Young Adult Fellows: A Daylong Spiritual Retreat on Becoming the Beloved Community


We all feel a call to a spiritual and meaningful life


Saturday, October 20--from 9:30am to 4pm


Diocesan House at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025


we can arrive there by talking, listening, sharing, but we can only arrive there together

The Young Adult Network is hosting a daylong spiritual retreat for young adults in and around NYC. The retreat will provide a space for spiritual reflection in deliberate story-sharing and listening for a select group of diverse young adults from across the city. We invite applications from all young adults in their 20s and 30s, and we are particularly looking for those who are passionate about racial conciliation.

The retreat will follow the exciting Beloved Community model and will be facilitated by one of its authors, The Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens. 

This method of spirituality emphasizes reconciliation--racial reconciliation and justice, as well as more broadly with ourselves, with God, and with each other. We will be looking to continue the conversation after the retreat as well, but we are not deciding in advance what that ongoing conversation will look like. You can help shape what emerges from the event.

The retreat is being partly funded by a grant from the Episcopal Church Office of Campus and Young Adult Ministry, and so is free for its participants. We have a limited number of slots, so please apply soon!

Questions or need more info? Email Ryan Kuratko.

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"Beloved Community is the practical image of the world we pray for when we say, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” We dream of communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. We pray for communities that labor so that the flourishing of every person (and all creation) is seen as the hope of each person. Conceived this way, Beloved Community provides a deeply faithful paradigm for transformation, formation, organizing, advocacy, and witness. It’s a vision of a world where oppressed people are liberated from oppression and oppressors are liberated from their need to oppress." Presiding Officers of the Episcopal Church

"Can you hold that space open for me? Can you keep your questions and suggestions and judgments at bay? Can you wait with me for the truths that stay hidden behind my sadness, my fear, my forgetting, and my pain? Can you just hold open a space for me to tell my story?" Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Rev. Mpho Tutu