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Creating a community of support for Austin-area twentysomethings

Austin Seminary has established an innovation hub for congregations and adults in their 20s to create relationships of mutual trust, authenticity, and meaning-making.

Read the press release about the Lilly Grant received by Education Beyond the Walls that launched the 787 Collective.

For more information, contact:

Martha Lynn Coon

What is the 787 Collective?

The 787 Collective is a five-year, grant-funded project seeking to support Austin congregations in nurturing the spiritual and religious lives of twentysomethings. Housed at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Collective is gathering a learning community of diverse congregations committed to contemplative listening, communal discernment, and innovative risk in befriending young adults. The grant comes from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Young Adult Initiative.

Why does the Collective exist?

The lives and passions of Austin twentysomethings are at the heart of our work. Although absent from most congregations, we believe young adults are actively pursuing their deep spiritual yearnings for community and meaning through environmental action, social justice, creative expression, and other life-giving activities. Christian communities hold these same spiritual and religious yearnings in the wisdom and practice of an ancient and living tradition. Our hope in the Collective is that together we might discover new and innovative methods for bridging Christian communities and young adults in ways that will transform both populations

What are the project activities?

The lives and passions of Austin twentysomethings are at the heart of our work. Although absent from most congregations, we believe young adults are actively pursuing their deep spiritual yearnings for community and meaning through environmental action, social justice, creative expression, and other life-giving activities. Christian communities hold these same spiritual and religious yearnings in the wisdom and practice of an ancient and living tradition. Our hope in the Collective is that together we might discover new and innovative methods for bridging Christian communities and young adults in ways that will transform both populations

How does a congregation become part of the Collective?

Becoming a part of The 787 Collective is based on a discernment process between interested congregations and The 787 Collective. The first step in this discernment process is to attend one of our live storytelling and orientation gatherings. The first two events are held on April 27th at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary on the theme “Stranger in a Strange Land” the second event will be May 25th at The North Door on the theme “Into the Wild.” Each story gathering will run from 6:30 to 9:30pm. We encourage churches to bring at least three or more people from their congregation to the event. Congregations should register for one of these events with Martha Lynn Coon, Director of Congregational Innovation, at mlcoon@austinseminary.edu. After registration, each church will be contacted personally by a member of the 787 Collective and given orientation materials.

 

After June 1, congregations who want to take the next step will be invited into a process mapped by the 787 Collective. Congregations will have the fall to work through the process. In January 2018, applications for full membership will be available.  



The 2016 edition of Communitas, the Journal of Education Beyond the Walls, was written by the Fellows in our 2014 Pastoral Leadership for Public Life cohort. Writer Donna Johnson, author of Holy Ghost Girl, served as editor and consultant.

 

To subscribe to Communitas, click here.

 



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