Episcopal Youth Event (EYE)
The Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) is a national youth event. It gathers youth from across the Episcopal Church to worship, learn and work together.
EYE is the largest youth event in the Episcopal Church. EYE has nationally known speakers, innovative worship experiences, and a plethora of workshops. Meeting Episcopal youth from across the church, from different cultural backgrounds and life experiences, allows our young people to experience the church as a place of gathering where what we hold in common is greater than any differences we may have.
This link takes you to a 3 minute YouTube video made by the Diocese of California about the 2014 EYE, to give you an idea of what the event is like.
Episcopal Youth Event 2017
The next EYE gathering will be held July 8-13, 2017 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Registration info is below.
Who can go?
Youth can apply who are in the 9th-12th grade in the 2016-2017 school year. You must be active in youth ministry in your church and/or diocese, have your priest’s recommendation and be ready, willing and able to participate in the EYE activities. Each diocese can have up to 24 youth and six adults. Each diocese is required to send one adult for every four to six youth (but no more than one per four youth). Preferably at least two adult leaders will be 25+ with previous successful experience leading youth trips.
You can download the application here.
All adult leaders must meet the following non-negotiable criteria:
- Minimum of 21 years of age
- Safeguarding God’s Children training within 5 years
- Criminal Sexual Background check within one year of June 1, 2017 or Diocesan bishop’s approval, acknowledging criteria are met by signing the required form.
Start thinking and planning now to join EYE in 2017! Contact our diocese’s EYE Coordinator, Grace Swinski, for more information and with any questions about the application process.
2014 Rhode Island youth along with New England youth are pictured below.