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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.

787 Collective web site

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?

The core members of The 787 Collective were chosen in January 2018. If you are interested in participating in the Collective moving forward in this or any other capacity, please contact Martha Lynn Coon at mcoon@austinseminary.edu. Depending on the scope of congregational projects and the capacity of the Collective, we may add core members in the future and always welcome participants and conversation partners to our learning journey. We also encourage churches interested in this work to consider using The Discernment Guide and the resources around Narrating Your Congregational Story. Many of our core members discovered that their passion and resources for engaging young adults were available in and with their congregational community aside from any grant funding. We are happy to connect with you about your work or questions you might have at any point, and also have The Discernment Guide available in hard copy.



The 2018 edition of Communitas, the Journal of Education Beyond the Walls, was developed upon the theme our spring workshop Reconceiving Hope

 

To subscribe to Communitas, click here.

 



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