EPF Young Adult Newsletter         
Daring for peace -- a relentless pursuit. 
Greetings peacemakers!

We hope you, your family and friends all enjoyed a happy and joyful Easter!  

The Easter season is a time of rebirth and new life -- needless to say, it is a season which our network identifies with as we continue to build our presence. As it is, we have an abundance of great opportunities to get involved in as Young Adult peacemakers. Perhaps you're available to join us in late May for our Austin, TX Urban Pilgrimage?  If you're on the East Coast, maybe we'll see you at the April 18th Taize Retreat in New York City.  No matter the event, let us hear from you and what you're interested in getting involved in!

May the joy and splendor of the risen Christ be with us all: Alleluia, Alleluia!

- Michael Kurth
EPF Young Adult Co-Director
EPF Young Adult Network

This year's New York City Urban Pilgrimage focused on training new leaders for the nine-year-old Urban Pilgrimage project. Four people participated in the site director training course this year.


Maryann Philbrook and Melanie Veizaga returned for the 2015 training event in New York and were joined by The Rev. Jennifer Holder and Jennifer Oldstone-Moore. Rev. Holder is the chaplain of Canterbury Episcopal Student Ministry at Texas Tech. Dr. Oldstone-Moore is a professor at Wittenberg College on sabbatical who is studying at General Theological Seminary in the Anglican Year Program. Holder and Oldstone-Moore are planning to lead pilgrimages in their respect communities.


The pilgrims received the first edition of the Urban Pilgrimage training manual, which was put together by Valerie, Maryann, and leaders of the Austin Urban Pilgrimage (Sarah Watkins and Megan Clapp). During the course, Maryann, co-director of the 2015 Austin Urban Pilgrimage for the Diocese of Texas, discussed with the potential site directors the logistics and administration behind leading a pilgrimage.


Interfaith partnership has always been a part of the Urban Pilgrimage experience. By visiting different worship communities, as well as social justice outreach sites, pilgrims learn that social justice efforts in communities are strengthened by these partnerships. This year, the pilgrims also visited Romemu, a Jewish community on the upper West Side of Manhattan.  In addition to Romemu, Pilgrims also visited House of Prayer Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ where Bailey Fischer is the interim priest.


The pilgrimage ended with setting goals for upcoming projects. Maryann will be taking up the responsibilities for the administration of the pilgrimage network, and will co-lead the Austin Pilgrimage in May 2015.  Valerie (also a doctoral student at General) will be working on curriculum development and training. Her goal is to continue developing the training manual and to design the template for a curriculum for undergraduates and seminarians.  Rev. Holder is in the process of bringing students to the Austin pilgrimage while exploring setting up a pilgrimage in another community. Melanie will continue setting up the pilgrimage in Miami that will focus on human trafficking, a pilgrimage planned for late summer 2015.


A similar 2016 site director training is being planned for next year in New York.  If you are interested, please contact the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer at valerie_bailey@brontes.org.








The Buzz
What's going on around EPF and the Young Adult Network
Upcoming Events

April 18 - NYC Taize Retreat
Saturday, April 18, 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Manhattan.

Christians from all denominations are invited to meet for a day organized in the pattern of the Taizé monastery in France.
In addition to the day's three worship services, pilgrims will have the opportunity to participate in Bible study meetings, group reflection, and community service projects in the surrounding neighborhood of Morningside Heights.

Click HERE to register

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May Urban Pilgrimage - Austin, TX 
May 22-27

This May, join EPF Young Adult leader Maryann Philbrook as pilgrims explore social justice issues in Austin, Texas. While in Austin, pilgrims will examine patterns of poverty and homelessness, as well as the theological ideas that accompany these issues. Along with deep discussions and community building, we're sure there'll also be some time for Torchy's breakfast tacos and Texas BBQ, too.  

Be sure to contact us today to secure your spot for this experience of a lifetime!

General Convention
Application Decisions

Thank you to everyone who applied to our Young Adult Delegation to this summer's General Convention.  We received more application than ever before, and the number of quality candidates was overwhelming! 

In the last few weeks, we identified and selected the applicants who we are inviting to join us in Salt Lake City.  If you weren't selected, please know that we hope to keep offering exciting opportunities like this for you to be involved in.  We are glad of your excitement to be a part of our growing community!

As General Convention approaches, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter as we start profiling the young adults who will be representing us in Salt Lake City.

Closing Prayer


Text: George R. Woodward

Arranged: Charles Wood

This joyful Eastertide, 
away with care and sorrow!
My Love, the Crucified,
hath sprung to life this morrow.
Had Christ, that once was slain,
ne'er burst his three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain;
but now is Christ arisen,
arisen, arisen, arisen.

My flesh in hope shall rest,
and for a season slumber,
till trump from east to west
shall wake the dead in number.
Had Christ, that once was slain,
ne'er burst his three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain;
but now is Christ arisen,
arisen, arisen, arisen.

Death's flood hath lost its chill,
since Jesus crossed the river:
Lover of souls, from ill
my passing soul deliver.
Had Christ, that once was slain,
ne'er burst his three-day prison,
our faith had been in vain;
but now is Christ arisen,
arisen, arisen, arisen.
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