College Ministry

Brown University & RISD

“At the Episcopal Ministry at Brown/RISD, we draw on two key strands of our Anglican heritage: the power and poetry of our liturgical tradition and our willingness to engage in robust intellectual and academic thinking. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity use their gifts to help them explore their faith and deepen their relationship with God. We strive to be a welcoming place where we can discern and claim the unique call that God has for us.”

The Episcopal Ministry at Brown/RISD especially for students at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); it operates out of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on George Street in the heart of Brown’s campus. We come together for communal worship, discussion, fellowship, meals, and service. Join us on Sunday evenings at 5:30pm during term time for Evening Prayer in the chapel at St. Stephen’s, followed by dinner and discussion at 6pm upstairs in the parish hall.

Our priest is The Rev. Martin Yost who is also Assistant Priest at S. Stephen’s. Fr. Yost keeps regular office hours at St. Stephen’s, and can often be found at any number of coffee shops around College Hill. If you’d like to speak with him, don’t hesitate to be in touch. Students are welcome to email Fr. Yost at fryost@gmail.com or call (401) 421-6702. Be sure to subscribe to theirweekly email newsletter to learn more about what is in the works.

University of Rhode Island

St. Augustine’s Church is the Episcopal Center for the University of Rhode Island. Its community embodies a progressive understanding of Christianity, enlivened by the URI campus and its intellectual vigor. St. Augustine’s offers a place to explore, learn, and inquire into your faith at any age. Their worship is come-as-you-are, child-friendly, and informal. Life within this community offers camaraderie in the Gospel work of feeding, sheltering, and celebrating God’s goodness; practicing wise stewardship in creation; offering deep prayer; not to mention hosting great parties.

The Episcopal Center at URI is integrated into the life of St. Augustine’s congregation. However, there are several ministries that are by, with or for students including:

The Feed A Friend program – a direct outreach to the URI campus community. Once a month parishioners host a meal in the parish hall for students. The only ‘admission’ is that each friend bring a friend. The menus are chosen by the students.

LGBTQ Outreach includes hosting the LGBTQ Spirit Group, joining Sing Out’s performances when they occur, supporting Coming Out week activities, hosting the LGBTQ Anniversary Symposium Opening, and enjoying getting to know the LGBTQ students through other programs.

Campus “To Go” Ministries started in 2013 with “Ashes To Go” on Ash Wednesday. Clergy and parishioners descended on the URI campus with signs and ashes so that students who were unable to make it to church were still able to receive them. The response was unbelievable and this has become an annual tradition. From here, the next step was “Hot Cross Buns To Go” on Holy Thursday; “Smarties To Go” on the day before final exams where students were given a prayer and a “Smarties” candy; and “Apples To Go” before final exams this fall. There’s no telling where this ministry will go…

The Rhody Outpost is an outgrowth of a talk by the director of the Johnny Cake Center and two of our URI students who recognized the hunger that exists on college campuses. With a collaborative effort from the Johnny Cake Center’s, the Feinstein Foundation, URI and St. Augustine’s, the students created a food pantry in St. Augustine’s facility that serves URI students in need of assistance. For dates and times click here: RhodyOutpostFlyer.

Contact The Rev. David Dobbins for more information or visit the St. Augustine’s and Episcopal Ministry Center at URI website.