Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) 2017 is an international youth event convened by The Episcopal Church, in accordance with General Convention Resolution #1982-D079, so “the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ.”
The next Episcopal Youth Event (EYE17) will be held in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma from July 10-14, 2017 on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond. It is intended for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2016-2017 school year. Each diocese of the Episcopal Church is allowed to send up to 24 students, with one chaperone for every 4-6 students. All adult chaperones must be up to date in Prevention of Sexual Misconduct training, and must also have undergone a background check in the past five years.
Bishop Scott Mayer has commented, “Of all the events in The Episcopal Church that I have attended, the Episcopal Youth Event is one I never want to miss,” he said. “It is eye-opening how much they do and and how well they do it. It is transformative, informative, and just plain fun.” Bishop Mayer plans to accompany the groups from Northwest Texas, and the Diocese of Ft. Worth, to the Event.
The cost for the event is $350 per participant, whether youth or adult. This includes 11 meals, lodging during the event, transportation to and from the Oklahoma City airport, all EYE17 workshops and plenary sessions, and any other regularly planned activities during EYE17. It does not include transportation to and from Oklahoma City or any pre-or post-EYE17 activities. A deposit will be required at the time of registration, with the remainder due later that spring.
One of the best things about EYE, Bishop Mayer said, is that it lets young people from parts of the country where Episcopalians are in a distinct minority meet hundreds of other young Episcopalians. It allows them to get some sense of the breadth of their church.
“I hope we can fill every one of the 24 slots each diocese is allocated. And please don’t let cost alone be a barrier. We will find a way to get anyone who wants to go to Oklahoma,”he said.