and peace for all. What are you going to do?

May the Peace of Christ be with you and may He grant you a bountiful harvest in all that you do!

Jimmy Pickett

*The theme “Marked for Mission” was discerned by the Episcopal Youth Event Mission Planning Team who shared the following words as a way to remember the Five Marks of Mission; Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform & Treasure #EYE14

Francis of Assisi from EYE to Final Four!!!

10687353_843081722389605_5483773643314063474_oLast July on a warm day in Pennsylvania, a flock of faithful Episcopalians were invited to help determine one of the saints for the Lent Madness brackets created at Forward Movement. The Supreme Executive Committee made a pilgrimage to the Episcopal Youth Event to conduct the vote and announce the winner who would go on to compete in Lent Madness 2015; St. Francis of Assisi.

Today this famous saint competes against the faithful, compassionate, bridge-building, and justice-minded Molly Brant (click here to read and vote). We love her, too, but feel confident that Francis will achieve the final round of the Saintly Smackdown.

Tomorrow another famous saint, the beloved Brigid of Kildare, faces a lesser-known but huge-hearted Egeria. Needless to say, the EYE community is grateful for the success of their selected saint to date. Although we can only officially endorse Francis, we wish all the best to the three lovely ladies who have made the Final Four with our Freakishly Famous Francis.

Tune in at Lent Madness this Holy Week to learn more about these giants of the faith. And by all means, VOTE!!!

FrancisThe EYE community thanks Tim and Scott for visiting us last summer to help demonstrate that learning can be fun, that piety should not be confused with genuine prayer, and to remind us that there can be humor in that which is holy.

All that said – GO VOTE FOR FRANCIS!!!!!


3 Days of Urban Mission: Engaging mission in the heart of the city

Mission MondaysThe Episcopal Youth Event 2014 (EYE14) is one month away and our Mission Planning Team is working diligently to be sure we are creating a dynamic, meaningful event for participants.

Following EYE14, more than 300 are staying over in Philadelphia to engage mission in the field through 3 Days of Urban Mission. The majority of 3 Days of Urban Mission volunteers will lodge at the University of Pennsylvania in inner-city Philadelphia. About 60 additional volunteers will be housed at the Episcopal Mission Center, managed by the Diocese of Pennsylvania. [Read more…]

More than 1,000 Expected to Participate in EYE14

eye_logoThe numbers are in and registration for the Episcopal Youth Event 2014 (EYE14) is now officially closed. We offer prayers of praise and gratitude for everyone who has committed to participating in this exciting event.

Currently we have 78 dioceses registered and anticipate between 1,000 and 1,200 participants, including youth, adults, volunteers, bishops and staff. In addition, 3 Days of Urban Mission has reached capacity registration with 350 participants.  [Read more…]

EYE14 Registration Deadline is Saturday March 15

eye_logoSaturday, March 15, is the deadline for diocesan delegations to register their high school participants and adult leaders for the 2014 Episcopal Youth Event (EYE14). All identified diocesan registrars received the registration link in January and via a reminder email earlier this week.

As of the end of the day on Thursday, March 13, we have 57 dioceses registered totaling 748 participants for the main event. We have just 50 spaces left for 3 Days of Urban Mission following EYE14. [Read more…]

Report from EYE14 Liturgy and Music Committee

eye_logoHello all!

I am Lillian Hardaway from the Diocese of Upper South Carolina and I am honored to be serving on EYE14 Mission Planning Team. Specifically, I am serving on the Liturgy and Music Committee.  We are busily preparing for the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE14), which is coming up in just five short months! [Read more…]

EYE14 Pre-Conference to be Hosted by Diversity and Ethnic Ministries Team

eye_logoIn order to be intentional about supporting and fostering cultural and ethnic diversity at the triennial Episcopal Youth Event (EYE14), the Ethnic Missioners from the Diversity and Ethnic Ministries Team are hosting a pre-conference where registered EYE14 participants from diocesan delegations may arrive early to build relationships with their peers and leaders. [Read more…]