Welcome to faith formation for young adults, a ministry which provides programs and events Diocese-wide and also supports local, congregational programs and events for people in their 20s – 30s.
In the Episcopal Church, our words and worship draw from the ancient heart of Christianity and yet they are renewed by our modern minds. Here you don’t have to leave your questions at the door; bring your doubts, your fears, your hopes, your joys – bring everything God has made you to be.
To stay connected and for the most current information on Young Adult events:
Annual Conferences & Retreats…
♦ Summer: “A Holy Waste of Time” Retreat
Join us for our popular, annual “Holy Waste of Time” retreat, held at the end of summer at St. Andrew’s House, a beautiful lodge on the Hood Canal owned by the Diocese of Olympia. Enjoy time with others or by yourself, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and swimming the beautiful waters of the Puget Sound, hiking under the forest canopy, reading in the lodge, and sunning on the deck. Early bird registration through July 15 — $95 — which includes all food, lodging and activities. After July 15, registration is $110. Your choice of single/double bedrooms. Scholarships are available.
August 19 – 21, 2022.
♦ Winter: Contemplative Retreat
Get away from it all and experience a weekend of peace, prayer, and self-care with young adults from across the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia…
This casual retreat, held at the waterfront Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades, just south of Seattle, is designed for adults in their 20s and 30s who are seeking to experience an array of contemplative practices from a Taizé service to lectio divina to centering prayer.
Save the dates: February 10 – 12, 2023 E-mail email@example.com to get onto our notification list.
♦ Fall: Evolving Faith, Live/Virtual Conference
You are invited to join a team of people in their 20s & 30s from across the Diocese in attending the wildly creative, ecumenical, “Evolving Faith” on-line conference. This annual virtual gathering is one of our favorites with dynamic speakers who will challenge you and deepen your understanding of what it means to be a person of faith in the 21st century. Speakers for 2022 include: our Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, Barbara Brown Taylor, Jeff Chu, Kate Bowler, Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Sarah Bessey, Brian D. McLaren, Winnie Varghese, and many more…
Join the Diocese of Olympia contingent and attend Evolving Faith on scholarship. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
October 14 & 15, 2022.
♦ Holy Hikes
Once a month on Saturday mornings, nature lovers of all ages and from across the Diocese of Olympia set-off on Holy Hikes®. On these treks, you will make new friends, explore trails throughout western Washington, and experience prayer and an occasional Eucharist in the beauty of the outdoors, immersed in what John Muir called God’s “first temples.” Holy Hikes® is part of a nationwide network of people who seek out the natural world as a place to connect with God. Click here for more information on upcoming hikes.
♦ Meaningful Movies
Meaningful Movies in the Diocese of Olympia gives you access to documentaries on the social justice issues that matter the most to you. Screen the films in advance or together virtually and then stay for panel discussions that feature directors and advocates who bring further insight.
Young Adults Across the Diocese…
♦ Saint Mark’s Cathedral 20s & 30s
Check the Saint Mark 20s & 30s Facebook Page for the latest on a wide range of virtual activities that are open to young adults throughout the Diocese. For more info. e-mail: email@example.com
♦ Alternative Liturgies
If you’re looking for a non-traditional service that brings together contemplative practice, poetry, music, and the visual arts, we encourage you to explore these options:
St. Luke’s, Renton – Seasonal Liturgies which seek to “create space for a mystical experience of God—something more ethereal than the usual liturgy, more applied than the general artistic world, and more present than our typical relationship with nature.” These include:
- Spring Afresh: A ritual of story, chant, and song. (Spring Equinox)
- Rise Up!: A liturgy for summer with music and dancing. (Summer Solstice)
- Re:Turn: Return to your soul. (Autumn Equinox)
- Yule: Light for the darkest night. (Winter Solstice)
Epiphany, Seattle – SANCTUS: A Lenten Offering – “A unique online contemplative experience during Lent, in partnership with the Young Adult ministry of the Diocese of Olympia. This six-part broadcast features audiovisual moments of prayer and reflection from the perspective of young adults in our parish and the wider community. SANCTUS is anchored in our Anglican liturgical calendar while reaching across cultural borders for inspiration, reflecting the diversity of Seattle.”
Epiphany, Seattle – SANCTUS II: Women/Wisdom – An experimental audiovisual collage of reflections, music, photography and painting that explores the nature of the feminine in Christianity beginning with the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene and ending with the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin.
♦ Service Corps Opportunities
Are you a recent college graduate in your 20’s? Do you want an engaging, life-changing ten months of service, community and formation? Apply with the Episcopal Service Corps to start your year of service. And did you know the Diocese of Olympia has its own program based at Saint Mark’s Cathedral? Check out the Seattle Service Corps!
♦ Sunday Stairway Walks
These afternoon urban walks are especially designed for adults in their 20s and 30s, but all ages are welcome. Let’s get outside, make new friends, and learn more about different neighborhoods and parishes in Seattle on these walks curated and hosted by Emily Meeks and Michael Perera of Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Routes will draw inspiration from Seattle Stairway Walks and range between 2.5 – 4 miles at an easy pace.
Archived Walking Guides:
♦ An Evening of Art & Jazz
Epiphany Seattle and the Diocese of Olympia’s Young Adults hosted an evening of Art & Jazz at the Chapel in October. Art was provided by artists affiliated with Vibrant Palette Art Center and Jeremy Bacon set the mood with some jazz piano. Vibrant Palette’s mission is to empower artists with disabilities and build a more inclusive arts community in Seattle.
♦ The Young Adult Wilderness Pilgrimage
At the end of July, a small group of adventure-seeking 20s & 30s set off for a 3-day trek into the Central Cascades. Watch a 2-minute video of that experience, courtesy of trekker and photographer, Stuart Meeks and videographer Josh deLacy.
Interested in joining a backpacking trip? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get onto our notification list.
♦ Video Shorts: Stories of Quarantine
Young adults from around the Diocese have shared about their quarantine lives and the pandemic-related issues that matter to them the most in our “Stories of Quarantine” series of video-shorts. Click on the thumbnails to view: