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A Message from the Canon for Christian Formation regarding the Episcopal Youth Event:
 
Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) Update
 
Dear ones, there is more disappointment:
 
Through much discernment, prayer, and consultation, the Office for Youth Ministries, with the full support of the Department of Faith Formation and the Presiding Bishop and his Executive Leadership Team, must postpone the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event. (Read the full notice here)
 
There is a lot we still don’t know about what comes next—if we can do EYE next summer, what that will look like, how to include the seniors who would have attended this summer, etc. etc.—but right now we are all grieving. I know I am.
 
One of the “hard but good” parts of Holy Week is that we are asked to wait, along with the early Christians, for the unknown. Amidst violence, chaos, fear, and mystery, we are supposed to cling to our faith in Jesus, and the resurrection. Who knows what that will look like? 
 
We go through this story every Holy Week, every year, but this year, I am definitely feeling that fear, grief, longing, and disappointment at a whole new level, and this EYE announcement feels like just another blow. 
 
I know in my head that this is a really wise and responsible decision by our church leaders (#flattenthecurve). And I also know that there are good things to look forward to—Bellwether Summer Camp hasn’t been cancelled, there is a Senior High only week that’s going to be a blast, and some of you can apply to be a Leader-in-Training or Junior Counselor. We are also having truly lovely weekly Sunday Night Student Compline sessions with Diocesan youth (check the IG for info @dohioyouth). These are all good things. 
 
But right now, I kind of just want to not think about the future, the one I had planned and the one that’s actually happening. I just want to take a walk, and try to find things in my life that can’t be cancelled— like the daffodils blooming in my neighborhood, the affectionate snuggling of my cats, my body’s ability to get stronger on every run, and God’s consistent, never-failing love for me. That’s what I have to hold onto today. Because God’s love for us— no matter who we are or what we’ve done— will never be cancelled! 
 
Feel free to contact me with any questions, reactions, or just to talk. I’m here for you, and we’re in this together. 
 
Blessings,
 
The Rev. Anna Sutterisch
Canon for Christian Formation
Office for Congregations and Christian Formation
216.774.0460


Diocesan Youth Programming offers an opportunity for young people across the diocese-- different regions, parishes, schools, and contexts-- to come together for weekend retreats. Typically, we offer:

-One weekend in the autumn and one in the spring for 6-12th graders, focusing on community building and seeing God in the world, each other, and ourselves.
-Youth participation in the Diocesan Convention, typically held in November.
-Youth participation in the Diocesan Convocation, typically held in February.
-A spiritual retreat in the winter for high schoolers, led by high schoolers
-A middle school weekend in the winter focusing on community building and leadership development
-Annual opportunities to gather with youth from other dioceses in our region.
-Other opportunities such as the Toledo Youth Gathering, or online Compline services.

We also work with and assist parishes to strengthen their own ministries with youth.

Grants

  • Summer Youth Programming: The mission office has funds available to support Vacation Bible School programs, up to a maximum of $500.
  • Summer Youth Mission Trips: The mission office, via the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, has funds available to support youth mission trips, with an emphasis on those that involve youth from more than one parish. If outside the Diocese of Ohio, see CGDM Mission as well.