2019 Young Adult and Seminarian Grants Awarded

Young Adult Grants

Taylor Devine – Diocese of Arizona, Beloved in the Desert Intentional Young Adult Community (BITD), $5,000

[An intergenerational Episcopal Church will welcome the BITD Young Adult 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.]

Victoria Hoppes – Diocese of Indianapolis, Young Adult Community Discernment Retreats, $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. This program will include training in conflict transformation, reconciliation, and vocational discernment. Community members will also implement year round programming and provide operational support to Waycross Staff.]

Columba Maynus & Abigail Zimmerman – Diocese of Nebraska, Developing Benedictine Community for Discernment and Ministry, $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. Expanding our physical space and programming will allow us to expand our service to those discerning their myriad vocations in life.]

Courtney Watson – Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Textile Village Servant Corps, $4,000

[This grant will support the creation of the Textile Village Servant Corps, which is a service-based intentional community in Greenville, for 21- to 29-year-olds looking for a year of personal discernment, community immersion, and spiritual formation.]

Megan Cox – Diocese of Western North Carolina, WNC Episcopal Service Corps, $4,500

[The Diocese of Western North Carolina Episcopal Service Corps has recently been accepted into the larger network of ESC. We are a new program site and will officially launch in the Fall of 2019. We will be hosting up to a maximum of 5 young adults to participate in a year of living in intentional Christian community along with service at local nonprofits. Our project proposal is to develop both an Orientation Retreat for the incoming corps members as well as ongoing Learning Modules that build on the Baptismal Covenant as well as the objectives of Beloved Community.]

Seminarian (People in Process for Ordination) Awards

Andrea Lerena – Diocese of Idaho, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Messy Church Congregation, $4,600

[This project will develop a Messy Church congregation at Grace Episcopal Church, Nampa, ID. Messy Church, a hands-on program of story, interactive experience, and worship, will be ecumenical, oriented toward young families and children, and offer a weekday opportunity for hospitality, community, study, and worship.]